West Indies all-rounder Darren Sammy is full of confidence following his brilliant bowling performance in the 1st Digicel Test match against Bangladesh at Arnos Vale in St Vincent.
The tall 25-year-old bowled with accuracy and control to take 5-70 in the second innings – his second five-wicket haul in Test cricket, following his 7-66 on debut against England at Old Trafford in 2007.
When the West Indies batted in the first innings he made a Test-best 48 from 61 balls.
‘I was very pleased with my performance. I have been asked to get wickets and I went out there, first to create pressure on the Bangladesh batsmen, and then to look to get the wickets,’ said the West Indies vice-captain.
‘Everybody knows I am not an out-and-out attacking bowler who will fire out batsmen. I like to build pressure and try to get among the wickets.
‘If I can’t get a wicket I always hope that the bowler at the other end would be able to capture one. It is all about bowling in partnerships and keeping the batsmen in check.’
He added: ‘The role I have been asked to do I am very comfortable with it. It is the kind I role I perform for the Windward Islands in regional cricket. I have fitted in very well and it is all about taking the opportunities. Everyone is keen and eager to represent the West Indies and we are enjoying.’
Sammy’s performances were however not enough to deny the Bangladeshis, as they won the match by 95 runs on Monday.
He noted however, that the Windies will be looking to bounce back in the second Digicel Test match, at the Queen’s Park Stadium in Grenada which starts today.
‘This coming match it will be very important that we repeat the performance of the final morning when we took five wickets in an hour,’ he said.
‘We need to continue to bowl in those very good areas and make life tough for the batsmen. We had many positives from the first match and we are really looking forward to levelling the series when we play on Friday.’