Darren Sammy

West Indies skipper Darren Sammy maintained that his team has a lot of respect for Bangladesh and that the hosts won’t be taken lightly © AFP


Dhaka: Nov 19, 2012


West Indies skipper Darren Sammy was full of praise for his team after their 77-run win over hosts Bangladesh at Mirpur.


Sammy was quoted by ICC’s official website as saying, “We have said from the beginning, we had a lot of respect for Bangladesh and we were not going to take them lightly – and we didn’t.”


“Had we taken them for granted, the result of the first innings total would have caused panic in the dressing room.”


A five-wicket haul by fast bowler Tino Best in the second innings thwarted Bangladesh’s chances of achieving their 245-run target in the second innings.


“But to see that we battled our way throughout the Test and came out victorious will definitely be a boost to the confidence that we already had coming out of the ICC World Twenty20 tournament, “Sammy added. “It will also help improve the attitudes of players whenever we take the field and face a difficult task.”


Despite handing over a 77-run defeat to Bangladesh, Sammy is expecting a tough fight from the hosts in the second Test match.


He said, “I know they will take a lot of positives from this game, but so will we. It leaves the series wide open and we have seen they are not a side that will roll over, so we expect a bigger fight and hopefully we can again be victorious.”