Home > News >

ICC World T20 2014: Darren Sammy says West Indies motivated by lure of history against Sri Lanka

Darren-Sammy-of-the-West-Indies-bats-during-the-3rd-One-Day-International-between-the-West-I
Darren Sammy is confident of West Indies beating Sri Lanka in the semi-final © Getty Images

Mirpur: Apr 3, 2014

Captain Darren Sammy says defending champions West Indies have been motivated by the lure of history as they prepare to battle with Sri Lanka in the first semi-final of the ICC World T20 on Thursday.

Sammy has revealed that his men left the Caribbean passionately charged to defend their title, a feat no team has yet accomplished, reports CMC.

Thursday’s first semi-final pits the teams that played the World T20 final two years ago.

“When we left the Caribbean, we had that as the motivating factor for us,” said Sammy during a pre-game news conference.

“In the last World Cup, the mantra was one team, one goal and the mission was to win the World Cup. This year the mantra is the same: One team, one goal, but the mission is to retain the title. It’s something that no team has done before and we are very confident that we can do it.”

Sri Lanka and West Indies have had similar paths to the semi-final winning three matches and losing one each at the group stage.

Their overall batting and bowling figures are similar with West Indies having the marginally better batting numbers, with a slightly higher scoring rate and average, while Sri Lanka have a marginally better bowling average.

“We are focused and committed to the goal we left the Caribbean with which is to defend that title,” said Sammy.

“We broke it down in phases. It started way back against Ireland in the Caribbean and then the steps that we have taken to reach the semi-finals. We only have two more steps to take so we are going to focus on the main step, the semi-final.”

The two teams boast a couple of excellent bowling performances — Sri Lanka bowling out Netherlands for 39 and New Zealand for 60 while West Indies bowled out Bangladesh for 98 and Pakistan for 82.

However, the scoring patterns of the teams have been different with West Indies relying heavily on boundaries, striking twice as many sixes as Sri Lanka.

“Cricket is not about what happens before,” Sammy said. “It’s [about] what happens on a cricket field on that day. We defeated them in the World Cup [2012 final] and in the practice game here but they have played some good cricket and we have a lot of respect for them.”

West Indies have relied heavily on their spinners, who have bowled more overs than the seamers, and have accounted for 19 of their 31 wickets.

Spin is again expected to play a prominent role in Thursday’s semi-final with West Indies likely to persist with Samuel Badree at the start of the innings and Sunil Narine through the middle overs.

Sri Lanka’s spin options are Sachitra Senanayake, Ajantha Mendis and Rangana Herath who made his tournament debut against New Zealand with impressive figures of 5 for 3.

“Yes we are aware of the threat they bring but they also should be aware of the threat we bring,” warned Sammy.

ICC World T20 2014 schedule: Match time table with venue details

India tour of England 2014

Jul 27, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Southampton

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 6, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Galle

India tour of England 2014

Aug 7, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Manchester

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 9, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Harare

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 14, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

More

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 24, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 100 runs

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 24, 2014  at Colombo

Match drawn

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 22, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 2 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 20, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 8 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 18, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 6 wkts

Photos

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test

Videos

Shaun Udal on India vs England 3rd Test

Moeen Ali’s ‘Save Gaza’ wristband suspension: Cricket and political sentiments don’t mix

Indian cricketers in County Championship: Career Statistics

Denesh Ramdin: Didn’t expect Sunil Narine to bowl Super Over maiden

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test at Southampton: Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara — India’s most dependable partnership in recent times

India vs England Live Cricket Score 3rd Test Day 3 at Southampton: MS Dhoni completes 31st half-century; India reach 323/8 at stumps

Alastair Cook England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 South Africa South Africa tour of Sri Lanka 2014 South Africa vs Sri Lanka South Africa vs Sri Lanka 2014 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs South Africa Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2014

India tour of England 2014: Moeen Ali is developing as a spinner with every game, says Stuart Broad

India vs England, 3rd Test at Southampton: Draw the most likely result, feels Sunil Gavaskar

Stuart Broad: To go into the company of Wasim, Waqar and Walsh, Ambrose is a huge honour

India vs England, 3rd Test at Southampton: No fracture for Ian Bell after being hit on thumb

India vs England, 3rd Test at Southampton: Disappointed in the manner I got out, admits Ajinkya Rahane

Moeen Ali – the part-timer keeps pegging India back with crucial wickets

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test at Southampton: India’s sloppy batting and other highlights of play on Day 3

India’s poor shot selection gives England advantage on Day 3 of 3rd Test at Southampton

‘Yuvraj, Ganguly, Zaheer and Indian team to come together in support of my charitable cause’

Moeen Ali’s ‘Save Gaza’ wristband suspension: Cricket and political sentiments don’t mix

Fan of the Day

Fan Cricket

Fan Cricket

11 Posts | 2 Fans

Brazil vs Netherlands, 3rd place Fifa World Cup 2014 match Video Highlights

FDI in telecom jumps manifold to $1.5 billion in April-May

What does Sharmila Tagore like about would be son-in-law Kunal Khemu?

Revealed: Salman Khan’s guest list for Eid party includes Karan Johar, Sidharth Malhotra, Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan!

Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display given a speed boost, prices slashed across the range

India tour of England 2014: Moeen Ali is developing as a spinner with every game, says Stuart Broad

Prevent Diabetes Tip – get regular health check-ups

India vs England, 3rd Test at Southampton: Draw the most likely result, feels Sunil Gavaskar

Rafael to miss rest of Man Utd’s tour of the USA with groin injury

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here