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West Indies all-rounder Darren Sammy has revealed that he has no regrets about retiring from Test cricket earlier this year.
Sammy retired just a few days after wicketkeeper-batsman Denesh Ramdin replaced him as captain, which led to many pundits and former players believing that he was unhappy with the decision.
Many people also thought it was strange for Sammy to retire from the longest format of the game at the age of 30, which is when most cricketers hit their peak.
“No regrets, I am just happy to still be playing one-day and T20s for West Indies and that is what I am focusing on,” Sammy said. “We are just finding means and ways to take West Indies cricket back to the top. No hard feelings. Hakuna Matata, no worries.”
When asked what it was like to only be captaining the West Indies in Twenty20 Internationals, Sammy said: “Captaining any side is tough but captaining West Indies is even tougher. We have players from different islands, different backgrounds, different cultures in itself, it has always been tough.
“For me, that side of the things I don’t miss it but I continue to be a leader in the team and play my role how I am supposed to play it and now we have three different captains. Tests and one-day, that pressure goes to Bravo [ODI captain Dwayne Bravo] and Ramdin. I just wait for when it is T20. But I try to be a leader in one-day and T20 cricket.”
Since Bravo replaced him as ODI captain, Sammy has struggled to secure a permanent spot for himself in the squad. While Sammy attributes this to the fact that he is “not as talented as others”, he also made it clear that he intends to become a much better all-rounder.
“I am not as talented as the others,” he said. “After playing for a while you get more exposure, more experience and you think better. Last year and a half or 18 months I have worked hard on my fitness which has helped me concentrate a bit better. Just taking the responsibility I guess. It has been good for the team so hopefully with the opportunities I get in the future, I can continue doing that for the team.”