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Darren Sammy wants West Indies to take home everything

Can Darren Sammy (left) lead West Indies to their second title in World T20?
Can Darren Sammy (left) lead West Indies to their second title in World T20?
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West Indies Twenty20  International captain Darren Sammy wants both the men’s and the women’s teams to win their respective ICC World T20 titles to add to the win in the 2016 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup.

The West Indies men’s and the women’s teams have qualified for the semi-final of their respective tournaments and Sammy will lead his side against India to fight for a spot in the final.

Reacting to a few predictions which have counted India as the favorites to win the game, Sammy compared the contest to the archetypical David vs Goliath fight and likened the West Indies to David, who eventually wins the fight.

“The guys who predict the results, they say it is 80-20 to India,” Sammy told reporters in a press conference.

“It feels like a David and Goliath fight but people tend to forget that David won the fight.

“It is something similar to that. We enjoy playing against India.

“Both teams are really good and we are looking forward to that.

“What better place to play (than) right here in Mumbai, (which is) one of the best wickets in India.”

Plenty of members of the current West Indies side have the experience of playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and Sammy feels that both his team and India have a lot of match winners in their ranks.

"You look at the two sides, especially with the experience in the dressing room playing T20s in both sides.

“You look at the IPL, the amount of guys coming in with so many games under their belt whether it be domestic or IPL teams.

“We have players who play all around the world with a lot of experience.

“It is a combination of both tactical awareness as a captain and the personnel in the dressing room.
“When you have somebody like Chris Gayle in the dressing room, who I think is the best T20 batsman in the world. His record speaks for itself.

“On the other hand, you have somebody like Virat (Kohli) in the Indian team, MS Dhoni and (Suresh) Raina, and all these guys.

“Look at the players we have in our team – Bravo, Russell, Badree, Benn.

“It's a good combination which allows you to win cricket matches.”

In February 2016, the West Indies Under-19 team created history by winning their first ever title and Sammy said that both the men’s and the women’s teams take that feat as an inspiration.

“I think this year could be the year for the West Indies.

“The Under-19 team started it in Bangladesh and both the men and the women’s teams took that as inspiration.

“Come tomorrow, we have two West Indian teams vying for a spot in the final.

“I really wish both the teams could go to the finals and win it. So 2016 could be the year where West Indies take home everything.”

With a number of off-field controversies surrounding the team prior to the start of the ICC World T20, West Indies have managed to remain unaffected and have put up good performances in the tournament.

Except the game against Afghanistan, West Indies won their first three games convincingly with Chris Gayle and Andre Fletcher lighting up the tournament with belligerent knocks in the first two matches.

Sammy knows that there is plenty at stake for West Indies and is confident that the team can
successfully take two more steps to winning their second World T20 title.

“The guys in the dressing room are aware what is at stake.

“We came into the tournament and nobody gave us a chance.

“I said six steps to the World Cup.

“We have taken four...we have two more steps and tomorrow’s step is against India.

“We are looking forward to it.”

West Indies and India will face each other in the second semi-final on 31st March in Mumbai for a place in the final of the 2016 ICC World T20 on 3rd April against England, who qualified on Wednesday by defeating New Zealand in Delhi.

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