KOHLI? HAVE YOU HEARD OF CHRIS GAYLE?
Defiant Sammy says side are fully prepared to take on hosts India
W est Indies captain Darren Sammy acknowledges that his side go into today’s World Twenty20 semi-final against India as underdogs but insists they are fully prepared for the challenge.
Sammy also says the Windies are focused on their own preparations, not the ominous batting form of Virat Kohli.
The Indian star was the leading scorer in the Super 10 stage with 184 runs from four matches. He has virtually singlehandedly guided the 2007 champions to the last four with two masterful half centuries in victories against arch-rivals Pakistan and Australia.
While Kohli does present a huge threat, the Windies have their own batting weapon.
“Have you ever heard of Chris Gayle?” said Sammy while referring to the left-handed opener who set the West Indies’ momentum in the tournament with his 47-ball century against England.
“We tend to focus on what we could do in our dressing room and like we’ve shown throughout the tournament, once we execute our plans right we’ve won the games, when we’ve not, we’ve lost.”
Despite India being overwhelming favourites to win on home soil, Sammy says there is always a chance. “I think it’s 80-20 to India,” he added. “It feels like David and Goliath, but people tend to forget David won the fight, so it’s something similar to that.”
Meanwhile, India will go into the semi-final (5.30pm UAE time) without Yuvraj Singh who twisted his left ankle during the victory against Australia in the last group match. Manish Pandey has been brought in as cover.
While Kohli has led the way, openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan along with Suresh Raina are yet to flourish.
India team director Ravi Shastri believes it’s time that other players step up.
“You can’t depend on one or two, you need six or seven players to step up to the plate, it’s not happened really in this tournament so far, let’s hope [the semifinal] is the start,” said Shastri.
“We have played 70 per cent to our ability, so there’s still 30 per cent of areas where we can improve, let’s hope it happens because in a semi-final you’ve got to get you’re A-game.”
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