Saturday, February 24, 2018

Sammy to Raina: Stop the sixes if you can

 West Indies captain Darren Sammy has hit back at criticism from India’s Suresh Raina that the Caribbean side are only capable of hitting sixes, and suffer from their inability to rotate the strike.

Both teams are preparing for their highly anticipated clash today in the World Twenty20 Championship.

When asked to assess the big-hitting Windies opening pair of Chris Gayle and Dwayne Smith, Raina said: “West Indies will be a totally different team as they have a lot of players who can hit sixes but they don’t have an idea about how to rotate the strike against spinners by taking singles and twos.

“Therefore, the more pressure we put on the bigger players, better it will be for us.”

Speaking in yesterday’s media conference, Sammy was straightforward in his response.

“Raina has a right to say whatever he wants. I guess if he has described us as six-hitters, then they have got to stop us from hitting sixes,” the skipper said dryly.

The two teams face off at the Shere Bangla National Stadium at 9.30 a.m. Eastern Caribbean time.

West Indies start as defending champions following their triumph in Sri Lanka two years ago.