Sammy blames batsman for first ODI loss

Darren Sammy admits that the total was not big enough to contain India Getty Images

Port of Spain (Trinidad): Jun 7, 2011

West Indies skipper Darren Sammy blamed the inability of his batsmen to put up enough runs on the board as the reason for his side’s four-wicket defeat against India in the first One-Day International of the five-match series.

Opting to bat at the Queens Park Oval, West Indies found the going tough against the Indian bowlers from the onset and posted a modest 214 for nine which the visitors overwhelmed with four wickets in hand and 31 balls to spare.

“We didn’t score enough runs, we kept taking wickets but the total wasn’t big enough to put pressure on them (India). It’s about going out there and put a challenging total on the board but we couldn’t do that,” Sammy said after the loss.

Asked about his decision to bat first, he said, “It’s a turning track and we wanted to have the best of the conditions when batting first. Desmond Haynes, our batting consultant, has been doing a good job and we just need to execute our plans properly.”

Sammy said his batters need to raise to the occasion and put up a better display in the coming matches of the series.

India captain Suresh Raina, who scored a 50-ball 43, lauded his teammates for the all-round display but said fielding is one area which the side needs to improve upon.

“The bowlers did a great job, followed by Rohit (Sharma) and Shikhar (Dhawan). The track wasn’t good for batting, but we rotated the strike well,” Raina said.

“We can do better in the field, a couple need to show more intensity. It’s looking good at the moment, I hope we do well in the next game.”

Rohit scored an unbeaten 68 off 75 balls while Dhawan (51 off 76) notched up his maiden half century to help India chase down the target comfortably.

Man-of-the-match Rohit said it was a tough wicket to bat on initially.

“It was quite difficult initially because the track was turning. It was important to spend some time in the middle to play our shots,” he said.

“I just want to keep scoring runs and I’m happy to start the tournament on a good note. I’m very much hungry for runs,” the right-hander added.