Child’s play for Darren Sammy this IPL

All-rounder enjoying IPL experience; shares passion of Caribbean cricket

Hyderabad 05 May 2013
There is something about the way the West Indians play their cricket, talk cricket and the way they celebrate on the field. Dwayne Bravo might have sent off Kieron Pollard home on a jet plane last year, or moon walked on the pitch after pouching a catch and Sunil Narine might have run along the ground silently with his one hand raised up after a dismissal.

But, move all that away, because, here is Darren Sammy with his own unique style of celebrating. He has a pacifier tied around his neck and sucks on it, bringing his arms together in a cradling action, each time he has struck with the cherry!

Now where did that kind of a celebration occur in his head? When we at quizzed the West Indian about his picture perfect celebration Sammy replied, “I just had a baby girl back home and I was in my room thinking about how I would celebrate. I saw my baby girl suck on the pacifier and then I said to myself, ‘OH, I will get my pacifier out after a wicket or a landmark’ and that’s how this style of celebrating came about”. 

But what is it with the people of the Caribbean that they add so much flavor to the sport on and off the field? “We West Indians want everyone to know how to celebrate. The thing is we enjoy our cricket. Once you go out there and enjoy your game, the passion always comes out. And that is what comes out when you see West Indians play cricket,” said Sammy after a Man-of-the-Match performance against the Delhi Daredevils on Saturday.

So is the Sammy family keeping a track of his performances back home? Sammy replied with a smile, “Everybody back home is happy with my performances. Not just mine, they love watching the other players in action too. Cricket lovers in West Indies watch the IPL closely and they enjoy seeing a lot of West Indians play in this competition. They have a lot of fun watching us play and always want us to do well”.

Sammy has had just four games in the IPL so far, but he has already made meaningful contributions for his franchise with the bat and ball. For Sammy, it is all about giving back the love and affection to the franchise through his performances. “It has been a great experience for me being a part of the Sunrisers. The Sunrisers have invested in me and I look to go out there and return the favour through my performances on the field. The owners and the mentors are nice and want the team to succeed. I am enjoying every bit of it.”

Sammy also said he was eager than ever to be a part of the IPL. “I just wanted to be a part of the IPL. I came in late and I waited for my opportunity and it was all about grabbing your chances. I am happy I did well in the opportunities I got and would want to make sure that we do well as a team. On the field we play like a family and that is what we have been showcasing in the tournament.”

The Sunrisers next meet the Chennai Super Kings, wherein there could be an on field face-off between Dwayne Bravo and Sammy. But Sammy is more than happy to share a good friendship with his team mate. “Dwayne Bravo and I have a good camaraderie. He has been made captain of the ODI team and I congratulate him on that. I am going to give him my full support like I have done to any other captain.”

SRH look like a promising side in the IPL and have shown a lot of flair in their performances. Sammy said, “I feel we will make it to the Play-Offs. That is our goal at the moment and who knows we might go as far as winning the IPL. We will take one game at a time and improve on our consistency.”

Will we see more varieties in the celebration styles from Sammy in the IPL? “When that time comes, you will see,” winked Sammy. 
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