India v West Indies, 3rd Test, Mumbai, 3rd day

Batsmen underestimate me - Sammy

ESPNcricinfo staff

November 24, 2011

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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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Posted by Satv007 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by sathishvaiju 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by vkypak 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.................

Posted by Aussasinator 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.

Posted by KarachiKid 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.

Posted by stark-truth 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...

Posted by TontonZolaMoukoko 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.

Posted by Alexk400 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.

Posted by Dashgar on (November 25, 2011, 4:59 GMT)

Good work Sammy. Its good to see a guy who knows his own game and knows how to get the most out of himself. People call for Sammy to be dropped but he is easily the best bowler in the team going by stats and is proving it again. West Indies have certainly performed better with him as captain. He may not be there for ever but right now he is leading them well.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (November 25, 2011, 4:22 GMT)

Sammy, watch-out for Sehwag...there is ODI series after this...No batsmen in the world like the bowlers who take their wickets regularly! there will be a good contest in the ODIs

Posted by orangtan on (November 25, 2011, 3:08 GMT)

We must give Gambhir the benefit of the doubt and assume that he does not know what he is talking about vis-a-vis DRS. It leaves one incredulous,but I guess Indian cricketers have been conditioned by the BCCI to take an anti-DRS approach. The DRS worked fine in the recent Test series in South Africa, especially in the Newlands Test.

Posted by   on (November 25, 2011, 2:52 GMT)

shewag is an attacking batsman.. he can get out in anybody's over.. wat Dinesh R Rdx told is a corect point.. but i cant say sammy is a bad bowler... sammy keep quit and concentrate on cricket.. u may get sachin and laxman...dont speak like this..

Posted by   on (November 25, 2011, 2:21 GMT)

Sammy has been underestimated not only by batsmen but by a lot of others in the cricketing world, particularly in West Indies. He may not have a lot of firepower in his arsenal but he works with what he has which is why right now he is one of the more successful bowlers on the team. He consistently gets wickets.

Posted by nafzak on (November 25, 2011, 2:05 GMT)

Not true what Sammy said. In the last 3 WI (c0mpleted) series plus this series so far (Pakistan & India (in the WI), Bangladesh and now India, Bishoo has been teh workhorse. I believe that Sammy is careful not to bowl too much or else hos stats would not be too good.

Posted by yocasi on (November 25, 2011, 1:25 GMT)

The only way to shut up one's critics is by performance. Although he hasn't set the world afire, Sammy has shown that he is capable of holding his own and that his place in the team is merit-based. Why people keep lamenting the absence of Gayle and Co. is totally mind-boggling. West Indies was on an express train to Nowhere when those guys were in the team. Now, anyone but the most cock-eyed observer can see we are gradually emerging from the doldrums. One can see our fledgling batsmen growing in confidence by the innings, and if the Board does not go back to its folly, we will be a mid-ranked team in 12-18 months.

Posted by Nampally on (November 24, 2011, 21:51 GMT)

Sammy is right when he says Sehwag gets out trying to hit him - now thrice. Sehwag has his own mind & determines who to hit rightly or wrongly. He pays the penalty for his own over exhuberance quite often. Similarly Tendulkar is paying the price for getting out trying to hit Bishoo. He got out twice & was dropped by Baugh on Day 3,when he was 58!. Why do these guys single out a bowler is any bodys guess. But it is not intelligent cricket when you fall to the same guy thrice. Both Sehwag & Tendulkar need to learn from this experience not repeat the same errors. WI were lucky in getting Gambhir- wrongly given caught behind. But India still has a lot of batting -VVS, SRT, MSD & Kohli- each capable of scoring a century. So Sammys thinking of follow on for India is wishful thinking! If the wicket behaves the same, I think India should be able to add 350 - 400 runs on Day 4. Pitch will degrade a bit but not enough to produce a Result.So the teams should start preparing for the ODIs.

Posted by zshanto on (November 24, 2011, 21:21 GMT)

You are not a bad bowler , you are not good enough for test cricket might ... Be brave and agreed it . Sammy can useful in one day or t-20 format I agree this point , seriously selector must find an option to chose new replace or appoint senior bravo .he is all rounder though .if they need a all rounder then bravo could be a good choice man . Atlest bravo has some variation in bowling and he can bat against class bowler as well . West indies need a third seamer who take wicket like regular seamer in test format . Rather then keep batsman tight in the peach . It's a long format 5 days game man . Thing about it . Also Sammy as a captain you must realize this and leave test place for young talented seamer .if you do so people will respect you more man .... Wishes

Posted by linjean on (November 24, 2011, 20:08 GMT)

Give Sammy a break. He is currently West Indies best bowler. Look at his stats compared to Fidel (the so called best): SAMMY- 20 Tests, 57 wkts, Avg 29.52, econ. 2.79, ST 63.4. FIDEL - 50 Tests, 152 wkts, Avg. 37, Econ. 3.94, SR 56.3. Who has the better stats? Now, it is reasonable to think that if Sammy had 50 matches under his belt then he would have picked up more wickets than Fidel at a better avg, a better economy rate. forgive me, I just deal with the stats. I think he deserves his place in this West Indies side based on this and the fact that he has the most wickets on this tour so far. So all the SAMMY critics must learn to deal with him being on the side. Although, I would like to see his bowling speed increased by a shade and that his batting improve by leaps and bounds.

Posted by woodhaven on (November 24, 2011, 18:42 GMT)

give this man his due credit. west indies is playing their 2nd string team with Gayle, sarwan, bravo, chanderpaul, roach, lendl simmons, suleman benn, jerome taylor,brendon nash--all are missing or not participating.

Posted by earli on (November 24, 2011, 17:57 GMT)

what does Gambhir means by "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." that sounds like someone who will never walk it he nick one behind. see criketers would not admit to the good of having the DRS till they have a really bad run with few bad decision against them.

Posted by   on (November 24, 2011, 17:56 GMT)

"There are times they go in your favour and there are times they don't. 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." - Gambhir. What is that about being grateful there is no DRS? Grateful? What do you mean? Gilly and Sachin never look back when they know they are out. Gambhir, what is this idea about being grateful there is no DRS? You want to play on even though you know you are out, just because there's no DRS? Can you explain me the meaning behind your words?

Posted by bigwonder on (November 24, 2011, 17:56 GMT)

Sammy, sorry to break this to you but Shewag likes to throw his wicket away and you getting hm out 3rd time is no big deal. I understand that you work hard but you get lucky to get wickets as batsmen take you less seriously - a big advantage to you. Keep it up while it lasts.

Posted by   on (November 24, 2011, 17:55 GMT)

Players always stress on team but heart of heart everybody wants personal milestones also, I am no different. Sachin should concentrate on his 100, the result will follow automatically with a mammoth score.

Posted by   on (November 24, 2011, 17:51 GMT)

What, is this guy Gambhir out of his mind? Even out? There should be the right decision at the right time. And we should put our steps towards the right decision making. May be we don't get the rightest decision right away, but as time goes on, we get even more technology and we get better and better. But we should never give up. This talk of 'even out' and 'odd out' is the worst talk I ever heard from a Cricketer. One should search for the right decision. Rather than searching for it, saying 'ah, it evens out one day', is not correct. Gambhir, something wrong with you after the concussion?

Posted by Smithie on (November 24, 2011, 17:23 GMT)

Interesting to hear Gambir towing the Srinasan/SRT/Dhoni party line on DRS when he is on record previously saying he wished to use it - just like Sewag and Dravid. Hopefully it will bite you all on the backside Downunder this Summer!

Posted by   on (November 24, 2011, 16:50 GMT)

Sammy, Shakib al hasan, vettori, etc are some bowlers who will get shewag's wicket if their teams' opening bowlers doesn't perform well by picking up wickets. They come in a situation where shewag is ready to get out by playing shots and they eventually pick him. If sammy is a real talent, he should prove it by picking up dravid's or sachin's or laxman's wicket 3 times in a row or in the series :) I accept sammy is wise, but not the best!

Posted by Ganes.V on (November 24, 2011, 16:24 GMT)

Dont know about all batsmen but definitely SEHWAG is one such batsman who underestimates ALL bowlers. And some intelligent ones like Sammy who understands the mind set gets his wicket easily! And Sehwag rarely uses his brains- it is to that extend that one doubts whether he has a brain or not! Well done Samy so far in this series and Sehwag seems to get stuck in mid thirties.. As he says there is quite some time left in this test and 4th morning is going to decide the test match to a big extend If India lose another two wickets it opens up the tail for sure....

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (November 24, 2011, 16:17 GMT)


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