Darren Sammy July 12, 2011

'Captaincy is overrated'

Darren Sammy was appointed West Indies captain until the end of the current season. He looks back at his stint thus far, the criticism that has come with it, and the way forward
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People have questioned your place in the side, let alone your position as captain. How do you handle all this?
As long as you have mental toughness you can achieve anything you believe [in]. That's how I go about doing things. I don't see myself as a saviour. I see myself as someone who tries his best to make a difference, brings the guys together and leads in the best manner possible.

How did the players react when you became captain, and how have you gone about trying to get respect?
I have always been a team player. I give my all, be it as a 12th man or as a player. That's just my nature. Of course, my record doesn't match up to a world-class player, but what I have is passion, the heart, and the motivation. If someone is going through a rough patch, I can relate to him because I have been through it myself. As the team is rebuilding, everybody is going through a rough patch. My being captain gives them the assurance that we are in it together. That's the message I am trying to bring across.

What did you tell the team when you took over?
The talk in the media was I shouldn't be captain and I am not the person for the job. I remember, before the World Cup I pulled the guys aside and told them: I did not ask for this position. It was given to me. West Indies cricket is not about me. Anybody who has West Indies cricket at heart will go out there and give their best. And that was my message to them. They are not playing for me or the coach. They are playing for the millions of supporters who wake up early morning or stay up in the night to watch us.

What did they say?
I guess they bought into it. When we play you can see signs of us giving a fight, especially when we are out there as a bowling unit. The work the coach has done with the bowlers is paying off. As we saw in the last Test [against India], Kirk Edwards put his head down, Shiv [Chanderpaul] did what he is accustomed to doing, you saw the young [Darren] Bravo in the first innings of the second Test… you have seen guys trying to play for the team.

Were you comfortable when the captaincy was thrust on to you? Did you ever think you will become captain so soon?
I never pictured becoming captain. I was just delighted to play for West Indies; it was my childhood dream. When it [captaincy] was given to me I knew the state our cricket was in, and understood it would be a very difficult job. I saw it as another chapter, another challenge in my life, that I was meant to face. It has its ups and downs but I am a fighter. I am trying to do my best for West Indies.

You knew when you accepted that job that it would be portrayed as Sammy v Chris Gayle. Did you think about that?
My wife told me before I was captain that I was the most-loved cricketer in the region [laughs]. Today, at the end of the Test, you saw a full stadium, West Indies earning a draw, and the people rally behind us. When I meet people in the streets they urge me to keep doing what I am doing. It gives me motivation to go on. Somebody has pointed out to me that critics voice their opinions quite loudly, but the majority of the people are silent. So I should just keep doing what I am doing.

People saw some leadership qualities in me. Today if they tell me, "Darren you are not doing what we thought you could have done," life goes on. I am that type of person. If I am not doing what I am supposed to be doing, then I will give it up without a fuss.

How did you bear with West Indies' poor results when taking over as captain?
Our cricket has been in decline for the last 15 years. When I took up the job I knew I was not going to perform miracles. That's the reality you have to accept. We have been losing for a long time and have been doing the same things over and over. A new coach came on board and he brought a different feel. My feeling is, if you remain the same, you will never improve. The coach is bringing some new ideas, a more professional attitude, and unless the guys buy into it you will find inconsistency in our performances. As long as we buy into what the coach has put forward, this team can do well.

Let's flip it around. If you are not the captain, you won't get into the Test team. So in some ways, was it a selfish decision for you to accept this role? Kemar Roach would be there in the team, for example. So how you respond to criticism from certain quarters that it was a selfish decision?
Ha! I just keep doing what I am doing. At the end of the day if I look at my Test record, it's okay. In every team somebody will be always be the fall guy. So far it's always been me. Kemar… it's tough luck on him. At the end of the day the selectors pick the team and Fidel Edwards came and took so many wickets on his return to international cricket. What's good is that we have competition for spots in the bowling department.

I also think I have justified my selection as a bowler in the team. My batting has obviously not been up to scratch. It's something I have to work on.

Do you feel you have to prove a point each time you play?
I take five wickets in a match and the credit goes to the pitch. I have accepted that people will criticise whatever I do. Whether I perform or not, people will have something to say about it. I tend not to focus on that. I have a job to do and believe in my ability and the task I have been given. I think I am doing quite well. I don't dwell too much on negative criticism. The more I get [criticised], the more motivated I get.

Some people call you a puppet of the board - a board man. What do you have to say about that?
Board man! I don't know what they mean by that. The selectors recommended I be made captain and I'm doing my job.

For example, you didn't attend the WIPA awards.
Oh, I wasn't the only one who didn't go. We had a few players who didn't go to the WIPA awards. I guess it's my name that has been caught. I have dealt with that issue. I spoke to the president of the players' association [Dinanath Ramnarine]. I decided not to go for my own reasons. Other players decided not to go for their reasons. If fact, I remember making a statement clarifying. I would never ask somebody not to go to the WIPA awards. I don't understand what the president of the players' association was trying to prove. These are small matters and life goes on.

The whole situation with Gayle is not in my hands. The people dealing with it have [discussed with] Gayle what he needs to do. And the coach has a way forward for the team, and I believe whoever doesn't want to buy into that, doesn't want to fit into that…

Why do you think he doesn't fit in the team?
I never said he doesn't fit in the team. The matter is being dealt with, and the sooner they resolve it the better it would be for us.

You said in a press conference that it was Gayle who first supported Gibson.
I can never forget it. It was in Guyana. The coach had his say and then Gayle, who was captain the time, got up and said Ottis Gibson was who we needed.

He said that even in his latest release - that he backed Gibson first and was disappointed he was let down by the coach. Are you sad that you have been caught in all this?
Those are all the hurdles in life [one has] to jump over. Before I was captain, the one thing I knew for sure was to go out there and give my full support.

Did he support you?
Yes. He publicly said he would support me. I have no issues with Christopher. He helped me throughout the World Cup. I was always going to him for advice and stuff like that. It's sad we have issues like this now. Hopefully something positive will come out of it.

All this negativity around you, has it changed you as a person? Are you more careful now?
No. I treat everyone the same. I have learned to be me. If I try to be someone else, it won't work. I will go down as Darren Sammy, the one who always smiles. That's who I will continue to be. I believe in myself.

We are at a stage where we are trying to build our team. When I see Kirk score, Adrian Barath hit a hundred, Bravo being consistent, Roach, Fidel… it's great to see [all this]. Our team can compete and we are creating opportunities. It gives me great joy.

My stint has ended with this match [Sammy was appointed captain until the end of the 2011 season] and who knows what will happen.

What do you wish for? What do you think will happen?
I don't know. Like I said, whether I am the captain or not, I will be the same. I am not somebody who, if he's not captain, will be sulking and stuff like that. To be honest, I never dreamt of being captain. Whether I am the captain or not, I will be the same person. Now that I am captain, everything has been thrown in my direction.

Have you enjoyed the role? Making the decisions, the buzz on the field…
Oh yes, I have enjoyed it. I enjoy my cricket. I like thinking about plans, talking to the bowler about them, and when, boom, it works [it is exciting]. This is cricket. You're thinking about the game and executing the plan. I enjoyed my job. But what I am saying is, I will still enjoy my cricket, even if I am not captain.

People also say that the coach is more powerful than you.
Obviously the coach is the head. He does the planning, together with me. I believe in any team the coach and captain should have a very good relationship in order for that team to go forward.

"We have been losing for a long time and we have been doing the same things over and over. A new coach came on board and he brought a different feel. My feeling is if you remain the same, you will never improve. The coach is bringing some new ideas, a more professional attitude, and unless the guys buy into it you will find inconsistency in our performances"

In the history of West Indies there hasn't been a captain who has not been the best player, be it Lloyd, Richards, Lara, Walsh, Richardson, Worrell. Did the fact that you weren't still a regular in the side affect you in any way when you were named captain?
Well, that was in the past, man. We are looking towards the future. The best player is not always the best captain. I respect all the captains who have led West Indies, dating back to the first black man who captained the team, Frank Worrell. He set the tone for everybody. Clive Lloyd did a lot of things with the team he had. We were losing and he transformed the team. Captaining has never been easy. It's a matter of what you do out there in the cricket field and how your team responds. How you are going make your players come together and perform for one cause - the success of the West Indies team.

Have you sat back, thought, and felt proud about the kind of names who preceded you as West Indies captain, and then to see your name up there?
It's not a dream come true, as I never dreamt about it. What I respect is the legacy and the history they created. Sir Frank Worrell going to Australia, Sir Viv dominating bowlers, Lloyd changing the whole attitude of the way we played cricket, Lara becoming the best batsman, Shiv as captain, [Dwayne] Bravo captaining few ODIs and Tests... to me, at the end of the day, captaincy is overrated. Seriously. Yes, you are the one making the decisions. [But] you need your team-mates to rally around you.

It doesn't seem like there is any obvious captain apart from you in this current team. You say captaincy is overrated...
It is, for me. I wouldn't say it's the leadership that is bringing about the change. I think the guys watched the movie Fire in Babylon and saw what West Indies cricket represents. I knew about our history and to see it put into a package was really awe-inspiring. I understood a lot about our fans and what we owe them.

How have your interactions with these former greats been? How have they reacted to you as captain?
I call Sir Lance [Gibbs] legend. I call all of them legends. I was joking with Mr [Desmond] Haynes and I could not believe this was the man I watched on TV and now... look at me, I am joking with him. And we were conversing like we were of the same age. It is wonderful having guys like them, to go and talk to them. The inclusion of Desmond in the dressing room has been a huge positive, although the batting in this series might not really have shown that. But just his presence, what he's done and his record - it's been a good thing and the guys are relaxed knowing they can talk to someone like him, about anything - be it life or cricket.

I watched cricket with my Pops (father), saw Haynes, Gordon Greenidge, Richardson with his floppy hat, hooking all these Australian fast bowlers, Curtly Ambrose, Lara... It's a dream meeting these guys, and now rubbing shoulders with them.

You talk about the vision ahead, the brave new direction. Can you explain what this vision is all about?
I don't know if the coach wants me to talk about it. Obviously bringing the whole professional attitude into practice and getting fit. I believe the fitter you are, the more right decisions you will make. You will not cramp up under pressure. Also, we will start playing hard. [We are also looking at] being in the top five by 2015, and little team goals like building a strong team, a team that will go out and compete against anybody. Also, getting [new] players. If you notice, over the last couple of years, we have been rotating the same guys. So now we are exposing a few more players, getting the right system and work ethic to go out and represent the West Indies. [We want] to start changing the whole laidback type of culture; be strictly professional; know what to do for the team and do whatever it takes to make the team win.

What role do you see for the likes of Chanderpaul and Sarwan in the future?
Like you saw today, what Shiv does and what he has been doing throughout his career. He has the ability to rally the younger players around him. And we have a number of young players in the team presently, but you saw the way he guided Kirk Edwards through to his first century. Hopefully he can carry on batting like he's been doing.

Sars [Sarwan] is a class player. He has been in this position before and has always bounced back. I believe he will bounce back being the classy player that he is and the fighter that he is. So I will never write Sarwan off. I believe he still has a lot to offer. Everybody goes through a bad patch. It's not how you fall, it's about how you get up, and how quickly you do.

How have they dealt with you considering they both are former West Indies captains?
Well like I said, I have been me. I have been Darren, the same person. And I think it will be very difficult not to want to deal with Darren [wild laughter].

What have you discovered about yourself during this phase?
I think I am mentally very tough. I surprise myself. I am tougher than I thought. Even my team-mates have realised that. They tell me, "Boy, you are a tough one, boy." I thank my mom for raising me in such a way that I am so mentally strong. I have utmost faith in Jesus Christ. He did nothing wrong and yet he was crucified. So I am prepared. Ever since I made my debut I have always been under pressure.

How big a role does religion play in your life and in your cricket? I heard you wanted to become a priest?
I wanted to be a pastor. One of my favourite lines is, "The almighty never gives you more than you can bear." So I see it as: whatever comes my way I can face it.

Do you read the bible every day or pray regularly?
I have so many people praying for me. The more prayers go up, the more blessings come down. I have so many people praying for me.

Who do you pray for?
Yes, I pray for my team-mates. I pray for us to go out there and put in a good performance. I pray for guidance, leadership, I pray for me to make the right decisions and I pray for me to go out there and perform. I ask God for a lot of things. We are a praying team. We pray every session and before every session. At the start of every day, first thing before the warm-up. Everyone. Together.

Do you only pray, or even preach?
I used to preach when I was a little boy. Preach around the neighbourhood and the community. But I guess God had a better plan for me. I wouldn't say better plan, but cricket came in and I could still minister in a different way. There is life after cricket. When I am home, I make sure I go to church.

The glamour and the material world hasn't changed you?
Glamour? Me? Look at me. You know, I think I just be myself. If someone would tell my parents that your son is disrespectful, I would let my parents down. My image [overrides] all the criticism I get, because as a person I have a very clean image.

Has no one criticised you as a person?
Exactly, and that's what keeps me going. Me being me. And whatever people say, after I leave this game, despite all the criticism I get, people will still say that as a person Darren was a good guy.

And that means a lot to you?
Yeah, because I wouldn't like to be disrespectful or arrogant or anything like that. Because that's not how my mom raised me. The humble background that I came from, it will be very sad if I ever changed.

So does that mean you will never sledge a batsman?
No there is a difference being competitive. At the end of the day, it's good to have some banter in the middle.

Do you ever abuse someone on the field?
I remember telling Fidel before the last over, "Come on Fidel, I don't eat ribs but I would love a rib for lunch," and I am laughing by myself and nobody takes me seriously. That's about it.

There's plenty of criticism. Do they have more sympathy in St Lucia?
No, no. I wouldn't say sympathy. There is love. Dominica is also home. Whenever I play in the islands, from St Kitts to Grenada, there is always more love for me. I am comfortable playing anywhere. It's just about going out there and doing my job.

Was today your proudest day as captain?
The whole Test match, the kind of character my team showed, it was tremendous. Three bowlers, Shiv playing his part, Kirk Edwards, Rampaul coming back after being sick… India led by over 100 runs and we managed to bring out our best batting performance in the series on the last day, and we held India to a draw. It was great when we beat Pakistan as well.

Ah, for the first time you said "my" team.
Ha! Did I? [Laughs].

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • on July 15, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    Mr Sammy Is A Devout Christian He Has Immense Faith In JESUS May Jesus BLESS Mr Sammy

  • on July 14, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    @Edward Belsujet hahaha you are so funny..."We had the #1 team in the world running for a draw because the captain knew he would lose the game against Sammy's attack if he had gone for it".

    Only rain saved the WI from a 3-0 sweep. Take rain out and it was a hammering for the WI. You can put any spin you want on Dhoni's decision to accept the draw but the fact remains that had the rain stayed away then this would have been another embarrassing series loss for Sammy and his attack.

  • on July 14, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    Great interview! @samavb there is a saying "if you can't say anything good about a person keep your mouth shut" Sammy has conceded that his batting has failed him. He knows what he has to do. He also said the captaincy has been thrusted onto him he NEVER asked for it, he is quite contented with being the 12th man. What more could you ask of the man? As he says JC did nothing yet was crucified so all those disgruntled WI fans who are looking for a scape goat for all the failures we have been used too over the past decade give Gibson and Sammy a chance. "if you do what you have always done you will get the same results" Our batsmen failed us miserably.Our bowlers contained the opposing batsmen. You know what I like about Darren? His heart! I would have given up everything already for the likes of samavb who only criticise. First step for Captain Sammy is elevate our rankings

  • Kothandaram on July 14, 2011, 11:10 GMT

    Give Sammy a break.. he is doing his best. reviving the fortunes of west indies cricket isn't an easy task.. it will take years for them to return to respectable levels. the series against India, maybe a small start

  • kabe_ag7 on July 14, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    Great guy, Sammy. Great interviews and pieces, Sriram.

  • on July 14, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    Why are people comparing his captaincy to MS Dhoni's??? Hes a far better test captain than Dhoni. Dhoni is far to conservative and seems unable to win more that one test per series. With the talent at his disposal he should have India imposing their dominance on the cricketing world, not scraping by each series.

  • on July 14, 2011, 6:44 GMT

    I love Sammy's attitude - total optimism and sincerity! WI would do well to keep Sammy going as captain. Part of the reason for their slide down has been egoistic players who always felt they were worth more than what they actually were. Yes, one such example is Chris Gayle!

  • simonviller on July 14, 2011, 5:30 GMT

    @ the writer ! In your interview of SAMMY you said , in the history of west INDIES there hasn't' been a captain who has not been the best player . What would yoy think of John Goddard and Jerry Alexandra ?? One could hardly call them the best .

  • simonviller on July 14, 2011, 5:20 GMT

    I wish that some people would stop hating this guy ! Sammy you are a class act and a very good captain ,yopur place in the team is justified if only for your bowling . You are not keeping any body out of the team ,it's just that our batting is so poor we cannot aford to leave a batsman out to bring in an extra bowler .All those who are hating you should go back to -when West Indies were dominant ; we had five pacers ,none of whom could be called batsmen ,but our batsmen were such good performers we were able add that fith bowler .

  • on July 14, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    I am surprised at all the criticism Sammy has to face. He is doing his job very well. He is a captain and a good bowler who takes wickets and is a work horse. West Indies is lucky to get a committed player. I wish we had one like him to replace Sachin / Dravid / Laxman / Zaheer once they retire from the Indian Team.

  • on July 15, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    Mr Sammy Is A Devout Christian He Has Immense Faith In JESUS May Jesus BLESS Mr Sammy

  • on July 14, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    @Edward Belsujet hahaha you are so funny..."We had the #1 team in the world running for a draw because the captain knew he would lose the game against Sammy's attack if he had gone for it".

    Only rain saved the WI from a 3-0 sweep. Take rain out and it was a hammering for the WI. You can put any spin you want on Dhoni's decision to accept the draw but the fact remains that had the rain stayed away then this would have been another embarrassing series loss for Sammy and his attack.

  • on July 14, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    Great interview! @samavb there is a saying "if you can't say anything good about a person keep your mouth shut" Sammy has conceded that his batting has failed him. He knows what he has to do. He also said the captaincy has been thrusted onto him he NEVER asked for it, he is quite contented with being the 12th man. What more could you ask of the man? As he says JC did nothing yet was crucified so all those disgruntled WI fans who are looking for a scape goat for all the failures we have been used too over the past decade give Gibson and Sammy a chance. "if you do what you have always done you will get the same results" Our batsmen failed us miserably.Our bowlers contained the opposing batsmen. You know what I like about Darren? His heart! I would have given up everything already for the likes of samavb who only criticise. First step for Captain Sammy is elevate our rankings

  • Kothandaram on July 14, 2011, 11:10 GMT

    Give Sammy a break.. he is doing his best. reviving the fortunes of west indies cricket isn't an easy task.. it will take years for them to return to respectable levels. the series against India, maybe a small start

  • kabe_ag7 on July 14, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    Great guy, Sammy. Great interviews and pieces, Sriram.

  • on July 14, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    Why are people comparing his captaincy to MS Dhoni's??? Hes a far better test captain than Dhoni. Dhoni is far to conservative and seems unable to win more that one test per series. With the talent at his disposal he should have India imposing their dominance on the cricketing world, not scraping by each series.

  • on July 14, 2011, 6:44 GMT

    I love Sammy's attitude - total optimism and sincerity! WI would do well to keep Sammy going as captain. Part of the reason for their slide down has been egoistic players who always felt they were worth more than what they actually were. Yes, one such example is Chris Gayle!

  • simonviller on July 14, 2011, 5:30 GMT

    @ the writer ! In your interview of SAMMY you said , in the history of west INDIES there hasn't' been a captain who has not been the best player . What would yoy think of John Goddard and Jerry Alexandra ?? One could hardly call them the best .

  • simonviller on July 14, 2011, 5:20 GMT

    I wish that some people would stop hating this guy ! Sammy you are a class act and a very good captain ,yopur place in the team is justified if only for your bowling . You are not keeping any body out of the team ,it's just that our batting is so poor we cannot aford to leave a batsman out to bring in an extra bowler .All those who are hating you should go back to -when West Indies were dominant ; we had five pacers ,none of whom could be called batsmen ,but our batsmen were such good performers we were able add that fith bowler .

  • on July 14, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    I am surprised at all the criticism Sammy has to face. He is doing his job very well. He is a captain and a good bowler who takes wickets and is a work horse. West Indies is lucky to get a committed player. I wish we had one like him to replace Sachin / Dravid / Laxman / Zaheer once they retire from the Indian Team.

  • bhaloniaz on July 14, 2011, 5:07 GMT

    Sammy is absolutely awesome in his interview. I love his answers. Unfortunately you cannot make your best leader the captain of a cricket team. You have to pick the best leader who has cemented the place in the team. Sammy can be with the team(not in the playing 11) if he is so much of a +ve influence. If you have Taylor, Roach, Edwards, Rampaul bowling you would not need to think that much. If one is not hitting the right area you bring in another one.

  • on July 14, 2011, 2:29 GMT

    It is a shame when so many of us claim to be intelligent, but still cannot understand simple English. Sammy may not be a top player for the role of captain. But we have shallow memories. West Indies' demise did not start with what some claim is an incompetent Sammy; it stated with the likes of Richardson,Lara, Walsh, Hooper, Chandrapaul and Gale, all of whom warranted their place in the first 11. There is no one on the team right now that has the HEART AND PASSION that Sammy has for the game. Give him a break. The two games we lost in both series was because the batsmen failed to perform there duty. Sammy was in all five games and his bowling department did what our bowlers has not done in a long time- holding teams below 300. Had the batsmen stood up we could have won both series comfortably. We had the #1 team in the world running for a draw because the captain knew he would lose the game against Sammy's attack if he had gone for it. Back off of Sammy. Go Windies.

  • on July 13, 2011, 23:23 GMT

    I like this guy, somehow ''Captain Darren Sammy'' works, his bowling is excellent, but cannot make any eleven with that pace, so he better work harder on his batting,then definitively deserve the place, him as a captain makes every player in the team responsible,they dont have anyone to look upto, 10 out of the 11 playing are not established players, the one being chanderpaul,as a new player in the team, you always want to feel needed,and this whole scenario makes every player needed,and they perform as if there are all the team have,look at India,we were curious about Vijay and Mukund, but no one was expecting them to make us a good score,all our hopes were on the usual guys Dravid and Laxman, maybe Raina and Dhoni too,no one even cared when Vijay got out cheap,because there were no expectations from him

  • iamgroot on July 13, 2011, 21:30 GMT

    I seriously feel this guy just plain arrogant and doesnt look at the reality around him. He says "captaincy is over rated" ?? well how many tests darren sammy has captained and won? how many series he won ? let alone all this.what about the players ? How can you keep a guy like Chris Gayle and Kemar Roach out of the team? He talks as if he has captained WI side for long time and has done it all. HE should definitely learn alot from MS Dhoni. Look at MSD and learn what captaincy is about. Dhoni motivates Indian team like anything and the team fights till the end. Just look at the 1st test. With a bowling attack like Fidel Edwards, Rampaul, Bishoo and himself he should have done lot better. But in the end got beaten by a Third String Indian team. Badlight saved WI the 2nd test match, India would have won that match. MSD as captain has been undefeated in series in last 3yrs. Sammy just poor captain! he doesnt have the right to talk about captaincy. Too much hype and over rated player

  • hoodbu on July 13, 2011, 20:28 GMT

    The interviewer asked:

    "In the history of West Indies there hasn't been a captain who has not been the best player, be it Lloyd, Richards, Lara, Walsh, Richardson, Worrell. Did the fact that you weren't still a regular in the side affect you in any way when you were named captain?"

    When Lara, Walsh, and Richardson were captain, the West Indies did poorly. So what was the point the interviewer was trying to make?

  • on July 13, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    Good interview. You grilled him hard, Sriram and he held his composure. Good on him. If his intentions are good then I hope, for the sake of cricket as a whole, he succeeds in resurrecting West Indian cricket.

  • suniljoseph on July 13, 2011, 17:37 GMT

    this is indeed something special to hear from the most underrated player. sammy is beyond any doubt the best available captain for the west indies in the current scenario. sammy should be captain atleast for nest 10 years to just because of his non controversial character. i think he is the man. both senior and junior players have started performing under him the likes of shiv, darren bravo, f.edwards,k.edwards, rampaul and bishoo.

  • spiritwithin on July 13, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    if captaincy is over-rated then y Sammy is in the team???then he sud retire and allow roach or taylor who anyway will d better bowling than him

  • on July 13, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    Mr. Clint Nelson what's your problem? He was emphasizing the importance of the team. Have you ever seen a great captain win a game by himself? He did not say the captaincy is not needed. I wish people would think before they post. He may not be the best WI cricketer but he got a wounded WI team to fight when they could have just given up. What more can you ask in a leader? Forget what he said; look at what he did.

  • Alexk400 on July 13, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    I see bit of dhoni skills in him. if you see dhoni is also non performing captain but dhoni has better supporting cast than what sammy has. Still Sammy drawn the last test. he is a good captain. it is just that if he can't bat well , team is not in balance. They need 5 bowlers to really effective. That means their openers has to grow up and fight like a man and not get out in single digit. I would give thier openers one more series and give more training in defensive game not poking at the new ball.

  • on July 13, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    not a big fan of sammy_still think roach should be in team. though after this article sammy has gained a fan. all the best for the future of WI.

  • on July 13, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    We have seen Gayle and his management not work for quite a while...at the same time a team like New Zealand with only Vettori performs above its class all the time.

    I think this Windies Team could do great....Need a couple of good batsmen and they have a good bowling attack...maybe Sammy can be a number 6 over a period of time ...best of luck...

  • on July 13, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    how great would it be to have WI back and now after their series with us and i have realised they have the talent just dont play them

  • on July 13, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    "Captaincy is overrated"! These are the words of WI Captain, Darren Sammy. On hearing such rubbish, I think that Sir Frank Worrell must have turned in his grave! And Clive Lloyd and Sir Vivian Richards must be swimming in fury! However, I can't agree with him more, when the statement is applied to his (Sammy's) present case, after WI lost another important series again to a third rated Indian team, yet his fan club is overjoyed about this particular moment of failure! Sammy seems to be the only person in the world who is highly rated for failure! Now that he has revealed this bombshell, I think if that is how he sees the extremely important role of a captain, he cannot ever be considered again for that position in the test team. We need to give a talented player like Roach the chance to develop his game. Thank you Mr Sammy!

  • CricketChat on July 13, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    Sammy's stats in Tests & ODIs show that he is just a notch below a good all rounder. Not a flop by any means. He should stay as captain for at least next 2 yrs by which time some of the new comers might establish themselves enough to be groomed for captaincy. His non controversial character definitely helps in focusing the team on cricket rather than useless politics.

  • on July 13, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    I think we are all being a bit critical of sammy. It was not his fault that the captaincy was offered to him and i think he was brave enough to take it.

  • Champ2000 on July 13, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    Super Interview.. Hope for the best..

  • gandhala on July 13, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    " The more prayers go up, the more blessings come down " , beautifully said in the context of the situation. Anyone praying for betterment of WI cricket support this Guy . If CG,Sarvan,Bravo gives proper support to this guy .Prayers will follow.

  • on July 13, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    The truth is,Darren Sammy is ''not'' a good captain;but he is indeed the''Best'' captain in West Indies currently.If at all,WI Cricket will improve from where it is,Darren Sammy will have a big role in it,that people will realize only when he retires..

  • on July 13, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    To this day, I do not understand how people could say that Darren Sammy's place in the team is only safe because he is captain. If you analyse the statistics of all the bowlers, you would notice that Darren Sammy is quite obviously the best Bowler that West Indies has. He has a better average, a better strike rate a better economy rate, a greater propensity of getting five wcket hauls. Now what more do you want?

  • on July 13, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    I like this guy for West Indies cricket. He might not be the most talented player in the West Indies, but in this crisis and money driven culture it is very refreshing to hear a captain speaking of the development and positive attitude of the TEAM rather than the next contract..

  • on July 13, 2011, 11:10 GMT

    Being a great guy and a decent human being are not requirements for test cricket. Sammy was chosen because the Board knew he would be beholden and that';s exactly what he's been right down to ignoring the players association that has done so much for players. And yes he has taken a few wickets here and there but imagine what a Roach or taylor would have done in similar conditions! As an all rounder Dwayne Bravo stands heads and shoulders above him. Besides his captaincy is not the reason for the improvement, rather it is a gradual effect over time that would have happened, Sammy or no Sammy. As a matter of fact there were time when his bowling changes were questionable including times when he brought himself on when there was a need for a more attacking bowler. Take the captaincy away from him and let's see if he can earn his place on merit.

  • on July 13, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    What a wonderful interview? Especially when he talks about prayer and faith in God. I have become his fan now. Well done Sammy. May God Bless and the WI team. God Bless!!!!

  • on July 13, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    I see some people still writing about CG being captain. Are some of these Gayle fans delusional or just plain simply displaying their bais? I have nothing personal against CG but I think that he was a lousy captain. Bowling changes, fielding position even his batting. I still remember the SA tour to the Caribbean(2010) where not a single match was won(Aus 2009-2010 also). ODI's were given up because of his captaincy and some irregular batting performances. How quickly we forget conveniently! Dwayne Bravo leaking 20 runs and then being given a following over in an ODI. Also after winning the test in Ja. bowling out England for 51 or so, the negative tactics employed for the rest of the series was laughable. Winning a 4 test match series 1-0. We simply conceded that we couldnt bowl out the opposition and b4 the second day we were playing for draws. Ridiculous! Those who can't see the progress or have an appreciation for the better WI spirit are just blinded or know little WI history.

  • northumbriannomad on July 13, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    Excellent interview. He's the kind of man who can make more of himself than his raw talent suggests. As Paul Collingwood did for England. He's also the right man to captain WI. He has the right attitude, on and off the field. Good luck to him.

  • on July 13, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    The captain can only be as good as his team.

  • on July 13, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    What an awesome person. A real workhorse, but with a smile on his face. And such humility. Leadership is not something to aspire to, because that takes a lot of ego to think you are better than others. But when you are in a position of influence you try to do the right things consistently with wisdom and passion. If it then appears as if you are leading and are a leader, then so be it. I see this in Sammy, so keep on going, and may the Lord bless you.

  • Rahul_78 on July 13, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    Agreed he is not as talented as Chris Gayle or Kemar Roach and not in the league of Mike Brearly to merit his place in the team on his captaincy skills alone but the guy had a whole stadium clapping for his team at the end of a test match series against no1 side in the world. When was the last time something similar happened to WI side in last few years when they took on the best in the business?

  • Pankaj_INDIA on July 13, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    results dont reveal everything about a man. if it was so, ponting would have gone into history as best captain, but as world knows, he is hardly good captain. on the other hand, we have this guy, who is determined to do well, despite all the negativity around him. he is much better than ponting, atherton and gayle as captain. all the best sammy, hope you will turn around WI cricket for the sake of world cricket.

  • anver777 on July 13, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    Simple Sammy's Super Interview !!!!!!!!! hope he captains WI in future with good results ...... All the Best !!!!!

  • on July 13, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    i really like the guy n wish him all the best for future....

  • on July 13, 2011, 7:18 GMT

    sammy is wi's dhoni !! not the best as a player (sammy contributes more).. but is good at man management .. dhoni is better at pr though

  • sathishkrish on July 13, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    Darren is a great human being. So selfless and humble. All youngsters in India - please look up to this guy to get the RIGHT ATTITUDE. This attitude of Saamy and his team made the series competitive and interesting. Good luck WI.

  • licec on July 13, 2011, 3:58 GMT

    The more prayers go up, the more blessings come down. WOW! I can definitely see Sammy and the WI team being bestowed immensely with God's blessings. Sammy, just keep doing what you are doing. It may take time (maybe) for the positive results to be visible to all, but one day, I am sure they WILL BE visible for the world to see.

  • Ronsars on July 13, 2011, 3:02 GMT

    Its tough being Sammy...The guy is under tremendous pressure and more often than not has to answer uncomfortable questions and he manages to smile even at those...Wish you good luck mate hope the matters are resolved asap & you get the best team comprising of Gayles,Sars(in form),Chanders,Rampauls,Edwards & co

  • amitm3 on July 13, 2011, 3:02 GMT

    I liked his comment "If I take 5 wkts then the credit goes to the pitch" ... that's true. If you see last few test and one dayers that he has played, you will find that he has always contributed with the ball. But, the misfit tag on hiim is hurting him. Don't know why. I like this guy alot and he is surely a team man ... In Dominica test when Rampaul was not available, he bowled his heart out in a long long spell. My question to his critics is that ...if he is not performing then he is not alone in the team in this respect ...who else is performing anyways??

  • R_Joseph on July 13, 2011, 3:01 GMT

    Well done Sammy, powerful interview, one of the best I have heard from any West Indian captain since Clive Lloyd, makes me proud to be a West Indian.

  • smalishah84 on July 13, 2011, 2:00 GMT

    nice guy Sammy.............great interview

  • willie97 on July 13, 2011, 1:42 GMT

    This guy is so diplomatic in answering his questions is amazing i wish him god's blessing's. He is such a nice and humble individual, this interview reflect everything about this boy hope to see u in st lucia training with some of our youngster

  • on July 13, 2011, 0:14 GMT

    After reading this article I have realized how similar myself and Sammy are. I am 100% committed to WI cricket, I am also fit as a fiddle but don't have the skills to make the team on merit.... Go Sammy, well done, WICB.... let's keep ignoring class and talent...

  • Mayfield on July 12, 2011, 23:20 GMT

    I have been one of Sammy's detractors but I have change my mind about him being in the team. I have been steadily gaining respect for Sammy, and this article has cemented my respect for him. He is an excellent human being and I beleive that he should be given an extended run as captain. I believe that with Sammy, the WI will regain their place in test cricket. Keep on doing what you are doing Sammy.

  • xlcrhs on July 12, 2011, 22:17 GMT

    If Chris Gayle had said the captaincy was over-rated I'm sure the board would have been on his case but Sammy gets a pass. I recall Chris making a similar statement that is still haunting him today. I hope Sammy can see that there's a witch hunt on and for all his good intentions he appears to be a pawn in a bigger game. I wish him and the team all the best and I hope all these contentious sound bites will end.

  • Biggus on July 12, 2011, 22:04 GMT

    @CheetosRule-I agree mate. It must be very hard for him at the moment with all the negativity regarding his captaincy but the guy plainly has heart big time and is fully committed to WI cricket, which really needs a steady hand at this time. I also wish him well, and can't help liking the fellow.

  • CheetosRule on July 12, 2011, 21:06 GMT

    Darren is a great guy -- not one of the greats in terms of talent or achievements on the pitch -- but he is a very decent human being. He takes a lot of criticism -- but he just goes about his business. It would be nice if people gave him a bit of a break. I hope he continues to prove his critics wrong.

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  • CheetosRule on July 12, 2011, 21:06 GMT

    Darren is a great guy -- not one of the greats in terms of talent or achievements on the pitch -- but he is a very decent human being. He takes a lot of criticism -- but he just goes about his business. It would be nice if people gave him a bit of a break. I hope he continues to prove his critics wrong.

  • Biggus on July 12, 2011, 22:04 GMT

    @CheetosRule-I agree mate. It must be very hard for him at the moment with all the negativity regarding his captaincy but the guy plainly has heart big time and is fully committed to WI cricket, which really needs a steady hand at this time. I also wish him well, and can't help liking the fellow.

  • xlcrhs on July 12, 2011, 22:17 GMT

    If Chris Gayle had said the captaincy was over-rated I'm sure the board would have been on his case but Sammy gets a pass. I recall Chris making a similar statement that is still haunting him today. I hope Sammy can see that there's a witch hunt on and for all his good intentions he appears to be a pawn in a bigger game. I wish him and the team all the best and I hope all these contentious sound bites will end.

  • Mayfield on July 12, 2011, 23:20 GMT

    I have been one of Sammy's detractors but I have change my mind about him being in the team. I have been steadily gaining respect for Sammy, and this article has cemented my respect for him. He is an excellent human being and I beleive that he should be given an extended run as captain. I believe that with Sammy, the WI will regain their place in test cricket. Keep on doing what you are doing Sammy.

  • on July 13, 2011, 0:14 GMT

    After reading this article I have realized how similar myself and Sammy are. I am 100% committed to WI cricket, I am also fit as a fiddle but don't have the skills to make the team on merit.... Go Sammy, well done, WICB.... let's keep ignoring class and talent...

  • willie97 on July 13, 2011, 1:42 GMT

    This guy is so diplomatic in answering his questions is amazing i wish him god's blessing's. He is such a nice and humble individual, this interview reflect everything about this boy hope to see u in st lucia training with some of our youngster

  • smalishah84 on July 13, 2011, 2:00 GMT

    nice guy Sammy.............great interview

  • R_Joseph on July 13, 2011, 3:01 GMT

    Well done Sammy, powerful interview, one of the best I have heard from any West Indian captain since Clive Lloyd, makes me proud to be a West Indian.

  • amitm3 on July 13, 2011, 3:02 GMT

    I liked his comment "If I take 5 wkts then the credit goes to the pitch" ... that's true. If you see last few test and one dayers that he has played, you will find that he has always contributed with the ball. But, the misfit tag on hiim is hurting him. Don't know why. I like this guy alot and he is surely a team man ... In Dominica test when Rampaul was not available, he bowled his heart out in a long long spell. My question to his critics is that ...if he is not performing then he is not alone in the team in this respect ...who else is performing anyways??

  • Ronsars on July 13, 2011, 3:02 GMT

    Its tough being Sammy...The guy is under tremendous pressure and more often than not has to answer uncomfortable questions and he manages to smile even at those...Wish you good luck mate hope the matters are resolved asap & you get the best team comprising of Gayles,Sars(in form),Chanders,Rampauls,Edwards & co