Darren Sammy: A step in the right direction

"Today we were down and out but our never-say-die attitude came out," West Indies skipper Darren Sammy said after the 2012 World T20 final against Sri Lanka.

Darren Sammy with the 2012 World T20 Trophy.   -  REUTERS





For long, from 2004 until 2012, the hope of a world title for a West Indies fan hinged on a past radiant; the fact that the team was once a habitual world beater was drum-rolled often for the wish not to become a strange longing or a quaint fancy. When Darren Sammy’s men won the ICC World T20 title in 2012, it was two bows achieved from a snarl of shoelaces, after prolonged attempt.

It was only fitting that Sammy called the victory, “The best moment for me.”

He had a lot to say on the accomplishment.

“This moment we’re going to live forever. The team has been through a lot in the last two years, for the last 10 years. The mission was to win the T20 World Cup, the belief we left the Caribbean with has pulled us through. Today we were down and out but our never-say-die attitude came out,” he said after the 2012 World T20 final against Sri Lanka. “Thank you to everyone who supported us. The tournament is for the fans. The love we felt from the Sri Lankan people is tremendous and we want to thank them for that. This hopefully will be the beginning of things to come. Hopefully this team will go on,” he added.

“This is for the Caribbean people. They’ve been craving for success for a long time now so they’ll party from Jamaica down to Guyana and we know how to party so they’ll need a lot of bar tenders,” he said. “It’s definitely a step in the right direction. The belief in the dressing-room has moved from believing we could compete to believing we can win matches against good opposition.”

It was not only the collective public faith that was restored but also Sammy’s. “God acts in mysterious ways maan,” he said.

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