21 March 2011
Sammy seeks revenge against India
The West Indies skipper feels he was the culprit who dropped Yuvraj Singh and it costed them the match
West Indies cricket captain Darren Sammy.
West Indies skipper Darren Sammy is hoping they and India win their respective quarterfinals and meet in the semifinal at Mohali where the two-time world champions can have their revenge for Sunday's defeat.
"It would be a sweet revenge to beat India at home," Sammy said after losing the final league game of the World Cup.
West Indies had gone in with a time-tested plan to bounce out India's batsmen and it worked against Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir.
Sammy said it was a pre-planned pace attack. "We had some success early on, but I was the culprit who dropped Yuvraj Singh," he said.
Referring to Tendulkar's decision to walk after being given not out, a poker-faced Sammy's succinct reaction elicited laughter.
"It was brilliant", Sammy said. He then added: "It was a measure of the man. He's a gentleman. He has 17,000 runs. He could afford to walk."
West Indies may have reached the knockouts but have beaten only the weaker teams of Group B - Bangladesh, Netherlands and Ireland, who managed to stretch them in defeat.
Worse, they've had batting collapses aplenty: 6-44 against South Africa, 4-8 against Ireland, 4-3 against England and an astonishing 8-34 against India.
Sammy admitted this was a concern. "It's good this has happened in the league games and not in the knockouts," he said. "Else we would have already gone home. We will have to come up with better shots. We were 150-2 and let the game slip."
Also, they've not beaten a major ODI team since June 2008 when they beat India at home. But Sammy remained optimistic.
"Pakistan have not had a bad game so far so we will bring our A-game and it will be smooth sailing for us," he said in a light-hearted manner.
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