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Darren Sammy loses match but wins hearts

Mirpur: The first question a scribe asked West Indies skipper Darren Sammy after his side lost to Sri Lanka through the Duckworth Lewis method due to rain on Thursday in the first World Twenty 20 semi-final was how he felt to be a ‘raining champion’ instead of the ‘reigning champion’.

Appreciating the question, Sammy said: “That’s a good one! It’s disappointing to be out of tournament this way, but all credit to Sri Lanka. They won the toss, batted first. Probably they knew that some bad weather was around. But that’s life. You move on and we will start planning for the next Twenty20 World Cup.”

Sammy is one cricketer, who in addition to being a captain, impressed everyone during this tournament. Firstly, he presents himself as a man who plays the game to enjoy it. His philosophy is something that every youngster should follow. In fact, he is an extremely down- to-earth person and display no airs of being one of the hardest hitting batsmen in the game and a fine all-rounder as well.

Who does he think will win the final? Sammy replied: “I would wish both the teams the best, and hopefully the best team wins. I will enjoy watching the match sitting at home. I will be gutted that I won’t be playing it, but yes, I will watch a good final.”

The West Indies Cricket Board had replaced him as captain of the one-day team soon after he lifted the Twenty20 Cup in 2012. When asked about this, his reply was something that must be showcased as the best from any cricketer.

“For me, it has never been about whether I am captain or not. I just enjoy playing for West Indies. Not many people get to wake up in the morning and get to do something they love. I know I have a lot of friends who wake up on a Monday morning not wanting to go to work. For me, it’s about enjoying what I do, and whether I’m captain or not, it’s about giving the best for the team.”

Sammy also stressed on the importance of working hard and not thinking about the rewards. “So far I have really worked hard, and the last four years at the helm haven’t been a bed of roses. But I simply keep enjoying what I do for West Indies and it’s good to see the performances coming consistently. I am enjoying those phases that we get. It has always been about West Indies. It has never been about Darren.”

Sammy added: “We always play the game with a smile on our faces, and we want to bring smiles on the faces of our fans.”