Friday, February 23, 2018

Sammy defends Gayle


Captain Darren Sammy was left defending under-performing opener Chris Gayle after West Indies slid to a 3-2 defeat in the five-match One-Day International series against Bangladesh yesterday.

Gayle managed just 72 runs from five innings in the series as the Caribbean side's batting struggled throughout.

Sammy contended, however, that the team's performances did not centre around one player.

"I would like to see all my players perform. Things don't always go the way you want them to. Obviously Chris is a very experienced player and I know he will come back good anytime," Sammy told a media conference.

"Credit to the Bangladesh team for the way they bowled at him throughout this series. They had a plan and they stuck to it. The team doesn't revolve around one person, it's a collective set of people to go out there and do what is necessary for us to win."

He added: "I don't blame people, I've always said that cricket is a team sport. We've got to pull together as a team. It's not every day the same people will perform and today we got a performance from (Kieron) Pollard and (Darren) Bravo and Kemar (Roach) got five wickets. We just need more performances from the team and that would make us more successful."

West Indies entered the series with their batting as their strength but failed to live up to expectations.

"The difference between the two teams is that we lost. We have not played our best cricket [in this series] but we still put ourselves in a position to win the series," Sammy pointed out.

"Today we had a good partnership and we crumbled again. At one point we were looking like a score of 240 plus but we didn't capitalise on that partnership with Bravo and Pollard and we got bowled out for 217," Sammy said, adding that, "to ask our bowlers to come back and defend it (217) again [was difficult]."