NO FAVOURS FOR SACHIN
Manager Richardson promises tough time for Indian superstar
Sachin Tendulkar will have to earn every single run he gets in his farewell series, as hosts India gear up to face West Indies.
The visitors engage India in two Tests in Kolkata and Mumbai from November 6-18, the latter expected to be Tendulkar’s 200th and final Test, which should make him the only cricketer ever to reach that landmark.
But according to West Indies manager Richie Richardson, it will be far from a friendly sendoff for the “Little Master”.
“We want to make it clear that we have come here with a mission to win the series,” Richardson was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “We will try our best to stop him from scoring runs. We will not let him an inch. He has to earn every run.
“We all have thought about giving a fitting tribute to Tendulkar after his last Test at Wankhede,” he added. “We don’t want to reveal our plans. It will be a big surprise for him.”
Richardson also described touring India as “a big challenge for every team”, adding that it was also a “big opportunity for the youngsters”.
Off-spinner Shane Shillingford, meanwhile, is hoping to get his first run out in maroon in India, after sitting on the bench for his previous Test tour there, and is hoping to adapt quickly in foreign territory.
“I’ve been there a few years ago with the team, got some experience just looking, so there’s a lot to learn,” Shillingford told the media. “Adapting to the conditions and getting used to them, it’s good.”
The Dominican added: “Certainly it’s a good privilege to play against the master of cricket (Tendulkar). I’ve watched him play and everything. Our plan is obviously to go and win. I’m sure the big man would want to get some runs, but we have our plan as a team, our goal, and that’s to win.”
Shillingford also described the tour as a “learning trip”, and is hoping he will enjoy the Indian batsmen, who are noted for their ability to play spin.
“No matter how many games you play, once you put on that cap to play cricket, it’s always a learning experience,” he said. “There’s always something you learn every day. So going out there and playing every series is a learning experience.”
The bowler continued: “Once you’re a spinner you have to have patience. That’s what makes up a good spinner and a lot of consistency. So definitely I did some background on the Indian batsmen. I know that they play spin very well, I know they love to use their feet. So it’s something that I’m mindful of and something that I’m looking forward to playing against.”
Asked about his plans for the Indian batsmen, Shillingford said he will concentrate on the batsmen’s weaknesses, and believes consistency will be the key to his success.
“Batsmen will always play their shots,” Shillingford noted. “Good bowling is good bowling. Once you go out there and work on a batsman’s weakness you’ll have a good chance to succeed, whether or not he tends to be aggressive. The more aggressive he is, the more chance he gives to get himself out. As a bowler that’s something you always want to see.”