Moments in Time: Daren Sammy created history with West Indies long before T20I World Cups

By August 17, 2020
Kieron Pollard (left) and Daren Sammy. Kieron Pollard (left) and Daren Sammy.

Former West Indies captain Daren Sammy is most well known for bringing the regional side two World T20 titles, but the big-hitting all-rounder has a number of other accolades people don’t remember.

Towards the end of Sammy’s white-ball career, with his appearances on the Test stage long at an end, he was no longer an effective bowler and had been reduced to the odd pinch-hitting role.

But before that, Sammy had earned his spot in the West Indies line-up and achieved some remarkable moments with the ball.

In 2010, Zimbabwe had come to the West Indies to face an under-strengthed side, winning the only T20 the team the teams played against each other.

But during that loss, Daren Sammy became the first West Indian to enjoy a five-wicket haul in the format.

Choosing to bat, Zimbabwe got off to the worst start imaginable after Sulieman Benn removed opener V Sibanda and number-three batsman, Tatenda Taibu, S Matskikenyeri, and Brendan Taylor all without scoring. Benn’s 4-6 from his four overs was a remarkable achievement but there was more work to be done.

That work was taken up Sammy, who had the other opener, H Masakadza caught behind for 44. He also got rid of the resistance from G Lamb, for 11, E Chigumbura for 34 as well as S Masakadza and P Utseya without scoring.

Sammy would end with figures of 5-26, his best ever in the format. Sunil Narine, arguably the best T20 bowler the West Indies has ever produced, has never taken a 5-fer at international level.

The West Indies would go on to bat atrociously to lose a game where they only needed 106 by 26 runs with Shivnarine Chanderpaul (20), Denesh Ramdin (23), and Dwayne Smith (12), the only batsmen to score double figures.

While the result was a disaster for the West Indies, it did point to Sammy’s importance to the team in the shortest format of the game, a format the side were just learning.

Just two years later, with Sammy at the helm, the West Indies would top the world, before doing it again in 2016.

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