India v West Indies, 3rd Test, Mumbai, 3rd day November 24, 2011

Batsmen underestimate me - Sammy

ESPNcricinfo staff

Darren Sammy has said batsmen tend to get out to him because they underestimate his bowling. He has been West Indies' most-successful bowler on their tour of India so far, with eight wickets in the Test series. On the third day at the Wankhede Stadium, he dismissed Virender Sehwag for the third time in four innings. Sammy said Sehwag looks to attack him which leaves him with the chance of picking up Sehwag's wicket.

"Through the series I have bowled first change, not as quick as other bowlers. After the first Test it seems Sehwag wants to hit me out of the attack," Sammy said. "But I don't mind him playing a few shots because he could present me with an opportunity to get him out. So far, he has done that in three innings.

"I work hard for every wicket. My job in the team is to be the workhorse, bowl lots of overs. I guess the mistake batsmen make is they underestimate me and get relaxed when they face me. It presents an opportunity to slide one through and get a wicket."

Sammy's dismissal of Sehwag was one of only three wickets to fall in the day, leaving India on 281 for 3 in response to West Indies' 590, and the game poised for a draw. Sammy, though, said West Indies were still in with a good chance to win. "A few wickets in the first session tomorrow can change things; there's a lot of time left in the Test match. The pitch seems to be quite good but having scored nearly 600, we can still get a 200 or 150-run lead and come back and set a target."

West Indies could have had another wicket when Sachin Tendulkar was dropped by Carlton Baugh on 38, and Sammy said taking their chances would be important on the fourth day. He said his bowlers could take inspiration from the way R Ashwin and Varun Aaron persisted for India.

"We saw how two of the India bowlers toiled and worked hard for their wickets. We are prepared to do that and hopefully we could get more wickets quicker than the India team did. We have our game plan and we bowled to it. We did create an opportunity to get Tendulkar out but unfortunately we didn't take it."

While Baugh's chance to dismiss Tendulkar should have been a wicket, Ravi Rampaul's dismissal of Gautam Gambhir for 55, perhaps, should not have been one. Gambhir was adjudged caught-behind but replays seemed to suggest he had not nicked the ball. Gambhir, though, said he is happy to play without the DRS since good and bad decisions even themselves out.

"There are times they go in your favour and there are times they don't," he said. "I could say that today I missed DRS but there will be occasions in the future where I will be grateful there is no DRS. The important thing is everything evens out."

Gambhir's half-century was his second of the series but he has failed to convert on the starts. He also had two half-centuries in the recent home ODI series against England but failed to get a hundred. "The important thing is how you are hitting the ball and I have been doing that well," he said. "Even during the one-dayers against England I was not able to convert fifties into hundreds, and that is on my mind. But I have been giving the team good starts."

All the talk going into the fourth day at the Wankhede Stadium is about whether or not Sachin Tendulkar will get his 100th international century but Gambhir pointed out that India still needed to do some work to avoid the follow-on, and that was more critical. "The team is not thinking much about Sachin's 100th hundred but what we require at the moment. West Indies have set a big target and it's important to save the follow-on. If Sachin gets his 100th ton in that course it's good, but we are focused on the team objective."

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  • Satt on November 26, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    For all those Sammy supporters i really don't see a place for him in WI eleven. He is just a man to put the toss...He is neither dangerous with the bat nor with the ball. Good, talented players like Kemar Roach, Dwayne Bravo are not able to play in the eleven because of Sammy. If the board comes in good terms with the players then WI will be a formaidable team especially with the kind of talent and experience in the support staff. Gayle, Barath, KEdwards, D Bravo, Chadrapaul, Dwayne Bravo, Samules, Baugh, F Edwards, Bishoom, Sulieman Benn(tall left arm spinner), Roach, Jerome Taylor, Ravi Rampaul..may be two others...this should be the team....unless Sammyproves as a good allrounder he doesn't find a place in the 15.

  • Dummy4 on November 25, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    While I do agree with Sammy, I certainly do not agree with Gambhir, we should at all times strive for perfection, & if technology can help why not use it. And to be truthful the decisions really don't balance out. Sammy has brought more than his bowling to this WI team, he has brought PASSION & PRIDE, qualities we haven't seen for a long time.

  • Sathish on November 25, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    Darren Sammy is an useless bowler, useless player , a joker in team WI, Sammy ODI is there beware of Sehwag, he will make you cry for these words, Go Viru hit him sixes sixes sixes, i am loving to see that.

  • Dummy4 on November 25, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    To me Sammy should not be a part of team. His record suggest that he is more of a burden than an asset. Darren Bravo can be a good captain. They should give someone more consistence and useful player. Batting at 8 and average bowling is what Sammy is all about.

  • vky on November 25, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    sammy u need to b keep quite.... odi series is still left out viru, raina,kohli, and the destroyer mahi.................

  • Subba on November 25, 2011, 9:25 GMT

    I read somewhere that Sammy, if he was playing in the era of the West Indian greats, may not have made it to a Barbados Second XI.

  • Owais on November 25, 2011, 7:38 GMT

    I dont know what Indians generally are against DRS ? most of the other test playing nations, officials, commentators are all for DRS. It has proved its worth. Or is it because this is the line of Indian board ? Maybe.

  • Salman on November 25, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    Absolutely dead pan flat cake pitch - this is the death of cricket. Centuries scored on such tracks are of little real value...

  • Christopher on November 25, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    @Abdul Rahman - Why shouldn't Sammy speak like this? More than likely he'll be responding to a journalist's question about the wicket, and he's not being disparaging to Sehwag at all. If anything he's showing humility, admitting he's not the greatest bowler in the world but he's a trier and gets results because of this.

  • Alex on November 25, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    Sammy got brain but too slow. Sehwag can switch different gear grind him until 100 after that watch out sammy. Anyways...i hope west indies win this test.

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