The Surfer

Sammy still seeks redemption

Few players attract the sort of criticism from their countrymen that Darren Sammy does, Bharat Sundaresan writes in the Indian Express

Dustin Silgardo
25-Feb-2013
Few players attract the sort of criticism from their countrymen that Darren Sammy does, Bharat Sundaresan writes in the Indian Express. But Sammy has actually been consistent with his bowling, regularly picking up wickets, bowling long spells and keeping the runs down too. Still, even though he has twice dismissed Rahul Dravid in the series against India, the fans haven't forgiven him for dropping Dravid in the first Test. That sums up Sammy's predicament.
Few West Indian bowlers have managed to bowl with the control that Sammy has displayed in his career so far. And the West Indian skipper provides one element that has been lacking drastically in bowling attacks from the Caribbean ever since Courtney Walsh hung up his boots. He bowls long spells, rarely short of eight or nine overs at a stretch, and despite not being as incisive as others before him, the lanky St Lucian can choke up the scoring. Not only has he led from the front so far in the series, having bowled the most number of overs, with 29 maidens he has also kept one end quiet, allowing his aggressive bowling partners the opportunity to attack.

Dustin Silgardo is a former sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo