Two-time ICC Men’s T20 World Cup winning captain Daren Sammy has revealed where he thinks it all went wrong for the West Indies at this year’s event and what the Caribbean side needs to do to become a powerhouse again.
Sammy knows better than most what it takes to perform on the big stage, with the 38-year-old having captained the West Indies to many of their greatest successes in the shortest format of the game and leading the team to T20 World Cup titles in 2012 and 2016.
And just like many other former greats, Sammy was shocked to see his old team bundled out of the tournament during the First Round in Australia as they fell to disappointing losses to Scotland and Ireland.
Sammy believes the West Indies got much wrong during their time in Australia and they were tactically inept during much of their three First Round matches.
“I thought as a team we were quite poor tactically and the problem wasn’t the calibre of players as we had enough talent to play much better,” Sammy said. “The cricket we play now doesn’t match the talent we have in the team. “The team lacked inspiration, they lacked motivation and tactically we were not on song.
“When you look at a wicket and you have Jason Holder who is six-foot-eight (inches) and you have Alzarri Joseph who is bowling well and you keep opening the bowling with Kyle Mayers. “No disrespect to him (Mayers) as conditions in St Lucia in the Caribbean are quite different to Australia where the ball bounces.—INP