Tuesday 5 November 2013 

Video - India, West Indies Prepare For Kolkata Test

Watch as India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and West Indian counterpart Darren Sammy look ahead to the first Test at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

The match will be Sachin Tendulkar's 199th although both men are keen to focus more on the game than the first part of the great batsmen's farewell series.

"Well, I think the focus has been brilliant so far," Dhoni said. "As far as the team is concerned, we're not thinking about anything apart from cricket.

"There are certain things which have to happen and will happen, but as far as the last few days are concerned, (we) look abolutely normal, you know, how we played in the last series, how the dressing room, atmosphere was, I think it's exactly the same, so in a way, the guys have done really well to maintain that kind of atmosphere."

Sammy says it is important for his players to block out the excitement surrounding Tendulkar's impending retirement and concentrate on the game.

"You know, that's India," he said when asked about the atmosphere. "Sachin, nobody could not see what he's done for cricket. Not only India, but I think he's been a great ambassador for the sport and he deserves all the hype, all the praises he's getting, you know, coming into the last two Test matches of his career.

"For us, we just look to block it out, at the end of the day we're here to play cricket, whatever happens in the media, whatever happens in the next team's dressing room."

Video courtesy of SNTV and will be available until 6th November 2013, after which time the video will display the latest live content.

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