West Indies players felt privileged to have been invited for Sachin Tendulkar's farewell series but they would not give any inch to the veteran batsman and he will have to earn his runs, team operation manager Richie Richardson said on Tuesday.

"First of all we want to express our gratitude for inviting us to play a marquee Test series against India. The entire Caribbean team are elated to play the farewell series of Sachin," Richardson said, a day after their arrival.

"Having said that, we want to make it clear that we have come here with a mission to win the series. We will try our best to stop him from scoring runs. We will not let him an inch. He has to earn every run," he added.

"Winning a series in the sub-continent is a big challenge for every team. It's a big opportunity for the youngsters."

(With inputs from PTI)