West Indies v India, 3rd Test, Dominica, 5th day July 10, 2011

Sammy praises West Indies' fighting spirit

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"As you saw, the crowd, who are very understanding, treated the drawn result as a win for us because we got out there and fought," Darren Sammy said, at the end of a day when West Indies came out with their heads held high. They walked around the ground, with the crowds cheering them on wildly.

The West Indies' fighting spirit first came to the fore on the third day of the Test. They were a bowler short but the rest of their attack fought on impressively. Even then you wondered whether the batsmen would rise to the challenge in the second innings. After all, the bowling unit had done well through the series; it was the batsmen who had let the team down. However, led by Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Kirk Edwards and propped up by a wonderful rearguard action from the indefatigable Fidel Edwards, the batsmen gave a stirring performance.

"That's exactly what the coach and the public have been asking for," Sammy said. "Even if we are not winning games, as long as we go and show the fight that we showed in this Test … the batsmen saw how hard the bowlers worked to get the wickets, so that was motivation enough for them to go out and give them some rest and more time in the dressing room. The way we batted in the second innings: Shiv, Kirk and even Fidel [who] faced more than a 100 balls. It was really pleasing to see the fight shown by both the batting and the bowling departments."

Sammy said he was happy with the result, though he was a touch surprised that the Indians shut shop early. "With 15 overs to go and 86 runs required, and considering the calibre of players they have like Dhoni and guys who can hit the ball, I thought they would it give it a go, being one-up. But I guess [with] my ploy to have [Devendra] Bishoo bowl in the rough, they didn't fancy their chances of going after him. I am quite happy with the result. Starting the first innings, with one of our main bowlers Ravi [Rampaul] down, the way the guys stuck at it, we showed a lot of character. And the batting came good in the very last innings of the series … it helped us salvage a draw. So well done to the team."

Apart from the bowlers, Sammy said the spirit show the team showed was a big positive. "We've got some really young players in there. If we had bowled better after we had India 80-something for six [in the first Test in Jamaica] or if we had scored more runs in Jamaica or Barbados, it could have been a different result. But you can't fault the bowling effort or the way we batted here."

Kirk came through in the middle order, Chanderpaul returned with a bang, Marlon Samuels played a fine knock in the second Test and Darren Bravo played couple of innings of substance. But the openers haven't seized the opportunities. "I would have loved to have seen the young guys like [Lendl] Simmons, [Adrian] Barath, [Kieran] Powell do well. They have shown signs they are capable of scoring runs, like Barath playing well in his comeback innings in the first Test. But it's about being consistent. They are still young: Powell has made his debut, Barath and Simmons have played around eight Test matches. So there's a little bit of inexperience. They will have to back their talent and continue to work hard with Desmond [Haynes] … [and] there will be some improvement."

Sammy himself has been at the centre of the storm for a while. There have been questions raised over his spot in the Test team and he said he expected it when he took up the job. "My back is broad. I will still come out smiling. You can't please everyone. The best man who walked the face of the earth never did anything wrong, but he was still crucified. And I am nowhere close to that.

"So I think I am in line for a lot of criticism. It comes with the job. What the public wants is performance. If you judge me on what I do on the field of play, I go about doing my job - the field placements and bowling changes. I think I have done okay. I can't captain when there are two people out there batting. It's for them to put on a partnership."

His batting has led to more criticism and Sammy said he was working hard on it. "I have got a few options. There's Desmond, the Sagicor Performance Centre, and I have a coach at home. Dessie has suggested a few things that I can improve and I am working on them: my back-lift and playing across the ball. I can go back home, look at ODIs and Tests where I have done well, and take the positives from them."

Sammy came through as a bowler, bowling tireless spells and his captaincy is up for review. His tenure ended with this series and the board will decide whether to continue with him or not. Asked whether he would like to remain captain Sammy said: "West Indies cricket is not about Darren Sammy. There are people to appoint captains. If they give me a job, I will go out there and give it my all. I have something to offer to this team as captain. The guys are relaxed in the dressing-room and when we are out there as a bowling unit, I think the guys are really responding to me. And if the people in charge me to continue, I will do it."

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on July 13, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    I sincerly hope that coach Otis Gibson and company will now leave Shiv Chanderpaul to bat as he knows how . Just as Shiv did in Dominica. Nuff Said

  • Raki99 on July 12, 2011, 19:36 GMT

    The problem with Sammy is that he is a bits and peices player, I saw him in the recent series againts india and Pakistan. He is ideal player for ODI's and 20-20, But westindies are missing a chance to groom young fast bowler like roach or russel. This is hurt WI cricket in a long run.

  • ZshanKhan on July 12, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    They lost the T20, the ODI's and the Test Series. What fighting spirit is he talking about?

  • kumarcoolbuddy on July 12, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    @ste13, who do you think is really arrogant? --Its always good to appreciate his own team which Sammy always does but I have never seen him appreciating Indians' performance. I thought he is a calm player. But he has said that he was surprised after India gave up those 15 overs. If he is really calm and diplomatic why did he comment on those 15 overs. Doesn't he know the fact that pitch was worst for batting? I am not commenting on WI but Sammy was kind of arrogant, so WI coach in this series. In generally WI players are not like this. --Where as Dhoni and Raina always appreciated WI's performance. They never talk negatively about any team.

  • kumarcoolbuddy on July 12, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    Hhhmmm...just because India didn't play last 15 overs WI is feeling happy and pride but fact is they lost the series at their home pitch despite having good bowling attack. But fact that everyone (including Indian fans) forgetting is Dhoni is the same captain who declared the 2nd test match and gave target to WI. India almost won that match. Why don't people understand the situation? This is not ODI or T20 to hit 6s and 4s. This is typical WI pitch and don't forget that Indians are top in batting and bowling departments. Some of the WI fans are just over confident taking the advantage of the situation. Even Sammy gave statement saying "I am surprised India gave up last 15 overs". Doesn't he know about his own pitch that its worst for big hitting? If India was worried of #1 spot then it wud have played with all top players. This is series is meant for youngsters which is almost successful.

  • Silva-Surfa on July 12, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    If i was a selector Darren Sammy wouldn't be in my starting eleven in test matches, but as it stands, you can't criticise what the man has done so far, he may be coming up short with the bat, but he's doing his bit with the ball, by averaging under 30. What he may lack in gifted ability or experience, he makes up for it with determination, enthusiasm and work-ethic, to continue learning from his mistakes and improve himself as a player. The team is still a work in progress, but at least they look like they're trying to play for each other, as a competitive unit. You get the impression that Gibson and the selectors have no time with certain prima-donnas, who want to play on their reputation alone, but not willing to put the hard work in for the team or who they're representing, but only care about their own status. That might explain why so many that were at the World Cup, have now been ignored since.

  • Percy_Fender on July 12, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    I was delighted with the West Indies' performance at Rosseau in the 3rd Test. It semed like everything was once again falling in place. In the past there would be 2/3 centurions in the West Indies' scorecard and their scores were mammoth.Those were the days of the three Ws, the three Ss ( Sobers, Smith and Solomon ) or the Kanhais, the Lloyds and the Kallicharans. Now there ar not too many of those legends but the blood is the same and there will be other greats soon. Maybe the series against India will prove to be the starting point of a great comeback. Ofa team everyone loves. Incidentally, most of the records in Tests have been against India. Greenidge scored his debut 100 against India,Viv Richards his first hundred against India and if you look into the statistics, some great achievement of the other has been against India. I would like to take this wager with anyone who dares. West Indies will rise again to be the Champions they always were, yet again and very soon.

  • on July 12, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    I too want to offer my praises to Darren Sammy. He is obviously not the most talented person on the field at any time, but he gives West Indies cricket 100+% and that i s all we can ask. Those calling for his axing are not looking at the statistics, they just don't like the guy. To think that some if those same people liked Carl Hooper, it is amazing.

  • cricinme on July 12, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    Though I am an Indian I feel the West Indies deserved to win the last test. India were no where near their best. Good fight by the west Indies. At last the WI supporters had something to cheer for. I luv you guys.

  • ste13 on July 12, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    Big progress for West Indies, nice play by Edwards and the bowlers. Sammy is not a bad captain, not a bad bowler, and he played less than 20 tests - he should be given time and he will improve further. These positives will still not cover the fact that without rain, it would be 3-0 to India. Keeping that in the perspective, it was still the best WI performance in recent years. India has been superior, but they should hope that arrogance will not take over.

  • on July 13, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    I sincerly hope that coach Otis Gibson and company will now leave Shiv Chanderpaul to bat as he knows how . Just as Shiv did in Dominica. Nuff Said

  • Raki99 on July 12, 2011, 19:36 GMT

    The problem with Sammy is that he is a bits and peices player, I saw him in the recent series againts india and Pakistan. He is ideal player for ODI's and 20-20, But westindies are missing a chance to groom young fast bowler like roach or russel. This is hurt WI cricket in a long run.

  • ZshanKhan on July 12, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    They lost the T20, the ODI's and the Test Series. What fighting spirit is he talking about?

  • kumarcoolbuddy on July 12, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    @ste13, who do you think is really arrogant? --Its always good to appreciate his own team which Sammy always does but I have never seen him appreciating Indians' performance. I thought he is a calm player. But he has said that he was surprised after India gave up those 15 overs. If he is really calm and diplomatic why did he comment on those 15 overs. Doesn't he know the fact that pitch was worst for batting? I am not commenting on WI but Sammy was kind of arrogant, so WI coach in this series. In generally WI players are not like this. --Where as Dhoni and Raina always appreciated WI's performance. They never talk negatively about any team.

  • kumarcoolbuddy on July 12, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    Hhhmmm...just because India didn't play last 15 overs WI is feeling happy and pride but fact is they lost the series at their home pitch despite having good bowling attack. But fact that everyone (including Indian fans) forgetting is Dhoni is the same captain who declared the 2nd test match and gave target to WI. India almost won that match. Why don't people understand the situation? This is not ODI or T20 to hit 6s and 4s. This is typical WI pitch and don't forget that Indians are top in batting and bowling departments. Some of the WI fans are just over confident taking the advantage of the situation. Even Sammy gave statement saying "I am surprised India gave up last 15 overs". Doesn't he know about his own pitch that its worst for big hitting? If India was worried of #1 spot then it wud have played with all top players. This is series is meant for youngsters which is almost successful.

  • Silva-Surfa on July 12, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    If i was a selector Darren Sammy wouldn't be in my starting eleven in test matches, but as it stands, you can't criticise what the man has done so far, he may be coming up short with the bat, but he's doing his bit with the ball, by averaging under 30. What he may lack in gifted ability or experience, he makes up for it with determination, enthusiasm and work-ethic, to continue learning from his mistakes and improve himself as a player. The team is still a work in progress, but at least they look like they're trying to play for each other, as a competitive unit. You get the impression that Gibson and the selectors have no time with certain prima-donnas, who want to play on their reputation alone, but not willing to put the hard work in for the team or who they're representing, but only care about their own status. That might explain why so many that were at the World Cup, have now been ignored since.

  • Percy_Fender on July 12, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    I was delighted with the West Indies' performance at Rosseau in the 3rd Test. It semed like everything was once again falling in place. In the past there would be 2/3 centurions in the West Indies' scorecard and their scores were mammoth.Those were the days of the three Ws, the three Ss ( Sobers, Smith and Solomon ) or the Kanhais, the Lloyds and the Kallicharans. Now there ar not too many of those legends but the blood is the same and there will be other greats soon. Maybe the series against India will prove to be the starting point of a great comeback. Ofa team everyone loves. Incidentally, most of the records in Tests have been against India. Greenidge scored his debut 100 against India,Viv Richards his first hundred against India and if you look into the statistics, some great achievement of the other has been against India. I would like to take this wager with anyone who dares. West Indies will rise again to be the Champions they always were, yet again and very soon.

  • on July 12, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    I too want to offer my praises to Darren Sammy. He is obviously not the most talented person on the field at any time, but he gives West Indies cricket 100+% and that i s all we can ask. Those calling for his axing are not looking at the statistics, they just don't like the guy. To think that some if those same people liked Carl Hooper, it is amazing.

  • cricinme on July 12, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    Though I am an Indian I feel the West Indies deserved to win the last test. India were no where near their best. Good fight by the west Indies. At last the WI supporters had something to cheer for. I luv you guys.

  • ste13 on July 12, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    Big progress for West Indies, nice play by Edwards and the bowlers. Sammy is not a bad captain, not a bad bowler, and he played less than 20 tests - he should be given time and he will improve further. These positives will still not cover the fact that without rain, it would be 3-0 to India. Keeping that in the perspective, it was still the best WI performance in recent years. India has been superior, but they should hope that arrogance will not take over.

  • on July 12, 2011, 7:01 GMT

    Well!!!!I am an indian and fan of windies cricket team as well,every one wants to see windies team perform well in cricket world,West indies is a group of many countries and i personally feels that Selection there is regionally biased,where are the cricketers like darren ganga(who got two hundred against australia having..mcgrath,gillespie,shane at his best),obviously chris gayle..is darren sammy better than dwayne bravl???i saw dina nath ram narayan,he is a very good batsman...where is he??Earlier they kept giving chances to guy like Devon smith who hold no promise for furture!!!They have fast bowlers like tino best,darren powell,andre russell.roanch sitting outside......they have d players but they need to manage them well,even they got Good spinners in benn n shillingford except bishoo

  • on July 12, 2011, 5:52 GMT

    I really want to know why all of you have aproblem with Sammy, do you blind people really have a sight. To know that |Sammy is the only captain that WI has who really pull this team together, from a confidence, team spirit, great fielding and persistance. There was never a dull moment in either of the series they played. It has always been the norm in the past where WI could never bowled out a teamm and under the captency of Sammy they have done so fequently and successfuly without fail. Like anyone else Sammy will improve on his batting, he is a clean striker of the ball and once he correct his areas he will be ok. Sammy does not weaken the side, he adds that extra umph, like the rest of the bats men they are the ones who need the pressure for not performing with the bat. Back off from Sammy people; leave the lad alone. Sammy is the only WI who has taken 5 wicket hall consistency......SHHHHHH

  • flyingmachinee on July 12, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    @Realwi..........Indians are no1 fr more than 2years now,played well in sa against worlds best fast bowlers ....so no way indians will struggle against fas bowling...india played a second string team in wi but thats nt the case in england we play in full strangth.....wi wll never win a series in near future fr sure(no chance in home conditions too)india wll thrash england........

  • on July 12, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    i like Sammy Keep on doing what yuh doing Sammy !

  • on July 12, 2011, 2:27 GMT

    all the Trinidadians and Jamaicans and Guyanese want the ouster of Sammy, i must say he looks like he doesn't belong to the test level, but give him support, he performed regularly with the ball in this series, he has the fighting spirit, most importantly, he has the pride to play for windies, what west indies needs is batsmen who can stay at the crease and take responsibility and score runs, just like marlon samuels did in one innings, just like kirk edwards and chanderpaul did in the final test. They need chris gayle back in the side asap, he is too good of a player to be sitting outside due to petty differences with the board. Good luck windies, i am an indian but i love windies cricket, because its the only place other than the subcontinent where cricket is more than a sport.

  • mahabesh on July 12, 2011, 1:02 GMT

    This was truely pathetic. India gave up by not attempting to get the runs and the WI celebrating because the match was drawn yet, they lost the series. Is that all Ind the # 1 team has to offer? and is that what the once great WI has stooped to? India better watch out for the Brits!

  • mohsin9975 on July 12, 2011, 0:55 GMT

    Does anyone know about indias bowling overrate in 3rd test?Dhoni was at the brink of being dropped on that basis in his next test

  • Woody111 on July 12, 2011, 0:39 GMT

    I still don't think Sammy is a test bowler but he not only galvanises this WI team he is bowling well enough to justify his spot. I don't think it would help WI to rob him of the captaincy now but they do need to be playing test cricket again very soon. The worst thing would be to have 6 months off right now. It's also important to put this series in perspective. While India have great depth it is indisputable that Sehwag and Tendulkar most likely would have played a huge role in the tests. As a cricket lover it's been pleasing to see WI fight in the way they have but this is just one step, admittedly a large one, back to the top.

  • on July 11, 2011, 23:14 GMT

    the only problem is sammy is that he is not creative and experimental enough. He doesn't do stuff such as changing the bowlers' ends etc. He still does a good job despite him having to focus on three areas(bat, bowl, captain). I still believe they need gayle due to his ability to produce part time spin as well as a once in a while spark with the bat.

  • deegowd on July 11, 2011, 23:10 GMT

    I am happy the best performances on this tour didn't come from belligerent innings of Gayle/Bravo or flashiness of Raina/Kohli, but it came from the best test batsmen in the series Chanders/Dravid/Laxman. Considering the number of youngsters playing the series or making their debut, they would have got off with a false impression about test cricket. Test cricket should be tough and it was tough (artificially made a hard-fought one by Indian selectors and WICB).

  • 44johter on July 11, 2011, 22:10 GMT

    It is a pity that people canstill criticize sammy after this series u would believe the WI consists of Sammy only there are other players on the team who have to take responsibility too. We need to encourage and motivate the team not pull themdown. How can WI win in an environment of constant criticism? Why is it that when there is a series there is some confusion/strike/issues now with gayle etc. This nonsense needs to stop. I hope when they go to bangladesh next there is not a controversy. WICB, coach you need to address this problem. Well done WI keep on improving, the true fans will continue to support u

  • maddy20 on July 11, 2011, 21:55 GMT

    Right. Now this guy gets all worked up coz they lost the T20I to an India B team, ODI series to a side that is missing 8 of its key players and Test series to a team without three of our best batsmen + our best bowler! WOW! WI fans must be proud of him!

  • CollisKing on July 11, 2011, 21:39 GMT

    re: Sean Payne Sammy and his team's "victory lap" was a show of appreciation FROM the players to those marvellous fans who turned out on days 4 and 5. Or at least I hope it was...

    I agree with commentator Ian Bishop, The Windies missed a trick in not winning the first match of the series. Ottis Gibson made a serious mistake not playing an extra pace bowler on that bouncy Jamaica track.

  • WestIndies1987 on July 11, 2011, 21:15 GMT

    I HOPE THAT IS THE LAST TIME I EVER SEE SAMMY PLAYING TEST CRICKET FOR US AND ESPICIALLY AS OUR CAPTAIN!

  • kumarcoolbuddy on July 11, 2011, 20:12 GMT

    @RealWI, I wud have been happy if u were RealCricFan instead of RealWI. Everyone is happy that WI gave good fight but that doesn't mean that u shud be over-confident. Don't just count catch drops from WI side. There were so many factors which spoiled India's chances. Do u really think WI wud have atleast drawn the last 2 matches if rain had not spoiled India's chances? Simple, everything was part of game. One more fact is WI is strong in fast bowling and pitches in this series were prepared to suit your bowling but Indians are the one who topped in fast bowling too. So be happy with current result and hope for better in future.

  • on July 11, 2011, 19:57 GMT

    I think it was briefly LOST on the FANS that the Windies LOST the SERIES,,,They were more clapping that they actually didn't LOSE the GAME.,,i know the West indies PAST GREATS are turning in their GRAVES to witness such a sight,,, That the players today are taking VICTORY lap around the ground after losing EVERY series they play India,, This BEHAVIOR would be OKAY if it was a NEW NATION to the game of CRICKET......... not the once MIGHTY WEST INDIES.

  • TheDezire on July 11, 2011, 19:51 GMT

    Sammy say..."Even if we are not winning games, as long as we go and show the fight that we showed in this Test … " Someone please tell him that this just one of the statements a loser makes when he loses something and runs around save his back side from the fire.... First Test Indians Won.. second Test Weather helped Windies to draw the match and third match yes Windies played well along with some real loser type negative bowling by Bishoo on the batsmen's leg stump....Indian did what we do the best..WE BEAT YOU............ take it or leave it... coz we know u will have to Live with it....

  • on July 11, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    @Real WI. Hello ..we won the series. End of talk. You lost it . Dont talk more . Your cricket board isn't goin to help your team. Everyone is watching how the best players of your team are treated. And we sent a mostly younsters to check our bench strength. we are right about that we can win the series with this team. We will win in England. Dont worry about my team. Start worrying about yours.

  • kasyapm on July 11, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    As an Indian fan, I am really happy as the series has been fought hard by both teams. Windies were a bit lacking in the batting dept., but they bowled admirably. Sammy did a great job as a bowler, might not be as talented as the other guys, but is very very disciplined. WI has some good talent. Hope they make use of it and rise again to be a fighting team.

  • on July 11, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    umm, I'm confused. Exactly who won and who lost the series?

  • RealWI on July 11, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    @Madhu Vamsi what this team have shown is that the Indian batmen can't play on fast or good pitches so good luck in England. You think that this team is so good remember that only once did you guys pass 300 runs. If Sammy didn't drop Dravid we could have win the Barbados test, so enjoy your 2 year on top of the cricketing world England is going to beat you guys. Well done Sammy I haven't seen this type of WI fighting spirit since the glory days. This is all we ask for, a commitment to team. Let the glory seekers and egocentric Gayle, Bravo and Pollard go, this team will get better in time. The bowling and fielding has turn the corner. The youngsters at the top of the order will get better, it's a slow climb but we getting there.

  • CollisKing on July 11, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    And well done to the marvelous citizen's of Dominica for coming out and supporting Test cricket. Enjoyable 3-match series despite under-strength India and a weak Windies. And good to see some geuine pace and bounce back in those Sabina Park and Barbados wickets.

    WICB are going to have to bite the bullet and make Sammy the geniune all-rounder to bolster the bowling attack. Great to have Fidel Edwards back. Given his history of injuries the board would do well to keep him away from the one-day treadmill, play all-rounders and keep Edwards just for test cricket. Add Jerome Taylor or Khymer Roach to Edwards, Rampaul, Sammy and Bishoo - The Windies would have a bowling attack to be reckoned with. Carlton Baugh looks the real deal as a wicket keeper / batsman.

    The batting at Test match level remains an altogether more serious issue. Adrian Baraith, Lindle Simmons, Kirk Edwards, Darren Bravo etc... we are praying a few of you start to deliver.

  • zico123 on July 11, 2011, 14:58 GMT

    apart from Gayle, there is no one in WI team who is a permanant fixture in all 3 formats, so Sammy remains the best option as captain

  • CricketChat on July 11, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    While Sammy is not a great all rounder, he definitely deserves his place in the team for keeping this WI team a coherent unit and put up decent fights against all teams.

  • flyingmachinee on July 11, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    Hahahaha first time the ground was half full this season in westindies......so nowonder they went around the ground...........

  • generation-next on July 11, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    Well done Sammy and Team. Love the fighting spirit throughout these last two series and the obvious commitment to trying hard. This is all we fans ask. Winning is not everything. Congrats also to the selectors and coach for having the guts to make tough decisions like Sammy for Captain and Edwards for a debut test match. We are turning the corner. Ignore the cynics, pessimists and naysayers - what do they run well?

  • ranpath on July 11, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    The batsmen fought well ? I must have been watching another match. Three batsmen fought---- Chanders and the two Edwardses----- those are the guys who deserve the kudos.

  • AvidFanDownUnder on July 11, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    Title should also read "Sammy showed a lot of character" - I can't understand why people criticise Sammy (at least for test cricket) - as a bowler he averages under 30 (and not even Harbhajan can boast that) and he tries his heart out - only Chanderpaul tries harder (but I'm biased towards him). He certainly isn't the most talented player to wear the West Indies colours but if you picked on effort and heart alone he would be an automatic choice - while everyone seems to criticise his batting you need to remember the team contained 7 specialist batsmen with the job of setting the runs so really most (obviously Edwards and Chanderpaul are exempt) should also face criticism - best solution for the Windies - leave Sammy as skipper and back him with a good squad (and if Gayle can come back all the better) and I promise you with everyone supporting him, he will do the Windies proud and next time it won't be the Indians choosing when to shut shop. GO SAMMY - GO WINDIES!!!

  • Notredam on July 11, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    India shud have won 3:0 series shame i must say..but dhoni captaincy should not be faulted..he still has to lose as captain in 3years..quite amazing..feat

  • on July 11, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    It's shame to Indian Batsman as they fought against win.......

  • on July 11, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    But this bits and piece performance will take West Indies to no where. It is time for WICB to sit with players and sketch a plan to build a good team. Recent times WICB is having problems with players like Gayle, Sarwan, J Taylor and Chanderpaul. When talent is limited then these quarrels must be avoided. In my view Indian team after winning the First test relaxed a lot. They did not press for win in the second test nor in this final test as well. In the second test Calton Baugh gave a great chance to M.S Dhoni when his score was Zero. Indian captain dropped the catch. Baugh at the end of the match remained unbeaten and match was drawn. In the final test too India has no ideas to remove Chanderpaul, Fidel Edwards and Sammy. When Kirk Edwards and M Samuels departed, Indian team has great chance to take the remaining 4 wkts. But Indian bowling was toothless, Ishant looked very tired. I am disappointed with Indian team performance. I wish Chris gayle comes back to West indies team.

  • AjayVijayan on July 11, 2011, 6:12 GMT

    Well done D Sammy, he handled his team and match situation. I think the ICC and WICB should take some clinical and delicate measures to ensure that cricket grows in W.I., because we loved the way Fidel, Ravi, Bishoo bowled, Kirk, Shiv etc batted. There is no dearth in talent, but it had to be preserved, new ones to be found. Give them the matches, the conditions and facilities, just like what Pakistan needs. I think we should have competitive 8 to 10 teams like what we had during the 90s , even Zimbabwe and Kenya were a side not to be taken lightly in those times.

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  • AjayVijayan on July 11, 2011, 6:12 GMT

    Well done D Sammy, he handled his team and match situation. I think the ICC and WICB should take some clinical and delicate measures to ensure that cricket grows in W.I., because we loved the way Fidel, Ravi, Bishoo bowled, Kirk, Shiv etc batted. There is no dearth in talent, but it had to be preserved, new ones to be found. Give them the matches, the conditions and facilities, just like what Pakistan needs. I think we should have competitive 8 to 10 teams like what we had during the 90s , even Zimbabwe and Kenya were a side not to be taken lightly in those times.

  • on July 11, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    But this bits and piece performance will take West Indies to no where. It is time for WICB to sit with players and sketch a plan to build a good team. Recent times WICB is having problems with players like Gayle, Sarwan, J Taylor and Chanderpaul. When talent is limited then these quarrels must be avoided. In my view Indian team after winning the First test relaxed a lot. They did not press for win in the second test nor in this final test as well. In the second test Calton Baugh gave a great chance to M.S Dhoni when his score was Zero. Indian captain dropped the catch. Baugh at the end of the match remained unbeaten and match was drawn. In the final test too India has no ideas to remove Chanderpaul, Fidel Edwards and Sammy. When Kirk Edwards and M Samuels departed, Indian team has great chance to take the remaining 4 wkts. But Indian bowling was toothless, Ishant looked very tired. I am disappointed with Indian team performance. I wish Chris gayle comes back to West indies team.

  • on July 11, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    It's shame to Indian Batsman as they fought against win.......

  • Notredam on July 11, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    India shud have won 3:0 series shame i must say..but dhoni captaincy should not be faulted..he still has to lose as captain in 3years..quite amazing..feat

  • AvidFanDownUnder on July 11, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    Title should also read "Sammy showed a lot of character" - I can't understand why people criticise Sammy (at least for test cricket) - as a bowler he averages under 30 (and not even Harbhajan can boast that) and he tries his heart out - only Chanderpaul tries harder (but I'm biased towards him). He certainly isn't the most talented player to wear the West Indies colours but if you picked on effort and heart alone he would be an automatic choice - while everyone seems to criticise his batting you need to remember the team contained 7 specialist batsmen with the job of setting the runs so really most (obviously Edwards and Chanderpaul are exempt) should also face criticism - best solution for the Windies - leave Sammy as skipper and back him with a good squad (and if Gayle can come back all the better) and I promise you with everyone supporting him, he will do the Windies proud and next time it won't be the Indians choosing when to shut shop. GO SAMMY - GO WINDIES!!!

  • ranpath on July 11, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    The batsmen fought well ? I must have been watching another match. Three batsmen fought---- Chanders and the two Edwardses----- those are the guys who deserve the kudos.

  • generation-next on July 11, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    Well done Sammy and Team. Love the fighting spirit throughout these last two series and the obvious commitment to trying hard. This is all we fans ask. Winning is not everything. Congrats also to the selectors and coach for having the guts to make tough decisions like Sammy for Captain and Edwards for a debut test match. We are turning the corner. Ignore the cynics, pessimists and naysayers - what do they run well?

  • flyingmachinee on July 11, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    Hahahaha first time the ground was half full this season in westindies......so nowonder they went around the ground...........

  • CricketChat on July 11, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    While Sammy is not a great all rounder, he definitely deserves his place in the team for keeping this WI team a coherent unit and put up decent fights against all teams.

  • zico123 on July 11, 2011, 14:58 GMT

    apart from Gayle, there is no one in WI team who is a permanant fixture in all 3 formats, so Sammy remains the best option as captain