Australia v West Indies, World T20 2012, Group B, Colombo September 21, 2012

'Being favourites won't guarantee success' - Sammy

ESPNcricinfo staff

West Indies captain Darren Sammy has said having attacking batsmen in the team will be handy in their World Twenty20 campaign, for which they are looking for a collective effort.

"It's good to have guys who dominate," Sammy said, ahead of their campaign opener. "Everybody in the team is looking at one common aim, which is winning. It won't take one person, it'll take an entire team to put all the ingredients together so we can get a nice little soup to eat."

West Indies go into the tournament with a strong team, with hard-hitters in Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard, effective allrounders in Andre Russell and Dwayne Bravo, and the ICC's Emerging Player of the Year, Sunil Narine, in their ranks. Sammy was confident that West Indies being touted as among the favourites to win the tournament wouldn't deter them from trying to execute their skills on the field, where it all matters.

"Being favourites doesn't guarantee you a place in the final. You have to play every match and play it well. It's about executing properly. It's good to have guys who could clear the boundaries with ease, but at the end of the day you've got to do it on the pitch."

On Saturday, they will face an Australia side who were relentless in their game against Ireland, beating them by seven wickets. Sammy said his team was up for the challenge.

"To us, every game in the tournament is a tough game. We've prepared very well. We had our last practice session and everybody's ready. The most important thing for us is the belief we have in our team that we could go all the way. Tomorrow we play Australia and all our focus and attention will be towards this game.

"Everybody's good to play. It might be a difficult XI to pick, everybody's eager to start the tournament. Whatever XI we put out there, we've got to do a job for the Caribbean people."

Among the handy allrounders is Andre Russell, who hasn't played a T20 international since October 2011. Russell said this has been among the best preparation periods he and his team have had since he started playing for West Indies.

"We've been monitoring the training and the rest period very well. My body feels well and strong compared to other tournaments and tours," Russell said. "I'd say my batting is up at the top at the moment, my bowling is still there, the captain can call on me anytime to come and get the job done, the way I'm hitting the ball, the balance and everything, is just the way I always want it."

Sammy being spoilt for choice augurs well for the team, but as he himself mentioned, it's all about executing the skills on the pitch. Playing Australia on Saturday would offer a clearer picture of how strong West Indies really are and whether, as Russell mentioned, they "get the job done".

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  • Dummy4 on September 23, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    why sammy choosed rampal in place of russel ..

  • Dummy4 on September 22, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    Just when you thought India had terrible bowlers , west indies bowlers are giving them tough competition .

  • Dummy4 on September 22, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    Darren Sammy: "It's good to have guys who could clear the boundaries with ease, but at the end of the day you've got to do it on the pitch" well job done i guess you guys did it.. ;) on pitch as well now best of luck WI! Hurrayyyyyyyyyyyyy!

  • Dummy4 on September 22, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    replace sammy add russel

  • yogi on September 22, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    WI rules. Go WI Go. You can do it. You have done it(winning one day WC's) before all that is required is an encore.

  • Vijayabhaskar on September 22, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    My favorite team is as below 1. GAYLE 2. CHARLES 3. RUSSEL 4.SAMUELS 5. POLLARD 6.BRAVO Dar 7.BRAVO Dw 8. SAMMY 9. RAMDIN 10. NARINE 11. EDWARDS

    WI should use the power of russel & pollard early in the innings. Incase of any failures we have Samuels & Darren bravo for classy play.

  • Michael on September 22, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    Aussies will win Have a better team

  • Marcio on September 22, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    A very good team on paper. But let's see how they put it together on the field. The WI have had lots of problems with teamwork and attitude. Everyone wants to win the WC, of course. It's what happens if they lose their opening game that will tell us if they really have the self-belief. It's when the pressure is on that the good teams flourish. I'm not convinced (yet) that the WI have that attitude and conviction.

  • narbavi on September 22, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    @Mayan Priyadarshana: People like you think that your beloved lanka are the favourites to win right?? good luck brother, keep dreaming!!

  • Lakpriya on September 22, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    for all those wishing for a WI win i am pretty sure it won't happen, all these players other than Gayle have only succeeded in T20 leagues. guys like Bravo, Pollard only performed in patches. Good teams will always have plans against them and unless Gayle fires @least in 3-4 matches WI won't have a chance. Narine will look unplayable but most Asian teams will find ways of tackling him just as they did to Mendis and the other teams will follow them.

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