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Sammy not just a victim of the results

West Indies needed someone to inspire and unite and someone fully committed to the role. Darren Sammy ticked the boxes but his numbers never stacked up.

Andrew McGlashan

May 10, 2014

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For all his commitment, Darren Sammy never really cracked Test cricket © Getty Images

On the eve of the Test series against New Zealand late last year, Darren Sammy marked down some significant personal objectives. "I want to reassure myself as a Test captain and Test cricketer," he said.

Little more than three weeks later, a dejected, shell-shocked Sammy sat down in the indoor nets at Seddon Park to try to explain away a West Indies collapse that had seen them lose all ten wickets in a session to consign them to a 2-0 series defeat. "There are tough decisions to be made by the coach and the director of cricket, some careers are on the line, could be mine as well, you never know," he said, with the honesty and openness that has always been Sammy's way.

He was right, too. That proved his last press conference as West Indies' Test captain and a West Indies Test cricketer. You sensed at the time that he had a gut feeling about the loss of the former status, but the latter has come somewhat out of the blue. He had never chased the captaincy but did not want to let it go yet; now that it had gone, he has decided the long format is not for him anymore.

Rumours began circulating as West Indies arrived in New Zealand from India that change could be afoot, but the gap in their Test programme since December meant the axe did not come until yesterday.

The 2-0 loss in New Zealand made it four heavy Test losses in five matches - a run broken by the notable draw in Dunedin, but which without rain would have been another loss - and although that was pegged against six wins on the bounce, those included victories against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe on home soil. Overall Sammy's record as captain stood at: played 30, won eight, lost 12, drawn 10.

And neither was it just the losses, it was the manner of them, capitulating as West Indies did in Hamilton, Wellington, Mumbai and Kolkata. "It's the same record we keep hearing," Sammy said after the New Zealand series concluded. Any small gains - Shane Shillingford's bowling, Darren Bravo's double-hundred, Denesh Ramdin's counter-attacking century - were offset by spates of dropped catches, batsmen undone at the first sight of swing (or spin), and a lack of basic consistency in pace bowling.


Darren Sammy celebrates his century, England v West Indies, 2nd Test, Trent Bridge, 2nd day, May 26, 2012
Darren Sammy has just one Test ton to show © AFP
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However, Sammy has not just been a victim of the results. It would be possible to argue that as a leader he remained a viable choice for captain, but his inability to master two disciplines well enough to justify a place without question hurt his credentials (his fielding, especially the slip catching, remains among the best in the world). Trying to fit 12 players into 11 is a problem often faced when trying to balance a side, but when the trickiest piece of the jigsaw is the captain it becomes an unsustainable situation.

This was not a scenario that had crept up on West Indies. In a sense, then, you could argue that they have reaped what they sowed, but having suffered a damaging strike in 2009, which forced them to field a 2nd XI against Bangladesh, the board wanted someone detached, as much as is ever possible in the West Indies, from the political wrangles.

When Sammy took over the role from Chris Gayle in 2010, he was not even a regular in the starting XI. West Indies needed someone to inspire and unite and someone fully committed to the role. Sammy, a man brimful of passion, ticked those boxes among a small field of candidates.

But the numbers never stacked up: as captain he averaged 22.43 with the bat and 39.61 with the ball (even when West Indies won six Tests on the run, that batting figure only touched 30 and the bowling number was inflated to 55). Sammy, to his credit, knew this and often acknowledged the need to pull his weight. But he was neither a Test-class third seamer nor a No. 6 or 7 batsman.

The problem was also exacerbated by the fact that West Indies' best chance of bowling a side out twice in Tests now come from their spinners - at least until Kemar Roach is fit and able to bowl at 90mph again, even on the unforgiving Caribbean pitches, perhaps partnered by Jason Holder, Miguel Cummins or a revived Fidel Edwards.

Shillingford, now that he is cleared to resume his Test career after work to remodel his action for a second time, and Sunil Narine are set to form a twin spin attack against New Zealand next month. In their most recent Test, the Hamilton encounter, West Indies also fielded two spinners (Veerasammy Permaul partnered Narine) and it left Sammy sharing the new ball alongside Tino Best. Sammy was actually by far the better of the two seamers, but that was more an indictment of Best.

His decision to follow the sack with retirement, at the age of 30, is perhaps an acknowledgment that he never cracked Test cricket for a sustained period of time for all his effort and commitment. It is true that those two words should be prerequisites for international cricketers, but Sammy oozed them while some team-mates did not. There were also a few memorable performances sprinkled among the 38 appearances: 7 for 66 on debut against England, his maiden Test hundred against the same opposition in 2011, and a match-winning 5 for 29 against Pakistan in Providence.

However, ultimately, much like West Indies cricket for two decades now, the occasional spark of brilliance, the occasional victorious moment, was not enough to ever convince that the corner had been turned.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (May 13, 2014, 23:25 GMT)

what is troubling is that the WICB are aware of the reason/s why Sammy has and is unable to bowl faster. During his stint at the now defunct Shell Academy in Grenada, his bowling action was change from classical side-on to open chested.

In the process his shoulder was damaged and although the injury healed, the damage done confined him to bowling what many has termed trundlers.

Before the injury bowling with his classical side on action, Sammy was able to bowl at speeds in the high 80s, generating plenty of swing in the process.

Posted by Riddymon on (May 13, 2014, 14:11 GMT)

@VivGilchrist Same can be said about Pollard who's even bigger and bowls much slower. However, I've seen Sammy bowl 130+ on a few occasions. Maybe that's the speed where he's comfortable and has the most control. We get a bit obsessed with speed at times when sometimes control and placement is more important. Having said that...if he mastered swinging the ball, he would be extremely dangerous. That's something that I hope he works on. He was doing it during one of the previous Caribbean T20 tournaments and was very dangerous but he doesn't do it very often.

Posted by VivGilchrist on (May 13, 2014, 8:42 GMT)

Can someone tell me how a guy of his stature cannot bowl in excess of 120kph? Maybe the fact that he does not actually bend his back and put any effort into his delivery stride is the reason why he just didn't take enough wickets... His record for a no8 batsman were on par, but as a bowler, way below average.

Posted by tutorial on (May 13, 2014, 0:01 GMT)

WICB.give Sammy the assurance that he would never lost his spot in the team by making him captain in all formats, Sammy was never more than a t20 player, 50 overs and 4 dayers at the national level ( windward islands) and even that he would have to compete for his place in the team. What i don't understand is when fans are behaving as if he was a great icon,he is a nice guy and nice guys finish LAST. Sammy would constantly HIDE from bowling, his batting was all about slugging nothing refined. Rally_ windies comments make total sense and it keeps some of these FANATIC FANS in place, after all it is whats best for the team NOT YOUR COUNTRY. Ramdin have my support, WI.cricket cannot get any worst we are at the bottom,can only go upwards from here. People don't like him because of his little note to VIV.but that shows a sign of resilience and strenght which is needed for great captaincy, so i suggest you guys get over it and move on. Starting this test series we will see a more discipline.

Posted by T20Fun on (May 12, 2014, 12:12 GMT)

It is sad in so many ways.

We wish for cricketers with heart, with enthusiasm and an enjoyment for the game. We get a cricketer in Sammy who has all that and we tell him "sorry, you just didn't have the talent"! Give me 10 Sammys any day over one sleep-walking Carl Hooper!

Sammy is a man who literally bled West Indian cricket and yet he got all the criticism from former WI "greats" who would in the same tone bemoan the lack of "pride"!

Posted by   on (May 12, 2014, 4:00 GMT)

hey Sammy, you are a good man and leader with a love for the game. wish some of your other team mates, put aside their egos and played the game as enthusiastically as you did. as a follower of West Indian cricket, your stint as captain and player was enjoyable. my prayers and thoughts are with you. good luck with your future endeavors. Ramdin falls short as a leader. Proves how confused west indian cricket is at the moment.

Posted by   on (May 12, 2014, 3:56 GMT)

Sammy was a respectable but limited cricketer. Yes, he gave his all and occasionally excelled but in truth he was never a good enough player for Test level. I have written about this, and I hope this doesn't get deleted as spam.

I believe I say enough in the piece not to need to elaborate here, but comparisons to Brearley are inconsequential. Players need runs and wickets in today's game. Very good article by McGlashan and I think he nails it when speaking of the use of two spinners for some Tests. Giving Sammy the new ball was a poor move and accelerated his removal from the team.

Posted by prakash1708 on (May 12, 2014, 1:14 GMT)

my team for the first test against newzealand would be : brathwaite, gayle, darren bravo, pollard, chanderpaul, carter, ramdin, carlos brathwaite, shillingford, jerome taylor and delorn johnson. cummins and nurse would be the reserves. if gayle is not fit, his place should be taken by leon johnson, asad fudadin or kirk edwards.

Posted by Rally_Windies on (May 11, 2014, 23:08 GMT)

Chris Floyd ...

If I bowled only 15 overs per game at the tail ..

I could be a test bowler with an average of 21..not 28 !

Sammy does not BOWL at the top batsmen ... and he over works the other pacers......

Doenarine has a Test Bowling average better than Sammy BTW..... So does rampaul , taylor and roach ......

Deonarine should be the allrounder on the team ... he is a good enough off spinner .....(not narine and shilly level,,, but more than good enough, and he(doenarine) does take the wickets of top order batsmen )

Posted by Riddymon on (May 11, 2014, 18:41 GMT)

@Warren Viegas - And that's exactly the point. This man had a team that REPEATEDLY failed. Your top 4 or 5 bats are constantly getting out cheaply and your strike bowlers are expensive. How many times have we seen a test match where the the Windies have a score of 80/4...90/5...then you're expecting your number 8 batsman to come in and work miracles with the bat and then turn around be a 5th bowler that takes 5 wickets a match. Does that make sense? I totally agree that his stats were mediocre at best but at the same time...the position that he played as a batsman and his role as bowler should NOT require him to be making half centuries and hundreds or taking loads of wickets. He should have been building on the foundation that his top 5 gave and maintain pressure with the ball while the main bowlers take wickets. I feel like the inadequecies of the team as a whole have backfired but not only made him look a bad captain statswise but also expose his weaknesses a cricketer overall.

Posted by WalkingWicket11 on (May 11, 2014, 16:02 GMT)

I could never quite figure out exactly what "leadership" everyone finds in Sammy. Sorry buddy, it is not just about the numbers, but his overall approach to the game in Test cricket. In most of the Tests, I recall Sammy batting at No. 7 or 8, and bowling about 10-12 overs at "No. 5" (third change) out of 100 overs. You can't be a part-time batsman and part-time bowler, especially when you are the captain.

A lot of people claim that Sammy was a great leader because he "got the team together". Uhm, sorry to break it to you, but that is minimum expectation from a leader.

Posted by   on (May 11, 2014, 15:58 GMT)

I think we all agree about Sammy's shortcomings. The problem is, when the real batsmen (Gayle, Samuels etc) and bowlers (Roach, Edwards et al) are not performing, it exposes his weaknesses when he should be there as the 5th bowler and 7th batsmen. Sammy has shown himself capable of taking wickets but when you are giving him the new ball, that is creating expectations which are not realistic and prone to failure for which he is exposed. This is a huge loss for Caribbean cricket because the leadership he brings cannot be measured in wickets and runs and it's not like you have a ready made replacement. Perhaps one should look at it from the opposing team's side as to they would be concerned about and esp in the shorter forms of the game, Sammy would be top of that list especially as a finisher. I don't think people appreciate the situation that he was asked to take on - much the same as Taibu from Zimbabwe when they gave him the captaincy - a thankless position, dammed either way.

Posted by jackiethepen on (May 11, 2014, 15:05 GMT)

Numbers didn't stack up for Mike Brearley either. Today would he have been appointed captain for the 1981 Ashes after Botham proved captaincy was his undoing? Sammy has proved himself to be an intelligent captain who united his fractious side. In the end West Indian cricket is not focussed on Test crickt and that isn't Sammy's fault. However in t20, which they have sunk their talents into, Sammy has proved invaluable as bowler, batsman, fielder and captain.

Posted by   on (May 11, 2014, 14:30 GMT)

I think Sammy made a great decision. He must have put a lot of thought into it. He is one of my favorite cricketers in all formats. He has passion that is needed in cricket today. I wish other West Indian cricketers will own up to their poor performance and make similar decisions so that the team can prosper. Sammy is a true West Indian hero.

Posted by   on (May 11, 2014, 13:36 GMT)

The only WI seamer with a significantly better Test bowling average is the injured Kemar Roach. All others are equal or worse than Sammy, and they can't add as many runs with the bat or make spectacular catches.

Sammy deserved a spot in this WI Test side. Remember, we're not talking about 1984.

He was also a very good captain. Not Frank Worrell but superior to Gayle and the various others who have tried since 1995.

Posted by number-09 on (May 11, 2014, 13:02 GMT)

@Chris Campling - Sammy was not treated shabbily by the Board. Of all West-Indian captain sammy was treated the best by far. His selection was divided among W-I fans. And yes, he played with pride, gave 100 %, classy guy and I suppose that is enough to retain his place. Have u checked his stats in the last 2 years. A bowling all-rounder who does not trust himself to bowl a full quota (ave.49+ in the last 2 years), an all-rounder with a batting ave. of about 22 and batting at #8. A limited player. Sooner or later a decision had to be made and it was coming. This is not charity. This is cricket. If Sammy was not captain with these stats. would he be an automatic test pick?

Posted by vladtepes on (May 11, 2014, 12:00 GMT)

to those who doubt darren sammy's quality based solely on his numbers, let's compare his numbers those of a universally admired, all-time great captain.

sammy 38 tests, 1323 runs, hs 106, avg 21.68, 1 hundred, 5 fifties, 65 catches brearley 39 tests, 1442 runs, hs 91, avg 22.88, 0 hundreds, 9 fifties, 52 catches

"His batting record for England was inadequate. But he was well worth his place without a stack of runs. As Rodney Hogg, the Australian fast bowler, put it: "He has a degree in people.""

Posted by roddybee on (May 11, 2014, 11:05 GMT)

i don't care if Darren Sammy was a saint, he was there to bowl, he could trust himself to bowl, when he did bowl he couldn't take wickets, could apply no pressure. the figures don't lie 25 wickets in 17 tests over the last 2 years average of 49 and a strike rate of 99...99! that's an embarrassment and he knew it hence the retirement

Posted by Mughees089 on (May 11, 2014, 10:09 GMT)

Sammy was an inspiring figure and he will be...the best thing about him that he never gave up and always wanted to keep on fighting even the resources were scarce. He was unselfish and country loving boy who always held his head high and kept a smile even everyone was criticizing his skills and ability as a captain. He will be remembered for his fights and efforts he gave for his country and for his people...GOD bless u and have a wonderful journey in limited overs.

Posted by   on (May 11, 2014, 6:39 GMT)

i see that most people were surprised and not a little peeved off by the sacking and his subsequent retirement. darren samy is a proud and loyal man, and he has been treated as shabbily as, a few years ago, brian lara was. he is my favourite west indies player, who gave the fabled 110 per cent in every game, and more often than not did something to give his side more of a chance than they otherwise would have had. a side that notoriously underperforms had a captain who played beyond himself - and for this he has been dumped? windies, very poor. let's hope it's not the end - in a world where talented players seem to think that by merely turning up they have done their bit, darren sammy exemplified pride in the cap and the determination to play beyond themself.

Posted by   on (May 11, 2014, 6:26 GMT)

Sammy, thanks for being a champion; thanks for your services to Windies cricket. You did what you could with the talent that was in the lineup. If the controllers of Windies cricket think that others can do a better job, I suppose that is okay - so leave their fing for them! But they should note that you were not THE problem. THE problem was that the individuals who were on the team did not perform. Unless they can change that, they can plug in all kinds of captains, but it will not make a difference! One Love ma Bro...

Posted by   on (May 11, 2014, 5:48 GMT)

While there may be question marks over his skills, there was no denying the commitment of this lion hearted cricketer. He always tries to give more than his best. It is a pity that the West Indies doesn't produce more cricketers like him. Before him there was Ridley Jacobs for a few years, who also was similar. He never gave up and fought hard till the last ball. For them the WI pride was more important. Unfortunately , it is something that is missing from the current generation of WI players and has been the key reason for their decline.

Posted by   on (May 10, 2014, 21:19 GMT)

Cricket fans please!!!!!!! Sammy only did one thing different from all the previous captain he had no dispute with the WICB, and that was the base on witch he was appointment as captain. So all these saying that he is such a great leader only if you seen it from the WICB side and not PA. We as fan should just stop and thing the game, selecting your final 11 captain 1st ,wicket keeper 2nd then the final nine.So now Sammy gone the captain and keeper is one pick.

Posted by Twinkie on (May 10, 2014, 20:08 GMT)

Dear Darren,

I think we all agree- you tried your best! Who could ask for more? Thank you and good luck. We will miss you. Please stick around for the limited overs!

From

A Bajan Windies fan

Posted by Sportius on (May 10, 2014, 19:26 GMT)

Well some players are not made for test cricket. Thats not to say that lack of talent make a player any lesser. in fact i have more respect for the guys who lack the talents of so called superstars. Men like Darren Sammy earns respect not because they ooze talent but because of the way the play the game. Whenever he is out there we all know he would try to do things which his talent might never allow him but the passion and commitment wil. It is a good decision for him. Looking forward to seeing him more where he belongs ODIs and T20s.

Posted by Alexei on (May 10, 2014, 19:15 GMT)

For a foreigner. This is a spot on article... I feel the complete same. Sammy's role was more temporary than permanent and seemed a stabilizing move. He did that for the most part but now changes are indeed in order. This should clear the way for Two fast bowlers and Two spinners with an allrounder to be picked... Should be interesting how the selectors play this out. For me, if Andre Russell can learn how to FINALLY bowl properly and consistently with his pace. He can make Darren Sammy's place his own.

With that said... Thanks Sammy for your contribution to region's Test cricket over the years. We couldn't have asked for more

Posted by coatsie89 on (May 10, 2014, 16:08 GMT)

Will be interesting to see what the state of West Indies cricket is like in 12 months time now. Never an automatic selection on ability but Sammy should still be seen as an inspiration to young West Indian cricketers. The reason for West Indies poor run of form is not solely on Sammy's performances, 11 blokes make up a team which seems to have been forgotten here. The likes of Pollard/Gayle/Dwayne Bravo who all seem far more interested in how they line their pockets are nowhere near as good for West Indies cricket as Darren Sammy. Massive respect to him as a player and as a captain. I hope he still gets picked for limited overs but I can see this being a slippery slope for the WICB...yet again. Ramdin is nowhere near the type of individual you need to be to captain a test side.

Posted by Andre2 on (May 10, 2014, 15:21 GMT)

Most of the comments are WI fans ... They are great fans. But for the "neutral" eyes, the main issue for WI is the lack of quality players : WI have Barath opener, Gayle (but does he still want to play Tests ?) Chanderpaul (but he is getting old), 2 or 3 fast bowlers but they are very often injuried + Narine & Bishoo. The Bravo brothers can have one or two brilliant shows on ODIs or T20s but for Test matches, they are not that consistent ! I have doubts about the capabilities of Pollard as a Test crickter. For ODIs and T20S : perfect ! But for Tests ...?

Posted by   on (May 10, 2014, 14:48 GMT)

Darren Sammy has brought West Indians much pain and much joy. His appointment as captain was unexpected and unwarranted. Throughout his tenure, on form or ability, he was never an automatic pick as a bowler or batsman. He disturbed the balance of the team on many occasions when, on form, he would not have been selected if he were not the captain. But what an inspired individual he is. He brought back unity to the team and a belief that they were not totally dependent on one or two individuals. He played a few memorable innings and had a few memorable spells but at the end of the day he just wasn't good enough to make the team consistently.

Posted by   on (May 10, 2014, 14:08 GMT)

i think that Darren Sammy is good enough to play Test cricket, also bearing in mind he's a reliable slip fielder. The problem with WI cricket is not lack of batting or bowling talent but the fact that their emphasis is firmly geared towards one day & 20/20 cricket. In thid respect, WI cricket in particular is a microcosm of modern society where people generally lack patience & want quick-fix entertainment. Marlon Samuels (as demonstrated from the England tour in 2011) is a wonderfully gifted batsman who in the last 12 months has lost his focus for Test cricket. As far as their bowling is concerned, the WI have got more talent & strength in depth than existed in the 1990's....ps Mike Atherton averaged 37.70 as a batsman for England in the 90's and was rewarded with over 100 CAPS !!!

Posted by ToneMalone on (May 10, 2014, 13:24 GMT)

I think they've made a mistake dropping Sammy as Test captain. Leadership skills seem to be horribly underrated when selecting teams - especially those going through the tough times - and Sammy brought back a unified, positive culture for the WI which has been all too rare since the days of Clive and Viv.

Agreed, Sammy's figures don't quite stack up in Tests. But I'd happily take those stats for the captain if it means the eleven players on the field are playing to the best of their ability.

Posted by Ranef on (May 10, 2014, 12:13 GMT)

Of all the comments that i have read, those of Rally_Windies are the most ridiculous. No need to comment anymore.

Ithank Sammy for his tremendous contribution to the West Indies test team. He took the job when WI Board had no one else to turn to. The captaincy at the time was a poisoned chalice. But Sammy always gave his best, given his limitations. And indeed WI team is better off than when he came in. I believe that even Darren himself realised that his job had been complete.

I wish Denesh well and hope that he turns around what remains a poisoned chalice. Lets us not be too quick to judge him as we so unfairly did to Sammy - a calming influence and real gentleman. May we always remember that the problem of WI cricket is not soley a problem of captaincy.

Posted by Team_India_Rocx on (May 10, 2014, 10:23 GMT)

bad decision by wicb ....

Posted by roddybee on (May 10, 2014, 9:56 GMT)

He had to go, when you play India in India snd they have Raina at 6 and Dhoni at 7, and windieshave Ramdin at 6 and Sammy at 7 something is wrong. compromising the batting to get in another bowler because Sammy couldnt pull his weight. The 11 was always a compromise as long as Sammy was there.

Next to go Samuells

Posted by crockit on (May 10, 2014, 9:07 GMT)

If WI were able to play their best XI or close to it most of the time they would be very competitive even against the best teams. They would still be a bit weak facing swing but overall would have a competent batting line up. In addition, they would be able to cover all conditions well with their bowling line-up.

Sammy would not get anywhere near such a team on merit as a player and therein lies the problem. However, I could have seen the temptation to stick with him for all of his good facets including being a good leader and for the fact that the reality is that WI rarely seem to be able to get anything like their best team on the park for one reason or another.

I think that they will now look to put their top 4 bowlers for the given conditions on the park. They can also supplement by having Dwayne Bravo and/or Deonarine playing in the top 6 and filling additional overs.

Posted by HLANGL on (May 10, 2014, 8:30 GMT)

The decision to sack Darren Sammy from captaincy by WICB has to be said quite an utterly stupid move.Much more than his own numbers suggest, he was an inspirational leader who seemed to be just the ideal man to take the best out of the relatively modest tallent WIs have got now compared to what they had a couple of decades back.At times he had played some vital cameos which may not have lifted his average by much, but had been quite inspirational lifting others tempo as well.So, to put the things in short, he more often than not had the ability to bring the best out of what's available in the team while he too coming up with some vital contributions in between.I can see how this team would end up being in a disarray in his absence.The thing which bothers me most has been the fact that most people are driven only by numbers, that again only by a subset of them not covering the full picture.With such short-sightedness, these moves are expected as the pretenders may always get the edge.

Posted by Elijah_9 on (May 10, 2014, 6:56 GMT)

Darren Sammy brought back unity & team spirit to the wi team, just sorry he didn't have more stats to prove a better test cricketer. Sammy is indeed a great captain & role model.

Posted by dalboy12 on (May 10, 2014, 6:10 GMT)

While some people rubbish on about two tiers of test cricket, i just hope WI do return to some of their past glory, cricket is all the better when WI are strong. Sammy did the best he could do for his country, good on him. When WI were in NZ, WI's ODI attack seemed a lot stronger than their test attack. Holder, Bravo and Rampaul (I gather Rampaul, was injured) came only for the ODI, but i couldn't figure how Holder and Bravo were not in the test side. If Roach and the long injured Jermone Taylor, or Fidel Edwards - can come back (and hasn't Johnson shown that fast bowlers in their 30's can still come back and bowl fast) then WI's have a pretty good pace attack to go with their spinners, and if the Bravo brothers can get in the right head space - two very good batsman to bat around.

Posted by BrianCharlesVivek on (May 10, 2014, 5:46 GMT)

Sammy, I am your biggest fan. IT was under you the West Indies won atleast something. YOu have done what Clive Lloyd and Viv Richards has done. SO be proud. You have made the West Indies one of the formidable teams in T20. I am sad for not seeing you any longer in test cricket, but please continue to guide us in limited overs.

Posted by siabbasi on (May 10, 2014, 4:52 GMT)

Respect, nothing but Respect for you Darren Sammy. Great Leader!

Posted by Rally_Windies on (May 10, 2014, 4:28 GMT)

Sammy's stats would be FINE ..if he bowled 25 overs per innings ,....

but when your spinner bowls 40, your 2 pacers bowl 25 each..... and Sammy bowls 15...(and only at the tail enders) ..then we have a problem !

your main pacers break down with the work load ! and that is very very bad.... and it is just 2 of them ...

Sammy kept using his influence to play his friend Shilly ahead of Miller .....

Lara did the same when he was captain. (ramnarine) Hooper did the same (roger harper) Viv did the same (playing Hooper and dropping Lara)

With Shilly in the team....bowling 40 overs... it called for 3 out and out pacers....

Sammy, for his own SAKE.. should have dropped Shilly... give Doenarine more overs to bowl .... take a heavy workload of 30 overs....... and let his 3 pacers take quick attacking and shot spells ....... 17-23 overs .....

He would have WON MORE GAMES... that way .... and had less injuries to his pacers ....

Posted by TheMiddleStump on (May 10, 2014, 4:02 GMT)

West Indies cricket has got to have the longest corner the world has ever seen.

Anyway, let us all as fans hope that Sammy isn't so disheartened that his performance in ODIs and T20s dwindle to nothing as a result. The least the WICB can do is give the man a little token to show their gratefulness as he was selected by them and he accepted the job when nobody else wanted it.

Darren Sammy has my highest level of respect. May his mind be at peace after all of this.

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