Darren Sammy

Darren Sammy with his celebratory jig after picking up a wicket against Kings XI Punjab © PTI

Mohali: May 12, 2013

Darren Sammy is a silent crusader. He is not an intimidating prospect by any strech of imagination yet batsmen find it difficult to take him for runs. Sammy quietly sneaks in and does the damage. A 30-run win over Kings XI Punjab gave Sunrisers Hyderabad‘s campaign a massive fillip. Having Waqar Younis as the bowling consultant has helped Sunrisers Hyderabad a lot, especially in planning for each batsman according to Sammy.

After his match-winning bowling performance, Sammy spoke to iplt20.com and shared how Waqar Younis has given direction to the SRH bowling attack to make them one of the most lethal in the tournament.

So far Sammy has picked up six wickets for 105 runs that include match-winning spells of two for 10 against Delhi Daredevils and 4 for 22 against Kings XI Punjab.

The second of those figures came in Mohali, as the Sunrisers Hyderabad defended 150, thanks to Parthiv Patel’s half-century [61 off 47] and Thisara Perera’s late order surge [32 off 19 deliveries]. Three of Sammy’s wickets were Adam Gilchrist, Shaun Marsh and David Miller – KXIP’s three best and in-form batsmen.

Sammy’s little daughter is proving to be lucky for him. What does Sammy think about it? “Yes, she is. Probably I should make another one to get even luckier (laughs). But it’s been a good experience playing my first IPL and for a good bunch of guys who continue to display that never-say-die attitude every time. On Saturday, after being on 52 for five, to get to 150 on that wicket was a very good fight back,” said Sammy.

Sammy praised Parthiv Patel for his important half-century. Sammy said: “I think it’s proven that the anchors are as important in this format as the hitters are. Michael Hussey is not a big hitter but he has the Orange Cap. I think batting in T20 is more about reading the situation of the game and executing your shots properly. I thought Parthiv did that really well on Saturday night. He assessed the conditions, analysed the situation and he knew that if he got 50 in the end, we will end up with 140-plus.”

Sunrisers’ bowling attack is quite balanced. How do they devise plans before every game? “We go in with a strategy for every batsman and plan for them individually. On that wicket you don’t have to do much. With the grass on the good-length, our bowling coach, Waqar Younis asked us to bowl like we do in a Test match – just put the ball on that one spot and let the pitch do the rest Later on we took pace off the ball,” said Sammy.

Which amongst the four wickets did Sammy enjoy the most? “All of them have been dangerous at different times in the tournament and David Miller, especially. Our plan was to bowl on good-length to him and let him try to have a go at us. Even though he scored a 100 in 38 balls a couple of games back, Saturday he was starting on naught. He made a mistake and we got the result,” said the Sunrisers’ bowling hero of the Saturday’s match.

What has Sammy picked up so far from Waqar Younis and Dale Steyn? Sammy said: “The one thing I have picked from them is to be clear. Make sure when you’re on the top of your mark, you know what ball you’re going to bowl – if it’s a yorker, slower one, length ball, bouncer, whatever it is. When you start running in, no matter what the batsman does, you know that is the ball that’s going to come out of your hand.”

Is there any special preparation for the death bowling? Sammy said the team pays a lot of attention in the way they carry out the planning and the execution as well. He said: “In any form of cricket the yorker is always the best ball to bowl towards the end of the innings. Having Waqar in the team has helped us a lot, especially in planning for each batsman.”

Sammy is proud of the way his side never gives up. “We don’t have too many star players but when our backs are at the wall somebody steps up. Today it was Parthiv and [Thisara] Perera who did it for us. What Sunrisers have done is that we have risen to every challenge,” said the West Indian.