West Indies news July 16, 2013

'One of the highlights of my career' - Sammy

ESPNcricinfo staff

Allrounder Darren Sammy will become the 27th player to represent West Indies in 100 one-day matches when he takes the field against Pakistan on Tuesday. On the eve of the second ODI, Sammy confessed to not having thought of such records when he started out, but considered it one of his best moments.

"All I really wanted to do was represent the West Indies and give my all on every occasion out there on the field," he said. "But I will approach it as any other game before, preparing myself both physically and mentally and make sure I am match-ready if selected, for tomorrow's match. I see this as one of the highlight moments of my career"

Having made his debut in 2004, Sammy has scored five half-centuries and has a top-score of 84 off 50 balls at No. 9 against Australia. He has taken 71 wickets at an economy rate of 4.56. His crowning achievement was leading West Indies to the 2012 World Twenty20 title by beating the hosts Sri Lanka in the final in Colombo.

West Indies, however, are trailing 0-1 in the ongoing series against Pakistan, having suffered a 126-run defeat on Sunday. The hosts, after restricting Pakistan to 54 for 5 in 21 overs, collapsed spectacularly as Shahid Afridi plundered 76 runs off 55 balls and took 7 for 12.

But Sammy, who had captained West Indies to a 2-2 draw against Australia and a 4-1 win against New Zealand in March and July 2012, believed that the team's return to winning ways was just a matter of piecing together consistent performances.

"We have been through times like this before, but someway and somehow we found a way to bounce back," he said. "We had a good start from the spell Jason [Holder] gave us, but we did not capitalise on that and that is something we really got to improve on, which is driving home the advantage when we have teams in critical positions with our bowling."

Fast bowler Jason Holder, who wrecked Pakistan's top order with figures of 10-4-13-4, echoed Sammy's optimism.

"Obviously we did not get the result we wanted but I think the guys will be looking to bounce back, while I will be looking to continue the same form by putting the Pakistanis under pressure early.

"It was a good pitch to bowl on especially after it dried out. It spun in the second half and like I said, it is not a bad pitch. We just need to apply ourselves a bit more and get the runs."

Misbah-ul-Haq and Shahid Afridi's 120-run stand for the sixth wicket eventually took Pakistan to 224. In contrast, West Indies managed only two double-figure partnerships, one of which was for the ninth wicket between Sammy and Sunil Narine, when the match was already all but lost.

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  • Android on July 17, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    Always u best

  • Dummy4 on July 16, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    Congrats Sammy- you are a true westindian like myself- always honest with a positive attitude, professional and loyal. Nuff respect, probably the most selfless leader of WI cricket. Live long and prosper!

  • Dummy4 on July 16, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    Well done by one of the most under-rated cricketers in world cricket, but even his biggest doubters have to admit, this man bleeds West Indies cricket.

  • Dummy4 on July 16, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    Just echoing the majority of replies. He might not be as naturally talented as some of the players in the squad, but his positive attitude, professionalism and loyalty to the cause of West Indies cricket is second to none. You could see by his body-language that he genuinely cares about representing the Caribbean, as well as supporting his team-mates on the occasions when they excell. And even the sternest doubters have got to admit that in recent matches he's proven himself to be an effective contributor in the team. Let's hope some of the youngsters coming through will follow suit when it comes to his work-ethic and dedication.

  • Steve on July 16, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    Congrats to Sammy on his achievement! A great example of how someone can succeed through sheer application and hard work. Hopefully, the captain will bat him at 6/7 instead of at 9. Only, he seems to be in some sort of form scoring few runs in the lower middle order unlike his more non-performing big name players.

  • Vielspass on July 16, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    Congratulations Sammy!! I am an admirer of you, love your commitment, loyalty and what not to WI Cricket..All the BEst :)

  • Len on July 16, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    Sammy has not got the respect of the rest of his players because they do not think he is worth his place in the side, despite the fact that they are useless themselves (hello Gayle, Samuels, Bravo and Pollard). The best way he can change this attitude towards him is by playing in a responsible manner when he's at the crease and coaxing the tailenders to stay with him, instead of throwing his wicket away after slogging his way to a quick 20 after 10 ball. His consistency of performance will mean that they will HAVE TO RESPECT HIM AND CARRY OUT HIS DEMANDS which at the moment they refuse to, when he captains them in Tests.

  • Shoaib on July 16, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    I dint understand the move taken by WICB to sack him as ODI Captain. He has the ability to lead the side. nyways these all are part and parcels of the game. Congrats Sammy..:)

  • Masood on July 16, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    That will be fastest 100 in ODIs.

  • Hildreth on July 16, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    CONGRATS SAMMY on your 100th cap for West Indies in ODI's. I am one of your staunchest supporters but will criticize constructively when necessary. Keep up the good work. Your bowling and fielding have been excellent. You have played some great inns with the BAT but there is need for CONSISTENCY. Too often you gift your wicket away and don't allow the bowlers to earn your wicket especially in tests and ODI's. Although you have improved tremendously in that area and now boasts half-centuries in both formats and a brilliant century in test cricket. I think you should make BATTING a bigger part of your game and even you will be surprised at the results. It's obvious that your batting has a tremendous amount of potential but simply needs a little tuning and mental adjustment. Practice harder at your overall game and be determined to succeed don't matter what every time you go out there. And maybe by the time you get to your 200th there will be comparisons to some of the great all-rounders.

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