Sri Lanka v West Indies, World T20, semi-final

Sammy defends wait-and-watch approach

Abhishek Purohit in Mirpur

April 3, 2014

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Was it the rain? Or was it Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels? West Indies needed 81 to win from 37 balls with six wickets remaining when a hailstorm ended the first semi-final of the World T20, leaving Sri Lanka winners by 27 runs by the Duckworth-Lewis method. Gayle made 3 off 13, and Samuels was unbeaten on 18 off 29 when the rain came down.

Darren Sammy said it was disappointing to go out under the rain rule, and refused to answer when he was asked whether West Indies could afford Gayle and Samuels taking as much time as they did. When he was asked a related question about the high number of dot balls faced by Gayle and Samuels, Sammy admitted that both had not been able to deliver in this tournament, but said that both had performed in the past.

"When you lose a cricket game, people tend to point out all different areas where that should have happened, this should have happened," Sammy said. "But I am sure if you look at all the games we have played, there are more than 27 dots [25, between Gayle and Samuels].

"Probably 50-something dots. It's not ideal for Twenty20 but we've developed a formula in which that works for us. We know we are a boundary-hitting team. We know we have got to improve in rotating the strike but if you look at the way Gayle plays, he normally gives himself some time to get used to the wicket and catch up in the end. But the thing is, in this tournament he has not carried.

 
 
I guess the Almighty wants them to leave on a high, so I guess they have one more game to try and win a World Cup and leave on a high Darren Sammy on Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene
 

"Marlon has not been batting well for us. It is one area - we always tell him, whatever rate you walk into, you try to keep it at that or increase it. Yes, we could say Marlon has not had the best of tournaments but he is one of our better batsmen and in the last World Cup (in 2012), he was the star for us. People have a few dips in form."

West Indies began with 17 runs off the opening over but scored only 13 off the next five of the fielding restrictions. Sammy and Dwayne Bravo had catapulted them home against Australia in a tense chase and also nearly doubled the score against Pakistan in the last five overs. The captain pointed to that and said West Indies could have pulled it off again.


Marlon Samuels hits through the leg side, Sri Lanka v West Indies, World T20, semi-final, Mirpur, April 3, 2014
'We still had the belief that we could get 12 runs an over in the last six' - Darren Sammy © Getty Images
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"Gayle and [Dwayne] Smith have a very clear idea of how they want to go and play. The first over, we were off to a flyer but they brought on the offspinner (Sachithra Senanayake) and (Lasith) Malinga who bowled really well at Gayle and Smith. We were again behind the eight-ball and just when Bravo looked like picking it up like he did in the last game, he got out but we still had the belief that we could get 12 runs an over in the last six. I guess we have been doing that in this tournament. It is just disappointing but there is nothing we could do about it."

Sammy praised Sri Lanka for their display and said the rain gods had intervened because they wanted Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, both of whom will be retiring from T20 internationals at the end of the tournament, to win a world limited-overs title after four losses in finals in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2012.

"Disappointing to come out of the tournament like this but credit to Sri Lanka. They won the toss, batted first. Probably they knew that some (bad) weather was around. But we have had a good run in this tournament, it is just sad that we got knocked out by the D/L system. But that's life. You move on and we will start planning for the next T20 World Cup.

"I took it like 'you know what, we have won a World Cup'. We are a praying team, we know God normally answers our prayers but today, I guess two gentlemen who have played for Sri Lanka, given a lot not only to Sri Lanka cricket but cricket on the whole, I guess the Almighty wants them to leave on a high, so I guess they have one more game to try and win a World Cup and leave on a high. Probably that's the reason why God put a hand in this match. I am sure I will have another shot at playing the T20 World Cup and we are looking forward to winning it again in the near future."

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 12:58 GMT)

Dear Sammy You wish has come to reality. Our prayers were answered by the almighty, to give a big farewell to the grate cricketing heroes, Sanga and Mahela. Grace to be God. Best wishes for next time

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 11:38 GMT)

Sammy - You truly a sportsman and I love the way west indies approach the cricket as a whole with the super sportsman ship.

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 6:05 GMT)

@SLMaster ...I agree SL has a different bowling attack but WI have proven time and again that they can demolish any bowling attack including SL. Why do you think SL lost the last T20 world cup to WI...didn't the bowling get taken to the park then and in front of their home crowd? Malinga was slaughtered by Samuels or have you forgotten already? Why is it that Sangakkara and Jayawardene still can't win a limited overs title even though they have been in four finals in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2012. C'mon stop hating on Sammy and the WI...just count yourselves lucky the rains came down...otherwise SL would've been crying all the way home again. The brand of cricket WI plays is why they are loved and adored the world over. Push love not hate. And you should know better than to compare WI to NZ...seriously?

Posted by SLMaster on (April 4, 2014, 18:47 GMT)

Come on Sammy...SL is different bowling attack. Everyone agrees that SL cannot be taken to the parks. "We can score 12 runs an over when we need to.." seriously Sammy. That is what NZ said when they only had to chase 119.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 17:21 GMT)

sammy you are a great captain. it is rare we see a captain praises opponent team players. respect from sri lanka. yeas mahela and sanga with a world cup lift is our pray too. wish you all the very best for the future. and all these wishes for sri lanka for the victory!!!

Posted by A-Gunnie on (April 4, 2014, 17:14 GMT)

You ought to know that the approach needs to be diff when chasing Capt Sammy....as you can't leave the last 5 or 6 overs to get all the runs as you do when batting first.Every game have to be approach accordingly and not like the Aust game before.Live and learn I guess but I agree with the others it was Gayle,Samuels lost it in the end after Russell started in the bowling area.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 15:10 GMT)

because they performed in the pass doesn't mean they will perform NOW when you need them.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 15:08 GMT)

You can't defend two fading stars who are can't rotate the strike or go after the bowling from ball one. both are too old to b pay cricket anymore (Gayle and Samuels)

Posted by Sevarino on (April 4, 2014, 14:44 GMT)

Congrats to the SL team for making it to the Final. WI lost even before the match started, the INJURY to Dwayne Bravo which meant he could not bowl was all the persuasion needed to play Ravi Rampaul. Russell was carted all over the oval just as his deliveries were. I would have settled for 3 Rampaul overs in place of Russell based upon Rampaul's BIG game experience. Gayle is not 100% fit all the smiles and dancing cant hide it, he is injured the blow he sustained yesterday just added to the misery. What baffled me even more was he knew he cant take singles quickly and he was reluctant to wake up to attack at any point in this innings. Marlon Samuels has struggled for this entire tournament with the bat and his fielding, he bowled well but batted below average. He slowed down the momentum of the innings on too many occasions by soaking up too many deliveries which is why he should have come in after Bravo. Let this lose be a lesson to the WI. Time to groom the reinforcements for 2016

Posted by steve48 on (April 4, 2014, 13:50 GMT)

Respect to Darren Sammy, a fine bloke and a real fighter, but with all the will in the world, you cannot support players failing to recognize the need to score, rotate strike, in the face of a good bowling /fielding effort. The danger in the Gayle / Samuels method was highlighted by a previous cricinfo article, magnified by the impending storm! It wasn't even an imposing total to chase. I don't know if Dwayne Smith hates running too, but batting with Gayle you might as well forget about it. Would have loved to see how Hussey or Bevan would have coped with Gayle refusing all their tight twos! Bravo and Sammy ought to be livid, they end up forced to go big from ball one.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 12:33 GMT)

congratulations to srilankan team,yesterday.s semi final would have been a great game if rain has not disturbed both teams.how ever i am glad that the opposition captains have praised the srilankan team,New Zealand captain also commented about SL team on there match.this is a pleasing manner to cricket lovers all over the world.for any religion we got to believe that there is a god on our earth majority people believe with allmighty god.how ever credit must go to SL team for taking wickets of hard hitting batsman and attacking with spinners to controlled the game.we all know cricket is very unpredictable game.who ever play well on that day win the game.now Sl have to face either india or south africa on the final match. best wishes to all teams perhaps Sl have a upper hand on the final game good luck to srilankan team,

Posted by Charlie101 on (April 4, 2014, 12:24 GMT)

I really repect what Sammy has done for the WI team as he has started a team ethos which certainly did not exist before his captaincy but this performance was not a savvy performance given that the rain was on the way . The DRS normally helps the side batting second , plse remember NZ v England . The Kiwis knew and made sure they were ahead of the DRS all the time !!!

All credit to SL for making another final

Posted by cricket_slcsupport on (April 4, 2014, 11:49 GMT)

All the Best West Indies, We love the WI team, no one can envy a WI win.

SL did bowl well, pls give credit to their fantastic fielding efforts, especially Dilshan.

WI are lazy when running between the wickets, they always want to hit boundaries or clear them. Yes, rain did intervene but, it was a very good effort by Sri Lanka. Please give credit where it is due. Well done Lankan Boyzzz. Now for the Cup, this year it belongs to SL :-)

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 11:26 GMT)

which GOD you guys are talking about? I didn't see any GOD in the game. please, don't bring GOD in the game. you should keep it in your house or inside you. Thanks.

Posted by mangattu on (April 4, 2014, 11:06 GMT)

"I took it like 'you know what, we have won a World Cup'. We are a praying team, we know God normally answers our prayers but today, I guess two gentlemen who have played for Sri Lanka, given a lot not only to Sri Lanka cricket but cricket on the whole, I guess the Almighty wants them to leave on a high SURE THIS IS MORE THAN A SUYNDAY PREACH, AS A CHRISTIAN WE HAVE TO ADMIT GOD'S WILL. SALUTE FROM INDIA.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 11:03 GMT)

no excuse for rain wi never win this game wi should thank ti god to respect wi team.best luck to SL team to win wordcup.

Posted by tharuka88 on (April 4, 2014, 10:59 GMT)

a great leader and great sportsman sammy...we salute you sammy..from srilanka

Posted by mangattu on (April 4, 2014, 10:54 GMT)

Dear sammy you conquer all hearts of cricket fans. may be you lost cup but you win all the hearts , you are the real hero.

Posted by gularan on (April 4, 2014, 10:51 GMT)

Hats off to Darren Sammy the quintessential Gentleman cricketer who gives credit where it is due and doesn't put a foot wrong at interviews unlike others who when they loose never really give the winning team any credit but go on about how they would have converted a defeat into a win had they done this or had they done that etc.Additionally the West Indies are a team that enjoy a good game of cricket unlike the Aussies for whom a game of cricket is a solemn do or die attempt.Sri Lanka too is a team that really enjoy a good game of cricket and always have a heartening word for the loosers. Both the WI and SL play cricket for the sheer enjoyment of it and not as if their life depended on it. Good luck in the future to both SL and WI, but not to the AUSSIES.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 10:45 GMT)

Well said Sammy. If WI had devout fans away from home, it should have been the Sri Lankans. However, WI of late has not been up to the giant killing lot we used to see in the 70s and 80s. But we love their style all the same. You are correct, when a team loses, all "should have beens" are highlighted and pointed at individuals. But this is the game. We have to accept the uncertainities of this game. This is the only game where one team almost always face disadvantages in a game, which could very well cost the game, irresepctive the quality of the individual players. As a Sri Lankan I believe that this game could have gone either way. There was 50 - 50 chance, with WI's late order's ability to deliver hefty blows. The game should not have ended this way. There should have been a reserve day for semi finals onwards. Also DRS should have been in place as we saw many umpiring blunders which could have affected the result. For example, the two caught behind decisions against Kusal.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 10:43 GMT)

Such a great Ambassador Sammy is for this game. so humble and so fun loving. We Pakistani Fan love Windies always, even when they defeated us :)

Posted by bouncer709 on (April 4, 2014, 10:40 GMT)

Sammy should be happy the rain intervened, had there been no rain they would have been bundled below 110. Every day is not Sunday that you score 80 runs in 5/6 overs, and look at Strike rate of Samuel, he was struggling and playing SR 62, so expected him to play SR 200? ... now if some body think they scored 80 runs in last match in 5 overs, then they must also think Malinga gave only 5 runs in 2 overs in the same match. and he had 2 more overs.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 10:32 GMT)

It is not that we, in the West Indies, are not passionate about cricket. It is that we know that it is just a game and that we have to take our losses along with our wins. Accordingly, even though the Windies lost this game, the game of cricket won big time by way of Sammy and his gracious comments. Well done Sammy and Well done Windies. You made all of us proud.

Posted by WPDDESILVA on (April 4, 2014, 10:25 GMT)

Mahela/ Sanga, you see what Sammy said? Now go and win this bloody thing. How mnay times do you want to have go at a world cup guys? Mahela & Sanga deserves this more than anyone at the moment. Thank you for all you've done for Sri Lankan cricket. Proud to be a Sri Lankan when we see you guys in that field - Now give it one more push to put the icing on the cake :-) Budusaranai

Posted by Sarangarajan on (April 4, 2014, 9:28 GMT)

It is a very poor way of deciding world-cup finalists through the D/L method. Reserve day should have been planned for semi finals and the match should have been played once again and result obtained. 80 runs with 6 wkts in hand even in five overs is quite possible. sheer bad luck windies. you gave us a lot of pleasure watching you play the game the way you do. ICC bungles again- what a way to call off a semi- final on the ever confusing D/L method.

Posted by sriikis on (April 4, 2014, 9:03 GMT)

I love the way the WI cricketers enjoy themselves on the field.Add to that their genuine niceness, lack of sledging and their captain's attitude. Hat's Off Sammy and WI - may more teams follow your 'spirit of the game' !

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 8:37 GMT)

It is another spirit filled comment by Darren. You deserved all the credits. Your comments even in the last final in 2012 shows your love for cricket and the virtues of WI. we SL fans always love WI. God Bless YOU Sammy....

Posted by srisharma_12 on (April 4, 2014, 8:22 GMT)

Match should be replayed if rain comes.It is not the proper way of winning a match.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 7:38 GMT)

What sublime words from this great man.All Sri Lankans Should hail him as the finest ambassador of the game to have emerged from the present T-20 Tournament He certainly has my vote for the cricketer of the year for upholding the spirit of the game.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 7:16 GMT)

Darren,as Sri Lankans we love West Indies. You have built up a nice momentum for the team with your hard work and should not get de-spirited by this performance.Batting second is always a challenge in a big game under pressure and it would have been all our way if the match happened to be continued.However,your sentiments are appreciated and fully agree no one can write of your team until you and Samuels occupy the crease.The weather Gods are trying to take the gloss away from the tournament and hope they will mind their own business during the next two games.Hope your wishes come true for the two departing greats and they deserve it fully.

Posted by UniversalCricFan on (April 4, 2014, 7:12 GMT)

It is good to see true gentleman cricketers like Samy. West Indies is a team loved by many. There were a lot of comments by SL fans in social media bestowing them respect, which they have earned and deserve. They leave the tournament as spirited cricketers. It was not their day yesterday, but we could expect a lot of entertainment and gentlemen-like players from them.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 6:46 GMT)

Chris gayle and Marlon Samuels may be need to step back and let some younger players in. Maybe Darren Bravo would have been a better middle order batsman this tournament than Samuels, and Sarwan would for sure have had a bigger impact.

Posted by CricketFirst on (April 4, 2014, 6:28 GMT)

Take a bow Sammy, a true leader and a gentleman. Good luck for you and the team at the next ICC World Cup down under.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 5:33 GMT)

Thanks for your comments Sammy. But you are lucky in a way. Now you can say like this because dilshan missed the stumps when you running a single just before the rain came. so I believe Almighty left you with an excuse too since you are a good person.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 5:32 GMT)

I really appreciate Sammy's attitude which is exactly what is expected of a good player in terms of attitude.Some players need to learn from player like Sammy....Good luck next time for Sammy and Co

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 5:28 GMT)

As always WI are good cricketers and have true sportsmanship unlike most of the others. as a Sri Lankan I still remember the crowd support that we got during the 2007 WC... Wish you guys good luck in future WC's...

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 5:24 GMT)

its all good about praising the greats of the game. but once you get on to the field it should all out attack no matter who is representing the opposition..hopefully WI did that at heart. i dont undersatnd why a captain of a internation team can justify their weakness "boundary hitting team"..????this means sammy is agering to the fact that they dont want to win too many games, what kind of out look is that for a captain.i love WI cricket, but this attitude disappoints me at heart.

Posted by Choxy on (April 4, 2014, 5:18 GMT)

Nice words and beautiful thoughts in the last paragraph, Sammy. Love it !!!

Posted by Thenain on (April 4, 2014, 5:10 GMT)

Good fight shown by windies in the tournament. However, their strategy of going hard in last 5 always will not work every time. They must have a variety of batsmen, some of whom should go hard, others to rotate.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 4:47 GMT)

With This Victory Sri Lanka Once Again Proved Why They Are The Best Twenty 20 Team In The World. To Beat Them You Need A 100% Spot On Performance. West Indies Made Many Mistakes While Batting. Don't Blame The Duckworth-Lewis Method.They Are The Rules. Where Were The Power Hitters They Just Failed To Accelerate When Needed. More Dot Balls Were Created, While Sri Lanka Bowled And Fielded Brilliantly. Go Lions! Bring The Cup Home.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 4:34 GMT)

Mick Mc

Very well said Drren Yo are a true Gentle men. I t is time to give great heros a good etirment

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 4:32 GMT)

Well said, absolutely, it is a Godly intervention, that saw rain pouring down, suddenly. Anyhow, i doubt pretty much that Windies could have won it anyway.

Posted by PPMMSS on (April 4, 2014, 4:25 GMT)

Great Sammy , you are a true cricketer. last night was bad for you and the team. wish you all the best for bright further... GO... GO... GO.. from Sri Lanka.

Posted by THEBEAST7 on (April 4, 2014, 4:22 GMT)

True gentleman cricketer Sammy is. A guy with the right attitude. He gives credit where its due. I think if it didn't rain Windies had a chance of coming closer to our target. Well payed West Indies. You did really well to come this far. Specially against the Aussies and Pakistan. If any other team to win the World cup other than Sri Lanka, It has got to be the West Indies for me and I believe that another team all SL cricket fans adore. Best of luck Sammy and the gang. Win or lose we love the way you approach the game...

Posted by Hareendra_Chamara on (April 4, 2014, 4:10 GMT)

Man this man called 'SAMMY' and whole W.Indies team, I wish them all the best for their future in what ever they do. Have never seen such kind, brave, honest and happy fellows in and out the field. All Sri Lankans will be wit you for ever.

Posted by RIZAN18 on (April 4, 2014, 3:59 GMT)

Well Said Sammy..........No one is above the All mighty, be happy you entertained the whole world with your excellent exhibition display on field, And you proved to the whole world you'll are a real bunch of gentlemen...........All the best to you and your team

Posted by indikap74 on (April 4, 2014, 3:34 GMT)

great Sportsmanship " Sammy" A nation who enjoy the game. We love you and thank you for the lovely words.

Posted by charith_guna on (April 4, 2014, 3:34 GMT)

WI didn't attack SL bawlers, after that SL bawler were strong. If some team needs to beat SL they have to attack bawling line. Every past SL beaten matches, SL bawlers were hammered by opposition team. Specially Gilcrist and heyden. WI did the wrong thing yesterday, they allowed to establish SL spinners.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 3:28 GMT)

Form is temporary Class is permanent.. Gentlemen shine whether you win or lose. and vice versa (If you know what I mean) ;)

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 3:15 GMT)

don't worry sammy, they will sign off with a world title in 2015 as well.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 3:01 GMT)

Really Sammy is a great human being..at least he is gracious in his exit...West Indies entertained well :)

Posted by VivGilchrist on (April 4, 2014, 2:57 GMT)

WI bank on having a big last 5 overs. As we can see Sammy only faced 2 balls so there plan came unstuck. Yes Gayle and Samuels lost them the game no doubt. A team cannot use up 7 overs to score 21 runs. As much as I like WI, I'm glad they're out as a T20 win win only gloss over the fact that they are poor and need improvement in the other 2 real formats.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 2:14 GMT)

Great words coming from from a great sportsman. Well done Sammy and West Indies Cricket team for bring in that flare to the game which no team can match.

Posted by SajithaD on (April 4, 2014, 2:10 GMT)

WIs had the "belief that they could get 12 runs an over in the last six" and its not a definite but Sammy spoke like they loss by a 1 run by D/L method...Maybe they had 10% of chance to win but Sri Lanka completely outplayed them until the rain came...If WI can say this because they were praised for their attack in last overs, what about spin attack form Sri Lanka and 2 overs from Malinga...God Almighty didn't cost a WI a final, Sri Lanka did...

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 2:00 GMT)

Chris Gayle either thought he was not supposed to score runs or was completely out of form. 3 in 13 balls? Reminded me of Joe Root in the last Ashes series. He was not interested in scoring runs!!

Posted by one-eyed-but-keepinitreal on (April 4, 2014, 1:43 GMT)

Arrogance and Karma. You didn't get knocked out by D/L you got knocked out by a superior, more humble team. Smacks of the old Ritchie Richardson interviews where he, too, failed to accept that the better TEAM won. Glad Grubayle's batting played a role in your demise. With two Malinga overs left it would not have been close. The final D/L difference was actually flattering. You can aggressively dance your anachronistic gangnam style all the way home.

Posted by PPMMSS on (April 4, 2014, 1:40 GMT)

Great Sammy , your are a very good gentlemen in the world cricket. as a Sri Lankan happy to be in Finals. as a WI fan , we wish all the best in further T20s. Bad luck last night and good luck for tomorrow. true cricketer.

Posted by jameckin on (April 4, 2014, 1:29 GMT)

This is an extremely dissapointing end to the West Indies run in this tournament. They were definitely the favorites to win this tournament.

It's a shame on ICC to not have a reserve day for a 40 over match, especially Semi-finals and Final. There is no doubt that Samuels and Sammy would have pulled this over, as they have done so many times in the past.

Very sad end and shame on ICC and it's schedule planning for not having the reserve day.

Posted by Noboundary on (April 4, 2014, 1:21 GMT)

Whatever Sammy says...they lost this game because of Gayle (and Smith) failing miserably! The problem is his failure puts so much pressure on others coming after him that it ends up in a disaster. He should be rested for a few months and should hit the gym, he looks very unfit and has gained several pounds! As a Gayle fan I want to see him come back to his old form and thrill us all with extravagant hits to the stands!

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 0:55 GMT)

You just have to love Sammy... What a guy.. What Attitude..

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 0:53 GMT)

I think sammy talks really really loud here. some of the conments are not professional at all. thats the downfall for WI

Posted by S305 on (April 4, 2014, 0:51 GMT)

Darren Sammy: Thanks for being such a class act. You know what international cricket really is - From a SL fan. BTW......we love the WIndies and the way they play....

Posted by Humdingers on (April 4, 2014, 0:31 GMT)

Sorry more than Samuels, Gayle was at fault here. That score was a par score on that pitch. However against a good quality team, you can not leave it to the last 5 overs. The pressure Gayle put on Smith reverberated through the whole team. Baffling batting especially when you look at back at how he batted against the Aussies. With batting like that, you deserve to pack your bags and head off.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 0:29 GMT)

what nonesense. no matter who intervened or not, WI didn't have a chance.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 0:29 GMT)

lame excuses...don't try to be so poetic Sammy.Afterall you never would have done the chase due to an excellent SL owling attack and scoreboard pressure!

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 0:23 GMT)

it's a well said. almighty wants it...

Posted by S305 on (April 4, 2014, 0:22 GMT)

Hats off to Dinesh Chamdimal for stepping down after realizing that he was out of form. This is the true Sri Lankan spirit: play as one: it doesn't matter who plays, lets bring the cup home. Chandimal has a long career ahead of him, and this selfless act will earn him accolades from sports fans across the world.

Posted by NkSad on (April 3, 2014, 23:42 GMT)

You would have to think that WI would have had a good chance to win the game if the game was not waste out, they are a team that can go and get 80 runs in 6 overs easily, especial see that Sammy was there with Samuels, who can turn on the scoring after being there a while, as we saw in the last t20 world cup. You just have to say Sri Lanka lucked out.

Posted by YsaKaru on (April 3, 2014, 23:42 GMT)

sammy's a respectable person..... And also he respect very much for our two legends..... GOOD LUCK FOR THE FUTURE!!!!

Posted by   on (April 3, 2014, 23:24 GMT)

What a champion this guy is , love his words for the SL duo ! God bless you Sammy!

Posted by spinkingKK on (April 3, 2014, 23:18 GMT)

I have commented when NZ defeated England in 5 overs in the Group1 match earlier that D&L method in T20's are not at all fair. How can you decide that a team would have won by just watching 5 overs? You may, as well, do it at the toss in that case. I believe they have to find another way to decide the result on a rain-hit T20 match. I don't know how. May be they should start the game early, so that there is enough time to play another match. May be they should reschedule it to the next day, especially when it is a knock-out match. Otherwise, it becomes very unfair. True, it doesn't look very unfair in this match, because Sri Lanka was in a winning position at that stage and some 13 overs have already been bowled. But, we all knew that it only takes a couple of really good overs and West Indies could have been back at it. Very sad way to end the semi-final. But, congratulations to the Sri Lankans. They really means business when it comes to the crunch matches.

Posted by OriginalFWBanger on (April 3, 2014, 23:12 GMT)

Well said Darren Sammy better luck next time. Wonder if Lankans will be able to win a world cup FINALLY!

Posted by   on (April 3, 2014, 22:43 GMT)

absolutely ....MJ and SANGA deserve this world cup...yes Sammy may be u r right,,and tnx for ur understanding specially just after bitter D/L Method ending of a semis and ur team end up it wrong end..

Posted by RufusNZ on (April 3, 2014, 22:38 GMT)

Darren Sammy - A gentleman par excellence!! I am a Sri Lankan, but I bow to you for your comments about Sanga and Mahela... I wish you well too. You are a rarity in this dog eat dog world. You have shown you are above the mere game.

Well done Sri Lanka and kudos to Chandimal for opting out. All the best to for the final.

Posted by Frayninho21 on (April 3, 2014, 22:05 GMT)

Getting to the semi-finals was about as much as the West Indies could have expected with a below-par Gayle and Samuels. The only consistent players with the bat were Dwayne Bravo & Darren Sammy. The three bowlers (Badree, Santokie & Narine) were superb but the bowling in the other 8 overs was unreliable, expensive and not likely to take wickets. I'm a fan of Andre Russell but he didn't really contribute with bat or ball (his bowling average & economy in T20's is ridiculous) and the West Indies would have been better served by picking another spinner (given how successful they've been compared to the pacers) The West Indies have a truckload of decent left arm twirlers in Sulieman Benn, Nikita Miller and Veerasammy Permaul and one of them should have played in place of Russell to add some more economical overs and take a few more wickets. Moving forwards, the West Indies need to now invest in decent, young players in T20's (Pooran, Bonner) to replace the fading stars of Gayle and Samuels

Posted by bindaas_fan on (April 3, 2014, 21:45 GMT)

I am an Indian fan but must applaud Sri Lanka for their performance - they were simply more methodical and professional in their batting, bowling and fielding - the urge to win was totally missing from the WI team - the way Gayle and Samuels played may have worked for the team in the past but to use it as a strategy is risky, infact mindless - two players who are not in top form wasted deliveries in the powerplay and in the 5 overs that followed, to make the job more difficult for the middle order --- SL would have won this one even without the rain gods intervening...

Posted by   on (April 3, 2014, 21:43 GMT)

Nice attitude Sammy, thats what we want to see.

Posted by Dhushan on (April 3, 2014, 21:40 GMT)

many thanks & much respect to Darren Sammy for those words directed at our country's cricket legends. I applaud you sir.

Posted by   on (April 3, 2014, 21:40 GMT)

Well said Sammy. WI have nothing of which to be ashamed. We have won it, some haven't even come close

Posted by   on (April 3, 2014, 21:36 GMT)

It was pretty comical how D&L awarded SL an outright victory when every human mind could see the match was evenly poised, maybe even slightly in WI favor. Another example where computers can't capture reality well enough?

Posted by Danik27 on (April 3, 2014, 21:30 GMT)

as a sri lankan fan, i have to say darren sammy is an absolute gentlemans. Thanks west indies, im sure youll win another one in the future

Posted by Kavum on (April 3, 2014, 21:29 GMT)

What an incredible gentleman. Darren Sammy you are the goods. You exemplify everything positive about the Windies, their generous spirit and their sporting ethos. SL may have won due to D-L, but I don't think there could be a more popular and well appreciated loser than the Windies. More strength to your elbow Mr Sammy. You are a true champion.

Posted by   on (April 3, 2014, 21:26 GMT)

Sammy and WI as whole are true sport men.Excellent comments by the gr8 captain....Wish you all the best WI and Sri for thier hard work....

Posted by SaraJeff on (April 3, 2014, 21:10 GMT)

Well said Sammy.You are true gentleman to give credit to SL who deserves it.Of another note,Yes SL remembered last final but not the way you meant.

Posted by Herath-UK on (April 3, 2014, 20:57 GMT)

The WI tactics got unstuck because they faced a good bowling unit. Their theory of scoring massively in the last five,six overs look somewhat daft to me as it does not take into account a good bowling unit. Good against Faulkner or (underperforming) Gul but against Malinga Senanayake & Herath it just flopped. At least the rain gave Sammy & WI a reason to lament on but seeing a huge 26 runs difference in the D/L method tells the story itself. Well now the god too has become a saving grace for him.

Posted by   on (April 3, 2014, 20:43 GMT)

I am a Sri Lankan fan and very happy on this win. But I love WI cricket and really appreciate Sammy's words here. WIs are true gentlemen!!! Good luck Sammy and Co for their next tournament.

Posted by   on (April 3, 2014, 20:42 GMT)

Sammy is a great sportsman ... One of the best in the game .. I am a Pakistan team supporter but I like the attitude of this man ...he may not be a great cricketer of all time but a great person and his personality made West Indies world champs last time and in the last 4 this time ...

Posted by Blackholesun on (April 3, 2014, 20:36 GMT)

Match was already lost before the rain came. Gayle is a NON PERFORMER when it comes to really big matches.

Samuels has been out of form throughout the tournament. His fielding too was not good today and earlier matches.

You cannot make 82 runs in 5-6 overs in every match. WI bowlers gave away too many runs in the last 2-3 overs. They themselves are responsible for their loss.

The problem with WI and even Pakistan is they are inconsistent. One day they are the world beater while another day they will go down even to the minnows.

Disappointed by the WI effort !

Posted by   on (April 3, 2014, 20:27 GMT)

WOW Sammy.. What a wonderful way to put it. You are such a great captain and yes let the Almighty be on the corner of those two great Sri Lankan players to take that silverware home. Good Luck from the Lankans to the West Indies cricket team!

Posted by JoshFromJamRock on (April 3, 2014, 20:26 GMT)

While I will agree with Sammy, he should realize that this strategy of "leaving it until later" is disadvantageous with the D/L when bad weather is around...Haven't we seen enough D/L matches with WI suffering?

Posted by pmaya on (April 3, 2014, 20:21 GMT)

The last paragraph sums up why 'cricket' in known as a gentlemen's game. What words especially from a losing captain. Hats off to Darren Sammy....you are a winner in my book, This is why as a Sri Lankan, I was not too upset when the West Indies won it in Sri Lanka last time...

Posted by Master_Mihil on (April 3, 2014, 20:20 GMT)

It's so unbelievably gentle these words are i cannot believe he said that. It's no wonder Windies are liked universally, barring Aussies of course, whose arrogance nobody likes. You must have lost the match but won many hearts, if not this cup there will be another in 2 years time. (it never ends) good luck for the future..windies..

Posted by cricktwins on (April 3, 2014, 20:08 GMT)

Hats off to Darren Sammy. Very humble and down to earth person ,made West indies very proud. You r right up there below the great Gary sobers.

Posted by Kotuwegogoda on (April 3, 2014, 19:58 GMT)

Respect Darren's view point and assessment of today's semi final. But blaming Duckworth Lewis for the loss is un sporty.

Srilanka batted well and fielded well in particular Dilshan. West Indies too fielded and threw the ball well with stunning run outs. But under estimating the opposition will only cause the downfall.

Trust West Indies will come back strongly next time around but I salute Brendon McCalum for the way he summed up the defeat to Srilanka. That tells lot about the character of Kiwis.

Hope Srilanka will play to their potential and make fewer errors and play their brand of attractive cricket. Let the better side wins come Sunday.

Posted by   on (April 3, 2014, 19:42 GMT)

Wi play a wonderful tournament commonsense should prevail management should no there is bad weather with all the technology and instruct the player what to do Gayle and Samuel should play for their place in team good luck tp sl in the final

Posted by   on (April 3, 2014, 19:41 GMT)

Don't mind you defending your players Sammy, in fact that is good for how they relate to you. The people who select the team are the ones to make a statement. People who do not perform should not play. At least Gayle has made runs in this tournament, Samuel's has done nothing with the bat and is really not very effective unless he can bowl his quicker ball. DROP HIM GOING FORWARD. Send a message.

Posted by shuhailyoonus on (April 3, 2014, 19:38 GMT)

Awesome final few words sammy.. u guys r real entertainers.. bt as an ardent sl I wanna say this time cup is coming to lanka fr sure... mark my words folks

Posted by fairfan70 on (April 3, 2014, 19:37 GMT)

WI were unlucky. I wouldn't put scoring 81 runs in remaining 37 balls beyond them. Their team provided joy to spectators throughout the tournament and as Sammy said it is sad to see them going out on D/L rule.

Posted by SLWATERBOY on (April 3, 2014, 19:34 GMT)

Mr. Sammy: Man, No body put a end to this game except, you and your team mates. As a Captain, your bowling changes were not good enough today & your star batters couldn't get going against smart & tidy SL bowling line up. If the wind is picking up and if the SL players noticed then rain is on the way, then why not you and your WI team did not notice it. I am sure you and your WI team players noticed the rain coming too, but you all simply couldn't pick up the pace against quality SL attack. So admit it like a gentleman, but don't put the blame on GOD or you lost because Sanga & Mahela has to win a world cup because it looks like they are going to win it now for sure. You lost the game today for a better team, please admit it. Don't take the gloss away from the SL win. Thanks!

Posted by FOUR-REAL-QUICKS on (April 3, 2014, 19:28 GMT)

Great, now we can start preparing for the REAL cricket...and forget this junk food format stuff...far too much of this arounf the circuit nowadays. There is no genuine test of a cricketer other than a test match. Get some life back into the Caribbean pitches, bowlers, coaching, physical training and especially, the pace attack!!!

Posted by RockcityGuy on (April 3, 2014, 19:24 GMT)

Dear Sammy, I'm from India and i deeply admire ur convictions, straight talking and right walking. May God bless u and keep u and may u be celebrated forever as a great leader of men in the Caribbean like Sir Worrell. Work hard on ur game and am sure you'll give Gayle a run for his money.

Posted by wapuser on (April 3, 2014, 19:15 GMT)

Wow sammy....u r one if da greatzt captains iv ever seen.may b uv lost da match.but u ppl r still da t20 champs.wht uv said about sanga n mahala is an extraodiry from a oppsit

Posted by   on (April 3, 2014, 19:15 GMT)

What a humble person. what a nice human. we love you captain sammy

Posted by merandy on (April 3, 2014, 19:15 GMT)

What a great appreciation: "I guess two gentlemen who have played for Sri Lanka, given a lot not only to Sri Lanka cricket but cricket on the whole,.."

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Sri Lanka won by 6 wickets (with 13 balls remaining)
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India won by 6 wickets (with 5 balls remaining)
Sri Lanka v West Indies at Dhaka - Apr 3, 2014
Sri Lanka won by 27 runs (D/L method)
Pakistan v West Indies at Dhaka - Apr 1, 2014
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