Sammy gutted after dropping Dravid

Darren Sammy had dropped Rahul Dravid when he was batting on six runs on the third day of the first Test match AFP

By Ashish Shukla

Kingston (Jamaica): Jun 23, 2011

Guilt-ridden after dropping Indian centurion Rahul Dravid when he had barely started his innings, West Indies captain Darren Sammy said he couldn’t sleep a whole night in the ongoing first cricket Test at Sabina Park.

Dravid, who went on to make 112 helping India set West Indies a tough target of 326, was on six on the second evening at Sabina Park when Sammy dropped a simple catch that came his way.

“I didn’t sleep well (on Tuesday) at all, knowing that I dropped the ball,” remarked Sammy after watching Rahul Dravid build on that chance and stay till the end to score his 32nd Test century and set a 326-run target for the hosts.

It was the sixth over of the innings and the score was 14 for 1 when Sammy dropped a regulation chance at second slip off Ravi Rampaul.

It still didn’t stop Sammy from appreciating the effort of Dravid — one of the game’s truly great batsmen.

“Dravid didn’t attempt a pull till he was on 98. It clearly shows why he is called The Wall.”

However, Sammy was still hopeful that his batters can turn his misery into a rare Test win against world’s number one Test team.

“It’s up to the batsmen now to go out there and put up a fight. Hopefully, we can be victorious. The game is still wide open. I think whichever side wins the first hour, will determine the winner.”

“I hope it will be a big partnership between Bravo and Chanderpaul. Batting in partnerships will be the key. Not losing wickets in cluster, like we have done throughout the season, is vital,” Sammy said.

Sammy, who picked up four wickets in India’s second innings, knows his batting credentials would be up for question on Wednesday.

“Hopefully, the batting will not reach me, Chanderpaul and Bravo could score all the runs and West Indies can have a famous victory. It would make me very happy but I sense the victory will take a total team effort. Obviously, enough runs have not flowed from my bat recently. But it’s not too late.”

Sammy had words of praise for his bowlers.

“We have got India out twice in this Test below 300 runs. Even though Dravid scored a century, they still could only score 250 in the second innings. It shows we have the bowlers. We must commend them for they have worked hard,” he said.

“Those who encourage and those who don’t, I just use it as a motivation. On any pitch, you have to be patient and bowl in the right areas. We were behind in first innings so we had to restrict their scoring.

“My job was to bowl maidens and a lot of dot-balls. That has been my job from the time I started my career,” he added.