Former West Indies player and captain Darren Sammy is of the opinion that Indian cricket is currently in a safe position, thanks to Rohit Sharma being captain.
Rohit has commandeered his side, Mumbai Indians very well in the IPL and that’s why he was able to win the coveted trophy five times.
Sammy put Rohit’s name beside MS Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir and praised how these three guys always have made their teammates result-oriented.
Rohit will be back for India vs West Indies which will start on February 6.
After Kohli had a huge debacle with the BCCI, he was removed from captaincy, and Rohit was awarded the same.
Sammy in an interview with PTI said,
Kohli has been exceptional with his performances on the field. I don’t think it will affect the team.
He further added,
Rohit has been an excellent captain (with Mumbai Indians), a good motivational leader. I’ve watched him captaining Mumbai in the IPL. He’s among the captains who have won like MS Dhoni, (Gautam) Gambhir…
All these guys can manage to get performances from their teammates. These captains normally get results and win trophies. I am not worried about Indian cricket. It’s in good hands.
Sammy also talked about last year’s IPL where Dhoni smashed 18 runs off 6 balls and defeated Delhi Capitals in the semifinals.
It was Chennai Super Kings’ fourth win in the IPL after they beat Kolkata Knight Riders in the final of the tournament.
You see guys like MS…He didn’t do much the entire season but when the team needed him to fire in the playoffs, he was out there in full flow.
West Indies can hope to outshine India at their home
Sammy also opined that West Indies have a great chance of outshining India at the latter’s home. But it would not be too easy as India are quite formidable at home.
West Indies have shown great resolve in recent matches by beating Ireland 2-1 at home while also leading the T20I home series 2-1 against England currently.
I believe Pollard will definitely fancy his chances (against India). He has been playing in India for so long, he knows the conditions well.
Adding further he said,
At the (ongoing) England series, we have unearthed some new talents. I think West Indies could go out there (India) and do well.
India struggled in their last ODI series in South Africa as the KL Rahul-led side were routed 0-3 by the Proteas. They had lost the preceding Test series 1-2.
But when asked whether the West Indies could comfortably take advantage and beat India at their home, Sammy said,
India have always been strong at home, they are a force to reckon with because of some really good one-day players.
The return of Kemar Roach and his advantage against India
The addition of Kemar Roach to the ODI squad of the West Indies could reap huge rewards for the visitors.
Sammy feels that Roach would be the bowler that West Indies will depend on to give them early breakthroughs.
Roach’s last game against India was at the Queen’s Park Oval in August 2019.
We need bowlers who can take wickets in both the ODI and T20 series. Kemar is a quality bowler. We all know his records in Test cricket. He gets wickets with the new ball.
When you play against quality guys, especially in India, you need guys to get breakthroughs with the new ball. If not, you could find 300-plus especially on good Indian wickets.
So I could understand the selection process behind it.
Sammy will lead World Giants into the finals of the Legends League Cricket against Asia Lions
Darren Sammy-led World Giants clinched a last-ball thriller against India Maharajas in the ongoing Legends League Cricket.
He will now be taking his team into the finals of the tournament against the Asia Lions.
In the interview, he said,
The tournament has been a success, every game is so exciting. We came here to win. Hopefully, another win and we take home the beautiful trophy.
Talking about the tournament of ex-cricketers, he said,
The fans who saw you 10-15 years (ago) get to see you again. Look at the likes of KP (Kevin Pietersen), (Herschelle) Gibbs, all these guys coming and entertaining. This league could go far.
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