Colombo: Sri Lankans are surely having a party. Their team have entered the World T20 final and it is going to be played on their own soil… It doesn’t get much bigger.
But Darren Sammy, the West Indies captain, is out to spoil the party. “We are definitely looking to spoil the Sri Lankan party… That’s what we’re looking to do.
“We left home on a mission and like I have said before, it is just one more hurdle to jump. We will be looking to spoil that party. We want to have our party. We, the Caribbean people, know how to party. We enjoy parties in depth,” Sammy said during a media conference, on the match eve.
The Lankan spin bowlers pose a threat and Sammy hopes that a good wicket will help them counter that. “They are playing at home, they know their conditions well… I just hope we get a very good cricket wicket, where batsmen would enjoy playing their strokes and the bowlers have something for them as well.
“But whatever we get, we just go out there and execute. We are going to focus on them but we are going to put more emphasis on us,” Sammy said.
Recollecting the superb semi-final win over Australia, Sammy said: “We were all pumped up... We had our team meeting and our plans were very clear. Chris (Gayle) and Marlon (Samuels) set it up at the top...
“At the start of our bowling innings, probably (David) Warner should have kept his mouth shut… Because that just got everybody even more pumped up. We're looking to do that again on Sunday. We’ve had many people rooting for us. Former captain Clive Lloyd sent us messages… He called up to say: “We’ve got to win this, it means a lot to everybody…” That alone is the biggest motivation for the guys,” Sammy said.
And what’s the secret behind West Indies’ success? Performance, style or approach? “It’s little bit of everything... Guys are enjoying their cricket. Once we play the way we know how to, the passion and the pride just comes out in the cricket and on the field of play… It’s just been that,” Sammy said.
Shrugging off any injury worries about Gayle, Sammy said: “The physio didn’t tell me anything very serious, so it seemed to be ok... I know nobody is going to make Chris miss the final. He’s played through pain for us many times before, and tomorrow won’t be any different.”
“Chris gives us a good start at the top… Once he gets going, it’s good for the team. But we have the resources in the batting line-up to click if Gayle doesn’t give us that start,” he added.
Showing faith in his spin department, led by Sunil Narine, Sammy said: “I believe in my attack. We just have to go out and put runs on the board against their spin attack… They know the conditions very well, but once we are at our best, conditions or not, we could be very dangerous.
He is also aware of the crowd factor. “We expect that... If we were at home, it would be the same thing. The crowds will be behind Sri Lanka, but the belief in the dressing room is that we’ve done what we had to do to get to the final. Once we get there, probably we have to bring our A-plus game.
“We needed our A game to beat Australia and we have to do play a touch better than that to beat Sri Lanka. We believe we can do that,” the captain said.