T20 triumph is just the beginning: Sammy

Oct 09, 2012, 07:32 IST | AFP

West Indies captain Darren Sammy hailed Sunday's World Twenty20 triumph, their first world title in 33 years, as the start of a new golden chapter for Caribbean cricket

“This is just the start, we will go far,” Sammy said, after the 36-run victory over Sri Lanka in a dramatic final in Colombo.

The West Indies, restricted to 137-6 after electing to bat, hit back to bowl the hosts out for 101 in front of 35,000 spectators at the Premadasa Stadium that included Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse.

Darren Sammy kisses the World T20 trophy in Colombo yesterday. Pic/AFP

It was the first world title for the West Indies since the 50-over World Cup triumph under Clive Lloyd in 1979, although they won the invitational Champions Trophy in England in 2004.

Sammy’s men handed Sri Lanka their fourth defeat in a major final since 2007.

“This is the start of something special for the West Indies team and the fans back home,” said Sammy.

“I will always cherish this moment. The team has been through a lot in the past few years, but there was belief amongst us that we could win the World T20.

“Today we were down and out, but our never-say-die attitude came out. We expected Sri Lanka to come hard at us and they did, but we never gave up and that helped us win.”

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