Sammy says "big up" to Gayle
Dhaka, Bangladesh, CMC – West Indies skipper Darren Sammy hailed Chris Gayle’s pep-talk before taking the field for putting West Indies in the right frame of mind ahead of their pivotal ICC Cricket World Cup Group B match against Bangladesh on Friday.
West Indies emphatically demolished the World Cup co-hosts by nine wickets in their match at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in the suburb of Mirpur.
West Indies used just three bowlers – Sammy, fellow pacer Kemar Roach, and beanpole left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn – and they hardly broke a sweat, as Bangladesh were chortled for the fourth lowest total in World Cup history of 58 in 18.5 overs.
Sammy, the West Indies captain, disclosed that his predecessor Gayle assertively reminded the team about the critical nature of the match before they took the field.
“I want to personally thank Chris because he was not feeling well, but the effort that he came out and showed how committed he is to the cause of us in this World Cup. He gave us a little motivational speech before the game, and he is that kind of inspirational player for us. I want to thank him for motivating the boys to go out there, and do the job we did,” Sammy said.
“He told us not to take Bangladesh lightly. We were a little flat in the warm-ups before the game, and he did not like it. He encouraged us to go out there and remember that Bangladesh was going to be coming hard at us, and we needed to be ready. We took it to heart, and we went out there, and did all that he asked.”
Sammy also praised the sharp fielding of his side, and felt that West Indies were inching their way into a place into the next round.
“We went out there, knowing how crucial this game was for us, and knew that we could not slip. We have been doing some good fielding drills with our coach Ottis Gibson and his assistant David Williams, and so it was about going out there, and putting what we have been practising into play.”
He added: “We have always fancied ourselves, but it has always been up to us to go out, and play competitively. We need to play consistently good every day, so we have Ireland next, and we will focus on them – and then take it one game at a time.”
Sammy admitted that it was nice to play a small role in his side’s victory, considering his own recent low scores and few wickets. He collected 3-21 runs from seven overs, but Benn was the most successful of the three West Indies bowlers with 4-18 runs from 5.5 overs, and Roach with 3-19 from six overs earned the Man-of-the-Match award for the second straight match.
“I know my own personal form has not been the best but it was good for me to be in the midst of the performances, and hopefully this can continue, and I can help our team advance to the next stage of the tournament. I needed this performance, the team needed a total performance like this, and the people of the West Indies needed this kind of performance.”
The Windies travel to India on Saturday morning. Their next match is against Ireland next Friday at the Punjad Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali.