Kumar Sangakkara (Left) and Mahela Jayawardene chase their first World Championship crown © AFP
Mirpur: Apr 3, 2014
Darren Sammy, the West Indies captain has expressed disappointment at his team’s ouster from the ICC World T20 2014. West Indies were beaten by Sri Lanka in the semi-final at Mirpur by 27 runs by Duckworth-Lewis method. West Indies were far behind and under pressure when rain and hailstorms intervened and washed out the contest at the Sher-E-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur.
Speaking to the media after the defeat, Sammy said, “Disappointing to bow out of the tournament like this. Because it is Sri Lanka, they won the toss and batted; probably they knew there was some rain around. But look, we’ve had a good run in this tournament and we got knocked out by the Duckworth-Lewis. Tough life, but we will move on and start planning for the next T20 World Cup.”
At the same time, Sammy believes it is destiny that it rained and perhaps gods favoured Sri Lanka. That is because Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, two veterans are playing their last T20 International tournament and would be wanting to bid good bye on a high.
“I took it like: you know what, we have won a world cup. God normally answers our prayers. But, today I guess, two gentlemen who played for Sri Lanka, have given a lot not only to Sri Lankan cricket, but cricket on a whole. I guess the almighty wants them to leave on a high. They have won more game to try and win the world cup and leave on a high,” Sammy said.
When asked who would go on to win the tournament, Sammy said, “To me right now, it doesn’t matter. I was looking forward to raising the trophy come the sixth. Now I am just going to watch and hope it is entertaining and not one sided.”
The weather at Mirpur surprised everyone including Sammy himself. He said, “I thought it was stones; people were throwing stones at us. Somebody had to tell me it was hail. I have never seen something like that before. I don’t know how to explain it.”
In this tournament, Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels didn’t quite get going and they consumed a few dot balls during the defeat to Sri Lanka. Initially, Sammy had avoided questions on the duo, but later said, “When we lose a cricket game, people try to point out different areas. That shouldn’t have happened! This shouldn’t have happened! But if you look at the games we have played, there were more than 27 dots and probably 50 something dots. It is not ideal for T20, but I guess we develop a formula which works for us. We know we are a boundary hitting team and need to rotate strike. If you look at the way Gayle plays, he normally gives himself some time to get used to the wicket and catch up in the end.”
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