T20 World Cup West Indies
T20 World Cup West Indies, Darren Sammy is happy with his retirement. Life is good for the two-time T20 World Cup winner, but he confesses to having a hankering to go back on the field while watching Australia and Sri Lanka fight at Perth Stadium’s 60,000-seat capacity.
“I’d love to bowl and bat on that wicket,” the former flashy all-rounder says on the sidelines, referring to the fast and bouncy surface at the T20 World Cup West Indies, which is identical to the neighboring WACA, where the West Indies were once unbeatable.
The Perth match in the original T20 World Cup West Indies, which was intended to be contested in 2020 but was postponed two years owing to the Covid-19 outbreak, was going to be between Australia and West Indies before the latter dropped down the rankings in the intervening years.
It meant that the reigning champions, who won the 2016 edition so spectacularly, had to compete in the first round, which was basically a qualifier, with seven other teams made up of lower-ranked Full Members and the top Associates.
But they were a shell of their former selves, with crushing defeats to Scotland and Ireland putting them out in a humiliating early burn out. It was a difficult pill to chew for Sammy at the T20 World Cup West Indies, who had previously led the West Indies to victory in 2012.
“I got to handle the prize with my own hands,” he said. “Knowing that my team isn’t present hurts. It’s disheartening.”
West Indies were unfancied going into the tournament at the T20 World Cup West Indies, having struggled in a new age that had lost the backbone of those two title-winning sides. However, the West Indies’ fearsome reputation in the format, where their big-hitting prowess through the order turned the game on its head, had some feeling they may be a dark horse.
Despite a spectacular triumph over Zimbabwe wedged between losses that proved fool’s gold, West Indies couldn’t get it going, and their humiliating departure was greeted with widespread mockery, notably from their president Ricky Skerritt and Australia great Ricky Ponting at the T20 World Cup West Indies.
“We were inept tactically. I think we have the right people. We had several CPL players who were in great shape. “I don’t believe it’s about personnel,” Sammy said. “They didn’t follow through. They must pay close attention to detail.
“We were still uncertain of our team, making the same blunders and being doubtful about our starting XI.” These things return to bite you.” The West Indies dominated international cricket in the 1980s, headed by captain Viv Richards, with a formidable crop of fast bowlers and combative batsmen, making them one of the most legendary teams in history.
They’ve failed to regain those heights afterwards, but they were the trendsetters in T20 when the shortest format took off at the T20 World Cup West Indies. “People used to tell us we couldn’t compete in Tests and ODIs, but we made T20s our format from 2009 to 2016,” Sammy said. “We dominated back then, so it’s unfortunate that we had to go through the qualifying rounds.” We’ve lost the fear factor because teams realized they couldn’t defeat us. We’ll be in this situation until we start performing consistently enough.”
The recriminations began with coach Phil Simmons’ resignation during the West Indies’ Test tour of Australia in November and December at the T20 World Cup West Indies. Sammy, who began his coaching career on the T20 franchise circuit, may be an interesting choice. “I haven’t looked at it since I’m still early in my coaching career,” Sammy said of the coaching opening. “If they asked, I would think about it.”
With just two years till they co-host the next T20 World Cup with the United States, Sammy remained optimistic about a comeback. “From here, we can only go higher,” he added. “Because the next World Cup will be held in our country, we must grow and improve.” “Everyone must learn from this experience, and a strategy must be devised.”
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