West Indies skipper Darren Sammy said they deserved to be treated as a better team than Bangladesh despite their recent drop in ranking and defeat to the Tigers on home soil.
West Indies bowled out Bangladesh for their lowest ever total of 58 runs before completing a nine-wicket victory inside 13 overs, which Sammy hoped would end the comparison between the two sides.
‘We knew we had a point to prove,’ Sammy told reporters after the win.
‘Bangladesh are rated higher than us and they had beaten us back home. We came here and worked on how to go on flat wickets and it worked,’ said Sammy.
Since coming to Dhaka on Tuesday the West Indians were reluctant to talk about ranking and their defeat in the previous bilateral series. Their celebrations after the fall of every Bangladesh wicket showed how they were bleeding inside.
Sammy, however, said he was prepared for some sort of challenge from Bangladesh and had never expected to win the game so easily. When they should have been busy bowling to the Bangladesh batsmen, the West Indians were already playing football after completing the win.
‘We expected Bangladesh to come out there and play hard. We won but we did not expect it to be so easy,’ Sammy said in his honest confession.
Sammy hoped that it was one step forward for them to bring back their glorious past.
‘If we play as a team and all the players execute their plans properly then I think anything is possible,’ said
the all-rounder, who was at the forefront of everything in the match, taking the first catch before grabbing three wickets for himself.
‘The team needed that performance and the people in the Caribbean also needed that,’ said Sammy.
Sammy was a stand-out performer for West Indies in their defeated series against Bangladesh one-and-a-half years ago which helped him in being nominated as the West Indies captain after his predecessor Chris Gayle had stepped down.
Sammy has a strong belief in himself and said with him as the skipper the West Indies cricket will get back on right track.
‘You know everything is a process. The coach and I have a good relationship and we are trying to instill good practice,’ said Sammy.
‘ We are aware of the West Indies cricket history, so we are making changes and we are looking forward to doing that,’ he said.
Courtesy of New Age