West Indies captain Darren Sammy had a gamut of emotions coursing through his face — pride, joy, relief and a sense of achievement. Sammy said that he and the team were thrilled to ‘cross the line’ in a tight World T20 final.
“First of all, I thank the all mighty. It means a lot, not just for the team but also for our fans all over the world.
“Carlos Brathwaite in his debut World Cup proved what a player he is. Marlon Samuels again did well in a final, like he did in 2012.”
On his role as the captain of the side, Sammy said: “I haven’t even batted well, but I am there to make the right decisions, handle egos, you know, we have superstars.”
Asked to take the media through the final over, Sammy narrated the scene: “Six over square-leg, yes, yes, come on Carlos, next over long on, yes, yes, come on Carlos, and next he is almost halfway into the dugout and we have won! Jerome Taylor Sat in the dugout and said we will win with two balls to spare and he was spot on.”
Sammy furthermore added that the motivation behind the win has been all the negative talks that has surrounded the West Indies cricket.
“In 2012, we knew we could win. This one with all that happened, the disrespect that happened, from critics, from our own Board, and to see the passion of 15 men here, it was special.”
Lastly, on Mark Nicholas, who had described West Indies as ‘short of brains’, said : “Honestly, I am done with Mark.”
Marlon Samuels walked in with a swagger, sat on the chair, stretched his legs on the table and answered the media’s queries with a half-grin and some smouldering anger after West Indies defeated England to win the World Twenty20 title for the second time.
“We believe in each other, we stay calm and we believe that the next guy in can also do well. Brathwaite played a brilliant knock in the end there,” Samuels said about the West Indies self-belief throughout the tournament.
Hitting back at the critics, Samuels said: “Definitely lots of negative stuff over the years. We want to prove it in ODI and in Tests. We are a force to reckon with in T20s.”
Samuels did not lose the opportunity to take a dig at Shane Warne, who has been speaking against Samuels since their Big Bash League fight in 2012-13.
He said: “Shane Warne has a problem with me, I don’t know why, may be because my face is real and his face isn’t.”