Kolkata: West Indies captain Darren Sammy on Tuesday asked his batsmen to take a cue from Shivnarine Chanderpaul's positive approach against Indian spinners and not hesitate to counterattack as they go into the second Test at Eden Gardens with an aim to bounce back in the series.

Chanderpaul rescued the visitors from a precarious position in the first Test at Ferozeshah Kotla in Delhi, scoring a defiant 118 in the first innings taking on the Indian spinners on a tricky wicket. He made a quickfire 47 off 58 balls, stroking seven fours in the second innings as well.

"The way he (Chanderpaul) batted, got a hundred... when you are positive against spin, it is effective," Sammy said.

Sammy said they will look to counterattack India's new spin combination of Ravichandran Ashwin and Pragyan Ojah, who picked up 16 wickets at Kotla, and try to break their rhythm.

"So often, a guy comes and settles into his bowling. We will look to counterattack, but also be more selective because it is Test cricket and we still need to bat time."

"The team should look to do that more often, be cautious, show them the respect they deserve, but look to not go into our shell. We let them dictate too much to us and it took the experience of Chanderpaul to show us how to play on the pitch. We hope to take a page out of his book and execute it."

Sammy said the team is not short on confidence as they have given a good account of themselves in the first Test.

"I don't think it is difficult (to motivate the team). Before the start of the series we had said we will play fearless cricket. Despite the result, we did, basically control the first two days of the first Test."

"The camp is not down, we still have the belief that (we can do well) once we win the key moments of the game. It is about capitalising on the key moments," Sammy said.

He hoped the team would bounce back at the Eden. "We never said it would be easy coming to India. It is difficult but not impossible."

The West Indies captain said the track, except the grass on it, looked the same as the slow practice pitches, and would aid spinners.

“The last Ranji Trophy match (at this venue) saw a lot of runs being scored. Last night I saw on television Sourav Ganguly was bowling with the new ball in Test cricket here. It is a wicket that will help spinners like you would expect."

Asked how his bowlers planned to go at India’s star openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, Sammy said discipline would be the key.

“We have learnt from Bangladesh (where the Caribbeans toured before coming to India) that normally the new ball in the subcontinent goes for runs. Sehwag will attack and Gambhir will support him. We can be more disciplined in line, let them hit good deliveries for fours."

On stylish Indian batsman VVS Laxman, who led India to victory with a half century in the first Test and is known for his prolific scores at the Eden, Sammy said: “Hope (wicket keeper) Carlton (Baugh) takes a good catch again." Laxman was dismissed for one in the first innings with Baugh snapping up an outside edge.

"We also know he gets out early in the first innings and we can hope to put an end in the second innings very early. May be I will be invisible and hold his bat as the bowler is bowling," he said, tongue-in-cheek.

Sammy, who turns 29 next month, said his team believed in collective effort and was not banking on any particular player to deliver the goods.

(Agencies)