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

A triumph for Sammy

Many people have said he should not be in the team, let alone captain, but Darren Sammy was at centre of everything West Indies did in the World Twenty20 final

Jarrod Kimber in Colombo

October 7, 2012

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Darren Sammy soaks up the moment, Sri Lanka v West Indies, final, World Twenty20, Colombo, October 7, 2012
A nice guy doing a tough job: Darren Sammy has helped bring West Indies together © Getty Images
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People love to abuse, mock or belittle Darren Sammy. He is, after all, West Indies' non-playing captain.

Most people don't think he should be in the side, and even those who do don't think he should be leading it. He's a punchline or a punching bag. His medium pace is very gentle and his wild slogging is rarely effective. In his World Twenty20 winning side he is only more naturally talented than Johnson Charles, Denesh Ramdin and Samuel Badree.

Michael Holding, most cricket fans on twitter, and anywhere West Indies cricket gathers there are people that don't want Sammy as captain of the side. Most of those people don't want him in the side at all. He's not good enough, he brings nothing to the side, Chris Gayle could do a better job and he's taking the spot of someone better, is what they say. They say it a lot.

Sammy has heard all of this. He's just a nice guy. You could imagine him at a friend's party, being holed up in the corner by someone who is telling him he should step down because he isn't good enough. Every day he plays for West Indies, he simply does his best. Sometimes it is not good enough, but you can see how much he tries, see how much he wants it, and see that he is trying to build something for the islands and cricket team he loves.

Tonight this barely-talented, slow-bowling guy who isn't that good is the captain of the World Twenty20 champions.

His innings was as far from pretty. He barely kept out yorkers, hit crazily across the line, mistimed almost everything and bludgeoned a couple of boundaries in the last over. He heaved West Indies to a score that Sri Lanka could not challenge. This was a captain's innings.

Off the field, Sammy has strolled around his tournament with a grin, always happy to chat, always smiling and never looking like a man under pressure. He is known as the "the unofficial nicest man in cricket". Every press conference he has pushed unity of his many nations. He has done everything he can to keep his often-fractured team together. He is using this tournament to build something special. Something for the future. Something the people of the West Indies can be proud of.

"1st huddle conquered now on to the super 8 one people one team one goal wi bleed maroon..." from @DarrenSammy

With the ball, he came on at a time when Sri Lanka had thrust Angelo Mathews up the order. Mathews can score quickly, Mathews can get your run-rate back on track, Mathews is a big-game player, and Mathews is a closer. Sammy brought up his fine leg, knowing Mathews would be tempted. Sammy tried an offcutter and Mathews fell straight into his trap, missing the ball as it moved further away from him off the pitch. Mathews was no longer the match-winner. In his next over Sammy let one run through and collected the wicket of the last recognised batsman. This was clever and gutsy bowling from a leader.

Just having West Indies enter a tournament with a realistic chance of winning was a victory for Sammy. West Indies have not been travelling the world blazing all the teams they pass. They've played well at times against England, Australia, India and New Zealand. People have often talked up a West Indies renaissance before, but in the cold hard light of an international tournament it has fallen apart. To win this tournament you need luck, skill and timing.

"Booooom what a performance by team Windies. One team one people one goal one more hurdle. For the fans. Wi All In" from @DarrenSammy

In the field Sammy used his bowlers brilliantly. His use of Badree was different than normal, but perfect for the situation. He got through cheap overs from Gayle and Marlon Samuels to give himself flexibility. He used Sunil Narine as a strike weapon and someone who could be kept as a saver. And he had Sri Lanka batting the exact way he needed them to bat. Nothing ever got away from him and, even when Kulasakera was hitting out, he just brought back Narine to finish it all and not let his players get nervous. His captaincy was directly responsible for Sri Lanka's failure.

West Indies were lucky to even make the semi-finals. New Zealand should have beaten them in their regular innings, but Narine was just too good and sent them to the Super Over. Then in the Super Over someone made a huge mistake. It was the only time West Indies truly looked like a team who wasn't sure who their leader was. Samuels bowling the Super Over was just wrong, and was only undone by Samuels batting in the Super Over. A mistake like that, and the lack of cohesiveness out on the field while it happened, could have been enough for previous West Indies sides to lose their focus and play limply in the semi-final and fade away.

Instead they played their most perfect game and smashed Australia in every way.

Every single player on this team has a role. This is not a team of flashy show-offs who do solo missions. It is a talented team with a captain who trusts and manages his players the best way he can. In the final, they did not panic when they couldn't score, they simply waited for their time. They did not panic when they couldn't break through, they simply worked very hard. That is a team, and this team has a leader.

"Wi bleeding maroon for the fan..this is it ... One team One people One Goal..." From @Darrensammy

In the final of the World T20, Sammy ended with 2 for 6 off two overs, 26 off 15 balls and a trophy. It doesn't sound like non-playing.

Sammy is the man no one wanted as a player. Sammy is the man who no one wanted as a captain. And Sammy is the captain who has given his team their first major ICC trophy since 1979.

This is it for the fans wi bleed maroon wi came wi saw and wi conquered. One team one people and the goal was achieved" From @Darrensammy

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Posted by harshthakor on (October 9, 2012, 8:16 GMT)

Hail Sammy.His leadership was truly inspiring in motivating his team to this monumental effort.He consistent lifted the morale of his team and his batting effort at the end of the innings played a very crucial role.

Posted by vivek_Wall_Rock on (October 9, 2012, 7:39 GMT)

I am from India yet I am a huge fan of Sammy. There is no second thoughts about the powerplay of Chris Gayle or the perseverance of Marlon Samuels. But these were the players(especially Gayle) who left the "nation" in the street due to their personal conflicts with the board. At a time when there was a clear indication of cricket fading away in the island nation, when there were talks that the youngsters in WI started looking at cricket as less important, there was only this "so-called less talented" Darren Sammy to restore the faith and the legacy that the west Indian cricket is known for. I really wonder with the claims of him being "less talented and non-performer". People must understand that as long as Sammy became a captain, he was always foreseen as the next big star in WI cricekt purely because of his performances. When he accepted the burden(carrying wi team at that time was a burden not a resp) of leading the team,there were factors other than his perfo he had to focus on .

Posted by DaisonGarvasis on (October 9, 2012, 6:20 GMT)

WI came WI saw and WI conquered. And yes WI DESERVED.

Posted by   on (October 9, 2012, 6:19 GMT)

Good to see the underdog come out tops for a change. Well done West Indies and Sammy. Lord knows you deserve it.

Posted by   on (October 9, 2012, 5:17 GMT)

Sammy is the best fit for the job and its time to solute the selectors who entrusted him with the job of leading this Falling apart West Indian Team to glory!! Now to Sammy... - He is truly the nicest guy you will meet in the cricketing field. - He has brought the team together and its the best family you will see in any sporting field !!! - When it comes to statistics you don't talk about him but he is right up there with the rest whom we talk as stars! - He is a Man of God... It is his dedication and genuine love for God plus people, that brought about this great victory after 33 years!!!

All the best to the team I love the most and I wish them greater success!!! May God bless you guys!!!

Posted by   on (October 9, 2012, 5:16 GMT)

Glad to read the article and fr giving this man a well and highly deserved credit. I remember the time every match they played and ended up losing to other teams, yet the desire to win was always apparent on sammy. Well done!

Posted by Cricket_Lovely_Cricket on (October 9, 2012, 3:55 GMT)

Sammy being captain gets credit for the win. West Indies team, lacking confidence, with Sammy as captain was a losing team until Gayle got back in the team. It is Gayle that has generated the drive and intensity needed to produce this amazing winning team. Talk about inspiration, It was Gayle not Sammy that motivated this WI team to believe in themselves, just follow the leader. Where was Sammy's team prior to Gayle's return? Gayle's second coming is the turning point that will propel WI to new heights Sammy led us in the desert and Gayle is taking us home to the promised land. It is Gayle that drives fear in every bowler he faces, leaving them with sleepless nights, dreaming of how to get his wicket. It is the Gayle spectacle that the cricketing world love to watch in shock and awe. In years to come fans will remember and cherish the amazing onslaughts of the great Chris Gayle.. Even though Sammy is captain it is Gayle's team.

Posted by   on (October 9, 2012, 3:17 GMT)

To be frank Sammy is a great captain and what he has done is gel the team together. He is good in management. SRT is a better player than Ganguly but when you talk about captaincy he is far better. Great player won't be great captain or coach and the main reason is they want the people in their level. If you select the players with less ability they can brought up the team to higher level.

Posted by   on (October 9, 2012, 2:40 GMT)

Happy with his growth as the leader of the team, but that is the only role he will have in world cricket, one that the Windies people will happily accept. Well done Darren Sammy, and well done to all the players that were willing to gel under him...

Posted by dreaddyy on (October 9, 2012, 2:06 GMT)

Congrats to my West Indies team. I've previously heard mutterings against Sammy from time to time and could never understand the axe grinding. As far as I know (and I admit I haven't exactly been following cricket with a magnifying glass) when Sammy accepted the captaincy no one else had an eager hand up to take the job. He accepted it as bad as we were doing and has stuck to it. A lesser man would've abandoned the captaincy given the frustration and the criticism piled on. But he stuck with it, doing his best and not getting discouraged despite the best efforts of the nay sayers. GIVE THE MAN HIS DUE. I must congratulate the selectors in selecting the best players for this format of the game. I did notice there were six Trinidadians on this team with no Guyanese nor Bajans ( am I correct in this?) You choose the best players from the region regardless of where they're from. THEY'RE THE WEST INDIES. I hope this converts to the test format of the game.

Posted by Randy_Wilson on (October 9, 2012, 1:01 GMT)

Contiue @ PACEONE. Barath was doing fine with Gayle?? really ddint u see what happen to him after that century??

Posted by Randy_Wilson on (October 9, 2012, 0:59 GMT)

@PACERONE Sammy under a very Talented. didnt we had a Better talented Team when we had Sarwan, Chanderpaul, Gayle and de rest playing together?? Yet why didnt we win any World Cup T20? Sammy had this Same So call talented Team in the 2011 World Cup. and did WI beat any team above them?? WI win only against England. But were Trashed by All another Team, Even a Weak Aussie Team. under Gayle Captaincy. WI with a Very Weak WI team, Challege all those So call number 1 Team in the World to 5 Days, were when we had our best couldnt past 3-4 days. Please do some research and see Sammy have change this WI team. it unfortunely many people dont see it . lus look what happen. West Indies WON the World Cup T20. Where WI lost all 3 previous World Cup. even when we had the best 11 out there. Do research and see WI is Moving up.

Posted by notvery on (October 8, 2012, 23:43 GMT)

I dont understand the sammy bashers. Just look at his bowling stats in tests. in the last year or so he has had the 2nd best stats of any of the windies bowlers. if there is a better player that he is keeping out of the side then that person has not performed when given a chance. yeah sure hes no Sir Gary or any other number of legends of WI cricket but heck who is in this WI side? hes the best man for the job and has been for some time! This victory is great for cricket and i hope it helps them in the longer formats of the game!

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 23:42 GMT)

Darren Sammy is a warrior, make no mistake. A descendant of which tribe, I don't know. But a West Indian I do know. It is said "I learn patience,perseverance and dedication. Now I really know myself, and I know my voice. It's a voice of pain and victory." Gandhi said" Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory" Finally just remember, victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan. All the success to Sammy & the Boyz.

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 21:28 GMT)

Sammy has a better test bowling record than most of the current west indian bowlers. Its amazing why people don't rate him.

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 19:19 GMT)

We are always with u Sammy!!!!

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 19:14 GMT)

Very well written, Mr. Kimber. Nice guys do finish first in today's cricket, after all :)

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 18:13 GMT)

Reminds me of Mike Brearley!!! Marshalling resources is a great art, I think he was the best in this tournament.

Posted by PACERONE on (October 8, 2012, 18:10 GMT)

No one is begrudging Sammy anything.He works hard.I wonder if may teams are saying to their players we want you to be like Sammy.W.I won and he was the leader of a very talented team.Give him the teams he had before and they could not win anything.Imaging Brathwaite opening the test against NZ instead of Gayle. Barath was doing fine when he opened with Gayle.Brilliant century against Australia.Powell failing constantly,he opens with Gayle,century.If management was any good the team would of been better.We beat England in 2009 and lost to them in unfavorable conditions when no player wanted to play.Sammy will survive with the quality of players that are around him now.Let us begin to prepare for Australia.

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 17:03 GMT)

Sammy!Sammy!Sammy! he is one of the captain who always guide his team to be aggressive when u r batting and to be fully Gangnam when u r bowling the players who knew how to bat in the extreme batting conditions (like oz , lions )when he bats he bats like a lady like the lady uses his hand to clean the house very very cleanly and makes his house the elite one and Sammy also does the same he also uses most his hand then any other part of body to hit the shot when he hit it stays hit and when it comes to captaincy when takes on as a caption every one says he is not the correct choice but this caribbean gives them the cup that every nation wants . Excellent leader well done! OPPA GANGNAM STYLE

Posted by harinderS on (October 8, 2012, 17:02 GMT)

Looks like westindies going back to its roots. This team looks better then the one Lara led. In that team only Lara was a match winner. But in this team Gayle, samuels, bravo, narine, pollard etc. etc. seems to be match winners. And in test side also the team is improving. This is the team who played two draws against no.1 team england that time. This is amazing cricket already by determined westindies. Thanks for the entertainment....

Posted by gangadincongo on (October 8, 2012, 16:30 GMT)

Well done Sammy. God bless! The Windies played like a champion team and with players Gayle, Samuels, Narine, Badree, Bravo, Pollard they could beat any side.

People try to find faults with him but he knows how to lead and get his players to perform and that's what counts.

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 16:29 GMT)

super article - a proper tribute to a proper cricketer

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 15:26 GMT)

Always been a Sammy supporter, well done!

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 14:50 GMT)

I've never been one of the dismissers of Sammy. What he lacks in natural ability, he makes up for with hard work and something the West Indies have lacked for many years, namely a good cricketing brain at the helm. Most cricket watchers know the chaos that has blighted the West Indies administratively and within the playing ranks over the last few years. Both Sammy and Gibson have stood out as calm heads when many around them have lost their own. Whilst the like of Gayle and Pietersen have taken the headlines in helping their teams to World T20 success, it's been two grafting players in the form of Sammy and Collingwood who have been instrumental in bringing their sides together. Sammy deserves every bit of success that comes his way.

Posted by yenjvoy1 on (October 8, 2012, 14:21 GMT)

And this is why you can be the greatest fast bowler ever,with the smoothest run up in the history of cricket and the cool name of Whispering Death, and still when it comes to knowing today's Cricket and how to manage the diverse talent in the Caribbean Islands, you can be totally clueless. Holding should now shut up please. Not even a whisper. Thanks. Sammy shut Holding up.

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 14:20 GMT)

Sammy you are the best, thank for ur rescue mission.

Posted by zub_333 on (October 8, 2012, 14:04 GMT)

outstanding performance by westindies and well sammy lead from the front.

Posted by SanatAttavar on (October 8, 2012, 13:40 GMT)

A man who trusts in GOD can never fail. Darren Sammy & the boys CONGRATULATIONS! WI is a always colorful - way to go guys.

Posted by analyseabhishek on (October 8, 2012, 13:31 GMT)

Sammy has been a tryer and a decent guy- sometimes that's what it takes to get the players to form a team and perform better than the sum of the parts.

Posted by kingkarthik on (October 8, 2012, 13:27 GMT)

Sammy is the man. I also use him as a punchline and the pinyata to beat upon. But lets give him his due, without him, no World T20 trophy today. He kept it together. Unfortunately, Sammy is viewed by a lot as the establishment's man as he was on the the WI cricket Board's side during the player revolts and did not participate in the walk out. He also played cricket for the WI instead of taking part in the IPL. He did not sell his soul. That is why everyone is spewing venom towards him. He is a much better captain than Dhoni, who no doubt had a part in bringing in that good for nothing lollypop bowler Piyush Chawla and Harbajan back into the side. For persisting with useless players like Ravinder Jadeja, Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma. For hailing Zaheer as the bowling tendulkar..... maybe he meant that Zaheer was old. Dhoni sold the match against SA and wantedly did not pursue victory. I will take Sammy over Dhoni on any given day.

Posted by corporaterock on (October 8, 2012, 13:27 GMT)

"Sammy is the captain who has given his team their first major ICC trophy since 1979." Sorry to dig this up Mr. Kimber. Lara was the captain when WI won the Champions trophy in 2004 (Remember Alex Wharf?!).

Posted by Fogu on (October 8, 2012, 13:17 GMT)

Please don't judge Sammy and Dhoni to be the same. While Sammy inherited a team in turmoil with less talent than in the past, Dhoni has some of the best batsmen in the world available to him and unlimited financial resources. What Sammy has done is amazing. I compare him to Misbah, who also inherited a team in turmoil. Both have stabilized their respective teams and given them a sense of purpose and unity. I would take either one of them as leader. Most fans underestimate the value of leadership

Posted by FreddyForPrimeMinister on (October 8, 2012, 12:07 GMT)

@Barsac on (October 07 2012, 22:25 PM GMT) - I agree with your sentiment and as mentioned earlier, have always been a supporter of Sammy. However, as far as those of you who consider the analogy with England and KP's position, where a happy "team" can be a winning team, remember that WI's success (notwithstanding the final) needed the input of their wayward star man, Chris Gayle - before his return WI still looked like a united team but lacked that spark of genius that Gayle provides. I hope KP can be welcomed back into the England team and that Alister Cook can play the same kind of role as Sammy clearly has done with Gayle.

Posted by ravi_hari on (October 8, 2012, 11:09 GMT)

The Windies side is most dangerous when it enjoys its game. If you see the carribeans gigling, joking, dancing and poking at the opposition and spectators on the field, they are possessed. They often end up on the winning side and the celebrations continue uninterrupted during and after the match. It is nice to see the Windies play like a team after a very long time. The arrival of seniors Gayle and Samuels has helped them the most. Yet the ultimate winner is Sammy. He agreed to wear the thorny crown when everyone worth their soul refused and ran away. He took it on him, despite being a mediocre performer himself, and slowly built confidence in the team. Got rid of the rust and bit by bit built a team for the future. Gave the likes of Rampaul, Bravo due credit and used youngsters like Narine, Badree, Russel well. Now the team is rallying round him and he can become another Brearly if he can extend this to tests and ODIs too. Well done Sammy. Keep the show on!

Posted by KarachiKid on (October 8, 2012, 10:48 GMT)

Beautiful article. I have always been a Sammy fan, for his leadership and unifying skills. And he is such a nice bloke. All the best to Sammy and Windies.

Posted by Pathiyal on (October 8, 2012, 9:21 GMT)

if man management is the key this man Darren Sammy has proved this time that he is the best in the trade. keep it up. a happy windies side is a necessity for world cricket - we were missing them for a long time. now Sammy and his guys can say 'we are back'. Angelo's wicket was very crucial and he achieved that with a stright forward delivery. hard luck, Sri Lanka.

Posted by 777aditya on (October 8, 2012, 8:55 GMT)

Samuels no doubt played brilliantly throughout the WC, but could do well to not let this go to his head. He sounded really overconfident in the interview. What Gayle, Bravo, and Pollard did in celebrations was just a delirious mind enjoying without inhibitions. Sammy was levelheaded enough to admit that by no means were the WI back or something and that this was just the first step towards something possibly huge. For a team with such excitable cricketers, Sammy deservedly is a captain for his remarkable poise and weighed outlook.

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 8:51 GMT)

Congrats Sammy! You assumed the role as captain of WI when no one wanted the job. You worked hard, took a lot of flak, and at times was made the scapegoat when the team failed. You persevered and molded the team into a unit and now you are getting the results. I hope more success comes along. As for you Emmanuel Cummings, I think you are alone in your call for Sammy to be removed as captain.

Posted by peteaz on (October 8, 2012, 6:38 GMT)

Well Cummings... this is not the best Westindians Side, it only had GLAYE and few average players, compared to other teams, but sammy because he was a good man and a inspirational leader, he was always able to get the team that didn't have unity to play as a team, you can be the best batsman in the world like Lara or Thendukar but u cant be a good captain.... he took a bunch of average cricketers to the battle and thought other captains how to play as a unit and win...

Just leave sammy alone i am sure we need westindians to fire up more.... for that they need to have a inspirational leader...

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 6:34 GMT)

The best thing about Sammy has been the way he has lead the team unitedly... the way he smoothly let Gayle "reintegrate" into the team. Something that the England cricket team officials could learn from WI and bring back KP.

Posted by indicricket on (October 8, 2012, 6:02 GMT)

Sammy may not be the hottest cricketer around. But what he brings as a Captain to the Windies team is worth its weight in gold. A team dogged by bickering, a team that had seemed to have forgotten what it is to win, player/board issues...He has galvanised them into a team that takes pride in their history and give off their best every time they walk into the field. Sure, soon he might have to give up his place to a more talented (I am sure he is aware of it more than anybody baying for his blood, even in his moment triumph)person. But he still has a role in the team bringing them as close as possible to the Windies team I used to know in the 70's and 80's. Go on Sammy, disprove all the naysayers. You have that in you.

Posted by Alexk400 on (October 8, 2012, 5:01 GMT)

Sammy should not be in side on his talent in batting or bowling , Same like dhoni should not be in Test team or T20 team. Both knows how to lead a team. That is a rare skill that many do not possess. For someone like sehwag managing people is waste of energy. For him it does n't do anything. For dhoni and sammy managing people and make them fight for one goal is their livelihood. They live for it. That said time to dump sammy from west indies team if they can find a player who can be captain. Sammy and dhoni are non playing capatins. Once they won a worldcup they become useless because they start to live on their glory days instead of redo the same from scratch. Only aussies has proven that they win game after game that rejunevate themself with new young blood. West Indies really need fast bowling all rounder instead of sammy.

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 3:53 GMT)

I consider defeat against Australia was a major one which showed their confidence, imagine if gayle stormed along with Samuels , poor malinga couldn't do more despite of mendis picking the wickets and sammy managed to put some decent runs in the end which was needed more. I guess lankans didn't have a strategy they feared more if one could have lifted like samuels srilanka had a chance.

Posted by Built_4_the_Kill on (October 8, 2012, 3:34 GMT)

Kimber a beautiful article. I have followed West Indies cricket and in my opinion only reason West Indies was able to achieve this particular goal because the entire West Indies team (including Gayle) has the full confidence and most importantly the respect for their leader. They all believe that their leader has only ambition and that is to take the West Indies cricket team to the highest level. If he succeed then obviously players around him will also be benefited. Daren is different. His most strong point...he is very ordinary. He is not like Mahela who sent Sanga for a toss to avoid punishment. He is not like Dhoni who thinks he is above the game (4 out of 5 wins no matter if India doesn't qualify). He is not like Broad who managed to Keep KP out of the game (politician?). He is not like any of the other captains.

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 3:24 GMT)

Great win. Very happy for Sammy.

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 2:33 GMT)

Lovely, Jrod, lovely... :)

Posted by braindead_rocker on (October 8, 2012, 1:35 GMT)

I am an Indian fan but I have always been a Sammy supporter. Quite a few of my comments in his defense have been published by cricinfo during match commentary. I am really touched by his comments today in the post match ceremony. I was thinking he would come to the party today and boy he did. Those crucial runs he blasted at the end were very crucial. He also got the dangerman Angel Matthews with an awesome delivery. It must be tough being him, living in the shadows of the great players in his team while facing the brunt of the criticism. Yet you will know that the West Indies team has grown only because of his leadership. He is a decent allrounder and a must in the team. My advice to him is to take his career to the next level after this win. Please try to improve your batting and bowling. When West Indies does not play international cricket, try to play in other countries. The big leagues may not like you but the smaller leagues will. God bless you Sammy!

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 1:05 GMT)

Thanks to the entire windies team, god bless! Sammy we love you!

Posted by qpeedore on (October 8, 2012, 0:49 GMT)

Excellent article. For some months I've been trying to write an article about Sammy, but I don't think I would have even come close to the quality of this one.

Truth: If some random obscure nation like Russia played cricket and had a Russian Premier League, Darren Sammy would never even be considered for any team. Yet, the thing that he brings to this team is his CAPTAINCY.

There is no doubt that Sammy has brought these players from various nations together as one. Sammy, for all the critics and all the negativity, has made his WI team one. No longer do I look at the West Indies as a team that just plays under one banner...under Darren Sammy it's not just a collection of player but a team.

And THAT takes a good captain.

As a player, say what you wish. As a captain, nobody can ask for anyone better.

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 0:25 GMT)

Really great article, and well done to the Caribbean boys! I've always supported Sammy and I hope he and the team continue to rise to new heights! @Emanuel Cummings - Ramdin as captain? Surely you jest, sir... mind=blown

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 0:11 GMT)

Sammy the captain is like Canberra the capital; brokered as a peace between Melbourne and Sydney, with no one really wanting to go there, but it works.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 23:59 GMT)

top top bloke Sammy! thoroughy deserve the fruits of your passion for West Indies cricket :0))

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 23:57 GMT)

top top effort Darren Sammy! could not happen to a better bloke :0))

Posted by jackiethepen on (October 7, 2012, 23:20 GMT)

Wonderful to have an appreciative article about Darren Sammy. I have watched the Windies improve for a couple of years. There is no doubt Sammy has been a major influence. The Windies were desperate for a captain who would put the team first and get them to fight in every game to the last ball. In the past heads would have gone down when the Windies couldn't get the ball away and with the loss of Gayle so early on. But they just didn't lose the plot because they are used to being behind and fighting hard. And now it is paying off. Fortunately the fans are beginning to realise the qualities needed for the captaincy. He is a good bowler and makes runs when the chips are down.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 22:53 GMT)

really good captaincy by Sammy. Made excellent fielding and bowling changes in the semi and the final.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 22:36 GMT)

I am so proud of Darren Sammy and his team. Windies success @ this world T20 means everything to us West Indians, & we hope they can continue to work as a team with their never say die attitude...it really showed today. Having witnessed how Darren Sammy led West Indies to beat England last year in their two match series (t20) at the Oval in a low scoring match, today did not surprise me, it just confirmed Sammy's worth as captain of this West Indies team. In a sense, I'm glad the destructive Chris Gayle did not blast off today, it gave Marlon, Sammy & Bravo an opportunity to contribute where it would count; & then for Sammy to take 2 wickets for 6 runs & a catch is great. I hope all West Indians appreciate Sammy for what he can offer & hope the nonsensical chat about Sammy stops. I beamed with pride during Sammy's interview with Nasser, it was not about him, but his team, and the victory was for us their die hard supporters. So thank you Captain Sammy, you and your boys have done well

Posted by Barsac on (October 7, 2012, 22:25 GMT)

Nice guys do come first. And they can forge a winning team. Take note England

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 22:23 GMT)

Sammy is all hearts... you must see his jubilation after any wicket falling, the way he gels with his guys and dances, never looks, walks or talks arrogance. he is the nicest guy without a doubt, loves to take a back seat and lets the boys have fun... I have always been backing him up and really elated after tonight. SRL is my other fav team and Sanga and Mahela deserved to win, too... but I guess emotionally we were all attached to wi and who could have afforded to miss the Chris Gayle's special dance in front of the champions sign. Congrats Windies! It was long due...

Posted by avmd on (October 7, 2012, 21:56 GMT)

Thats the only downside of this otherwise a great night for Carribean cricket, it gave Sammy another excuse to stay and captain the team. Whats wrong with Sameul, why can't he be the captain.

Posted by InnocentGuy on (October 7, 2012, 21:39 GMT)

Super article. The use of Sammy's tweets in between just made it better. Kudos to Sammy! And congrats to West Indies!

Posted by GravyMon on (October 7, 2012, 21:30 GMT)

Just a small correction … This is not their first major ICC trophy since 1979. West Indies did beat England by 2 wickets in the ICC Champions Trophy Final on September 25, 2004 at The Brit Oval under Brian Lara's captaincy. All ICC trophies are major!

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 21:26 GMT)

Even in test matches his bowling average is one of the bests in the west indies team.. he can walk in to a full strength indian team with just his bowling as indian pacers struggle to have an average of 30.. just not being express pace cannot make him useless. throughout his career he has added valuable runs and crucial wickets just like today. he is solely responsible for turning things around for the west indies.

Posted by FreddyForPrimeMinister on (October 7, 2012, 21:21 GMT)

Wonderful article. As an English fan who just loves cricket, I've followed Darren Sammy for the past 3 years or so and always felt he had something special, despite what the figures say. Above all, as the article says, he is the nicest guy in cricket - and for the usually fragmented West Indies side, that is pure gold dust. I love watching Gayle bat but I'm thrilled to bits for you, Darren. Top result for a top man.

Posted by dkbhanu on (October 7, 2012, 21:20 GMT)

Didn't WI win Champion's trophy in 2004? I guess that does not count as a major trophy.

Posted by medulp on (October 7, 2012, 21:06 GMT)

Most underrated leader/person on the team, he kept the team united and put national interest in front of money, took them through all the downs.

Posted by Alexk400 on (October 7, 2012, 20:44 GMT)

Sammy won it for west indies. Just like dhoni win it in final. Both showed up in finals. Other stars showed up other games. Eerie similarity between dhoni and sammy. Both lucky. Anyone born as rooster sign in chinese astrology , things handed to them. They are always lucky. Roger federer is another rooster. They may have minimum skill but they win in tons in easy smooth way.

Posted by rsgarcia on (October 7, 2012, 20:29 GMT)

I have loved Sammy from the moment he was introduced to England and took 8 wickets in one match. I was lucky enough to meet this gentleman and he was as nice and hard-working a guy as you could hope to meet. I have been in his corner, preaching the virtues of his hard work, his determination, his love of team and region. I am so happy now that all can see what I saw years ago. Sammy is our captain, and I'm still proud of that. If you can think of someone better who hasn't already tried and fail, you're welcome to talk. But if not, I say it's time to back the boys, back our captain and stop talking out both sides of our mouth. Sammy has done what no one else has. God bless him and the Windies. Windies forever!! Thank you boys! Wi all in and wi bleed maroon!!!!

Posted by lee_man on (October 7, 2012, 20:05 GMT)

Very good article. Leave Darren Sammy alone. I have lways said that as a captin is doing much better than the last few WI captains. Now he's blown thm all away...he's won a world title.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 19:44 GMT)

I still feel Sammy should not be in the side Ramdin should be the captain and Sammy's Place should be taken by a genuine all rounder or a real fast bowler , Sammy was just lucky to be the captain of a good 20-20 side. Best wishes to the West Indies. England Please bring back Kevin Please. South Africa must learn how to play world cup cricket

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 19:42 GMT)

West Indies did manage to win a Champions Trophy a few years ago.That apart, this breed of cricket is what the Windies have all along shown the cricketing world is their natural game.I hope this victory awakens the spirit in them to perform at better levels in the traditional form of the game.That will be good for cricket and cricket fans. To see them demolish Australia was pleasing to say the least. Regardless of what cricket pundits have to say or write, I salute this Windies team.So should the rest of the cricketing world.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 19:31 GMT)

Hats off to Darren and his team.Now looking forward to resurgent test team. Talentwise WI can still more than match with best if they play to potential.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 19:30 GMT)

so true. immense respect for the man. and his post-match interview touched me deep.very deep

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 19:30 GMT)

i love wi winning T20 wc......well done sammy....:)

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 19:28 GMT)

Hail Sammy, well done to you and the guys

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 19:22 GMT)

Must read folks, as it states what heart and courage Sammy has and what he's had to put up with from some of our fans for the last 18 months or so!

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 19:20 GMT)

Yes..!! Darren Sammy is the unsung hero of international cricket..!! He showed the world what a disciplined bunch of talents can do..!! Still people back home in Windies do not recognize this.. Hats Off to you man..!!

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

Well done West Indies team...Sammy you were Wasim Akram on the field today. Hats off to you

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 19:13 GMT)

Thank you! As an ardent Sammy defender I've gotten my share of talk, but I just can't begrudge someone who TRIES so hard as he does! Yes, he has made his share of errors and there are times when his batting frustrates me but I keep maintaining that he's probably the best man out there for one of the most thankless jobs in the world.

It's probably because of his niceness that he can manage all of the characters on that team! But niceness has to come with some backbone...which is also how he can manage that team. I can relax now...until the next match.

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