ICC World Twenty20: India's Suresh Raina comes in for some stick from West Indies' Sammy

Mar 22 2014, 21:29 IST
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ICC World Twenty20: In India vs Pakistan match Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli celebrate their mammoth victory. AP ICC World Twenty20: In India vs Pakistan match Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli celebrate their mammoth victory. AP
SummaryIndia's Suresh Raina gets under West Indies skipper Darren Sammy's skin after polishing off the India vs Pakistan match in style.

A day after India vs Pakistan ICC World Twenty20 championship match ended, West Indies captain Darren Sammy took umbrage at the fact that a big-talking Suresh Raina, fresh off a smashing innings against arch rival neighbours, dubbed Windies batsmen as "six hitters".

Sammy then threw an open challenge and dared the Indian bowlers to stop them from hitting the maximums when they clash in the ICC World Twenty20 here tomorrow.

"We don't care much about what Suresh Raina thinks. If he thinks we are only six hitters, then stop us from hitting sixes," Sammy replied when asked about his batsmen inability to rotate strike against spinners.

However, the usually affable West Indies skipper went back to his normal good natured mood as he answered questions with a bit of fun and some with a lot of seriousness.

What's there on Chris Gayle's mind, asked a scribe. "I am not Jesus Christ! I don't know what's going on in his mind," he laughed and replied.

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Then he got serious. "But I know he (Gayle) is really pumped up to play here. Whenever he is playing for the West Indies, he is very pumped up. And tomorrow's game everyone will be pumped up."

Will India be easy opponents, was what he was asked first up at the media conference.

"You seriously ask that question? No, I don't think any team is an easy opponent. India started off on a winning note and most likely they will have a lot of confidence going into the game. We know what we are capable of doing and we have been playing some good T20 cricket and the guys are confident that we would come good once we play to our full potential."

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West Indies have some world beaters in the shortest format and that gives the captain of the defending champions side to remain confident about team's chances.

"We have top T20 players who have played around the world. We have Gayle, Narine, Bravos all of them have a lot of experience playing T20. With the two openers, we have guys who can give us great impetus in the first six overs. Then we have Marlon, Bravo and myself to finish the innings," Sammy said.

"If you look at our bowling unit, we

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