Sammy wants 'hawk' to strike again

Sammy wants 'hawk' to strike again

The Trinidadian had struck a whirlwind 86 not out to propel the West Indies to competitive total in the second one-dayer at Visakhapatnam.

And on Monday at Ahmedabad, the right-arm quick delivered four blows to India as the visitors registered their first win of the tour. “Rampaul... His nickname is the hawk,” said Sammy when asked about Rampaul’s role in the side.

“Ravi is a lion-heart in a hawk’s body. He hasn’t been able to play much due to injuries but he will definitely (play a lot) the way he is performing. The way he plays for the team and feels like taking the responsibility...

He contributes a lot for the team’s cause. He has been doing good bowling and he and Roach, if they stay injury-free, they will contribute a lot to the West Indian cricket and lead our bowling unit. He gets early wickets for us. I just wish him all the best and hope that he wins many games in the future,” he observed.

Team’s morale, the Windies skipper pointed out, was high after the win in the third one-dayer.  “So far we kept saying we have been coming closer, saying it’s about taking the opportunities and grabbing them and winning. Now that we have got a win, the morale will definitely go up and we have to believe that we could win. It is an important game for us tomorrow and hopefully we could win it and take it down to Chennai for the final.”

Sammy’s own contribution to team’s cause hasn’t been inspiring but his 17-ball 41 at Motera the other night, played pivotal part in visitors’ win. “More than personal satisfaction, as long as the team wins that is the most important thing for me,” he noted.

“It’s disappointing for me that we had a pretty good run but we were not winning. Satisfaction is based on the team’s performance and going out and winning games. The knock was a crucial part of the game and that makes it special,” he remarked.

The all-rounder said his team was looking to finish the series on a high. “Yes no doubt.
Like I said it’s two games left and most of the guys have been away from home for almost two months now. We got to finish on a high. It is the ultimate goal for us and now that we have had a piece of victory, we have seen when you keep applying pressure we could be successful.”

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