Kingston, June 20: As both the West Indies and India get ready to slug it out in the Test arena, we see how the abilities and motivation of Windies captain Darren Sammy stack up.
Sammy has ensnared 39 wickets from 13 Tests, but what is particularly styriking is his economy rate of just 2.82 runs per over. However, although he wears the tag of an all-rounder, his batting has been a let-down as he has garnered just 379 runs in 232 innings at 17.23 with not even one fifty against his name. It a record that he is looking to improve.
"Playing as an all-rounder, you want to contribute and I haven''t batted that well. It''s a good time to start putting runs on the board."
Sammy says he sees tremendous potential in his young batsmen up the order and hopes they tap into the same.
"Barath got a century in his first Test and usually if he is past his 50, he has the mental capability to go on. Young (Darren) Bravo struck form in last one-day game. His Test record is very good," he said. "We may be short on experience but the guys are capable to do the job required."
Finally, Sammy believes that the fastidious Jamaican crowd would inspire them to a better performance.
"We have always done well in Jamaica. The crowd here is very critical. If you are not doing well, they would let you know," he said. "The guys have it at the back of their mind; there are constant reminders from the crowd. If you are not in good position, the crowd will be on your back."