Sammy on and off the field of play
LONDON, ENGLAND - West Indies cricket team captain Darren Sammy, in an interview on the CricInfo website, admitted that he is aiming to guide his teammates through the challenges which await them in forthcoming international series.
The 28-year-old St Lucian also revealed his love for his mother and disclosed his fear of flying, in the interview which was conducted by Nagraj Gollapudi.
Nagraj Gollapudi: What did watching Fire in Babylon teach you?
Darren Sammy: It is very inspirational. When I first watched the film, it made me even more aware of what cricket is to the West Indian people. It opened my eyes.
Gollapudi: Your coach Ottis Gibson is not confident you can last five days in a Test?
Sammy: The coach was just being funny. It would be good if we take the Tests to four days - at least then the people will get their money’s worth. This team has faced a lot of challenges in the last few years I have been captain, but somehow we find a way to overcome the challenges.
Gollapudi: Tell us a secret.
Sammy: I am afraid of flying. You should ask the guys when the plane is taking off or landing or going through turbulent weather. I am screaming like a girl, man.
Gollapudi: Is it true that you never swear?
Sammy: That is not true at all. Sometimes you just can’t help it. But my mom would be very disappointed if I swear all the time, because I was not raised like that.
Gollapudi: What is the best gift you bought her? Sammy: For her 42nd birthday I bought her a brand new Toyota Corolla, 2011 model. I was away on tour, but I had the dealer deliver it with bows and ribbons and stuff, saying “Happy Birthday to the best mom in the world.” My mom was at church. When she came back, the car arrived. She broke down in tears. My father even videotaped it so I could catch up with all the emotions and celebrations.
Gollapudi: You seemed to have decided on when Ricky Ponting’s last Test would be, recently. (Ponting told Sammy in their last Test that Gayle should have been captain. Sammy replied with: “This is your last Test”)
Sammy: From the start of the series we had decided we are not going to back down if they sledge. And from the very first game in St Vincent, they were giving us a lot. But we stuck it up to them. I remember Kieron Pollard, before he left for the IPL, told me we need to stay strong in the Test series. I know Ponting was going through a difficult phase, just like me, and was not scoring runs. So we felt it was a good opportunity to stick that line up, and he got angry, actually. I remember two balls before I caught him at leg gully, he gloved the ball. I said, “Oh my god, he is going to finish his career like Muhammad Ali.”
Sammy: There is a song in the Caribbean that runs along the lines “Keep on doing what you doing, Sammy” and fans keep singing it to me. I enjoy that. But the best compliment came from a lady recently. She said, “I know what you are going through is tough but the majority is silent. We are all behind you. Keep on doing what you are doing.” When I hear stuff like that, it gives me hope.