Kolkata, Nov 7: West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels said the Indian bowlers did not give them an inch and felt things became more difficult after the ball was changed in the second session of the first cricket Test here on Wednesday (November 6).
Opting to bat after winning the toss, West Indies were all out for 234 with Samuels top-scoring with a knock of 65 on the opening day. Debutant Indian pacer Mohammed Shami picked 4/71.
"To be honest, the Indian bowlers didn't give us anything. They were very disciplined the way they bowled. They attacked the stumps. When you go out there, you have to work very hard to get some runs. I backed myself and took my chance early," Samuels told reporters.
Samuels said the Indian attack became more penetrating after they changed the ball. "It was pretty easy going till the ball changed. Then it started doing a little bit more."
All praise for Shami, Saumels said the pacer has good future for India. "I've only seen Shami in a one-day game. For him to come into a Test match... everybody deserves a chance, you know. You can't look at someone and say he's a one-day cricketer. He got his opportunity and he made full use of it. That's the way cricket goes. Nothing surprises me in cricket.
"As the game progressed, he came into his own and did what he does best. He was in-swinging the ball and later on, he was getting the ball to shape away as well. The future for young Shami is looking very good," he added.
Samuels further said it was disappointing to not capitalise after winning the toss in the first of the two-match series, which is retiring legend Sachin Tendulkar's last.