Sammy slams 'short of brains' comment
KOLKATA, India (CMC):
Captain Darren Sammy has lashed out at cricket broadcaster Mark Nicholas for describing West Indies as "short of brains" in a pre-tournament preview, and says the comment helped served as a catalyst for the side's success in the ongoing Twenty20 World Cup.
Writing before the tournament, Nicholas said West Indies were "short of brains, but have Indian Premier League history in their ranks", a comment Sammy and the Caribbean side took great exception to.
"How could you describe people with 'no brains'? Animals got brains. We're not an object," an emotional Sammy told a media conference on the eve of the Twenty20 World Cup final here yesterday.
"To me, that particular comment really set it off for us. You could see me talking about it. It's kind of emotional, as for somebody who I respect and had good rapport with that particular gentleman.
"To describe our team, who were defending champions four years ago, as we guys with no brains is really out of order."
West Indies lost just once in the preliminaries - to Afghanistan in their final game - to top Group 1 ahead of the semi-finals.
They then produced a spectacular performance against tournament favourites India, chasing down 193 at the Wankhede Stadium on Thursday in Mumbai to book their spot in the final.
Sammy said that because of the criticism, West Indies had become closer as a unit and were now highly motivated ahead of today's final.
"Everybody is entitled to his opinion. You guys (media) ask most difficult questions to get a good story. We understand that. The key for us is the belief in our own circle. Whatever they say, it does not really matter," Sammy pointed out.
"God doesn't love the ugly, and we're very wonderful and very beautiful men. That's why we play exciting cricket. For us, all these things have happened before the tournament. That's the passion, determination that we take on the field. It's one more step. We believe that we could do it."