Colombo: West Indies skipper Darren Sammy has termed the World Twenty20 final win a new chapter for the country’s cricket.
“This is just the start, we will go far,” he said.
West Indies beat Sri Lanka by 36 runs in the World T20 final, winning their first world title in 33 years.
The West Indies, restricted to 137-6 after electing to bat, hit back to bowl out Sri Lankans for 101 in the played at the Premadasa stadium.
“This is the start of something special for the West Indies team and the fans back home,” said Sammy.
“I will always cherish this moment. The team has been through a lot in the past few years, but there was belief amongst us that we could win the World T20.
“Today we were down and out, but our never-say-die attitude came out. We expected Sri Lanka to come hard at us and they did, but we never gave up and that helped us win.”
Sammy said people back home will celebrate the win wildly because they had craved for years for a success like this.
“From Jamaica to Guyana the party must have started,” he said. “And I tell you we know how to party. I am sure they will need a lot of bartenders out there tonight.”
Sammy lauded middle-order batsman Marlon Samuels, who helped West Indies to clinch the title with a superb 78 off 56 balls.
“He has been brilliant in this tournament and lived up to our expectations,” said Sammy of Samuels.