T20 World Cup is for Carribean fans, says Sammy

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Updated: Monday, October 8, 2012, 12:06 [IST]
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Colombo, Oct 8: West Indies skipper Darren Sammy dedicated the team's first World T20 title to the Carribean fans, and said it was a new beginning for West Indies cricket.

Sammy dedicates World Cup for Carribeans

"Thank you to everyone who supported us. The tournament is for the fans. The Caribbean people wanted this. This moment we're going to live forever. We went through a lot in the last two years," Sammy said after they were crowned World Champions following their 36-run win over Sri Lanka in the World T20 final on Sunday.

"I can't say we are back but this is a step in the right direction," he added.

Sammy also said that the team's never-say-die attitude helped them win the T20 title on Sunday after they failed to post a challenging total.

"The mission was to win the T20 World cup, the belief we left the Caribbean with has pulled us through. Today we were down and out but our never-say-die attitude came out."

Sammy added that Windies have been performing well in the last couple of years, but that had not reflected in results, and attributed the success to a supporter Peter Matthews, who was with the team throughout the phase.

"For the last two years we've shown the never-say-die attitude, but we haven't had the results. There's a special gentleman in the stand called Peter Matthews, he's supported us through rain and sun, he's the happiest man right now.

Talking about the fans in Sri Lanka, Sammy said they treated Windies very well and the entire team has a lot of respect for the fans in Sri Lanka and thanked them for their support during the tournament.

"The love we felt from the Sri Lankan people is tremendous and we want to thank them for that."


Story first published:  Monday, October 8, 2012, 11:52 [IST]
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