Friday, 3 October 2014

No hard feelings, says Darren Sammy

MUMBAI: You won't get a more happy-go-lucky cricketer, or individual than Darren Sammy. Come what may, you can't wipe away that smile off his face. He is also incredibly down to earth and has no illusions about himself.

He may not be anywhere close to being as gifted as some of his peers or former West Indian players, but none embodies the carefree Caribbean spirit more than him.

The 30-year-old was sacked as Test skipper earlier this year in a rather humiliating fashion. It prompted Sammy to immediately announce retirement from the format.

However, ask him if there is any bitterness in his heart and he says, "Oh no! I am enjoying my life, my cricket at the moment. When I retired, I said that the team was moving in a new direction and they had no space for me. I have always said that cricket is not about me. It is time for us to move on with a new captain and I am happy. No regrets. I am just happy to still be playing One-Dayers and T20s for the West Indies."

During an interaction on Thursday, Sammy stressed that the dressing room atmosphere post this episode has been 'good'. "Life is funny. Once you are in there you play together, but in life, everybody moves on. It was a period for them to move on past me as Test captain and it is a new direction. We are just finding ways to take West Indies cricket back at the top. No hard feelings. Hakuna Matata maan, no worries," he says.

Clearly, Sammy seems to be feeling lighter without the responsibility. He only leads the T20 side now, with Denesh Ramdin being elevated as Test captain and Dwayne Bravo in charge of the ODI side.

"(Being) Captain of West Indies is tough. Captaining any side is tough but in our case, we have players from different islands, backgrounds and culture. I don't miss it, but I continue to be a leader in the team and play my role," he says.

Life has taught him to not plan or think too much. Replying to a question on whether he would want to bat higher in the ODIs, he says: "I must first get a place in the XI. Our side has got so many guys, they have got myself, (Andre) Russell, (Kieron) Pollard, (Dwayne) Bravo, Ramdin, who has been batting well for the last two years. We have got a lot of options in our team. It will be a tough 11 to pick!" skipper,Kieron Pollard,Dwayne Bravo,Denesh Ramdin,Darren Sammy

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