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‘Mission was to win the Cup’

Colombo: Mission accomplished. Why? Because, at the post-match presentation ceremony, West Indies captain Darren Sammy said, The mission was to win the World T20.”

The brilliant 36-run win over Sri Lanka, in the final, on Sunday reminded one of the glory days of West Indian cricket. For them, cricket’s a big party. And they do enjoy that.

The following are excerpts

Darren Sammy: For the last two years, we have shown a never-say-die attitude. But we didn’t get the desired results. Today we showed a lot of character… We didn’t get off to a good start. But we really came back well. I think we played good cricket and positive cricket right throughout the tournament.

We are going to cherish the moment forever. The team has been through a lot, not only in the last two years, but also in the last decade. It was good to see that everybody was focussed on winning the Cup. We were one team and had only one goal.

The mission was to win the T20 World Cup… We had some hurdles along the way… But we overcame those brilliantly. There is a great team spirit. The belief with which we left the Caribbean has pulled us through.

The performance of players like Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Samuel Badree was just brilliant. Everybody chipped in with valuable contributions at different times.

Marlon is a very talented cricketer. It was really unfortunate that he missed two years of International cricket.

It is good to have Chris Gayle in your side. We all know what went on… But it is good to have him back. We all have a lot of respect for him in the dressing room and we hope that he keeps on performing in the same way in the future.

I know the West Indies people will have a big party today. Thank God, it’s a Sunday. I think the win means a lot to us and the Caribbean people. The fans crave for success. Hopefully, this win will be the beginning of more good things to come. We won’t say we are back, but this is a step in the right direction. Hopefully, we will continue with the same team spirit.

Mahela Jayawardene: The start was fantastic… The first 10 overs were pretty decent. They knew that they had to go for it and we needed to pick up a couple of wickets. But then, we committed a couple of mistakes and we failed to bowl well in three-four overs. And the momentum shifted. It was tough for us to get back in the game.

We tried hard… But we disappointed the crowd, who came in large numbers. Credit to the West Indies boys… They played really well.

We need to sit down, have a good chat, and move on.

Marlon Samuels: I’m back… I missed out on two years of cricket… But I backed my abilities, worked hard and came back into the side. I think my hard work is paying off now.

Can’t explain how much the win means to me.

I told Chris Gayle that we can not lose this match... Both the teams fought hard and the better team won.

We worked together as a unit. We showed a lot of maturity out there. I think we are going to do well in the future as well. We want to do well in Test cricket. It is the best form of cricket.

We are going to party hard tonight… We are going to celebrate the win.I have set a good standard… I want to score at least five centuries in this year. Next we go to Bangladesh and I want to do well there.