Sri Lanka v West Indies, Final, World Twenty20, Colombo

Sammy's quest to fulfill a Caribbean dream

Abhishek Purohit in Colombo

October 6, 2012

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Darren Sammy and Mahela Jayawardene pose with the trophy, Colombo, October 6, 2012
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As Darren Sammy's pre-final press conference ended, a few journalists and camerapersons standing at the back of the Premadasa media room actually clapped. If you were looking for evidence of just what West Indies, even a decade-and-a-half after their decline, mean to cricket and its fans, here it was. No one clapped after Mahela Jayawardene had finished speaking to the media; not even the local media men. While there is no doubt Jayawardene and his men will have a packed Premadasa cheering for them tomorrow, there is also no doubting who most neutral fans want to win.

West Indies are the game's original, and only, gladiators. In their prime, their bowlers put the fear of death in opposition batsmen's minds, their batsmen fearlessly slaughtered opposition bowlers, and their team ruled the cricket world with sheer force. Everywhere, fans loved the raw skill and passion which West Indies brought to cricket. The skill and passion have dimmed over the years, but fans still keep waiting for some performances, or a performance, that will remind them that once, this was a side which forced you to sit down and watch it do its stuff.

In these difficult times, West Indies have invested their faith in a man who has divided opinion in a way a modern captain scarcely has. Whether he should be there in the side or not is a debate which will probably continue as long as he is captain, but Sammy is the man who will go down in history as the one who led West Indies to their first World Cup final - albeit in the Twenty20 form - since 1983. Yes, it has taken just two outright wins, over Australia and England in the Super Eights, to make the final, but West Indies won't mind that.

Sammy has been nearly invisible with bat and ball through the tournament while Chris Gayle has soaked in most of the attention. He has had to face difficult questions over Gayle's absence from the squad and his subsequent return. It was heartwarming to see Sammy jump around in the dugout with delight after every Gayle six in the semi-final. The captain has no pretensions to being a world-class player but has always maintained he's there to bring the squad together, to involve everyone, and make it easy for his players to perform without inhibition. Even when he was asked about what the final meant for him as a leader, as someone who had worked for a united squad, he only spoke about the Caribbean people.

"For me, it is going to be a memorable occasion," Sammy said. "I am more focussed on the team and the Caribbean people. I have just been playing cricket for a few years but the fans have been supporting for a number of years. To me it is all about them. They are who come and watch us play, wake early in the morning and stay up late at night."

What if West Indies went a step further, what if they beat Sri Lanka tomorrow? "It would be massive," Sammy said. "It's been over a decade and the fans are craving for bigger success. That is the goal we left the Caribbean with. We have been saying it in the dressing room, it is one team, one people, one mission. We are just one step away from the World Twenty20. When we do well people in the Caribbean are very happy, work stops for a few hours back home. It would mean everything to us as players, as coaching staff. It would give us a big boost."

Sammy said the last man who won a World Cup for West Indies, Clive Lloyd, had a message for the side ahead of the final. "I got an email from Mr. Lloyd saying we are very proud in the Caribbean of what the team is doing, people are very happy and just go out and win it. 'Success comes before work only in the dictionary. Continue to work hard so that you can reap success tomorrow,' he said. It means a lot to everybody. That in itself will be the biggest motivation for us."

Lloyd and the people of the Caribbean won't be the only ones rooting for West Indies tomorrow. There is a world title to be won, and probably the entire cricketing world, barring the Sri Lankans, will be behind Sammy and his men.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by sundoo on (October 7, 2012, 17:42 GMT)

Yes . Baked them against the Aussies and against the arrogant Srilankans who had celebrated a day earlier itself. Having seen WI from the Wesley Hall and Sobers time always liked this polite band of cricketers from WI.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:19 GMT)

East or (West) Indians are Best!!!

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:11 GMT)

crongratulations to the west-indies team to win the world cup. they do very good practise for the congratulations.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:09 GMT)

Well I had been predicting that WI would thrash SL in final and that is exactly how it panned out, SL have choked in 5 finals if the last few years now :)

All the SL fans proclaiming easy victory or walking all over WI have all but vanished now in hiding :D

All Indian fans were backing Windies simply because SL fans were getting too cocky, today windies proved that SL are largely dependent on their top 3 and if they fail they do not have much of a back up.

WI won simply because they hit SL's best bowler Malinga all over the park and took their best batsmen Dilshan out of the equation. None of the players seemed to be capable of hitting sixes, Jaywardene and Sanga are not getting any younger hope SL find their replacements soon

Posted by lets_move_forward on (October 7, 2012, 16:58 GMT)

yuhooooooooooooooo west Indies won!!! what if India did not, Indies (plural India won ;)) double happy that Srilanka LOST yipppppppyyyy

Posted by yocasi on (October 7, 2012, 16:47 GMT)

Yabba, Dabba Doooooooooo! We've done it! So good that Sammy made a difference with bat, ball and in the field. Gayle and Samuels brought us to the final, Samuels and Sammy took us across the line. Congrats, WINDIES!

Posted by karthisun on (October 7, 2012, 13:47 GMT)

As a tamilan I want westindies to win... Go windiest Go

Posted by IMcricfan on (October 7, 2012, 13:01 GMT)

WI needs the world cup and so does ICC who wants them to win it to keep the game alive in the Caribbean.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 12:53 GMT)

Best of luck WINDIES....All guns need to blaze 2day.....specially GAYLE. We want 2 see fire cracker from him...:)

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 12:53 GMT)

waooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Posted by raghavk1103 on (October 7, 2012, 12:29 GMT)

Author, a correction. West Indies won the 2004 Champions Trophy beating England. Champions Trophy is equal to World Cup where all the team participate. So I don't agree with your view that West Indies is playing the final after 1983.

Posted by Imthiyaz_Haniffa on (October 7, 2012, 12:19 GMT)

The two Island nations are battlingout for a Trophy of long waiting. For SL it's couple of Finals and not finishing it off and WI it's about the game faded away from them and here they are with a turning point to be a sheer force.

Good Luck for both the teams ..... expecting a fierce battle between the ball and bat.

Posted by Pathiyal on (October 7, 2012, 12:16 GMT)

nice to see windies coming out of nowhere to achieve the big. for Sri Lanka it seemed they walked into the finals literally beating every team they came across, deservingly so! expect to see fantastic performances from both the teams, wishing them the best.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 12:11 GMT)

Well, yes, as a neutral, i'm supporting West Indies! Best bet for them is to bat first and post a big total, i reckon.

Posted by pghosh81 on (October 7, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

Sammy needs to be given credit due to the fact that he has managed the ego of such talented pool of match winners and super heroes in this side . His performance takes a back seat and even his inclusion often brings an element of surprise in this squad .But like Bailey , this fellow also brings his thinking caps on and does put up his hands to perform few tricks off his sleevs in times of needs .

Posted by Gopinat on (October 7, 2012, 6:02 GMT)

'World Cup' is a technical point- WI were the runners up of the Champions Trophy in 1998 and winners of 2004. CT is an ICC event.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 6:01 GMT)

M so emotionally attached with windies now, seeing some commnts, i can see the excitement and beliefe in windies guys, god plz plz plz do not take away this moment of joy from caribbeans. I wish my heartiest wishes for Windies, way to go guys, stay blessed.

Posted by Cricket_fan85 on (October 7, 2012, 5:53 GMT)

Well.. WI have Mendis to content with and if they can sit and plan on how they are going to play Mendis and Dhananjeya.. I think they have a good chance.. While Malinga is a brutal force in world cricket, of late, batsmen have picked his bowling hence that is not going to be issue.. go Windies go..

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 5:51 GMT)

We love Sri Lanka an Support them

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 5:49 GMT)

If you all support WIs and the reporter of this article is also trying his best to give that messege to the world, and also if the crickinfore guys are not publishing this kind of comments(Supporting SL),,,,, Sri Lankens are never take care of those.... It's ok that you don't publish these comments ,But you will definitly happened to make a huge article about the VICTORY OF SRI LANKA at the end of the day.....But it may be contained with cracks on pitch/rain/luck of Sri Lankans....... It's nothing to be suprised, cause everything is yours... huge web sites/wealthy countries and all. BUT AS A TRUE SRI LANKEN FAN, I EXPRESS IN GREAT RESPONSIBILITY THAT, WE LOVE WI AND THERE IS A LOT OF SRI LANKAN SUPPORTERS ALL OVER THE WORLD

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 5:28 GMT)

I root for West Indies. They need it badly, All right thinking cricketing fans would want West Indies to win. Even India & West Indies had to play finals I would have wanted West Indies to win.Being a true cricketing fan I want West Indies to be in the 4 rankings in cricketing world.. Guys...most Indians would want West Indies in this finals.... We are with you guys.. go for it bring back glory days of west Indies cricket..

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (October 7, 2012, 5:25 GMT)

Absolutely! Almost every neutral fan will support Windies, especially after the terrible lows they endured for decades now. Good luck Windies. I want you to win. From Fire in Babylon to Fire in Colombo!

Posted by geraldf on (October 7, 2012, 5:20 GMT)

Go WINDIES! #swag #yolo #ganghamgayle

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 4:54 GMT)

Windies bring style and power to the wonderful game of cricket. Like all the WINDIES fans I want them to win. All the best.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 4:11 GMT)

And Gayle's injury might be a problem in the final.. he had the same injury playing for WA 2 years ago...

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 4:08 GMT)

His (Sammy) best contribution in the sems was not to bat and to bowl one over, sorry Sammy but you are not up to the mark, and you are lucky to have such outstanding batsmen and bowlers (not inc yourself). f you play in the final please dont bat or bowl

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 3:16 GMT)

Windies should ply Darren bravo instead of Russel for this match cuz of the spin threat.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 3:11 GMT)

WI should play Darren bravo instead of Russel in this match.....plzzzzz post

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 2:51 GMT)

I always back Sri lanka but this time is the Caribbean boys all the way.. congrats guys!!!!

Posted by koollikefire on (October 7, 2012, 1:53 GMT)

Drop Charles and take Dwayne Smith instead

Posted by yocasi on (October 7, 2012, 1:52 GMT)

WI need to do something unorthodox, such as opening with Sammy & Dwayne Smith, with licence to hit out at anything that moves. If it doesn't work, there's still Gayle, Samuels, Pollard, Bravo, Russell et al to come. Last thing we want is to get bogged down by tentative batsmen who let the SL spinners dictate things. WINDIES all the way. We are with you, fellas, from Kingston to Georgetown.

Posted by LIONS_ROARR on (October 6, 2012, 23:33 GMT)

I feel sorry for the WI coz they are good team and against any other opposition they would win but SL is jus gonna b wayyyy too much for them to handle :(

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 21:20 GMT)

The Return of the Gladiators ......nothing but a WI victory.......

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 20:17 GMT)

Go windies Go! Hope the captaincy doesn't let them down

Posted by timtom on (October 6, 2012, 19:36 GMT)

The writer nailed it....WI are loved by one and all for the sheer color and dynamism they bring in during their good and bad times.. I`m sure WI would have the more number of neutral fans than any other...To them cricket is a sport and remains that unlike other countries where it is more than that..As a neutral fan I wanted WI to win a cup since 2009 but also knew that they will not ... But now really wish they get that tomorrow..As for SL , they cannot complain as fourth time finalist in 5 years..Should have done it before but hope not tomorrow...And to most of the readers here ,article would have been the same if WI were to take over India...nothing changes...

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 19:32 GMT)

This finals will be the clash of the "B's" and the "E's"., featuring the "Brain" vs. the "Brawn" and the "Exciting" vs the "Exotic". As an Indian of the West, emotionally, my heart is with West Indies, but rationally my mind cautions me that the West Indies will have a difficult time to surmount massive home crowd support, the most mentally fit international cricket team, and their own popensity to suddendly melt down from seemingly advantageous positions, because of lack of discipline and application. However, as a lover of the cricket game, it is my desire that the 2013 World Twenty20 Finals be won not by the West INdies nor the Sri Lankans but instead by "The Game of Cricket". For that to occur both of these teams, which have the potential for producing excellent entertaining cricket, will have to be at their most perfect. May the finals positively contribute to the growth and development of this 21st. century new brand of Cricket.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 19:16 GMT)

The Australia outcome had a lot to do with Bailey's captaincy. The game could have been lot less lopsided if not for Doherty's final over and the DHussey over. Aussies were beaten right there. The fall of Watson was critical. Hope Mahela handles his bowlers well and Malinga holds any catches coming his way.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 19:05 GMT)

If this final a lot rests in whether Charles can try to protect his wicket a little better, so that WI can post a better total than in their previous outings against Lanka. Gayle and Samuels know how to handle extreme spin, and they will play cautiously, but peola like Charles, Ramdin, Sammy and Pollard will be gone cheaply, so West Indies MUST start slow! Sri Lanka bowling attack is fierce, and West Indies bowlers are weak compared to SL, even with Narine in the mix. West Indies best bet this time if they win the toss is to bowl first and chase. This is one game where West Indies need to know what they are up against.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 18:44 GMT)

WI should win for the cause of Cricket in Caribbean Islands. Surly it rejuvenate the interest of Cricket among youths of West indies, who were slowly moving to other sports. I want to see Cricket become a world sports. People should understand it is better than dumb sports like American football and base ball leagues in north America

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 18:16 GMT)

West Indies all the way!!!!!

Hey guys please ignore all the negative comments. I am a proud West Indian, it is great to know that your motivation revolves around us. We cricket fans have been hurt for far too long. I always say if your heart is not good do not put it into west indies cricket. Personally it has been hard for me over the years. However now ever so often i have something to cheer about. Thank you guys very very very very much. Tomorrow result does not matter that much, though i would love for us to win ( they beat us twice in this tournament already), for you are already winners because you are patriotic. We were never short on talent but that national pride. I heard that slogan of one people, one mission and one team talk from Dewayne Bravo yesterday as well. I hope this will be a philosophy that last forever. We love you guys and i am happy that you have thought and is thinking about the happiness of the Caribbean people.I think we deserve this. All the best tomorrow.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 17:59 GMT)

All the best West Indies :). Please Win the cup

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (October 6, 2012, 17:36 GMT)

GO WI !!! As an Indian fan, you have my full support !!! Beat the Lankans fair and square and please make sure Marlon Samuels behaves properly. :)

Posted by proteasfan99 on (October 6, 2012, 17:14 GMT)

people shouldnt forget that Sri Lanka and West Indies played in the warm ups and the super 8. On both occassions sri lanka won by 9 wickets. So the pressure is on the Windies. But for the love of cricket l hope Windies take it...love the carribean flavour

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 17:13 GMT)

This will be the beginning of the revival of the lost glory of west Indies

Posted by bipulkumar on (October 6, 2012, 16:56 GMT)

That one step is the most difficult step. West Indies must not step into dreamland already. They have a task in hand they must focus on it.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 16:43 GMT)

As a West indian and notably a St Lucian, I am so proud of our boys, they have made us proud in this world cup, and yes, work literally stops when the Windies are playing. Yesterday was crazy in the streets of Castries in St Lucia. Every store with a television was crowded with supporters, those who love cricket and those who were just proud of Sammy and his men, everyone wanted to be part of this merriment. Every boundary that was hit people would cheer as if they were in the Stadium no one had to ask what happened it had to be a 4 or 6. And every wicket that was taken we cheered and there were high fives around the room, what an atmosphere! We have been through a lot of cricketing pain but hope that our guys can muster the courage to win this t20 world cup for us. Go Windies make us proud, so we can all dance away, gangnam style.

Posted by aryan_ab on (October 6, 2012, 16:31 GMT)

As an Indian fan, I wish let the better team win. It may be WI or SL. Does not matter to us. @Mayan: making lame excuses is the quality of SL fans. I can still remember the last two series against you by Ind and Pak where for every loss you had an excuse of bad umpiring, bad luck or other factors to say !! and yes, being in the semis does not go into the record book. At the end of the day, the number of trophies that are won is counted. If you want to live in a self-imposed heaven that being in semis is a big deal, be like that and every time, other teams will take away the top honors !!

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 16:27 GMT)

Since every1 has been praising the Sri Lankan captain for his shrewdness & strategies on the park Sammy could give him something more 2 think about by moving himself & Andre Russell up the order to open the batting since every1 will b planning for Gayle but The greatest weakness of the leadership in the West Indies camp is their temerity in trying anything remotely outside the box

Posted by WTEH on (October 6, 2012, 16:23 GMT)

Hey Sammy, what can you do to win. Do you think you had anything to do with the team performance. It is all Gayle. Without Gayle, try beating Afghanistan!!!

Posted by Afridynamite on (October 6, 2012, 16:15 GMT)

Go Windies Go! Win this one! And Lankans, please dont prepare another trick pitch like you did against Paksitan in the semi final. It will not work. GayleForce is coming! All of Pakistan is with you Windies!

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 16:01 GMT)

We are the champions - my friends And we'll keep on fighting - till the end - We are the champions - We are the champions No time for losers 'Cause we are the champions - of the world

Posted by Kami00000 on (October 6, 2012, 15:50 GMT)

As a pakistani i wish west indies win the cup.best of luck for west indies and gayle.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 15:49 GMT)

although it is great 2 see these 2 teams face each other in a t20 final i am still upset about the cancellation of the test series for a tri series in the upcoming cricket season. Sri Lanka is not a very strong bowling team @ test cricket as Murali Malinga & Vaas are no longer there to carry their attack. Their significant batsmen are also on the wrong side of 33, I would much rather see Delorn Johnson, Shannon Gabriel & Kemar Roach humiliate the aged Sri Lankan batting lineup into retirement on fast & bouncy wickets @ Sabina & Kensington Oval & make use of a chance to move higher up in the icc test ranking than watch hit & giggle 'cricket' but i guess the times r a changing. test cricket may very well soon be dead :( All the best to Gayle & co in the final

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 15:44 GMT)

West Indies have strong,powerful,well build people whoom edges also clearing the rope but still i believe Sri Lanka will win 2rw cz Sri Lankan power is not in the Arms,it is in the heartsof players,fans....Love you Sri Lanka!

Posted by Cric_lover1234 on (October 6, 2012, 15:42 GMT)

it is ok,normally rest of the world is behind the upcoming team rather than the other in any tournament in any sport, but in this country 2 million people will be behind the lions....the roar of the crowd will be enormous and it will be bigger than the whole world's wish. promise you, we will not let this go, west indies want to win because they haven't won anything since 1983 as well as sri lanka want to win after loosing 3 finals in last 5 years....let the best team win, hope good umpiring and clear weather....

Posted by ksupun on (October 6, 2012, 15:35 GMT)

FOR SURE SL WILL WIN & IM GOING TO WITNESS THAT.HOPE WI GIVE A GOOD FIGHT JAYASRI SRILANKA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 15:25 GMT)

Herath-UK - You have 3 batsmen, and even your so called trump cards Mendis and Malinga are hit-and-miss. I genuinely think West Indies have got this one, SL are what one could call "big-game chokers", or bridesmaids but never the bride. Decent, solid side, just don't think they've got the ability to turn it on in a big game like WI. If Sanga/Mahela/Dilshan don't fire, you're relying on an inexperienced (comparatively) and young middle order to get you big runs against Narine, Rampaul, etc... Works both ways but if you don't get Gayle early, it might be all over within 10 overs!

Posted by wijitha_srilanka on (October 6, 2012, 15:23 GMT)

For those who have forgotten, WI won ICC Champions trophy in England, 2004. Seems most of you (even the reporter) has forgotten it.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 15:22 GMT)

GO GAYLE GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by cricaddict11 on (October 6, 2012, 15:20 GMT)

I am a Sri Lankan. I love West Indies, actually if someone ask what are your favorite teams apart from Srilanka, I will name West Indies and Pakistan. Here in this article its all about WI and it should be as the topic suggested "Carribean Dream". But i really need to see whether all the cricketing world behind WI but not with Sri Lanka. But the writer here says almost all the people other than srilankans like WI. Please people from all the world if you are reading this comment (If cricinfo Publishes) please comment on the article and your preference. Anyway looking forward to a grand finale and may the better team win. I really like if Sri Lanka wins but I wont be regretful if we lost it to Carribeans. Good Luck for both the teams

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 14:57 GMT)

It is basically that the which is "better nick" that given day which wins a limited overs game.True WI were an awesome team in the bygone era. Mr Purohit, just consider one fact, even when these Aussies were six wickets were down yesterday, they were still scoring at 8+ per over in the 15 over.So don't go an overestimate this WI team.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 14:56 GMT)

true every neutral fan(except for aussies) will support west indies. they deserve the title. windies FTW!!!!

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 14:56 GMT)

go sl go you are the champion but don't beneath WI ........................

Posted by cyberstudent on (October 6, 2012, 14:55 GMT)

go go WI, Gayle swing them away... let it be a cracker and another final loss for lankans...best of luck both teams.

Posted by kjkdesilva on (October 6, 2012, 14:46 GMT)

People can say more and more .... bt onething for sure ,this title belongs to sri lanka , sorry west indies,try next time,gayle power will not make big difference ,wht ever score tht west indies make it will not enough to depend,mahela & co ( ape kollo ) will use their tactics on right time and will bring the most prestigius glory to our mother land ,SRI LANKA ....... ALL THE BEST!!!!!

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 14:45 GMT)

Its gonna be Sri Lanka and we are going to witness the moment. WI is a one man team and Gayle never scores against us much, except for the 300 in test match

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 14:44 GMT)

Its been a long time for both SL & WI to win an ICC tournament,,,nd now as the satge is set for the finale lets hope the best team wins...its really gd to c a final wthout Aus,Ind or Pak...i hope tmrw's mtch will be one of the best T20 mtch...

Posted by Rising_Edge1234 on (October 6, 2012, 14:38 GMT)

Dwayne Smith has to come in for Charles. And maybe Darren Bravo for Russell. Strengthens the batting while still having adequate bowling. My view anyway. We have a superior team and we will win. Go Windies. Show SL that this ain't the playoffs, this is the Final!

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 14:36 GMT)

Srilanka...!!! You can win this time...!!! This is a great chance to WIN T20 WC. Congrats Srilanka...!!!

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 14:24 GMT)

You are wrong Mr. Abhishek Purohit, you need to be neutral, I am from Pakistan and support Sri Lanka

Posted by wijitha_srilanka on (October 6, 2012, 14:24 GMT)

If we have won at least one or two finals we have been in last 5 years, i wish WI to take the this Cup. We, lankas like WI so much. But this time its very important for us. We have been disappointed so many times. There is no any hatred feelings as we love both teams. But I pray SL to win it.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 14:24 GMT)

I wonder if the writer would have voiced the same sentiments had India made the finals, instead of Sri Lanka! I hope Sri Lanka can repeat their super 8 performance against the Windies. If only Malinga can prove the bookies wrong and repeat his bowling performance. Come on Sri Lanka!

Posted by Master_Mihil on (October 6, 2012, 14:22 GMT)

This cup matters very much for windies, but it's matters for Srilankans as well. A small country with class and unorthodox players longing for a world title 4 times in 5 years. I would have supported windies all the way if SL wasn't the opponent. Still i want a better match than earlier outing of our two teams, which was a disappointment. Somehow author has managed to portray Srilanka as a some kind of a Goliath or a cricketing super power although we are not. We have always welcomed win's that came our way, but didn't mind so much when it didn't. I don't know if the author share the sentiments of his own countrymen when he wrote this article. My guess is entire cricketing world support both teams and awaits who comes top on the given day.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 14:21 GMT)

Just wondering how this article would've looked like, if final is between WI Vs. India. In fact I agree with one statement here, that is WI is of course a better cricketing nation than some who think they are the gods of cricket. I understand the emotions of the journalist and what he might have gone through after witnessing few heart breaking losses in the t20 super eights ;) But no one cannot disagree with the fact that Sri Lanka in the last few world cups have shown their right to take this 2012 trophy home. They were the most consistent team so far in last three T20 world cups. So just a kind request to all these desperate journalists out there, just because you people are annoyed that your team could not make it to the finals, does not mean you should criticize the teams selected to play the final game.

Posted by stormy16 on (October 6, 2012, 14:17 GMT)

Agreed the Windies were the original galdiators but not the only - the mighty Aussies of the 90's also won 3 WC in a row and thumped everyone silly and are surely another gladiator. Its been a long time comming for the Windies and with a test series win behind them and plenty of young talent around including guys like Darren Bravo who are not T20 specialist, there are definitely signs of the Windies becoming a force in cricket again. Its great to see them in the T20 final and deserve to be there and have the ability to win it and infact blow anyteam away just like they did to the Aussies.

Posted by SamAsh07 on (October 6, 2012, 14:08 GMT)

@Mayan - The fact that SL have played 3 finals before this isn't scary, what really is scary is the fact that SL "choke" in Finals. If Gayle flys off like he did against Australia along with Pollard, Bravo, Samuels bursts, then I'm sorry to say. SL will choke again and become the new South Africa.

Posted by wijitha_srilanka on (October 6, 2012, 13:56 GMT)

WI is the 2nd team for most of the Sri Lankans. So if we can't win, we wish WI to take it. So no problem here. Both teams deserves the title. May the best team win it and have nail biter for us. Most importantly i got TICKETS for the FINALS.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 13:45 GMT)

oh, an Indian journalist :) I guess Pakistani would have to say something about your opinion. True we Sri Lankans do love Windies as well, but the world love Sri Lankan team as much as West Indies.

Posted by Herath-UK on (October 6, 2012, 13:41 GMT)

Leave your emotions out this a professional game and let the better team win on the day and it is of course Sri Lanka all the way! Ranil Herath - Kent

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 13:37 GMT)

even though sl lose 3 finals , entire cricketing world is jealous about srilanka's performance in icc world cups, so now whole world is crying for a west indies win, and i know what u will say when we beat them,,, u will say pitch heavily favored Sl, u will talk about umpiring errors, and u will use every single word in the dictionary to insult sl win, but the truth is, since 1992, we have only missed out 2 wc's, in all other wc's we are at-least reached semi finals,only team to do so, and now no one can stop us, its written in the stars,, Srilanka is World t20 champs,,,,,,, whether u like it or not,

Posted by Haillo on (October 6, 2012, 13:36 GMT)

WI really deserve this world cup....they hve never com this close in a world cup since 1983.....if its something that the caribbean ppl are longing is that the trophy to come to their islands.... go WI!!!you guys can do it...

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 13:25 GMT)

You may be a great team, West Indies. But do you honestly think that we will let you take the T20 Cup? It will go to whom it belongs. Us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by AsherCA on (October 6, 2012, 13:25 GMT)

Since WICB have allowed Gayle back into team WI, I have been dreaming of an 8 - 10 over partnership in Ltd. overs cricket between Gayle & Pollard. I hope I get to see it in the final. With Malinga's yorkers & slow bouncers thrown in, that will be a very good contest to watch. May the best team win.

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