The Telegraph
Thursday , April 3 , 2014
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We’ve got to back ourselves: Sammy

Darren Sammy

Dhaka: “I was hoping we’d make the semi-final, as a first step... I didn’t really think too much about the others... My thoughts were largely about my team, the West Indies...

“However, I’d realised that our group (II) would be tough... From the other side, I felt two of the three — Sri Lanka, South Africa and New Zealand — would come to the semi-final... Well, New Zealand didn’t, the other two have,” West Indies captain Darren Sammy told The Telegraph.

As usual, Sammy was relaxed, a quality for which he definitely deserves more credit than he gets.

Sammy’s approach has been rubbing off on teammates.

Speaking on Wednesday, on the eve of semi-final No.1, against the 2012 runners-up, Sri Lanka, Sammy added: “We’re the reigning champions... We’ve got to back ourselves.”

It was under Sammy’s captaincy that the West Indies won the last edition, in Colombo. For everybody involved, it was a huge moment.

Sammy’s no longer the captain across the three formats (Dwayne Bravo leads in the ODIs), but it has never been about positions for him.

Meanwhile, talking exclusively, former South Africa captain Shaun Pollock gave Sri Lanka the edge.

“The West Indies are so unpredictable... Chris Gayle could get them off to a great start or Bravo could finish it off, but...

“Sri Lanka, on the other hand, recently won the Asia Cup, in Dhaka, and look more settled... That they’re a subcontinental team gives them the edge," Pollock maintained.

Consultant Gary Kirsten, by the way, hasn’t come with Faf du Plessis and his men.