West Indies have the firepower in their batting line-up to outshone India’s Virat Kohli, says Darren Sammy. Virat Kohli may have produced a sensational knock to book India’s place in the World Twenty20 semi-finals, but Darren Sammy is confident West Indies have match-winning firepower of their own.
Kohli struck 82 off 51 balls as India beat Australia by six-wickets in Mohali on Sunday, keeping their hopes of a second title alive. West Indies face the hosts in the last four after winning the first three of their Group 1 matches with the likes of Chris Gayle, Andre Fletcher and Marlon Samuels all contributing big scores. And Sammy believes the destructive batsmen he has in his side can nullify the threat posed by India and particularly Kohli.
Asked if he was worried about Kohli’s form, Sammy said: “No not really, have you ever heard of Chris Gayle? There’s no taking away from Virat, he’s a very good player, but like I’ve said in all my press conferences we tend to focus on what we can do in our dressing room. 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, so it’s going to be a hell of game. It’s going to be 15 West Indian players against 78,000 and how many other billions in India and it’s a challenge we are ready to face. It feels like David and Goliath, but people tend to forget David won the fight.”
West Indies – like India – are also chasing a second title in 2016, something Sammy is desperate to achieve after a turbulent start to the year.
He added: “It [a second title] means a lot, no team has won the event twice. I think this year could be the year for the West Indies, the U19s started it in Bangladesh and both men and women’s team took that as inspiration,and come tomorrow we have two West Indian teams vying for a spot in the finals. I really wish both teams can go to the finals and win it, 2016 could be the year where West Indies take home everything.”