England v WI, 2nd Test, Trent Bridge, 2nd day May 26, 2012

Someone smiling on Sammy

Darren Sammy is a proud and talented cricketer who has made something of himself, his job and his team. No one on earth could begrudge him a maiden Test hundred and 21 minutes at Trent Bridge that he will never forget.
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The greatest cricketer of all time played here at Trent Bridge. They reckon he arrived the afternoon before Nottinghamshire's first match of the summer and strolled across the lush outfield in a thick sheepskin coat to watch his new team-mates at net practice. The next day, in one of the Gillette Cup 60 over matches that used to start the season, Garry Sobers took four wickets and made 60 not out on a damp pitch to see his adopted county over the line. "Well played you fellas" he said in the dressing-room after receipt of the man of the match award, "now who we got in the next round?!"

Darren Sammy will not have seen Sobers play, not live, but he will know the legend and identify with the joie de vivre. Sammy would agree that he is lucky to have played the Test matches he has and is under no illusion about the present position of West Indian cricket. There is no Sobers, no Richards or Roberts nor a Greenidge or Garner. Nothing close. But there is spirit and hope, best illustrated by the man who wears the captain's armband once worn by the incomparable Sir Garry.

At 11 o'clock this morning, beneath a sapphire sky that would have done justice to St. Lucia, Sammy walked the walk that Sobers first took all those years ago and requested a fresh guard. A blistering array of counter-attacking strokes the previous evening had left the West Indies captain 88 not out, just two clean hits from a first Test match hundred. Marlon Samuels had the strike and worked a single from the third ball of the day; Sammy played the fourth from the middle of his bat. The fifth hammered into his thigh pad, the sixth was left well alone. A few spectators still searching for their seats barely noticed these nervous moments, the rest of a sun-kissed full house were bent forward squinting through the bright light at the tense early exchange some 70 metres away.

James Anderson offered mainly a full length, examining footwork and mind. Stuart Broad bowled a few bouncers to test courage and patience. Twice Anderson passed the Sammy outside edge and threw back his head in frustration. Rarely can a cricket ground have so ached for both friend and foe. Then Sammy scorched the turf with an off drive to move to 92, which brought hardcore appreciation from the crowd.

The batsmen exchanged singles twice before the start of the 6th over of the day. Time: 11.19am, Sammy 94. The first ball was punched with feeling to mid-off, no run. Hearts beat faster, hands clammed up. Anderson jogged from gully to talk with Broad on the walk back to his mark. Feet shuffled. God knows what Anderson said. Probably nothing. Make him wait.

11.20am. Broad pitched fuller and wider, Sammy threw his life at it and the ball flew fast and safe over Anderson's head for four. Sammy 98. The hum of anticipation hummed louder, more urgent. Please, let it be. Let this good man have his moment in the Nottingham sun.

11.21am. Broad bowled a beauty, a good length and straight that moved away off the seam. Sammy, the tall, slim, smiling St Lucian - the first from his island to represent West Indies - launched himself into a contortion hitherto unseen; attempting it appeared to strike this crucial ball, the ball of his batting life, over the leg-side stands and into space.

He failed in this mission, failed utterly. But someone was with him, someone important said: "Okay Darren, you've put a bit in, taken up some slack, this is one is for you" and the ball flew from the back of the bat, passed the diving fielder at point and sped to the boundary.

Hooray! Bravo! He's done it! The crowd stood as one, roaring approval. The West Indian dressing-room the same. The batsman raised his arms to the heavenly sky and kissed the famous badge on the maroon helmet. And he smiled that wonderful smile. He is not Sir Garfield Sobers and he knows it. But he is a proud and talented cricketer who has made something of himself, his job and his team. No one on earth could begrudge Darren Sammy the Trent Bridge 21 minutes that he will never forget.

Former Hampshire batsman Mark Nicholas is the host of Channel 9's cricket coverage

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  • MinusZero on May 28, 2012, 22:43 GMT

    After seeing Sammy bat a while ago, i thought this is a player who could get lots of runs. Just a shame his bowling leaks too many runs.

  • SoLucien on May 28, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    Good knock from Sammy, its unfortunate that the only reason he is in this test side is because he is from St. Lucia like Hilaire and company. The best way to shut up your crictics is to perform and you have done that. I hope you keep making runs.

  • StatisticsRocks on May 28, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    @JG I would tend to agree with you as some of the posts from my fellow Indians has been unfortunately immature.

    @Rick Seymor: No I am not bitter abt the teams demise but not happy with the attitude shown while they were losing, mainly what concerned me is the fighting spirit or lack there of shown by the future young Indian players and some of the seniors. Losing and winning is part of the game and the sole player who stood there for hours and who was worthy of that spirit was Rahul Dravid. When WI and Aus dominated the way they did, competition was not upto their potential. Today, its a completely different story with amount of cricket that is being played and given the fact that teams lack consistency makes it more interesting. I would agree with you that it will take quite a while for India to be #1 in test cricket.

  • gothetaniwha on May 28, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    I've got to admit I"m a DJ Sammy fan ,can't understand WI supporters , this guy u gives every bit of talent this guy has for the team , his bowling record is more than adequate and he can bat as well ,hes a good captain heres hoping this century now will shut a few people up .

  • bobagorof on May 28, 2012, 0:28 GMT

    @Iline Richards: With respect, it turns out your prediction of England having a 300 run lead was wrong - WI trailed by 58. Also, Sammy cannot bat for the whole team. He did, however, put in a 'captain's knock' to give the team some chance in the match after the rest of the batsmen (apart from Samuels) failed. At the time of writing, the West Indies batsmen have failed in the 2nd innings too - 61/6 - with a number of lbws that indicate a technical deficiency in these conditions. England will probably go on to win from here, but it won't be because of Sammy. The poor guy gets a hundred, outscores the top 5 batsmen put together and still gets criticized!

  • on May 27, 2012, 21:01 GMT

    Keep on doing what yuh doing Sammy We need more Sammys (heart and confidence)

  • on May 27, 2012, 20:36 GMT

    Fine knock by Sammy. all the best

  • on May 27, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    @IndnCrktfan - yeah, you are right, simple physics. West Indies were 10 years, Australia were 20 years. India weren't even 1 year. Yes sooner or later England will not be the #1 team any more, may even happen in two or 3 months time after the Saffers, but England will be there or thereabouts for a few years yet. Rather than be bitter about your own teams demise, you should be proud an ageing team like that Indian team managed to get to #1 for the time they did, as it will be a while before India gets there again

  • hhillbumper on May 27, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    he seems a good captain but that top 3 needs some work.Bravo hasn't kicked on this tour.

  • mrhamilton on May 27, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    @vinay kollhatkar maybe u didnt know but the so called "full strength windies" of sarwan, gayle,chanders, bravo snr,simmons and samuels played together for many years and in the absence of Gibson and Sammy and others there was a total lack of pride, fight and spirit and the windies became the joke of world cricket. Sammy,Gibson and Chanderpaul have restored the pride with youngsters like bravo jnr,roach, doing well and samuels and rampaul starting to fufill their early promise. I do think Gayle is a superstar and in the new regime if he plays like he has the last few years he will add the missing ingrediant. Sammy should be no 6 tho with 4 other bowlers and Edwards, Powell,Barath and Sarwan to fight for the other batting space.

  • MinusZero on May 28, 2012, 22:43 GMT

    After seeing Sammy bat a while ago, i thought this is a player who could get lots of runs. Just a shame his bowling leaks too many runs.

  • SoLucien on May 28, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    Good knock from Sammy, its unfortunate that the only reason he is in this test side is because he is from St. Lucia like Hilaire and company. The best way to shut up your crictics is to perform and you have done that. I hope you keep making runs.

  • StatisticsRocks on May 28, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    @JG I would tend to agree with you as some of the posts from my fellow Indians has been unfortunately immature.

    @Rick Seymor: No I am not bitter abt the teams demise but not happy with the attitude shown while they were losing, mainly what concerned me is the fighting spirit or lack there of shown by the future young Indian players and some of the seniors. Losing and winning is part of the game and the sole player who stood there for hours and who was worthy of that spirit was Rahul Dravid. When WI and Aus dominated the way they did, competition was not upto their potential. Today, its a completely different story with amount of cricket that is being played and given the fact that teams lack consistency makes it more interesting. I would agree with you that it will take quite a while for India to be #1 in test cricket.

  • gothetaniwha on May 28, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    I've got to admit I"m a DJ Sammy fan ,can't understand WI supporters , this guy u gives every bit of talent this guy has for the team , his bowling record is more than adequate and he can bat as well ,hes a good captain heres hoping this century now will shut a few people up .

  • bobagorof on May 28, 2012, 0:28 GMT

    @Iline Richards: With respect, it turns out your prediction of England having a 300 run lead was wrong - WI trailed by 58. Also, Sammy cannot bat for the whole team. He did, however, put in a 'captain's knock' to give the team some chance in the match after the rest of the batsmen (apart from Samuels) failed. At the time of writing, the West Indies batsmen have failed in the 2nd innings too - 61/6 - with a number of lbws that indicate a technical deficiency in these conditions. England will probably go on to win from here, but it won't be because of Sammy. The poor guy gets a hundred, outscores the top 5 batsmen put together and still gets criticized!

  • on May 27, 2012, 21:01 GMT

    Keep on doing what yuh doing Sammy We need more Sammys (heart and confidence)

  • on May 27, 2012, 20:36 GMT

    Fine knock by Sammy. all the best

  • on May 27, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    @IndnCrktfan - yeah, you are right, simple physics. West Indies were 10 years, Australia were 20 years. India weren't even 1 year. Yes sooner or later England will not be the #1 team any more, may even happen in two or 3 months time after the Saffers, but England will be there or thereabouts for a few years yet. Rather than be bitter about your own teams demise, you should be proud an ageing team like that Indian team managed to get to #1 for the time they did, as it will be a while before India gets there again

  • hhillbumper on May 27, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    he seems a good captain but that top 3 needs some work.Bravo hasn't kicked on this tour.

  • mrhamilton on May 27, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    @vinay kollhatkar maybe u didnt know but the so called "full strength windies" of sarwan, gayle,chanders, bravo snr,simmons and samuels played together for many years and in the absence of Gibson and Sammy and others there was a total lack of pride, fight and spirit and the windies became the joke of world cricket. Sammy,Gibson and Chanderpaul have restored the pride with youngsters like bravo jnr,roach, doing well and samuels and rampaul starting to fufill their early promise. I do think Gayle is a superstar and in the new regime if he plays like he has the last few years he will add the missing ingrediant. Sammy should be no 6 tho with 4 other bowlers and Edwards, Powell,Barath and Sarwan to fight for the other batting space.

  • on May 27, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    you go sammy..... you may not be the best with the bat at times but you keep the troops together and you come and bowl with your heart out most of the time... keep it up my fellow windward islander.

  • JG2704 on May 27, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    @IndnCrktfan on (May 27 2012, 13:02 PM GMT - don't take this personally as you're one of the few from your country who posts balanced stuff - regardless of whether I agree with everything you say. But ever since the test series last year , we have had a swarm of obsessive posters from India who just continue to post unbalanced tripe on our threads. I never used to mind India (as a team at all) and even a few months ago when they were whitewashed in Oz I did sypathise. But now it's actually got to the point where fans comments have possibly swayed memt opinion against team India.And by the same token I think my opinion of team Pakistan has gone up , because of how much humility most of their fans showed when they thrashed us in the last test series. I think that's why very few gloated when we won the OD series by whitewash and T20 series.

  • StatisticsRocks on May 27, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    @A_Vaccant_Slip, @BravoBravo:Even as an Indian I enjoyed centuries by Samuels and Sammy and also the fighting spirit displayed by this team w/o any stars in them. I guess it's human psychology that one has to enjoy their success at the dispense of the other's failures and it is more sweet when the other team is India. Always remember the basic laws of physics 'Anything that goes up has to come down and vice versa'.....

  • godfreyse on May 27, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    Sammy is a hard worker & deserved some luck. This could well be a turning pt in his career.

  • on May 27, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    I still do not like Sammy his success is a fluke , his presence is affecting the balance of the team, why is he not playing Deonarine or Fudadin

  • on May 27, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    Fitting tribute from Mark Nicholas to the man who has just scored his first test century.. Darren Sammy may not be a match for his more illustrious predecessors, but then his contributions cannot be undermined with limited resources at his disposal.

  • TheLight on May 27, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    I guess now he has some justification to keep Taylor, gayle, sarwan and others out of the team.

  • Big_Chikka on May 27, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    Yes, more power to Sammy. BUT, please lets not forget this team could be so much better with the inclusion of another top order batter and genuine quickie. Still, maybe many turns in this game at Trentbridge. Best present Sammy and Co can give the Windies is a hard fought win. Series would live on, so to his capataincy. Only downside would be the Board might take credit despite being utterly incompetent.

  • on May 27, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    The top 4 should be sacked. Gayle, Simmons, Sarwan, Chanderpaul, Samuels and Sammy can be the six batsman and 4 specialist bowlers can include 3 real pacemen, including Jerome Taylor. Challenging for Sammy's place would be Bravo, the Dwayne one. England would still be hard to beat but a full strength WI side should be able to beat India, SL, NZ and Pakistan at home in WI.

  • The_bowlers_Holding on May 27, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    I am an England fan and althought I wanted to skittle WI for 200, I was pleased for Sammy he seems such a nice bloke with a big heart. For those calling for his head who do you suggest instead, Chris Gayle who is more interested in his pocket. When I was a lad I hated WI as they always battered my beloved team but when I look back I admire that awesome succession of teams; expecingt that success to be repeated is optimistic West Indies has a tiny population compared to all other cricket teams (even NZ) and the other teams have superior infrastructure. WI have improved from where they were but seem to lack the depth required to challenge against, dare I say it without being accused of arrogance, the top teams- against India and Australia they were in strong positions but ultimately lost and now they will lose this test and series. I like Sammy he plays with a smile and this is good for cricket.

  • Chris_P on May 27, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    @ jmcilhinney. Fully agree with your comments. There is always something about wanting an underdog to get up and win, I am glad he didn't do it against us! As mentioned, he did threaten against the Aussies, but I would suggest this was an innings of exception rather than a rule for him. As mentioned by many others and anyone who witnessed the innings, he could have perished any time, he lived very dangerously. The no ball wickets were incredibly frustrating as I have seen far too much of this recently. Poor discipline, that's all, something the Aussies were inflicted with until McDermott addressed the issues. It has been a good test match to watch, I do enjoy test cricket.

  • on May 27, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    I a Sri Lankan.. but truly I like Daren Sammy a lot. He is not the best at anything in Cricket.. but he has a great character in himself.

  • ToTellUTheTruth on May 27, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    Leave this man alone. A captain, who knows his limitations, yet inspries others with nothing much to say....you kidding me? What a beautiful piece that captured "the moment" in words!!!

    Darren! I love you man. You are the most underrated/hated cricketer/Captain in the world. But I always believed in you. Fight the good fight and never let it go.

  • VEGHA on May 27, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    Darren Sammy is having fighting spirit and also he is enjoying his captaincy.He is aggressive character and he gives 100% on the field. If WI have patience , he will be able to mould his team and after some time WI will get good results.He is good leader and he knows the strength of his team . It is just matter of time to get desred results

  • on May 27, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    We must be honest Sammy tries very hard but the board is the ones to blame ,we need a whole cricket reform in the c'bean times have changed what worked for the glorious WI team will certainly not work for this generation.The board must stop with their caveman approach or WI cricket will never progress.

  • bobbo2 on May 27, 2012, 4:37 GMT

    Well done Sammy. Give the man a break, he is trying hard with a team that simply does not match up with England. Like everyone else, I love the WI - nice to see them putting up a bit of a fight and playing better than they have for a while.

    On another point, while Gary Sobers was obviously one of the greats, I would have though Bradman was the greatest cricketer of all time with that average of 99 and all (and I am not Australian).

  • jimbond on May 27, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    The biggest service that the WI board and selectors can do to WI cricket and Sammy, would be to first select the team for any tour, look at the certainties in the 11 and select one of them as Captain. If Sammy qualifies as an allrounder, so be it and play him at no. 6 or 7(if the WK is good enough to play at 6); if he doesnt, get someone else in.

  • jmcilhinney on May 27, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    I'm guessing that I speak for many England fans when I say that, while I wish it hadn't come against England, I'm pleased for Sammy that he scored these runs. I'm guessing that this one innings won't convert too many people who are calling for his head though. Just like WI as a team, he needs to be more consistent. He did play a couple of decent innings against Australia though, so maybe he already is starting to build that consistency. Unfortunately for Sammy and Samuels though, they were rescuing the batting from a rather dire start... AGAIN!

  • YorkshirePudding on May 27, 2012, 3:57 GMT

    It was a very good ton, and a valuable partnership with Samuals, if these two can become more consistent then the Windies will continue to progress, I hope he continues this, all that is needed is for Barath and K.Edwards or Powell to start firing at the top and they will be able to post very competative totals. The parallels with England on the rise from 1999 are remarkable, they just lack consistency.

  • BravoBravo on May 27, 2012, 3:03 GMT

    @A_Vacant_Slip: Very true mate, fully agree with you. Twice white washed, and humiliated team (IND) is way below this resurgent WI team. @MrPontingToYou: the dead pitches were there when whitewashed and other defeated teams were dreaming to score the century. All the "master blaster" failed miserably that time. IMO, WI is not going to loose this test for SURE. However, in all fairness current ENG team is the best, so far they have only been tackled by PAK. Well good luck WI and Congrats to Sammy.

  • StatisticsRocks on May 27, 2012, 2:50 GMT

    You score a hundred people are not happy, you dont score runs, people are not happy. No matter what you do some of the mere mortals will never be satisfied. No matter how bad or good the pitch is for batting, a test match hundred is always special. If it is your first one against a #1 team at their backyard it is more special. Sammy has united the team to play as one. Most of the star players are playing in IPL and he is marshalling the 16 players that was handed to him by the WICB in a commendable manner. They are so far doing so much better than we did last year. No one in WI team is complaining how their star players are missing unlike the Indian team complaining abt injuries. Yes, I agree WI need another bowler as they will struggle to take 20 wickets with this bowling unit. Inspite of that the team is fighting with a smile on their face. I am sure something to learn for Indian team.

  • on May 27, 2012, 2:22 GMT

    Sammy has the gift of leadership. He is a great leader of men. That is why success is paying off. Sooner, the west indies will beat England under his captaincy. It's inevitable. You watch and see!

  • on May 27, 2012, 1:33 GMT

    Good for sammy and a beautifully written piece by mark. This why we love test cricket.

  • wifedupfan on May 27, 2012, 1:27 GMT

    yes. sammy should bat at 6 and include a specialist 4th bowler. so, if we are to have a chance in the final test, my team would be gayle, richie richardson, sarwan, chanderpaul (wkpr), nash, sammy, dw bravo, holding, narine, gibson and dwight yorke (we gotta try something different!!!).

  • phoenixsteve on May 27, 2012, 1:05 GMT

    Congratulations to Darren Sammy on a wonderful achievement. This guy demonstrates true cricketing spirit with his flashing smile and gentlemanly demenor! A credit to Caribbean cricket and the spirit of the game.... great stuff! COME ON ENGLAND!!!

  • RohanMarkJay on May 27, 2012, 0:54 GMT

    Congratulations Darren Sammy on your 100 runs. I hope this is west indies turning a corner, for the good of cricket. I hope the west indies have turned the corner to better things in cricket. Neutral cricket fans are tired of seeing other cricket teams doing well that have none of the joi de vivre of the west indies. Everyone wants the west indies of 1950s,1960s, 1970s and 1980s to return. Like Mark Nicholas this team is nowhere close to those teams but under Darren Sammy WI has turned a corner. Even if they don't hit top spot ever again a good competitive WI that can mix it with the top table does more for the game of cricket than any modern day marketing ploy. Also very good fair and balanced article from an english media writer for once. This is how you write a good cricket article, George Dobell take note!

  • blackie on May 27, 2012, 0:27 GMT

    Give me 11 Darren Sammys. At least that way we will be competitive, passionate and always in with a chance of winning. On the other hand, with the 'stars' in the team, we'll get flashes of brilliance but regular and heartbreaking losses and not much commitment to Windies cricket..

  • Fudoshin on May 27, 2012, 0:16 GMT

    Comparatively speaking Sammy has done far better than Edwards, Powell and Fidel, put together. He is an economical bowler and a threatening batsman. Batting wise, he has out batted Edwards and Powell, and bowling wise he has out performed Fidel who has hardly been taking wickets in either the Australian series or the present series. Sammy deserves his place ahead of Edwards, Powell and Fidel. The wicket keepers have always disappointed, I would train Barath or Bravo to be the keeper before I dropped Sammy. To Sammy's credit it has been under his stewardship that Windies have began to make strides. They have all taken a step forward, and I expect soon enough they will be able to convert their five day competitiveness into match winners. Wi all in!!

  • on May 26, 2012, 23:28 GMT

    Isn't that reason Sammy is in the team? To justify his selection by playing some runs. I still maintain that Sammy should not be captaining the side. The pitch is a batting strip so far, yet WI was not able to play over 400 and occupy the crease. One is left to ask, what kind of stragety, what kind of score they and planned to get in the dressing room? It seems as if the 'think tanks' are cricket dunces - have no cricket sense. The England team is going to bat until about 1/2 hour before close on the 3rd, with a lead of 300. Prediction , WI lose this test. Do not sing WI and Sammy praises to soon!

  • b4u8me2 on May 26, 2012, 23:22 GMT

    Sammy's hundred is no different from the century scored by Jerome Taylor in NZ or any century scored by a no. 8. He is failing as a bowler which is what he is picked to do. I am happy for him getting a century in England but WI need am effective 4th bowler. Move Samuels to # 3 and Sammy to # 6 if he's making runs and get a proper bowler in the team.

  • MrPontingToYou on May 26, 2012, 23:12 GMT

    He played well, but thats about it, extremely good fortune, and a dead pitch combined to some how get him to his century. As expected the WI fans see this as the end to the calls for his head. But the truth is this does'nt change a thing, he could easily have been out a dozen times, his aggressive throw the kitchen sink batting is not what is required for tests, his bowling is still mediocre, and at best his captaincy is average.

  • on May 26, 2012, 22:49 GMT

    What a great game cricket is that can make a character like Darren Sammy a legend. It warms the heart that he scored a century - it's not like Jason Gillespie's double century which slightly demeaned the art of batsmanship. Lovely writing from Mark Nicholas. Vale Sammy!!

  • Munkeymomo on May 26, 2012, 22:46 GMT

    Well chuffed for Darren today, good honest cricketer and lovely bloke. I hope he takes the Windies to success in the future. T20 WC win for them would be awesome and very possible with the first XI available.

  • A_Vacant_Slip on May 26, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    If there was any doubt before this 370 from West Indies finally prove beyond any reasonable doubt that they are better than team which visited England shore last year. Twice out of three time now they have passed 300 runs Vs England. They also take 15 England wicket in First Test. So, it is proved proved completely that West Indies COMPETITIVE TEAM. So much more entertaining to watch this than what we had to endure last year.

  • AvidFanDownUnder on May 26, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    Congrats Darren on a well deserved century - he may not be one of the best players around (and most definitely not one of the best to don the WI colours) but he would most definitely be one of the most passionate players to pay for the WI and that counts for so much more than talent alone. The funny thing is in time to come he will probably be remembered in the same manner as Sir Frank Worrell (albiet a less talented version) because the kids who are starting now (Bharats, Roachs, Bravos, etc) will herald the beginning of the new Calypso Kings and it will be down to this man's captaincy. Just wish the WI win at least one test because it is exciting to see the potential and will be even better when they start living up to it.

  • on May 26, 2012, 22:12 GMT

    HE is so valuable...that is why he earne a bid of $ 70000 in the IPL.

  • 2.14istherunrate on May 26, 2012, 21:51 GMT

    i always thought a Sammy ton would be entertaining. Defence is not really part of his batting game. Hats off to the guy.Certainly he can hold his head high now for this and for getting West Indies to have some sense of themselves and not just of the shadow of the past greats hanging over them. it would be a hard man not to feel something for him and his recent success.

  • darsh127 on May 26, 2012, 21:43 GMT

    I was very upset hearing people comment on this man, cmon guys, he has done so much for the team. And plus, if you don't want him on the team or as the captain, who will be the captain? Edwards? i just see west indies dropping even more. He is holding the team together and he is doing great.

  • goglobalnz on May 26, 2012, 21:43 GMT

    Superb report, superb innings

  • on May 26, 2012, 21:23 GMT

    I am really surprised when I read some of the comments about Darren Sammy. Most Indian fans would love to have a bloke like him in the Indian team who has so much pride, who is such a trier, and who has some passion about the game and so much pride when he is representing the country. Sammy can easily go off and use his skills in IPL and he is a good enough player to attract decent money in IPL. But under his captaincy, I've seen Windies fight it out, before, West Indies would roll over and would seldomly fight it out. But Sammy has managed to instill a sense of pride in the guys, they've become feisty and competitive. Sammy knows that the name on the front of the shirt is more important than the name on the back of the shirt. I love Sammy, he needs support, and results will come!

  • wiseshah on May 26, 2012, 20:37 GMT

    why people are so much after sammy. this guy leads, he makes runs, he is taking wicket and he is a true patriot. when stars of west indies are running after money, he refuses to play BPL and play for his country. thats called dedication

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on May 26, 2012, 20:19 GMT

    And to think people were commenting that "Sammy should be dropped"... "he shouldn't be captain"... "why is he in the team"... Shame on you people. The guy is holding the team together, and all the six-and-then-out players that are stuck in the IPL will not be the right answer for WI test cricket. Well played Sammy!

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  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on May 26, 2012, 20:19 GMT

    And to think people were commenting that "Sammy should be dropped"... "he shouldn't be captain"... "why is he in the team"... Shame on you people. The guy is holding the team together, and all the six-and-then-out players that are stuck in the IPL will not be the right answer for WI test cricket. Well played Sammy!

  • wiseshah on May 26, 2012, 20:37 GMT

    why people are so much after sammy. this guy leads, he makes runs, he is taking wicket and he is a true patriot. when stars of west indies are running after money, he refuses to play BPL and play for his country. thats called dedication

  • on May 26, 2012, 21:23 GMT

    I am really surprised when I read some of the comments about Darren Sammy. Most Indian fans would love to have a bloke like him in the Indian team who has so much pride, who is such a trier, and who has some passion about the game and so much pride when he is representing the country. Sammy can easily go off and use his skills in IPL and he is a good enough player to attract decent money in IPL. But under his captaincy, I've seen Windies fight it out, before, West Indies would roll over and would seldomly fight it out. But Sammy has managed to instill a sense of pride in the guys, they've become feisty and competitive. Sammy knows that the name on the front of the shirt is more important than the name on the back of the shirt. I love Sammy, he needs support, and results will come!

  • goglobalnz on May 26, 2012, 21:43 GMT

    Superb report, superb innings

  • darsh127 on May 26, 2012, 21:43 GMT

    I was very upset hearing people comment on this man, cmon guys, he has done so much for the team. And plus, if you don't want him on the team or as the captain, who will be the captain? Edwards? i just see west indies dropping even more. He is holding the team together and he is doing great.

  • 2.14istherunrate on May 26, 2012, 21:51 GMT

    i always thought a Sammy ton would be entertaining. Defence is not really part of his batting game. Hats off to the guy.Certainly he can hold his head high now for this and for getting West Indies to have some sense of themselves and not just of the shadow of the past greats hanging over them. it would be a hard man not to feel something for him and his recent success.

  • on May 26, 2012, 22:12 GMT

    HE is so valuable...that is why he earne a bid of $ 70000 in the IPL.

  • AvidFanDownUnder on May 26, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    Congrats Darren on a well deserved century - he may not be one of the best players around (and most definitely not one of the best to don the WI colours) but he would most definitely be one of the most passionate players to pay for the WI and that counts for so much more than talent alone. The funny thing is in time to come he will probably be remembered in the same manner as Sir Frank Worrell (albiet a less talented version) because the kids who are starting now (Bharats, Roachs, Bravos, etc) will herald the beginning of the new Calypso Kings and it will be down to this man's captaincy. Just wish the WI win at least one test because it is exciting to see the potential and will be even better when they start living up to it.

  • A_Vacant_Slip on May 26, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    If there was any doubt before this 370 from West Indies finally prove beyond any reasonable doubt that they are better than team which visited England shore last year. Twice out of three time now they have passed 300 runs Vs England. They also take 15 England wicket in First Test. So, it is proved proved completely that West Indies COMPETITIVE TEAM. So much more entertaining to watch this than what we had to endure last year.

  • Munkeymomo on May 26, 2012, 22:46 GMT

    Well chuffed for Darren today, good honest cricketer and lovely bloke. I hope he takes the Windies to success in the future. T20 WC win for them would be awesome and very possible with the first XI available.