“This is what West Indies cricket is all about"
Georgetown, Guyana – Captain Darren Sammy says he’s pleased with his team’s ability to “deliver on the plans we set” as they celebrated victory in the first Digicel Test match against Pakistan.
“This is what West Indies cricket is all about. This is what the passion and commitment to the game and the people of the West Indies is all about. We’re happy… we worked really hard for this win. It was really great the way we were able to deliver on the plans we set out on how we would attack the Pakistanis,” Sammy said.
The skipper took five wickets to lead his team to a 40-run win after lunch on the fourth day – their first Test win in more than two years. The victory ended a poor run for he Windies, who had not won in 17 Tests dating back to February 2009 when they beat England at Sabina Park in Jamaica.
Chasing 219 in their second innings for victory, Pakistan collapsed for 178 after they had resumed on 80-3 before a cheering, colourful and supportive crowd at the at Guyana National Stadium on Sunday.
Sammy ripped through the Pakistan middle and lower order, finishing with figures of 5-29 and was named Man-of-the-Match. He ended with 7-45 from 27 overs in the match. Sunday’s effort was his fourth five-wicket haul in 13 Test matches.
“It’s a good feeling. This is about West Indies cricket, we as a team needed this performance, it was total team effort and it was good to come out with a win,” said Sammy.
He added that Head Coach Ottis Gibson had been given some reward for his efforts to turn around the Caribbean team.
“It is the belief that is there in the guys, Ottis asks everyone to go out there and practice batting. It was a wicket to bowl straight on. Lately things haven’t been going well but I still have the belief and the rest of the team also have belief...it is still only one victory though and we still have to continue working hard and improving,” Sammy added.
The second Digicel Test at Warner Park in the St Kitts capital of Basseterre opens on Friday. First ball is 10 am (9 am Jamaica Time).