WI v Zimbabwe, 1st Test, Barbados, 2nd day March 14, 2013

It wasn't about survival - Sammy

ESPNcricinfo staff

After the end of the second day's play in Barbados, Darren Sammy said what's been said several times before, that cricket was "a game of shifting fortunes and glorious uncertainties," and despite West Indies being in a dominant position, he was going to "remind the guys that this game is not yet over."

West Indies had faced plenty of uncertainty at Kensington Oval and it had been Sammy's attacking half-century that shifted momentum in their favour, after a spirited Zimbabwe bowling performance had reduced the hosts to 151 for 6, in danger of conceding a first-innings lead to opponents who hadn't played Test cricket in a year.

With Marlon Samuels and Shivnarine Chanderpaul falling in the space of seven runs, West Indies were down to their last recognised batsmen, Sammy and Denesh Ramdin, and the pair produced a 106-run stand. Sammy did not hold back, flaying the bowling during his 73 off 69 balls.

"I backed myself and I played my natural game," Sammy said. "That partnership with Ramdin and myself really put us in a good position and set up the game nicely.

"Today for me it wasn't about survival as I always back myself to play the proper shot. They gave me some loose balls and I put them away. That's cricket - you respect the good balls and when you get the bad balls you put them away. It was a matter of [proper] execution. It was good to see that Denesh at No. 6 and myself scheduled to be at No. 7 were able to put on over 100 runs and put the team on the right track after we were five wickets down."

Ramdin was batting in his 50th Test on his 28th and he marked the occasion with a half-century, digging in for 62 off 130 balls. After his stand with Sammy, Ramdin batted with the tail to take West Indies past 300 and secure a lead of 96.

"I was focused on getting a score and batting the team out of trouble," Ramdin told WICB Media. "Wickets fell rapidly yesterday and we had a few fall early in the day so I knew I had to settle in and stay focused on batting to the end.

"It was fantastic batting with Sammy and I was thrilled to watch the way he dominated the bowling. He took all the pressure off me and put all the pressure on the bowlers. He loves to go after the bowling and that meant there was less pressure on me. He is that kind of player, he can change the game in quick time and I was just happy to rotate the strike and run hard between the wickets."

After taking the lead, West Indies strengthened their grip on the Test by taking three Zimbabwe wickets, reducing them to 41 for 3 before stumps. "We wanted to bat all day but we didn't so when we came out to bowl we were hunting for wickets," Sammy said. "From the time Zimbabwe came down we were focused on winning. We have won four Test matches [in a row] and before this Test series we said we wanted to win this one - take it game by game, day by day."

"We are well on top with the wickets - with Shillingford getting two wickets and Shannon bowling quite fast and getting the other wicket. We got three of their top order batmen out and they are still over 50 runs behind."

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  • Dummy4 on March 14, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    It amazes me at how we watch WI cricket! thru blurred and dark-rim black bottle shade vision no doubt!e.g WI is ranked much lower than Australia and We are expected to beat/win/ them at every level. We Bash Sammy for losing against stronger oppositions and Blame him for wining against lower rank teams! We cried murder at sammy when B/desh won 2-1, Now the critics are shouting foul play because ZImBw is lower rank and have not played for a year!. Do you know Sammy is blame for that too! At 151-6 Sammy came in and changed the game's direction! the critics! oh' he is just an agricultural journey man and some the critics are asking why the celebration! when there was no challenge! Strangely though when the Aussies creamed us 5-0, The records did not show that Australia won against the lowly ranked minnow WI team! No they were boasting that they had not lost a home series to visiting team since when ever! What wrong with our Caribbean psyche? over to you Andrew Mason, sport Max et al.

  • Dummy4 on March 14, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    Very Good West Indies; We are climbing higher..... keep it up...

  • Matthew on March 14, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    I know he's like marmite to Windies fans (you either love him or hate him), but Sammy played a good knock yesterday when the Windies were in trouble and although Zimbabwe are a poor side lacking in experience, his captaincy was mostle spot on.

  • Dummy4 on March 14, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    "opponents who hadn't played Test cricket in a year".

    The above quote sums it up; so anyone gloating over this win, simply does not have any idea what a champion Windies team looks like.

  • Derek on March 14, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    Success in cricket is measured on RESULTS relative to other teams ranked not on technique. It matters not how Sammy gets his runs or who he keeps out of the side as long as the TEAM wins and their ranking and profile is improved internationally. Lets hope young Bravo, Brathwaite, Powell et al are being groomed as LEADERS to complement their classy textbook style and ability. Success needs the creative input of the team and strong leadership both on and off the field. Lets rally round the WI and hope the continue to improve. Harder challenges are ahead in the for of the tri nations series and ICC champions trophy. Going into those series with winning momentum is key.

  • Earl on March 14, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    Phat-boy give your head a shake.It was good batting by Sammy,but to say he is the cleanest hitter in the game is going too far.You must not watch much cricket.never seen Samuel,Warner or Gayle on the go.Good to see Ramdin playing good cricket strokes.Not wanting to sweep or cut every ball.

  • Dummy4 on March 14, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    I love watching Sammy the Batsman

  • Sam` on March 14, 2013, 3:48 GMT

    Ladies and gentlemen, this is the cleanest hitter in the game. He might lack a lot of technique, and he is ridiculously inconsistent and unreliable. But boy oh boy, when he hits them, they stay hit.

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