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Sammy dedicates World T20 triumph to West Indian fans

Last updated on: October 8, 2012 09:58 IST

Sammy dedicates World T20 triumph to West Indian fans

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West Indies Skipper Darren Sammy dedicated their World Twenty20 triumph to fans back home and said it is a step in the "right direction" and will usher in a new beginning for cricket in the Caribbean islands.

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An inspired West Indies clinched the crown with a comfortable 36-run victory over Sri Lanka, winning a major global title after over three decades.

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"Thank you to everyone who supported us. The tournament is for the fans. The Caribbean people wanted this. This moment we're going to live forever. We went through a lot in the last two years," Sammy said at the post-match presentation ceremony in Colombo.


Image: West Indies team with the trophy after winning the ICC World Twenty20
Photographs: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

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'This is a step in the right direction'

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"I can't say we are back but this is a step in the right direction," he added.

The skipper said, from Jamaica to Guyana, the entire island nation will be celebrating.

"The mission was to win the T20 World cup, the belief we left the Caribbean with has pulled us through. Today we were down and out but our never-say-die attitude came out."

"For the last two years we've shown the never-say-die attitude, but we haven't had the results. There's a special gentleman in the stand called Peter Matthews, he's supported us through rain and sun, he is the happiest man right now."

"The love we felt from the Sri Lankan people is tremendous and we want to thank them for that."


Image: Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle and Dwayne Smith of the West Indies celebrate
Photographs: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

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'Chris is always a plus'

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Riding on Marlon Samuels' brilliant counter-attacking knock, the Windies lifted the trophy.

"He has been wonderful since he came back. I hope he keeps doing the good work in the coming days. The two years he missed, two years of international runs. He's scored so much since he's been back," Sammy said.

On big-hitting opener Chris Gayle, Sammy said, "Chris is always a plus. It is always good to have him in the team and see him enjoying the game with his pals. We have a lot of respect for him in the dressing room."

Batting first in front a 35,000 partisan crowd, Samuels held his nerve as he smashed a heroic 78 off 56 balls to steer West Indies to 137 for six and then the Caribbeans shot out the hosts for 101 in 18.4 overs.

The team soon broke into celebrations even as Gayle performed push-ups besides dancing wildy.


Image: West Indies' Chris Gayle jumps as his teammates watch after winning the World Twenty20
Photographs: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters

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'A couple of mistakes shifted the momentum'

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Sri Lankan skipper Mehela Jayawardene said it was just a matter of a few overs in between which made all the difference in the end.

"I think the first ten overs were fantastic, they knew they had to go for it. A couple of mistakes on the field and three-four bad overs shifted the momentum. It was tough for us to get into it," Jayawardene said.

"The boys tried well but we're disappointed, we could not win in front of the crowd. A couple of overs they went after us, against our best bowlers. Marlon batted very well. I backed my No. 1 bowler to deliver but Marlon batted very well."

Talking about their chase, he said, "I can't say, the (rain) drops were falling (while batting), we lost momentum when (Tillakaratne) Dilshan fell."They bowled really well, we just needed to keep the pressure on which we didn't. We need to sit down, have a good chat, and move on."


Image: Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka
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'They beat us twice, I told Chris we can't lose third time'

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Man-of-the-Match Samuels said it was the result of a lot of hard work.

"I have put in a lot of hard work. This win belongs to Jamaica, to the West Indies. Can't explain how much it means to me. Thanks to Sri Lanka, I had some good food. They beat us twice, I told Chris we can't lose the third time."

"The wicket was a bit slow, today was a different mindset, I decided to attack Malinga their best bowler and it paid off. We are working together as a unit," Samuels said.

"I think West Indies are going to do well, even inTest cricket. Test cricket is the best cricket."


Image: West Indies' Marlon Samuels waves a flag as his teammates watch
Photographs: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters

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'West Indies deserved to win'

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The player of the tournament was Australia's Shane Watson who scored 249 runs and took 11 wickets.

"(I am) thrilled for the first four matches, unfortunately the West Indies were too good in the semi-final.They were well deserved winners. It is sad that Sri Lanka cound not win at home," he said.

Asked about the comparisons with South African great Jacques Kallis, Watson said: "I'll never compare myself against Jacques. He's my idol, he's the ultimate."

About his fitness, he said, "I have been fit for sometime, it gave momentum to my career and I hope I can be fit for a longer time."


Image: Australia's Shane Watson
Photographs: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters

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