Sammy: West Indies well placed to win World T20 - The New Indian Express

Sammy: West Indies well placed to win World T20

Published: 12th September 2012 12:05 PM

Last Updated: 12th September 2012 12:05 PM

West Indies was strong enough to capture its first major cricket trophy in eight years at the World Twenty20, captain Darren Sammy said on the team's arrival on Colombo on Tuesday.

West Indies hasn't won a major trophy since it surprised at the 2004 Champions Trophy.

The five specialist batsmen, including hard-hitting Chris Gayle, are capable of setting and chasing big scores, but West Indies' problem has been restricting other teams.They believe they finally have a bowler with that ability in Sunil Narine, a spinner and not a fast bowler for which the team was renowned.

Narine became the player of the Indian Premier League in leading Kolkata Knight Riders to the title with 24 wickets, and will appear in his first major event for West Indies with high expectations.

Sammy tried to dampen those.

"I think we have 14 potential match-winners," Sammy said, adding that the three allrounders in the team gives it a lot of flexibility.

Sammy also said his team owed a win for their diehard fans.

"The guys are very very excited about the tournament," he said. "If we play to our true potential I think we can go all the way."

The team has beaten Australia and New Zealand in a handful of T20s this year, and opens the tournament against Australia on Sept. 22.

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