Kolkata: Like his Indian counterpart Mahendra Singh Dhoni, West Indies skipper Darren Sammy said his team was trying to "block out" all the distractions due to Sachin Tendulkar's retirement frenzy and concentrate on cricket. Speaking to reporters here on Tuesday, Sammy said West Indies were better prepared and will play good cricket in the two-Test series starting at the Eden Gardens on Wednesday.
"We have come back here much more experienced since we lost 2-0 here. We are in a better frame of mind and better prepared now. Glad to get the opportunity to play versus India in a series that will bring curtains down on Sachin's career," said Sammy.
Kolkata has been in grip of Tendulkar mania since the 40-year-old will be playing his 199th and penultimate Test in the City of Joy. Since Sunday night, the celebrations have overshadowed almost everything cricket and both teams are trying to keep the focus on the game. "Sachin deserves all this hype... but we are trying to block out all the distractions and deliver five days of exciting cricket," said Sammy.