India v West Indies, 3rd Test, Mumbai, 5th day November 26, 2011

Would have been heartbreaking to lose - Sammy

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West Indies are lucky to have a leader like Darren Sammy. Throughout this series - as he has so far in his captaincy tenure - Sammy once again proved that with commitment, his team can achieve many things. Only South Africa have known the taste of beating India in India in the last five years. Yet Sammy's inexperienced bunch came very close today to nearly shock India on a cathartic final day's play which ended with the game being drawn off the last ball.

It was a dramatic day of Test cricket, which would not have been possible without the courage displayed by West Indies. Their captain could not bowl with a sore hamstring and hobbled around the field all afternoon; their specialist spinner, Devendra Bishoo, also limped with a thigh strain picked up while batting in the first innings; their experience-thin bowling attack had to not only counter the formidable Indian batting but also a vociferous home crowd hurling abuses.

Sammy had to keep thinking on one leg if he had to stop India from securing a 3-0 whitewash. The day had started off with the West Indies batsmen shockingly throwing away their wickets in complete contrast to the admirable application they had shown on the first two days. "We took the position for granted," Sammy said. "Knowing that we had scored 590 in the first innings we relaxed a little bit. Some of the shots played were not called for. At the end we paid the price for it. I know the coach will definitely talk about it. It is about us being mentally prepared to bat in both innings of a Test."

A target of 243 in 64 overs did not seem out of hand for India. Virat Kohli had said the previous evening that India could chase down a target in one-and-a-half sessions. The game was on when Virender Sehwag, having started steadily, was clocking boundaries at his usual rate as the Indian boat streamed at five runs an over.

It did not deter Sammy and his troops. He had read the final day pitch well and made Samuels bowl for nearly three hours for a marathon spell of 25 overs. From the other end, Bishoo gamely challenged the Indians to take him on.

Sammy knew the pressure would get to India once the wickets fell. He changed his field constantly but purposefully, encouraging his bowlers to pitch attacking lines. Ravi Rampaul got the old ball to reverse wonderfully. On Friday, Rampaul bore the brunt of abuses from the Wankhede crowd once he cut short Sachin Tendulkar's fairy tale. He said he would not step out of the team hotel last evening. Today afternoon he stepped out to deliver an attacking spell of fast bowling that accounted for VVS Laxman and MS Dhoni.

Eventually the nerves got to the Indians as partnerships were broken at critical times. Even when 55 runs were need off the 15 mandatory overs, West Indies knew they had a chance. "I did not foresee that to be happening to be honest," Sammy said of the drawn result. "But you know every disappointment is a blessing in disguise. We didn't bat well but the way the bowlers came out there and showed character, fight … Bishoo, on one leg, bowling 50-plus overs in the match; Samuels bowling 20 [25] straight overs; Ravi, Fidel, unfortunately I could not bowl in that innings."

Sammy said his team showed the same determination evident in June during the final Test of the home series against India in Dominica where Rampaul did not bowl in the first innings. "We showed fight in Dominica when we had three bowlers. Today again, a bowler down, we really showed a lot of fight. That is a positive we could take from this series; we really kept our head up when we were down."

According to Sammy, when India took just 24 runs between overs 40 to 50 and lost Dhoni, he knew that they were switched to the conservative mode after Sehwag had built early momentum. "I thought the way they [Kohli and Dhoni] were batting they might not go for the runs because Ravi was bowling a good spell."

"I was speaking to Kirk [Edwards] at cover and he said 'win or draw, win or draw, we can't lose this, we won't lose this.' That was the belief in the guys. The way we batted (in the first innings), it would have been very heartbreaking for us to come back and lose the game."
Darren Sammy

But as the countdown began and R Ashwin took India to the doorstep of victory, Sammy conceded he was edgy and did not rule out even a tie. "All sorts of things were going through my mind coming down to the end. At one point the tied Test went through my mind.

"I was speaking to Kirk [Edwards] at cover and he said 'win or draw, win or draw, we can't lose this, we won't lose this.' That was the belief in the guys. The way we batted (in the first innings), it would have been very heartbreaking for us to come back and lose the game."

Under Sammy, West Indies have become a feisty bunch, drawing series in Sri Lanka and against Pakistan at home before winning in Bangladesh.

If there is one person who stands alongside Sammy in this steady revival of sorts, it is the West Indies coach Ottis Gibson. "For me on a personal note, he has a way bringing out the belief in the team. You can see how the bowling unit has progressed and improved well. We came from not being able to bowling out teams twice and then bowling out India who were No.1 back then in the Caribbean; travelled to Sri Lanka and enforced the follow-on; we drew Pakistan at home and here in India we competed really well.

"The guys are slowly but surely believing that we could achieve things like we showed in the last Test - following on and scoring over 400 runs in the second innings. In the first Test we were in a position to win. Gibson keeps telling us that in order to win we must create an opportunity. So far we have been creating lots of opportunities to win. It is about getting that belief that we could move on and win."

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  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    With regard to The captaincy of Darren Sammy, this will always be a contentious issue. A captain must have three qualities. 1) A good knowledge of the game, 2)to be able to keep his place on the team, 3) have the respect of his peers. Sammy's numbers with the bat disappoint, especially certain situatons call for a captain's leadership and stability, however his bowling is credible and timely, and his fielding, though many neglect to mention is top quality. I would back him to take any catch on the field, no matter how difficult. When the west Indies to return to winning ways, one would need to look back to Sammy's impact on this young team in a period of adversity as one of the catalysts if not the main one. His dedicaiton and commitment to West Indies speaks volumes. Intangibles are equally as significant as stats and results. Sammy, use every opportunity you get as captain to prove your doubtors wrong and also improve your game. Keep up the fight.

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    Asa Windies fan I have mixed views about the "progress" of West Indies cricket. Firstly, we are caught up in the past whereby we as a generation are accustomed to winning, which is a good thing, because this tradiiton has to be maintained, and serve as a prerequisite for players, coaching staff and management(the board) to qualify for and adhere to. By this I mean standards must be raised and performance levels met, positive attitudes displayed and most of all realistic goals set, and a timeframe to achieve the above. The reality is the present situaiton. Very few positive results on the field, inconsistent batting and bowling performances, yet the heart to fight back as displayed in the final test. to say that we accept medeocrity is valid, but still harsh for a young team, still learning its trade, considering that most have grown up accustomed to seeing windies lose. They Hear of The legacy, but as they say, "seeing is believing"

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    its an absolute rubbish to call sportsmanship for calling the physio on the field to reduce the available overs for the opponent. India are clear winners at the end. Say if India had one more over, Ashwin would comfortably stayed with single and in the next over, had scored the needed 1 run to win the game. Even Ohja would have did it if Ashwin failed.

  • POSTED BY indianzen on | November 28, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    poor sportsmanship by Sammy to reduce the bowling by one over telling that he has called physio on the field... 28 needed of 7 overs were reduced to 28 needed of 6.

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | November 28, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    No ifs and buts. Sammy got the draw and showed indians , it won't be cake walk. He did n't have great players but matched the indians with pure heart and effort and strategy. India would have wonif not the brain dead running by ashwin. I take draw just for all the hard work put by sammy &co. i hope india ( all 11 members) play like chetah. We need young blood. Sachin choked nth time. And all sachin fans ran away. :)

  • POSTED BY gagguv on | November 28, 2011, 5:33 GMT

    Some comments like FairGameFan are really hilarious. When Ponting assumed captaincy, his first series was against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka. In all 3 tests, SL got first innings lead and still Australia won all 3 tests. That shows team's character to fight back from adversity. India did that, though it was complacency on their part to feel WI as BD team. For WI fans who are crying hoarse over Gayle and Sarwan's exclusion, though this team under Sammy is also getting beaten like team under Gayle it at least is showing some character. The team is gelling well and given exposure within 2-3 years if team nucleus remains same it would be challenging higher ranked teams. Though I m not a big fan of Sammy, you have to admire his resilience. Knowing anything he do is criticized, he is going on and on keeping WI flag on his sleeve. Games do need such characters. If Gayle needs to know what he should apologize for or retract statements, seriously there is something wrong with him.

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2011, 4:40 GMT

    nice match..love to see test matches............one was AUS vs SA and now Ind vs WI....test macth saga goes on..enjoy

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2011, 2:48 GMT

    Why are west indians happy? When do teams score 500+ then lose a test match. WI were lucky to save that game.

  • POSTED BY Steven500 on | November 28, 2011, 1:28 GMT

    The thought that SAMMY is am inspirational leader is rubbish. Russel should have been playing for him and Ramdin should have been playing for Baugh. That is a better side

    Steven500

  • POSTED BY LoveCric123 on | November 28, 2011, 0:53 GMT

    Hats off to both the teams! What a breathtaking game. Shows that nothing can match a test cricket, ever. And, as a huge Indian fan, cannot but doff my hat to Sammy and his boys. What a great job fighting. Test cricket needs less minnows and more parity. And unlike the team that visited our shores last, and showed how not to be sporting, this Windies team showed how to be good sports throughout. All the best you guys, may you continue to build and keep getting better.

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    With regard to The captaincy of Darren Sammy, this will always be a contentious issue. A captain must have three qualities. 1) A good knowledge of the game, 2)to be able to keep his place on the team, 3) have the respect of his peers. Sammy's numbers with the bat disappoint, especially certain situatons call for a captain's leadership and stability, however his bowling is credible and timely, and his fielding, though many neglect to mention is top quality. I would back him to take any catch on the field, no matter how difficult. When the west Indies to return to winning ways, one would need to look back to Sammy's impact on this young team in a period of adversity as one of the catalysts if not the main one. His dedicaiton and commitment to West Indies speaks volumes. Intangibles are equally as significant as stats and results. Sammy, use every opportunity you get as captain to prove your doubtors wrong and also improve your game. Keep up the fight.

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    Asa Windies fan I have mixed views about the "progress" of West Indies cricket. Firstly, we are caught up in the past whereby we as a generation are accustomed to winning, which is a good thing, because this tradiiton has to be maintained, and serve as a prerequisite for players, coaching staff and management(the board) to qualify for and adhere to. By this I mean standards must be raised and performance levels met, positive attitudes displayed and most of all realistic goals set, and a timeframe to achieve the above. The reality is the present situaiton. Very few positive results on the field, inconsistent batting and bowling performances, yet the heart to fight back as displayed in the final test. to say that we accept medeocrity is valid, but still harsh for a young team, still learning its trade, considering that most have grown up accustomed to seeing windies lose. They Hear of The legacy, but as they say, "seeing is believing"

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    its an absolute rubbish to call sportsmanship for calling the physio on the field to reduce the available overs for the opponent. India are clear winners at the end. Say if India had one more over, Ashwin would comfortably stayed with single and in the next over, had scored the needed 1 run to win the game. Even Ohja would have did it if Ashwin failed.

  • POSTED BY indianzen on | November 28, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    poor sportsmanship by Sammy to reduce the bowling by one over telling that he has called physio on the field... 28 needed of 7 overs were reduced to 28 needed of 6.

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | November 28, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    No ifs and buts. Sammy got the draw and showed indians , it won't be cake walk. He did n't have great players but matched the indians with pure heart and effort and strategy. India would have wonif not the brain dead running by ashwin. I take draw just for all the hard work put by sammy &co. i hope india ( all 11 members) play like chetah. We need young blood. Sachin choked nth time. And all sachin fans ran away. :)

  • POSTED BY gagguv on | November 28, 2011, 5:33 GMT

    Some comments like FairGameFan are really hilarious. When Ponting assumed captaincy, his first series was against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka. In all 3 tests, SL got first innings lead and still Australia won all 3 tests. That shows team's character to fight back from adversity. India did that, though it was complacency on their part to feel WI as BD team. For WI fans who are crying hoarse over Gayle and Sarwan's exclusion, though this team under Sammy is also getting beaten like team under Gayle it at least is showing some character. The team is gelling well and given exposure within 2-3 years if team nucleus remains same it would be challenging higher ranked teams. Though I m not a big fan of Sammy, you have to admire his resilience. Knowing anything he do is criticized, he is going on and on keeping WI flag on his sleeve. Games do need such characters. If Gayle needs to know what he should apologize for or retract statements, seriously there is something wrong with him.

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2011, 4:40 GMT

    nice match..love to see test matches............one was AUS vs SA and now Ind vs WI....test macth saga goes on..enjoy

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2011, 2:48 GMT

    Why are west indians happy? When do teams score 500+ then lose a test match. WI were lucky to save that game.

  • POSTED BY Steven500 on | November 28, 2011, 1:28 GMT

    The thought that SAMMY is am inspirational leader is rubbish. Russel should have been playing for him and Ramdin should have been playing for Baugh. That is a better side

    Steven500

  • POSTED BY LoveCric123 on | November 28, 2011, 0:53 GMT

    Hats off to both the teams! What a breathtaking game. Shows that nothing can match a test cricket, ever. And, as a huge Indian fan, cannot but doff my hat to Sammy and his boys. What a great job fighting. Test cricket needs less minnows and more parity. And unlike the team that visited our shores last, and showed how not to be sporting, this Windies team showed how to be good sports throughout. All the best you guys, may you continue to build and keep getting better.

  • POSTED BY FairGameFan on | November 27, 2011, 22:03 GMT

    @Arvind Pai being proud of about a drawn game is not the point. The improvement in the team is what matters to me. The fact that a young inexperience side had the foot on throat of the indians twice in three matches is commendable. If a more experienced side say England were to get the opportunities WI had in those matches they would humiliate this Indian side again, this time in their own back yard.

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2011, 22:02 GMT

    I just want to point out to the people who are talking about Sammy captiancy they have short memory Sammy said that captiancy are overated. I personally seen the same WI team over the last dacade of inconsistency.Please look at these 22 men. Man for man for the final eleven Brathwaite is C Gayle ,Barath is D Smith ,K Edwards is R sarwan ,D Bravo is B Lara , Shiv Shanderpaul ,M Samuels ,C baugh is D Ramdin ,Bishoo is S Benn ,Ravi Rampaul is J Taylo,r F Edwards and D Sammy is D Bravo.

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    @FairGameFan LOL, Test cricket is not about 1st innings lead. A game which should have easily ended in a "boring" draw was made entertaining by WI batsmen throwing wickets away. Settling for a draw with scores level after scoring nearly 600 in 1st innings is nothing to be proud of.

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2011, 18:25 GMT

    if drawing a test with the score tie worth celebrating its like an insult to who know cricket and their main objective was to prevent sach. from making his 100 century against them and a coach who can only set a plan to only get one man out in sach. people keep saying other players before making runs when it don't count i wonder when a single run don't count for any one makes one run lest in this match WI would have lost and after making almost 600 runs in the first inning and have to settle for a tie draw i see nothing to celebrate about

  • POSTED BY Balb on | November 27, 2011, 16:09 GMT

    It was a bad mistake from Sammy to remove Bishoo from the bowling after Kholi got out. Ishant hit him for a four, so what. With Bishoo on one one end and either Rampaul or Edwards on the other end, West Indies stood a better chance for a win by getting the last standing wickets out. That would have been a better game than a scarey draw. It was not a thrilling draw or finish, it was a dreadful.

  • POSTED BY ILoveTestCricket on | November 27, 2011, 15:38 GMT

    It was fantastic last day of cricket;completely rivetting. Well played windies!! Keep up the good show...find few more good folks...we need at least 4-5 competing sides to fire up the test match arena!!

  • POSTED BY FairGameFan on | November 27, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    WI did lose the series, but we led India on first innings twice and should have won both those games. This Indian side is not as cracked up as their fans make them out to be. I predict a whitewash against the Australians and even defeat at home to the English (unless Dhoni requests are met).

  • POSTED BY blackie on | November 27, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    The above commentators in relation to West Indies being too celebratory over the 3rd test draw obviously were not paying attention over the last 10 years when Windies were getting beaten in 3 days, losing by an innings on a regular basis, having only one or two players make meaningful contributions in an entire series and hardly ever being able to bowl out teams twice. WE ARE CLEARLY PLAYING BETTER. We just played the #1 team in the world in their own back yard and were competitive. In a 3 test series, Windies batsmen scored 3 centuries and 9 half centuries and got past 300 three times. The spinners Ohja and Ashwin took 75% of windies wickets but Chanderpaul, Bravo and K Edwards still averaged over 50 against them. When last have you seen Windies perform this well. Our major problem was the inability to bat well in both innings. As our young, inexperienced players get better we will rectify this.

  • POSTED BY nmdasaya on | November 27, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    only sa had won over india in india so they hav done wonder job ,they made india sweat at-least twice!

  • POSTED BY tendlya on | November 27, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    My respect for Sammy has gone up after the fourth innings! Wonderful performance by the West Indian bowlers..and great attacking captaincy. It would have been so easy to give up but the WI team backed themselves up to the fullest. To people questioning why WI are celebrating after the series loss - they are not celebrating the series but the fact that they were able to back themselves up in the last innings and salvage a draw from a very precarious position against a strong Indian side in India..that's a great achievement in itself!

  • POSTED BY blackie on | November 27, 2011, 14:34 GMT

    For Pete's sake Julian Reifer, West Indies of 18 months ago would've been whitewashed!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | November 27, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    Yes, a loss would have been heartbreaking. But, let's leave the emotions aside. IMO, a draw is the most appropriate result for this test. Windies didn't deserve to lose this test match after dominating the test for almost 4 days. Only on day 5 in the morning session did we dominate them. Sammy continues to impress me. I wish his team comes back to our country in the next 12 to 18 months with him as the Captain again (One can't predict how WICB is going to handle him). His young brigade would have understood the grind of International Cricket by that time with more exposure and may be even blast us like the Windies of 70s and 80s. Sammy, you sure won many fans in our country on this tour. Big up Maan! The moment you offered your fist to glove Dravid, after he kicked the ball away, will always remain the highest point of this series and my cricket watching career. True Caribbean Style Maan! Big up to the Big Maan! The point of entertainment in sport is not lost on you and The Great Wall!

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    No reason to celebrate this is the second test of this series the West Indies Should have won.

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    For any Indians who might have been going with the flow trash talking DS, you have certainly seen the real man in India. Decide for yourselves. We expect the trash from our insular caribbean friends. Anyone who refuses to see progress is just blind. Bashing the draw when for years and years the WI were whitewashed over and over all over the world is hypocritical(if you know recent WI cricket history). With less the 10 runs to get the guys refused to give up. Reminds me of the 99 semi final WC match between Aus and SA. When Aus just refused to die or accept defeat.

  • POSTED BY OutCast on | November 27, 2011, 11:29 GMT

    This is a proof that Sammy is not up to captain any side in the world.. first of all, Sammy didn't bowl or contribute with his bat in this match, virtually a spectator like me and you.. after making 500+, your team could not even last as long as Kim Kardarshian's marriage lasted... the series would simply have been handed out 3-0 if not for the inexperience of the debutants batting in the death overs... I salute only to Fidel & Ravi coz of their penetration and kept everyone inside the fence... how many catches were dropped? how many run out were missed? how many misfield/over throws cost extra extra runs? lousy field setting cost the opponent to score freely.. above everything, WI must polish up its fielding like SL- Lankans are the best fielding side that's why they are not as worse as WI or NZ even when they are struggling now...

  • POSTED BY Balb on | November 27, 2011, 11:24 GMT

    West Indies made a big captaincy mistake by removing Bishoo after Kholi was out. They had nothing to lose. Ishant hit him for four and he was removed.

    Leaving Bishoo to continue to bowl on one end with Ravi Rampaul would have brought a win for West Indies rather than to barely scrape in a draw.

    Very very sad WI

  • POSTED BY indyarox on | November 27, 2011, 11:01 GMT

    Merely avoiding losing a test after scoring 590 runs in the first innings and gaining a lead of over 100 runs shouldn't really be a cause for celebration for Windies. They were saved because Indian batters didnt apply thier mind. Actually it should be a cause for worry for Windies that they came so close to a 3-0 whitewash even after gaining substantial first innings lead in 2 of 3 tests. I think Windies were very mediocre with some good performances here and there. Unless they stop celebrating such mediocrity and aim to get better they will continue to be the havenots of world cricket

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | November 27, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    Great stuff Sammy and please score more as a batsman. I love to see your blistering sixes but try to stay longer in the crease as well.

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2011, 9:11 GMT

    There's a lot of criticism above for the West Indies celebrating a draw. Please remember that in Test cricket a draw is a result and when a team comes up from behind to secure a draw rather than lose a game it is worth celebrating. West Indies did it against the odds, with an injured bowling attack against the best batting line in the the world playing in home conditions against a noisy crowd. Now if that's not worth being proud of then why play Test cricket?

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | November 27, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    West Indies deserve all the praise after starting that against India at home and coming this far where they showed lot of metal in India's backyard. They have done it against India and Bangladesh now stronger bowling lineups will be on offer where they can compete with the return of Gayle, Sarvan, Shiv and Bravo.

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    India is d best...they mercy u guys........no problem u guys fight well....better luck against d rest 9 nations....not against INDIA dude....!

  • POSTED BY Leggie on | November 27, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    West Indies has shown remarkable character under the captaincy of Sammy. They didn't let India run away with big scores when India toured West Indies - restricting India to less than 300 5 times out of 6 innings. And in India's own backyard, they managed a first innings lead in 2 out of 3 tests. With some more "experience" their belief levels can only go up. For all those Indian fans who are wondering why this draw is such a big deal, please realize that India is far ahead of WI in Test rankings (2 vs 7), and India could only manage a 2-0 verdict in it's own backyard, while India lost 0-4 to England & didn't even put up a fight.

  • POSTED BY ian_ghose on | November 27, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    If only Darren Sammy had got the quick bowlers in, instead of bowling Marlon Samuels 5 over too many, West Indies might have actually been celebrating victory, instead of a lucky draw. For all the accolades coming his way, I feel Sammy's captaincy is rather ordinary. @nyc-missile - Very well said sir!

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2011, 6:50 GMT

    Sammy and the West Indies team will prevail and produced great cricket for their followers which includes me. I am very sure of that. I love you guys.

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    THIS GUY TALKING LIKE WEST INDIES WON THE SERIES, WE ALMOST GOT WHITE WASHED FOR PETE SAKE.

  • POSTED BY Hammond on | November 27, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    Go windies! It was a pleasure to watch that last test, now stick to your brand of cricket, find some young fast bowlers with some fire and drag yourselves up through the ICC ranks again. World cricket needs a strong windies side..

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    Very fair result, that's why I love test matches.

  • POSTED BY Ganes.V on | November 27, 2011, 3:50 GMT

    Sammy is that kind of a captain who will never give up. This attitude is what changed yesterdays game. he cleverly delayed the start of certain overs before Sehwag and Kohli got out. smart thinking- one might say it was a little bit negative tactics but as long as he got the end result without much damage to his name and the game it is fne. If not for him India would have won and full credit to Sammy for not letting this happen.We saw how committed he was when he limped and hobbled even after taking the catch which shows his determination and commitment to the game. three cheers to him.

  • POSTED BY chith on | November 27, 2011, 2:12 GMT

    Well done west Indies. great job

  • POSTED BY majesticmaniac on | November 27, 2011, 1:25 GMT

    There is no doubt that Sammy's captaincy got them through, otherwise scoring 55 runs in 15 overs was a piece of cake had it not been for his attacking field settings and bowling changes. Hats off to the bowlers too for fighting it out. As an Indian it was disappointing, but the result I think in the end was fair.

  • POSTED BY Swingit on | November 27, 2011, 1:00 GMT

    "West Indies are lucky to have a leader like Darren Sammy." I wholeheartedly agree. Those myopic so called Windies fans who constantly whinge to have Gayle back at all cost and bury Sammy no matter how much heart and leadership he shows wont like hearing that. For that bunch the only answer to every question is to get rid of Sammy, point to conspiracy of "small islands" (dotties), see Gayle as another Bradman with Sewhag and Viv thrown into the mix and heap all blame for the any stumble in Windies cricket on the inept WICB while absolving the equally inept and undisputed champ of mule hardheadedness WIPA from any wrong doing whatsoever. These "fans" cannot be taken serious, so forget about them. Windies are on the right path, so with Sammy at the helm and a good bunch of warriors I say forget WIPA and the prodigal son, forget the WICB and keep fighting the good fight. Godspeed my friends may your new journey bring your fruits from the gods.

  • POSTED BY Raju_Iyer on | November 27, 2011, 0:30 GMT

    The most heartening aspect of this close match was the great spirit in which it was played, and both teams deserve credit for it.

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2011, 0:20 GMT

    I don't understand what Sammy and WI were celebrating. They still lost the series 2-0 and narrowly avoided a whitewash. Being happy about this is result is setting the bar too low. Creating opportunities is not the same as winning. You do not get any points for that

  • POSTED BY nyc_missile on | November 27, 2011, 0:05 GMT

    With all due respect to the lion-hearted performances of his 'bowlers' and his never-say-die attitude,the disproportionate jubilation reminds me of one Sanskrit word,'Alp Santoshi' meaning one who is content and overjoyed at mediocre results/achievements ,I think WI look like one at the moment,they have only drawn a match for God's sake.Please grow up and convert them into victories,only then there will be any validity or credibility for such over-the-top celebrations,its laughable otherwise!

  • POSTED BY yocasi on | November 27, 2011, 0:05 GMT

    I couldn't look at the last few balls for fear my heart would conk out. Thanks, Windies, for not losing this one. You would have made a grown man cry. Sammy & the boys are turning the corner. There'll be hiccups along the way, but it's just a matter of time before we stop "taking positives' and start seizing opportunities.

  • POSTED BY on | November 26, 2011, 23:57 GMT

    How could u not like a guy like Sammy. I am saying now & I have said it before, those in the Caribbean who do not like Sammy, don't for none cricketing reasons. If cricinfo does publish this it's fine with me. It never does. Under Sammy's captcy, WI almost bowled out, the world's most powerful batting machine with 3.5 bowlers. When u consider that Sammy dismissed Sehwag thrice in the series & he couldn't bowl. And it was Sehwag who had set the stage for a potential Indian victory. Sammy is a bowling capt, & he plays his roles well. Thank GOD this test ended in a draw.

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | November 26, 2011, 23:49 GMT

    I am indian , there should have been more comments on sammy 's great efforts to make it a draw. Sammy was spectacular. Running the ball down to boundary and stopping single or running out or catching ...he was doing everything. He may not be a good test batsman (sma elike dhoni) , he can't bowl fast also...but he has all the intangibles of great leader who show his troops how to gets done. May be Ganga would have won the game but Sammy is no slouch in leadership. Players play worked hard under him even though they doubt his decisions. Kinda dhoni like ...LUCKY and got the decision go towards the way he wanted. He willed the game to DRAW with his troops. He was excellant. But for me he imbalances the team. if Marlon samuels is not throwing (seems like on some balls) he can act like lone spinner and they need to go with 4 fast bowlers. if darren bravo can lead they can drop sammy. At present there is no leader who can contribute batting or bowling in horizan for west indies.

  • POSTED BY NBRADEE on | November 26, 2011, 23:46 GMT

    We have had similar results with Gayle in England and in Australia; I am still hoping that we can get past the exhilaration of a a few individual performances and prepare a team that will WIN, and win consistently! Hopefully, that will happen against Australia at home, no matter who they throw at us. The way back to the Sir Frank Worrel Trophy??? Field a fit team for all three Tests...

  • POSTED BY on | November 26, 2011, 23:45 GMT

    With the way fidel & ravi bowled they should have been brought on earlier in the tea session when Kohli was not yet set. instead Sammy choose to stick to the spinners and allow him to get too many runs . this error basically helped cost us the match. we were lucky to draw it.

  • POSTED BY Technical-1 on | November 26, 2011, 23:20 GMT

    Why not consistently do it in Both Innings.. Then you can say you are improving.. Don't Grumbled in the second.. Be consistent...

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | November 26, 2011, 23:15 GMT

    Yes, a loss would have been heartbreaking. But, let us leave the emotions aside. IMO, a draw is the most appropriate result for this test. Windies didn't deserve to lose this test match after dominating the test for almost 4 days. Only on day 5 in the morning session did we dominate them. Sammy continues to impress me. I wish his team comes back to our country in the next 12 to 18 months with him as the Captain again (One can't predict how WICB is going to handle him). His young brigade would have understood the grind of International Cricket by that time with more exposure and may be even blast us like the Windies of 70s and 80s. Sammy, you sure won many fans in our country on this tour. Big up Maan! The moment you offered your fist to glove Dravid after he kicked the ball away will always remain the highest point of this series and my cricket watching career. True Caribbean Style Maan! Big up to the Big Maan! The point of entertainment in sport is not lost on you and The Great Wall!

  • POSTED BY Stos on | November 26, 2011, 21:35 GMT

    Good article. The West Indies team are certainly seeming a lot more worth watching than they have been for quite a while, as they've started fighting hard when a few years ago they just seemed tired. They still have some way to go to recover from the weak team which they had been for quite some time, and as such their focus has to be on building for the future, but focusing on cultivating this kind of determined and disciplined attitude in the team is probably the thing which will help them the most in going forward. With people like Sammy and Gibson, they should be able to create a good atmosphere for the youngsters, and they seem to be going in the right direction. They hardly lack for ability, with players like Brathwaite and Bravo, and really the main thing now will be gaining experience on the one hand, especially against spin, and gaining a unified, disciplined team mentality on the other.

  • POSTED BY on | November 26, 2011, 20:36 GMT

    htis is very clear to me a very open minded person gyale and company are not needed . what we need is player with hearth feel me this cricket win loss or draw well done team not sammy but the team

  • POSTED BY on | November 26, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    It would have been a travesty of justice if the West Indies lost this match after the way they batted in the first innings. And It would have destroyed the self confidence of a budding West Indian Team. As an Indian fan I have always loved the way the West Indies played their cricket. Guys like Richards, Sobers, Lara and Lloyd did not have to sledge to win matches. This series was played in the right sprit unlike the ODIS against England and Sammy and his boys must take great credit for that. Bravo, Kirk Edwards, Barath, etc look like good prospects but have to be more consistent and mentally tough. This West Indian side reminds me of the Indian side of old, great on the eye but prone to collapsing and losing matches that they should have one.

  • POSTED BY NatureIsle on | November 26, 2011, 19:36 GMT

    yah Sammy!!! way to go. you showed haert! all you sammy haterz what would u rather a Captain with heart? or on with flash but no heart? it even appears that sammy has more heart than Dhoni. Say what you want ... West Indies was not WhiteWashed!!!

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | November 26, 2011, 19:24 GMT

    Yes, a loss would have been heartbreaking. But, let us leave the emotions aside. IMO, a draw is the most appropriate result for this test. Windies didn't deserve to lose this test match after dominating the test for almost 4 days. Only on day 5 in the morning session did we dominate them. Sammy continues to impress me. I wish his team comes back to our country in the next 12 to 18 months with him as the Captain again (One can't predict how WICB is going to handle him). His young brigade would have understood the grind of International Cricket by that time with more exposure and may be even blast us like the Windies of 70s and 80s. Sammy, you sure won many fans in our country on this tour. Big up Maan!

  • POSTED BY _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on | November 26, 2011, 19:14 GMT

    There is no doubt W.I. have the blue print for a competitive side. What they are also showing is some heart in between the brain lapses. Good work by Ravi, fed up of all the Tendulkar hype. He did well to stand up against some ignorant fans who put a player before the game.

  • POSTED BY on | November 26, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    And still in the West Indies most people have nothing good to say about Sammy. How sad.

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  • POSTED BY on | November 26, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    And still in the West Indies most people have nothing good to say about Sammy. How sad.

  • POSTED BY _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on | November 26, 2011, 19:14 GMT

    There is no doubt W.I. have the blue print for a competitive side. What they are also showing is some heart in between the brain lapses. Good work by Ravi, fed up of all the Tendulkar hype. He did well to stand up against some ignorant fans who put a player before the game.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | November 26, 2011, 19:24 GMT

    Yes, a loss would have been heartbreaking. But, let us leave the emotions aside. IMO, a draw is the most appropriate result for this test. Windies didn't deserve to lose this test match after dominating the test for almost 4 days. Only on day 5 in the morning session did we dominate them. Sammy continues to impress me. I wish his team comes back to our country in the next 12 to 18 months with him as the Captain again (One can't predict how WICB is going to handle him). His young brigade would have understood the grind of International Cricket by that time with more exposure and may be even blast us like the Windies of 70s and 80s. Sammy, you sure won many fans in our country on this tour. Big up Maan!

  • POSTED BY NatureIsle on | November 26, 2011, 19:36 GMT

    yah Sammy!!! way to go. you showed haert! all you sammy haterz what would u rather a Captain with heart? or on with flash but no heart? it even appears that sammy has more heart than Dhoni. Say what you want ... West Indies was not WhiteWashed!!!

  • POSTED BY on | November 26, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    It would have been a travesty of justice if the West Indies lost this match after the way they batted in the first innings. And It would have destroyed the self confidence of a budding West Indian Team. As an Indian fan I have always loved the way the West Indies played their cricket. Guys like Richards, Sobers, Lara and Lloyd did not have to sledge to win matches. This series was played in the right sprit unlike the ODIS against England and Sammy and his boys must take great credit for that. Bravo, Kirk Edwards, Barath, etc look like good prospects but have to be more consistent and mentally tough. This West Indian side reminds me of the Indian side of old, great on the eye but prone to collapsing and losing matches that they should have one.

  • POSTED BY on | November 26, 2011, 20:36 GMT

    htis is very clear to me a very open minded person gyale and company are not needed . what we need is player with hearth feel me this cricket win loss or draw well done team not sammy but the team

  • POSTED BY Stos on | November 26, 2011, 21:35 GMT

    Good article. The West Indies team are certainly seeming a lot more worth watching than they have been for quite a while, as they've started fighting hard when a few years ago they just seemed tired. They still have some way to go to recover from the weak team which they had been for quite some time, and as such their focus has to be on building for the future, but focusing on cultivating this kind of determined and disciplined attitude in the team is probably the thing which will help them the most in going forward. With people like Sammy and Gibson, they should be able to create a good atmosphere for the youngsters, and they seem to be going in the right direction. They hardly lack for ability, with players like Brathwaite and Bravo, and really the main thing now will be gaining experience on the one hand, especially against spin, and gaining a unified, disciplined team mentality on the other.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | November 26, 2011, 23:15 GMT

    Yes, a loss would have been heartbreaking. But, let us leave the emotions aside. IMO, a draw is the most appropriate result for this test. Windies didn't deserve to lose this test match after dominating the test for almost 4 days. Only on day 5 in the morning session did we dominate them. Sammy continues to impress me. I wish his team comes back to our country in the next 12 to 18 months with him as the Captain again (One can't predict how WICB is going to handle him). His young brigade would have understood the grind of International Cricket by that time with more exposure and may be even blast us like the Windies of 70s and 80s. Sammy, you sure won many fans in our country on this tour. Big up Maan! The moment you offered your fist to glove Dravid after he kicked the ball away will always remain the highest point of this series and my cricket watching career. True Caribbean Style Maan! Big up to the Big Maan! The point of entertainment in sport is not lost on you and The Great Wall!

  • POSTED BY Technical-1 on | November 26, 2011, 23:20 GMT

    Why not consistently do it in Both Innings.. Then you can say you are improving.. Don't Grumbled in the second.. Be consistent...

  • POSTED BY on | November 26, 2011, 23:45 GMT

    With the way fidel & ravi bowled they should have been brought on earlier in the tea session when Kohli was not yet set. instead Sammy choose to stick to the spinners and allow him to get too many runs . this error basically helped cost us the match. we were lucky to draw it.