Australia v WI, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur

'Talk is cheap' - Sammy

Mohammad Isam in Mirpur

March 28, 2014

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'Faulkner bowling the last over was the cherry on top' - Sammy

The ball flew out of the middle of Darren Sammy's bat and cleared the sightscreen below the press box. Sammy, though, wasn't concerned about where it went or landed, though. He took off well before the ball had thudded back into the ground, took off towards his onrushing teammates, who were about to put together one of the most memorable and spontaneous celebrations seen on a cricket field.

Sammy had flung away his bat moments after turning towards the dressing-room, and Dwayne Bravo followed suit. Bravo had thrown it so high the spidercam was threatened, and since James Faulkner was still sulking somewhere in the vicinity of the pitch, it could have fallen on him.

By this time, Chris Gayle was still making his way past his teammates. He tackled Sammy and started to dance the Gangnam. Having treated the crowd to three Gangnams, he spotted a camera and made a gesture that said everything: too much talk man. The crowd lapped it up and there were howls of laughter in the press box as everyone kept their eyes fixed on the TV screens.

Gayle had led the Gangnam dance when West Indies had won the World T20 two years ago, but this was different. He had never looked as worked up as he did now. Before the game, Faulkner had said he didn't "particularly like" the West Indies players. It was quite prophetic George Bailey had given Faulkner the ball when West Indies needed 12 to win off the last over.

"Like I said in the pre-match press conference, talk is cheap," Sammy said, moments after the reporters at the press conference had given him a surprise ovation. "Cricket is a game of action. You can talk all you want but it is the action that matters. West Indies acted today. It feels very good to bring it home. We fought for it. Faulkner will not like us anymore.

"The DJ was playing Gangnam Style. Chris is the leader of our dance group. We are just happy. We play with flair and passion. It was not pre-planned, it just comes out with the celebrations. It feels good to beat the Australians."

That Faulkner had got under the West Indies players' skin was evident from the start of the game. When Glenn Maxwell and Faulkner were caught in the boundary by Bravo, the send-offs had an extra edge to them. Maxwell was shocked by Samuel Badree's reaction to dismissing him, and he gave some of it back during the West Indies innings when he caught Gayle on the boundary. With the bat in hand, Gayle had started aggressively against Mitchell Starc. Sammy had even celebrated after hitting his first six.

So on to the final over with Bailey handing the ball to Faulkner, who had conceded only 15 runs in his first three overs. The sight of Faulkner invigorated Sammy. He knew what he needed.

"I didn't care who was bowling," Sammy said. "We had to get 12 runs. But you feel better when it is the guy who was talking a lot before the game. He bowled some good yorkers but I stayed low and got under the ball.

"It is just a good feeling, it was a crucial match for both teams. We handled pressure better than them.We needed two big hits and we back ourselves as a six and four-hitting team. Two sixes in the end there was what we needed."

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Posted by rogues13 on (March 31, 2014, 22:41 GMT)

@Electric_loco_wap4...so an aussie expecting good behaviour from other teams!!!!! LOL man...u just made my day....

Posted by tutorial on (March 29, 2014, 17:18 GMT)

Lets look at the upside of things here.... WI team came out all fired up and ready to go, unlike the game against India, maybe in a way a little Faulkner goes a long way, if i can get someone from the opposition team to say something so as to make the WI team hot and get their adrenaline pumping we will be able to see exciting cricket from them more often.

Posted by   on (March 29, 2014, 15:22 GMT)

In reply to Trafagarx, WI is a haphazard team right? Then... When I last checked, we produced Sir Gary Sobers, The prince of Port Of Spain Bryan Charles Lara, Michael holding, Malcolm Marshall and many more too numerous to mention. We currently own the highest test and first class batting record held by BCL. We had arguably the best test team in history in the 80's. We play the game fairly and in the true spirit of competition unlike you guys. Now.... don't you think you can bring yourself to have just a little respect for us here? As far as being liked and admired, AUS. will always find itself in the also ran column. We still love and respect the great Aus. players though viz. Sir DB, shane Warne, the Chappells, Allan Border, Matthew Hayden and others.

Posted by Dani16 on (March 29, 2014, 14:44 GMT)

It's not a problem that Faulkner dislikes the Windies players. It was the public statement of it and its timing. Of late, Australia were playing the talk game too often. Maybe that backfired this time!

Posted by runout49 on (March 29, 2014, 10:24 GMT)

Surely its time for Cricket Australia, the Captain and the Coach to step in and stop players making idiotic and demeaning statements like Faulkner's. It's hard to understand how someone hasn't pulled him into line before this.

Posted by ahamed_sharif on (March 29, 2014, 8:45 GMT)

Former Indian sub-continent Captains have complained over the non-cricketing tactics (even outside the ground) by Ausies to win over the opponents. The hints are here: Imran khan had placed night curfew for his teammates during his World Cup win in Australia. Indian pace bowler Srinath had did the same thing during their tour to Ausies. Cricket is no more a gentleman's game. If this continues, it is not too far, when cricket will be in RIP.

Posted by   on (March 29, 2014, 8:25 GMT)

Well deserved PUNISHMENT to James Faulkner

Posted by   on (March 29, 2014, 8:24 GMT)

I don't know how anyone can hate the Men from Carriibian.They are really gentle people and love fun. They have the flair and always enjoy their cricket. They never say a harsh word. The comment from Faulkner is totally wrong. Sledging is ok as long as it does not get too personal.

Posted by   on (March 29, 2014, 8:21 GMT)

i love this wwf kind of heat ... keeps bad boys cricket adreline going ... let aus-West indies series be played with 5 t20s ... hahaha love cricket any size any time ...

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (March 29, 2014, 8:16 GMT)

People seem to think that a couple of T20 matches against haphazard teams such as Windies and Pakistan who have been going nowhere fast for about 20 years are enough to change Australia's approach to cricket? You live an die by the sword, i wouldn't be holding my breath for Australia to change now, or ever.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with Australia's approach. It has worked better than anyone else's approach in the history of cricket. Until you blokes win as many worldcups, produce better players than Bradman and Warne, Australia will stick to what it does best!!

Please post, cricinfo.

Posted by   on (March 29, 2014, 8:06 GMT)

Great Finish by Windies, Aussies deserves it... I respect their talent and their competitiveness in any sport, but they hardly play as true sportsmen and start these ugly pre-match spats with opposition teams or star players and sledging on the field... Come on guys, grow up and show your aggression only on the field and not off the field.

Posted by Click_Click_Cricket on (March 29, 2014, 7:39 GMT)

@ cricketsubh - No one is talking about or doubting AUS ability in the game, but cricket fans are annoyed by AUS attitude. AUS still act as if they are the current WORLD CHAMPIONS, truth is they are NOT and they may not be in the upcoming years. They need to focus on their game rather than pinching other team players' brains on- or off- the field.

Posted by Click_Click_Cricket on (March 29, 2014, 7:31 GMT)

James Faulkner said before the WI game - "If you can do something to upset somebody and upset their team, it goes a long way towards doing well as a group." REALLY? We already know the answer!

Posted by Click_Click_Cricket on (March 29, 2014, 7:21 GMT)

@ Wacky_Cric_Lover - You seem to be annoyed by West Indians' celebration. If AUS STYLE is RUNNY MOUTHS before the game, what's the problem with WI GANGNAM STYLE to celebrate after beating AUS? AUS and ENG cricketers usually talk a lot pre-, on- and post- games. They have been getting away with a lot of sledging and low-class behaviors on field. WI deserve to enjoy their win in their style.

Posted by Johnny_129 on (March 29, 2014, 6:51 GMT)

SAMMY, what a man! I would rate these last over 6's above Afridi's effort in the Asia cup given the circumstances and the two players involved! Sammy punctuated Faulkner's pre-match jibe with a double exclamation!!

Posted by   on (March 29, 2014, 6:51 GMT)

The celebrations were totally justified .. Do people expect all players to be like boring englishmen and aussies? cricket will be a dead game then..

Posted by yeddula on (March 29, 2014, 6:42 GMT)

people call it a gentleman's game.since one is not being gentlemanly,the other is also is not being so. What logic is this ? What do you mean by Australian way ? Let them play some other game, if they can't behave?

Posted by   on (March 29, 2014, 6:33 GMT)

Too much celebration by WI, i would have said, but had only the aussies talked much lesser! Great response in action by WI for the unprofessional, uncouth talk by the aussies!! This is why WI is better-lesser sledging, better use of words and better characters than any Aussie or an englishman.

Posted by warneneverchuck on (March 29, 2014, 6:18 GMT)

In subcontinents aussie cant win even against BD.....

Posted by   on (March 29, 2014, 6:10 GMT)

Sammy is a match winner. It is ironic he comes way down in the batting order.His hitting is brutal.He is an under rated palayer and an enigma to many of his fans.

Posted by cricketcritic on (March 29, 2014, 5:52 GMT)

After the disgraceful treatment of WI players in the big bash in recent years - notably the gutless and orchestrated attack on Marlon Samuels - I'm not surprised they celebrated like they did. What goes around comes around Australia.

Posted by Wacky_Cric_Lover on (March 29, 2014, 5:43 GMT)

Thats the way aussies play. why so brouhaha? This has been the part of their strategy since the dawn of Cricket. Let them say what they want and give them answer in the field. Secondly the best way to celebrate would have been giggles while shaking hands with the aussie team rather than the passionate gangem style.

Posted by Amit_Shah on (March 29, 2014, 5:41 GMT)

With due respect to all I totally loved the WI reactions. This is the beauty of spontaneity and flair. Yes you can't just play the game for the sake of it. You have to get involved with it. That it was faulkner who got the treatment was poetic justice. Let it be a lesson to him and others like him (especially aussies) to think before they spew. Apart from the WI brilliance it was the aussies' own arrogance that did them in.

Posted by cricketsubh on (March 29, 2014, 5:12 GMT)

Rahul Radhakrishnan every one knows wi is a t20 side cricket is not only about t20 cricket their is 50 over cricket and test cricket their so donot make this aus lose end of the australian cricket they just beat SA WORLDS BEST TEST TEAM IN THE WORLD IN SA THEY GOT BEST TEST SIDE AND ODI SIDE IN THE WORLD YES THEY NEED TO CHANGE THEIR T20 SIDE I AM SURE THEY WILL DO THAT .PLZ PUBLISH CRICINFO

Posted by cricketsubh on (March 29, 2014, 5:03 GMT)

totaly agree with u DANISHSYED88@ fulkner said he not like to play aganist wi sammy over react and also they no they canot beat australia in test and odis they have best chance to beat australia in t20s so they over reactS WHEN THEY LOSE THEY SMILE WHEN THEY WIN THEY OVER REACTS EAS A CAPTAIN SAMMYS BEHAVOIUR IS NOT GUD IN THE FIELD AS A CAPTAIN U NEED TO CAM THE TEAM DOWN .PLZ PUBLISH CRICINFO

Posted by   on (March 29, 2014, 4:58 GMT)

It is childish behavior. You need to perform with bat or ball, not saying something that would upset the individual. Aussies do it consistently and justify it by saying that is the way they play cricket. Just reminds me of Miandad's altercation with Lilee wherein Miandad chased Lilee with his bat as if to assault him. Hope Aussies remember such incidents.

Posted by keralite on (March 29, 2014, 4:54 GMT)

West Indies should have saved that celebration for the final. I don't like them; I love them. But that celebration was OTT.

Posted by   on (March 29, 2014, 4:51 GMT)

Why was Starc given four overs. No seriously, why?

Posted by Greatest_Game on (March 29, 2014, 4:40 GMT)

When Aus won a recent test series in South Africa, despite their still being well behind in the rankings many Australian fans loudly & repeatedly proclaimed that they had taken the title from SA. Little did they know what they were getting, for that was not what the Saffas gave them.

In their last 2 matches SA, have defended seemingly impossible totals, & snatched improbable victory from the jaws of defeat. In contrast, Aus engineered a spectacular batting collapse & their bowlers failed to defend a competitive score, twice snatching improbable defeat from the jaws of victory.

In his final act as South Africa's skipper, Graeme Smith handed to Aus not the test champions title they thought they were getting, but rather the albatross that had, for his entire career, hung around his neck. As these results so clearly show, Australia now fully own the title of No.1 ICC Knockout Chokers.

Enjoy it, Australia. It is yours now. After Maxwell's comments, we see how richly you deserve it!

Posted by android_user on (March 29, 2014, 4:36 GMT)

Being a SL fan I soo like what the West Indies did to the Aussies yesterday. Wish our SL team can be like them when playing Aus. Gone are the days where the Aussies think they can win matches by trying to get their opponents down mentally. Cheers!

Posted by danishsyed88 on (March 29, 2014, 4:35 GMT)

I wasn't watching when Faulkner said those comments, but does any1 not realize that "I don't particularly like" could mean that he/they didn't like playing against them cos they're a good side?

Also, at Sammy.. who made him think that everyone loves WI? I don't, because they tend to get too carried away and over-react

Posted by   on (March 29, 2014, 3:27 GMT)

folks, while Faulkner should be condemned for what he said, it is too much to equate it to what Tony Greig said in 1976..Also, based on this ONE win, should we now conclude that the West Indies 'sleeping giant' ', sleeping Lion' is awakened and the world will now see them at their best?? chill..we should not read too much into results and over analyze, especially in T20s..what would we have said if the WI had lost y'day..in fact even after the sleeping Lion 'Gayle' was out, WI needed 31 in the last 2 overs..

Posted by the_evil_weevil on (March 29, 2014, 2:59 GMT)

Funny how people call Sammy and the West Indies' reactions embarrassing and such like. Hey, Faulkner lit the blue touch paper without anyone asking him to do so. You have to accept the risk when you do that of it blowing up in your face, and it did. Maybe next time talk less and do more on the field?

Posted by   on (March 29, 2014, 2:03 GMT)

and that is entertainment and that why we like them.. do you like to see faulkner bwling or gayle and windies smashing sixers... that might answer everybody's queries and passion show by windies is what separates them from other team... and sammy is ri8..windies will be the favorite second team for most cricket fans.. I am an Indian and wlll support India all the way through...but when windies is playing against any other team I support them...

Posted by bobbo2 on (March 29, 2014, 1:53 GMT)

Great result. Australia's players should learn to shut up and get in with it. Also, why are Australia wearing black? That's NZ's colour. They played like NZ today!

Posted by SL-USA-Lions on (March 29, 2014, 1:36 GMT)

@ Everyone...

Lesson learnt: "LET THE BAT AND BALL DO THE TALKING... NOT YOUR MOUTH"

Cricket is a Gentleman's game...

It's about time the AUS mouths were SHUT DOWN. PERIOD.

Posted by   on (March 29, 2014, 1:27 GMT)

Fauks is from Tasmania. Just nod and smile at him. We still love ya, WI.

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (March 29, 2014, 1:25 GMT)

@hello13: Everyone likes a loser, everyone hates a winner.

Not being mean, just being plain honest. If you're playing an opposition, you want them to hate you. If they like you, it means they think you're a walkover.

Posted by JoeyJoJoJnrShabadoo on (March 29, 2014, 1:10 GMT)

With those celebrations, the West Indies showed just how easily the opposition can get under their skin, which is why they'll never be a force in the longer formats of the game.

Posted by pat_one_back on (March 29, 2014, 0:58 GMT)

Taunting a team that's greatest weakness is complacency really is a rookie move, he's a passionate combatative youngster trying to fire himself up for a big comeback match but he's picked the wrong fight Jimmy and Lehmann should have had a muzzle on his men into this game. Save the big talk for when you can make a final, which won't be this tournament now.

Posted by   on (March 29, 2014, 0:43 GMT)

Congratulations To West Indies. You Play The Game With Flair And Passion Just Like Sri Lanka. Who Cares About James Faulkner, Just Big Talk, Do Nothing.Thanks For The Entertainment, Good Luck For the Future Matches.

Posted by SLisBestinEarth on (March 29, 2014, 0:29 GMT)

@ Hello13 :: You are wrong " Srilanka is second favourite nation for the every cricket fans through out tje world"

Posted by   on (March 29, 2014, 0:11 GMT)

Good, now let's see them win a test match!

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 28, 2014, 23:52 GMT)

Ecstatic to see windies doing gangnam,windies players are most loved here in india because of the caribbean flavour they bring in.

Posted by OneEyedAussie on (March 28, 2014, 23:26 GMT)

As much as I hate seeing my beloved Australia lose there's been some arrogance both from the Aussie players in the media and their fans. I still can't believe that anyone would have thought we were favourites to win this tournament which is held in Asian conditions in a format we are historically pretty awful in. Good on Sammy, never really rated him as a cricketer but I've always thought he was a pretty good bloke.

Posted by grantleyp on (March 28, 2014, 23:20 GMT)

It is about time these Aussies act like grown men and stop behaving like bullies in a school playground. The Aussies always have words to throw in the opposition's direction. Their behavior is downright disrespectful and obnoxious.

As a West Indian it was very pleasing to see the West Indies gave these Aussies a good thumping and to shut them up.

How ironic was it; to see big mouth James Faulkner serving his neck up on the chopping board like a lamb to the slaughter. Boy didn't he get smashed.

After Sammy got hold of him and smashed him out of sight, he wasn't saying too much afterwards was he???

Someone should tell James Faulkner that cricket is a great leveller and it has uncanny ways of turning around and smacking you in the GOB. Let us hope he learns his lesson after this chastising experience.

Posted by Shongololo on (March 28, 2014, 23:05 GMT)

As I said on another thread, Faulkner and co would do well to reflect on just how disliked the Australian cricket team is - by just about everyone, barring their compatriots, with an interest in the game. They're seen as arrogant and boorish, adjectives they thoroughly deserve - so there's always added delight and celebrations when their ilk get their comeuppance.

Posted by DarthKetan on (March 28, 2014, 23:03 GMT)

This is good entertainment for a neutral observer...though slightly biased against the Aussies....they've been the worst offenders over the last decade or so on on-field behavior by trying to mask it under 'playing hard cricket', 'looking out for mates', or 'mental disintegration' rubbish....Glad that Oz were on the receiving end this time!

Posted by   on (March 28, 2014, 23:01 GMT)

Imagine if Australians celebrated like that after a win. I wonder what you would all say then...

Posted by Frais on (March 28, 2014, 22:21 GMT)

I Could care less if Australia lose every T20 they play just as long as they are not the pathetic test side that the WI are. They are an embarrassment to the great WI sides prior to 95. T20 is a chumps game, boring and corrupt, just ask the indians they will tell you or give you a bet.

Posted by VivGilchrist on (March 28, 2014, 22:09 GMT)

2 sets of rules I feel. I remember Australia getting criticized for there celebrations after the famous SCG win v India, yet for WI it's fine ( I don't have a problem with it, just an observation). In that series Harbajan was running laps of the infield after he took a wicket, but there were no complaints. Broad and Anderson in the UK leg of the Ashes were constantly sledging, no complaints though until the Aussies gave it back. I just feel when the Aussies do something, they are labelled "unsporting", but from anyone else it's "passion".

Posted by   on (March 28, 2014, 22:08 GMT)

It was the top order that lost it for Australia .... 10 more runs would have made all the difference.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2014, 21:39 GMT)

I love Chris Gayle! WI has always been a fighting team.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2014, 20:50 GMT)

Hello13: I wouldn't go that far dude! Surely England are the most hated team! I for one certainly loathe them!

Posted by KrikIndFan on (March 28, 2014, 20:48 GMT)

Mr Faulkner, and that's why almost every cricket fan particularly likes WI. Bravo Sammy, bravo!

Posted by sanathputha on (March 28, 2014, 20:36 GMT)

"Big Show" vs "Big Talk". Who cares who wins. This is the degrading of cricket and more like WWF. I hope none of them will be there in the final.

Posted by nareshgb1 on (March 28, 2014, 20:11 GMT)

Darren Sammy is plyr hard to dislike at any time - and today he was simply awesome Absolutel loved it. I loved the way they beat the aussies - and after reading what that "loud mouth among loud mouths" had said - all the better.

WAY TO GO WINDIES. _WE_ ALL LOVE YOUS.

Posted by VillageBlacksmith on (March 28, 2014, 20:08 GMT)

@ Hello13 on (March 28, 2014, 16:38 GMT) ''The West Indies are the most liked team in world cricket. Australians are the most hated. So it doesnt matter what Faulkner thinks… '' Cdnt agree more mate… anyone who has been to WI or played cricket with anyone from WI knows what great fun people they are who love their cricket… good, AND great fun…. anyone who has played cricket with an aussie knows it cdnt be further from that… well played WI… shame on you faulkner

Posted by NP_NY on (March 28, 2014, 20:08 GMT)

You are your own Faulkner. EVERYONE ELSE loves the West Indies. Sammy, Gayle, Bravo, and co, who cares what Faulkner says, we love you here in India!

Posted by wapuser on (March 28, 2014, 20:05 GMT)

Though I did feel that the celebrations were a little overboard, I think the aussies deserve every single bit of it. Even earlier, players like Hayden or Symonds or Ponting had issues with other players and they have publicly expressed their displeasure. But to actually come up for a conference on a world cup and say that you don't like an entire team.... speaks a lot about how desperate they are. Look at teams like New Zealand who even when they are not winning matches, respect the opponents.

Posted by Insightful2013 on (March 28, 2014, 19:59 GMT)

He reminds me of Jeff Thompson catching wild pigs bare handed, such a noble savage he was! Wonder if it could account for the atavistic behaviors and comments? Piggish behaviors and demeanor does appear frequently!

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 28, 2014, 19:58 GMT)

I know Faulkner taunted WI but I am sad that Aussies lost. Now this group is flat. No more competition left. Only if BD get upset on Sunday. Otherwise it is PAK WI game on Tuesday . Aussies are not prepared for these conditions. They came without any quality spinner. In subcontinent is the recepie of failure. Any way they would not go forward although there batting is explosive bit didn't click. We will really see Aussies inextricably year inWC. Final note it is face saving that Michill Johnson got unfit otherwise he would be severely punished in BD. We will see they in oct against PAK. There is no Hussy in Aus to safe ember resent

Posted by android_user on (March 28, 2014, 19:48 GMT)

Well done west indies. I don't think any team should come in the public and out rightly state that they dislike a team. cricket is all about fun- you win you loose simple. 20/20 cricket at that. I was really disappointed by that ossie statement. and "he" couldn't even defend his talk. .. .. West indies all the way ♡♡♡☆

Posted by Stieprox on (March 28, 2014, 19:44 GMT)

WI are great entertainers.i like them.and i strongly condemn Faulkner's comments.he has lost my respect.

Posted by Lahori_Munde on (March 28, 2014, 19:35 GMT)

@TomSmith84-what's most embarrassg is the Australian team's behaviour. We're in 21st century but some things jst never change..

Posted by   on (March 28, 2014, 19:35 GMT)

So happy when anyone shuts up the Aussies!

Posted by   on (March 28, 2014, 19:31 GMT)

Win or lose, the West Indians have always carried themselves with some class. And, Australians the lack of it. They are proud of the fact they get under the skin to do the damage. Its within their ambit of sportsman spirit. That's really dark and skewed. In fact - not even the arch-rivals Pakistanis, Indians do to each other what Aussies do with their sledging to their opponents. I wonder whats in their water and air over their land that erodes common minimum decency.

Posted by vkumar_086 on (March 28, 2014, 19:30 GMT)

@TomSmith84...why it is embarassing man...do Faulkner has any authority to speak like that...if he doesnot like WI cricketers, he should have kept it inside and could have showed it through performance....the fact is that WI players are the most liked guys in T20 cricket.....i never seen Gayle reacting like that, by his acts it was seen that how much the entire team got hurt by this arrogant behaviour of Aussies....after my team (India), i always support WI in any matches against any opponents....congrats WI, you are entitled to do this celebrations....moral: we should not disturb sleeping lion

Posted by Vilander on (March 28, 2014, 19:25 GMT)

Ok lets all calm down, it was a good game WI is loved, Aus not as much but still this is just a t20 game and Aus win in ODI and tests. But then Faulkner what is he supposed to say, that he loves his opponents and would give away the match out of love and not win it for his country...it was nice a bit pre planned from Gayle,Sammy and Bravo these guys are too cool to be angry..sure all of them including Faulkner are having a laugh over some beer now.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2014, 19:15 GMT)

Pity the Windies are only any good at the beer and skittles version of Cricket! if only they could finally produce a test team that doesn't capitulate virtually every match, then I would be more impressed. the term "papering over the cracks springs mind!"

Posted by psubbu79 on (March 28, 2014, 19:13 GMT)

Aussies are losers, they only know to win by sledging and playing with the psyche. Sammy is the man for the moment, it's the passion of the Windies team that is contagious, its the reason why they are liked so much. I wish Gayle had danced in front of Faulkner.

hope WI beat Pakistan, and India thrash the heck out of the Aussies. WI would be in the semis. they really deserve to be in the Semis. love the team and their spirit for the game.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2014, 19:09 GMT)

I enjoyed the contest between these teams. It's unfortunate that most comments aimed at castigating Faulker for his remarks or as they call it in Australia, "sledging". Instead of needling the West Indies, it worked the other way, it inspired them to do well. Faulkner's utterances could be read or interpreted as something more serious which I would not like to deliberate on. I leave that to the experts.

Posted by hussain277 on (March 28, 2014, 19:07 GMT)

As a neutral fan....no doubt Westindies did well...but celebration like this???have they got the cup??can anybody tell me any other team ever did such celebrations???challange to all

Posted by   on (March 28, 2014, 19:05 GMT)

James Faulkner should go study Cricket history. Greig promised to make the Windes grovel - Eng.got a "Black-wash" and Tony groveled. Jones of Aus. took exception to Ambrose's white wrist band - what happened next and who won the match? These dudes will never learn. You're there to play cricket, zip it and play. For those who want to fault Windes celebrations, go have word with Mr.Faulkner and tell him to stop embarrassing himself, his team-mates and his country and next time put his money where his mouth is. If Aus. won wouldn't they have celebrated in their Aus. style?

Posted by   on (March 28, 2014, 19:05 GMT)

Embarrang was when the Australian celebration went beyond reasonable and almost got the whole team arrested in the West Indies back in 2007. Embarrssing is when a NOBODY like Faulkner has the audaity to criticize the West Indies. Embarassing is when you can' back up your loud mouth. The only thing good about the Aussies is their style of play - the team is not afraid to loose and always goes for the win. Everything else is HIGHLY EMBARRASSING. I AM NOT WINDIAN.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (March 28, 2014, 19:03 GMT)

Sammy was spot-on yesterday. Windies is the second favourite team for millions of cricket fans. Faulkner brought this upon himself with his trash-talk, only to be trashed in the end. Poetic justice, as they say....

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (March 28, 2014, 19:01 GMT)

No wonder 1ce mighty WI languishing @ bottom of pile.Cricket's almost on verge of extinction in that region.If this is kind of 'performance'-what Sammy and co. with on/off field conduct in actions,words-WI are capable of,far from liked will be anonymous.

Posted by mzm149 on (March 28, 2014, 19:00 GMT)

Hit and giggle teams like West Indies are only good at winning T20 games. Their performance in ODIs and tests specially overseas shows they can only slog.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2014, 18:54 GMT)

Well done Sammy, that's how to respond to folks like Faulkner. But I daresay he is not going to like you better now :)

Posted by   on (March 28, 2014, 18:53 GMT)

@TomSmith84 You should be ashamed to say such foolishness. I guess it's all in good graces for a professional (if he is) like Faulkner to come out and say "I don't like another team" and such nonsense. We are the West Indies and we don't hide. We have passion and we show it out. Stick to your good graces and take GOOD lashes.

Posted by rick333 on (March 28, 2014, 18:47 GMT)

If Faulkner did particularly like WI, Aussie board should have stepped in and said "Well in that case warm the bench". Cometh Darren Laemon, Aussie started behaving boorish. The difference between previous era is they motor mouth and still win, now it is only cheap talk.

Posted by vkumar_086 on (March 28, 2014, 18:42 GMT)

@TomSmith84...why it is embarassing man...do Faulkner has any authority to speak like that...if he doesnot like WI cricketers, he should have kept it inside and could have showed it through performance....the fact is that WI players are the most liked guys in T20 cricket.....i never seen Gayle reacting like that, by his acts it was seen that how much the entire team got hurt by this arrogant behaviour of Aussies....after my team (India), i always support WI in any matches against any opponents....congrats WI, you are entitled to do this celebrations....moral: we should not disturb sleeping lion

Posted by Diaz54 on (March 28, 2014, 18:40 GMT)

Well done Sammy for standing up and delivering! Tom smith grow up, there have been many clashes involving West Indies players and Australians....one thing I can say the boys in maroon always triumph! To many to quote. Also great to see one of so called big 3 ridiculed.

Posted by slackers11 on (March 28, 2014, 18:38 GMT)

Faulkner comes a close second to Watson in the most disliked players list :P

Posted by   on (March 28, 2014, 18:32 GMT)

very very good job west indies ....

Posted by   on (March 28, 2014, 18:30 GMT)

God bless him Tony Greig must be feeling good in his grave or should I say grovel! Faulkner you idiot

Posted by king_kenie on (March 28, 2014, 18:29 GMT)

Faulkner and Kevin Kooper plays for the same team in the IPL. What exactly does he mean my not liking the West Indians??? I seem to remember Kooper Winning games for his team... Frankly he is just too disrespectful to us. I am 100% certain he would not have said the same about the Indian team... ant they too have a trashing waiting for those over hyped dreamers from down under. Lastly, can someone please wake up Samuels from his self induced batting coma and Smith Needs to learn how to shimmy down the wicket. It would make the world of difference to his perceived weakness.

Posted by riverbaby11 on (March 28, 2014, 18:27 GMT)

The joy that windies bring to this great game is just immense , I am almost as happy when WI wins as I am when India wins.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2014, 18:26 GMT)

I'm huge fan of "Dynamic Darren Sammy"..Not just bcoz of his hard hitting...very good,honest & brave in nature....I really liked Sammy's reply in action to Faulkner's comment...

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 28, 2014, 18:17 GMT)

Luv to see them celebrate again, what an energy.. Aussies pls look to pack back home..

Posted by pitch_it_up on (March 28, 2014, 18:17 GMT)

Apart from my team, India, the team I like is WI. I believe, WI is the most liked team across the world. They play with passion and flare. They give due respect to rival teams/players outside the ground. Apart from Desmon Haynes, I have never seen any WI talk crap. So, this was very befitting response to the Aussies, who most of the time are very dis-respectful of other teams! And they are the reason behind this ungainly thing called 'sledging' or 'mental disintegration'. No wonder, they are most hated team despite so much success in the last two decades (No, its not jealousy. I liked WI even when they were beating everyone black n blue in 70's and 80's). Man, I loved the WI celebrations today so much!! @TomSmith84: By the same token, how does it matter to you how WI celebrate??!!

Posted by Longroom on (March 28, 2014, 18:15 GMT)

@Hello13 - yes got to love the WI's approach.I feel for George Bailey though. He seems a bit wiser than some of the boofheads in his side like rent a quote Warner and now Faulkner. How do you control these in your face guys? The journo's must love all the stuff they and their coach spew. As has been said by so many, Aus is the USA of the Southern Hemisphere. Loved by some and hated by others.

Posted by ygkd on (March 28, 2014, 18:12 GMT)

The Windies are a decent T20 side. Maybe one or two of their opponents should have looked up the word "decent" in the dictionary and considered how it applies to personal behaviour. Some people give Australia a bad name.

Posted by sweetspot on (March 28, 2014, 18:06 GMT)

If there was any chance of Aussies winning this one, it slipped through Faulkner's mouth. Now we know why he doesn't like the West Indies players - they're too much fun! How can we take them seriously! Hahahaha!!!!

Posted by JHT27 on (March 28, 2014, 17:53 GMT)

@electric_loco_WAP4 Get your facts right. West Indies are ranked higher than Australia in T20s and are the current defending champions.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2014, 17:49 GMT)

James Faulkner and his mates got a taste of some West Indian KARMA.. It's extra flavorful!!

Posted by   on (March 28, 2014, 17:48 GMT)

@Hello123 Well said... West Indies are indeed the most likeable bunch! Faulkner just the bowling version of Warner... big feet is his even bigger mouth!

Posted by cooljack_143 on (March 28, 2014, 17:47 GMT)

Great way of celebrating by WI. West Indians generally appreciate & respect their opponents,very kind hearted people.But if some one messes up with them they can go to any extent to retaliate and this is a good example of it.When Darren SAMMY a generally cool guy gets aggravated like this it means how much OZ had got under his skin.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2014, 17:47 GMT)

Not at all surprised with the result. Well Australia never seems to learn this. Time and time again this is what happens when you talk too much. As always they just like to show there aggression and so come down like a melted wax in the end. This is the best way to answer and this is the best bouncer by West Indies to Australia.

Posted by DarkNecros on (March 28, 2014, 17:33 GMT)

In the past we always hear negative things about the West Indies, I'm from the West Indies. And what do we do, we go out and play our game. Sledging has no place in any sport and if Australia think that is the way to riled up other team they need to think again. We turn negatives into positives and that is what we do today. And to electric_loco_WAP4 we carried ourselves decent and if you know of anything with us the the Caribbean we are passionate about our game and we try to do our actions on the field of play not on interviews. So what we celebrate taking a wicket or scoring a 100 everyone celebrate in their own way. Their is a saying "Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?".

Posted by xylo on (March 28, 2014, 17:30 GMT)

The Aussies always talked. Previously though, it was players of the caliber of McGrath who could always ruthlessly back it with action. Sadly, that is not the case any more.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2014, 17:26 GMT)

It's really difficult to dislike the West Indians even when they play against India. They are a 'Happy' Bunch. Australians on the other hand are arrogant. Glad WI decide to let their game do the talking! Well done Team WI!. Most Entertaining part of the Match: Gayle's Happy Dance!!

Posted by kr_kinshuk on (March 28, 2014, 17:26 GMT)

The West Indies celebration was over the top. But Faulkner deserved it. Trash talking West Indies is easier these days since they do not have a pace battery any longer. I wish West Indies still had a couple of fiery pacers in their ranks.

I don't think Faulkner would have been shooting is mouth off then.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2014, 17:16 GMT)

I love WI team, their passion and their post match celebrations! Australia on the other hand is the team that I love to see on the losing side. Double celebration from me. Oh I forgot, India went on to semis, so triple celebrations!!!

Posted by   on (March 28, 2014, 17:13 GMT)

why so much hatred. Its just a sport. Enjoy the game. Well played WI.

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (March 28, 2014, 17:10 GMT)

@TomSmith84 I like Aussie team but not the players with big mouths Few years ago Clarke said something about Gayle i guess nothing is more embarrassing than that They celebrated only after winning the game and i fail to see what is so embarrassing in that

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (March 28, 2014, 17:05 GMT)

A fitting end to the match. The Australian side for this tournament is a very average one, but some of the players seem to believe their own hype. With no Mitch Johnson and no spinner, it was not hard to predict that they would struggle. It would take a brave man to bet against India and the West Indies qualifying from this group, with Pakistan pushing them closest. Whatever problems the West Indies may have had, the last two wins will have given them a belief that they can reach the Final again.

Posted by tanstell87 on (March 28, 2014, 17:04 GMT)

great answer to rude & mediocre Australian team by West Indies...we love you guys Sammy & co from India...

Posted by android_user on (March 28, 2014, 17:02 GMT)

Saying a few words to get under the skin of the opposition is an old and well honed strategy of the Australian cricket team. All cricketers have strict restrictions on what they can say and what they cannot. Certain players are told to make comments and they do so with the full backing of the Team management. Players like Warner and Faulkner are the selected few.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 28, 2014, 17:00 GMT)

I'm from India. but WI is my second favourite. It is not because they r weak (as someone mentioned weak team get support in neutral game) or not they have indies in their name. I and many other cricket lovers like them for their sixers and cool attitude in the field. and obviously I don't like australia

Posted by   on (March 28, 2014, 16:58 GMT)

That was a perfect script by Sammy, "Meet the Faulkner.."

Posted by Anubhav-the-Experience on (March 28, 2014, 16:55 GMT)

Frankly they were sort of taunted second time...previously raina had shown doubt on indies's capacity to rotate strike while spin is being bowled...so they must have been angry today... Sammy I have said again and again is different and WI would do well to support him...

Posted by Bernoulli on (March 28, 2014, 16:52 GMT)

Raina almost did it the other day challenging WI's ability to rotate strike. Faulkner's words did the magic. Verbal battles are good to an extent but the whole "don't like them" thing took things to a different level and I hope JF learned his lesson. He has played with Dravid for Royals and one thing he should have learned is to respect the opposition. You don't have to take them out for a drink but basic respect. Nothing like the feeling when you have to eat your own words. Sehwag used to do this with the mic in his hand, say rubbish about the opposition and face the consequences embarrassingly a day later. Reigning champions still in business and good luck!!

Posted by vallavarayar on (March 28, 2014, 16:48 GMT)

Sammy you beauty!! Windies go baby.

Posted by Manxmuppet on (March 28, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

Thanks to Faulkner for providing the extra entertainment today. You couldn't have scripted that. Priceless!

Posted by   on (March 28, 2014, 16:44 GMT)

Always good to see the jealously of other countries towards Australia.:) Maybe one day you will be able to actually win at a sport.LOL

Posted by Hello13 on (March 28, 2014, 16:38 GMT)

The West Indies are the most liked team in world cricket. Australians are the most hated. So it doesnt matter what Faulkner thinks.

Posted by Galbatorix on (March 28, 2014, 16:36 GMT)

Fantastic... the rain of sixers and the Windies celebrations after that.. Good cricket under pressure, huge hits, lots of boundaries, passion and fun..

Posted by saiKris on (March 28, 2014, 16:34 GMT)

@TomSmith84 I don't feel the Windies behavior embarrasing a bit. If Faulkner doesn't like them he should have kept it to himself instead of running his mouth in press conferences.

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (March 28, 2014, 16:33 GMT)

Very embarrasing from Sammy.As if ranking of no.8 in is not enough.As capt. he has responsibility that WI team good will is sustained.If not with perf.-I know you can only play with what you've got-at least with conduct and good grace,as WI capt.

Posted by rayinto on (March 28, 2014, 16:18 GMT)

@TomSmith84 - Why are you embarassed by West Indies behaviour? I found it enjoyable and entertaining. Faulkner is the embarassing one.

Posted by rayinto on (March 28, 2014, 16:16 GMT)

Thank you Faulnker for waking the sleeping lion. Now we are in for some carnival cricket.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2014, 16:09 GMT)

@TomSmith84 - Oh really? And how does Faulkner or you care what Windies do? Its not so much what Faulkner likes or not....its what he blabbers in public...and if he is daring enuf to put his emotions in public, so are Windies theirs....!!! And I ain't a West Indian BTW...!!!

Posted by AFanOfGoodCricket on (March 28, 2014, 16:09 GMT)

Thats why everyone likes WI Faulkner :)

Posted by Daddyshark on (March 28, 2014, 16:00 GMT)

TomSmith84, there is nothing embarrassing about the the W.I. behavior. The guys celebrated a well played and very well won match. They proved to the guy who dislikes them that they are cricketers and the more the opposition hates them, the less they give them to celebrate. They are men not teddy bears. Watch a little sponge bob and relax!

Posted by whoster on (March 28, 2014, 15:56 GMT)

I'm sure there's a lot of neutral supporters like me who DO particularly like the fact that James Faulkner has made a right charlie of himself.

Great performance from the Windies, and especially Darren Sammy for his superb knock at the end. He was also dignified in the post-match press conference - not something the likes of Faulkner and Warner, or indeed Darren Lehmann, are very adept at.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2014, 15:46 GMT)

I love the passion the maroon boys showed... if only I can see that passion in every game, including tests.

Posted by Navaidzuberi on (March 28, 2014, 15:45 GMT)

Being Pakistani, I supported WI. I think all neutrals support team playing against Aus. because Australians talk too much rubbish. On-field sledging is their way of putting opponents under pressure, which is unfair. Aggression is acceptable, but not talking rubbish, sledging etc.

Posted by HBAero on (March 28, 2014, 15:43 GMT)

What a superb Inning man...Well Done.

Posted by Vic010 on (March 28, 2014, 15:43 GMT)

Go Windies you good thing!!That's the only way to shut the Ozzies up.

Posted by SolFish on (March 28, 2014, 15:42 GMT)

I guess Sammy has taken over Pollards job and intends to keep it

Posted by N.Sundararajan on (March 28, 2014, 15:32 GMT)

N. Sundararajan from Chennai---You have to truly appreciate and admire Darren Sammy---he was very dignified in reacting to James Faulkner's unwarranted and almost arrogant comment before the match---and even after the victory--the reference by Sammy to the Faulkner comment was very dignified and underplayed. There is a lot of sportsmanship and good spirit in West Indian team and unfortunately we cannot say the same about the Australian team ! The better team deservedly won the match ! Good luck to the West Indies team for the remaining matches too !

Posted by   on (March 28, 2014, 15:32 GMT)

yah nice way to show that u better perform on the pitch and not with the media

Posted by TomSmith84 on (March 28, 2014, 15:25 GMT)

Very embarrassing behavior from the West Indies. So Faulkner doesn't like you - so what? Why do you care what he thinks?

Posted by Hello13 on (March 28, 2014, 15:23 GMT)

The idea of the Australian's being shocked at other people sledging them is laughable. Look at the way they behaved in South Africa, it was disgusting. Same with the way they behaved in the Ashes.

Posted by cricket0580 on (March 28, 2014, 15:21 GMT)

Well done the windies!!! Special knock from Windies and it was so spontaneous that it was pleasure to watch. Hype (pre tournament favorites) did the Ozies + some pre-game banter about Windies. How can no one like the Windies they are the coolest bunch. The OZs could not back the aggressive cricket. The team of the 90s did it. Its a great team with some really good players, but somehow it seems they're not firing as a group. The test team is a more coherent bunch. Anyhow just play the remaining 2 games and make the best out of this tournament - Ozzie Ozzie Oye Oye!

Posted by   on (March 28, 2014, 15:21 GMT)

faulkner wont get any sleep tnite. nothing worse than a big mouth that cant back up the talk.

Posted by Hello13 on (March 28, 2014, 15:18 GMT)

This shows that the whole world is sick of the Australian cricketer's behaviour. They talk about playing the game hard, but the way they behave is just disgraceful. It's about time they started behaving properly.

Posted by Adnan-Ahmed on (March 28, 2014, 15:16 GMT)

Excellent stuff, that's the way to shut down the arrogance of the Aussies lads!

WI were a joy to watch hammering the Aussies around the park. Australia remains the most disliked team in cricket...much deserved too...great fighters, but a mouth to big for their own good.

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