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“It feels better to hit a guy who was talking a lot!”
West Indies Twenty20 captain Darren Sammy evoked a round of laughter and cheers from the media when he walked into the post-match press conference with his pads still on after leading his side to a thrilling six-wicket win over Australia.
Sammy had hit Australia all-rounder James Faulkner for two sixes in a row to win the match.
Immediately after he sat down, he said: “It feels better to hit a guy who was talking a lot!”
This comment was aimed at Faulkner, who said that he didn’t really like the West Indians prior to the match.
“Cricket is a game of action,” Sammy continued. “It all happens in the field. It feels good to come good when it mattered. I believe this win will hurt them and James Faulkner certainly [won’t] like the West Indians [now].”
Speaking about the final over of the match, Sammy said: “I knew I had to hit sixes. But then we are known as a six-hitting team. Happy to have crossed the line as the match was important for both teams.
“I knew that he would be bowling fuller and I had moved towards off-stump. I would have been out if I missed the line but it was one such day when it came off well. That’s why I say that cricket is played in the field. As far as the ‘Helicopter Shot’ is concerned, it will remain Dhoni’s shot and not mine.”
Sammy also lauded opening batsman Chris Gayle for his half-century and ‘Gangnam Style’ dance at the end of the match.
“I had said that Chris was hitting the ball well in the nets, we all know how dangerous he can be if he is there at the wicket,” Sammy said. “Chris is the leader of our dancing group. We play with flair and love to celebrate our success.”