Sammy dedicated the win to all the people in the Caribbean
West Indies captain Darren Sammy had announced that the team’s win in the final of the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20 has to be one of the greatest moments in the country’s cricketing history.
Sammy stated that his team’s determination to accept nothing less than first place was the key reason as to why they won their first major ICC trophy since the World Cup in 1979.
“For the last two years we’ve shown the never-say-die attitude, but we haven’t had the results, this moment we’re going to live forever. The team has been through a lot in the last two years, for the last ten 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,” Sammy said.
Sammy also thanked the fans who supported the West Indies throughout the World Twenty20.
“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,” Sammy added.
Sammy scored 36 quick runs in the final against Sri Lanka, but it was all-rounder Marlon Samuel’s 78 runs off 56 balls which helped the West Indies post 137 runs at the end of their 20 overs.
“Put in a lot of hard work. To Jamaica, to the West Indies. Can’t explain how much it means to me, they beat us twice, I tell Chris [Gayle] we can’t lose thrice. The wicket was a bit slow, today was a different mindset, I decided to attack Malinga, their best bowler and it paid off. We are working together as a unit. Future-wise I think West Indies are going to do well, even in Test cricket. Test cricket is the best cricket,” Samuels said.
After making a solid start, Sri Lanka started to become more and more dejected as they lost nine wickets for just 53 runs.
“I think the first ten overs were fantastic, they knew they had to go for it. A couple of mistakes on the field and three-four bad overs shifted the momentum, we’re disappointed, a full house. A couple of overs they went after us, against our best bowlers. I backed my No. 1 bowler to deliver but Marlon batted very well. They bowled really well, we just needed to keep the pressure on which we didn’t. We need to sit down, have a good chat, and move on,” Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene said.