Sammy admits Windies rolled over

West Indies captain Darren Sammy conceded that his team were never in contention for the Test series against India following an innings and 126-run defeat on Saturday.

The match in Mumbai, which also brought an end to the illustrious career of batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar, had an almost identical result from the first Test which they lost by an inning and 51 runs in Kolkata.

“It is very disappointing. We never turned up in the series,” he said.

Sammy admitted they have been taught a lesson for the next Test series against New Zealand following the one-day series against India.

“I was speaking to a good friend of mine and he summed it up very well. He said to me, ‘we knew you were coming here for a celebration and you only brought gifts’. That is what we did.”

In a tribute to Tendulkar, Sammy praised the “Little Master” for his contribution to world cricket over the last 24 years.

“Tendulkar is the all-round person – all-round cricketer and the ultimate sportsman.”

Despite the mauling, West Indies made no changes to their squad for the Tests in New Zealand. Sammy, who scored only 25 runs over four innings and bowled 21 overs without a wicket in the series, remains as captain.

Only two West Indian batsmen managed to aggregate more than 100 runs in the series, and the only bowler who had success was offspinner Shane Shillingford with 11 wickets. None of his team-mates managed to take more than two wickets.

The first of three Tests against New Zealand starts on Dec. 3 in Dunedin. Currently at No. 6 on the Test rankings, West Indies will slip one rung lower should they lose 2-0 or worse.

SQUAD: Darren Sammy (capt), Denesh Ramdin (wk and vice-capt), Tino Best, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Sheldon Cottrell, Narsingh Deonarine, Kirk Edwards, Shannon Gabriel, Chris Gayle, Veersammy Permaul, Kieron Powell, Marlon Samuels, Shane Shillingford, Chadwick Walton (wk)

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