Sammy`s self-belief intact despite heavy loss in WC opener

Last Updated: Feb 25, 2011, 13:58 PM IST

New Delhi: Unfazed by the heavy loss to South Africa in their World Cup opener, West Indies cricket captain Darren Sammy said his team remains upbeat and capable of defeating any side in the coming matches.

West Indies went down by seven wickets against the Protease which pushed them to ninth, behind Bangladesh, in the ICC ODI rankings. But Sammy said the Windies continue to back themselves for a good run in the mega event.

"I think we`ve got to have that self-belief. We know what we are capable of doing and as long as we play to our full potential we could beat any team on the day. But we just have to be consistent in our performances," Sammy said after the match at the Ferozeshah Kotla last night.

Sammy said the 222 posted by his side was too low a score and the Windies should have at least managed 270.

"Before the match everybody was uncertain as to how the pitch would play but looking at it, we should have scored 270-plus on the wicket," Sammy said.

"I think losing the wickets in clusters really hampered our total. We had guys getting starts but they didn`t carry on," the 27-year-old added.

Even while defending, Sammy said the Caribbeans got opportunities to come back into the match but did not capitalize.

"We created opportunities but we didn`t capitalise on them and AB de Villiers batted like a senior player and that brought South Africa home.

"We saw how de Villiers applied himself and batted through and scored 100 so I think you just have to apply yourself like in any cricket, whether it be Tests, Twenty20, you`ve got to be out there in the middle to really score runs," he said.

Sammy said failure to build partnerships cost them the match in the end. He also said that the all-rounders in the team such as Kieron Pollard and himself did not perform upto expectations.

On whether he was surprised by the South African strategy of picking three spinners against them, Sammy said, "The conditions probably dictated their decision. The conditions in the sub-continent help the spinners and they will have a big role to play in the World Cup."

He said that the team lost too many wickets in the later stages of the innings and that prevented them from putting up a big total on the board.

One of the few positives from the game was Dwayne Bravo`s half brother Darren`s fine World Cup debut in which he scored 73 runs.

"Most people compare him to Brian (Lara) and he really looks like Brian. He`s a good asset for us," Sammy said.

"That was the kind of innings we knew he could play and all I would say is that he needs to go on when he gets to 50, to transform it into a 100 which I`m sure he will do before this World Cup is over," he added.

PTI