New Delhi, Apr 4: Elated after a second World Twenty20 title, West Indies captain Darren Sammy delivered an emotional yet powerfull speech during the post match presentation at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
Skipper Darren Sammy said his players have responded in the best way possible to the "disrespect" shown to them by the critics and West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).
Described as a team with no brains by English commentator Mark Nicholas, West Indies made a huge statement when they clinched their second World T20 title after beating England by four wickets last night (April 3).
Drapped in his country's flag, Darren Sammy arrived at the post match presentation ceremony and touched everybody's heart with his emotional speech.
Sammy poured his heart out in the speech as he narrated his team's journey in the tournament and did not shy away from openly criticising his cricket board.
Here is the full speech by Darren Sammy after World Twenty20 final, as published by ESPNCricinfo:
I want to thank the almighty, because without him nothing is possible. We have a pastor in the team in Andre Fletcher, he keeps on praying. We are a praying team. I'm really happy for this win and it's something we are going to cherish for a long time.
I've said we have 15 match-winners. Nobody gave us a chance but every game somebody stepped up and took responsibility. To see Carlos [Brathwaite] play like that in his debut World Cup, it's just tremendous. It shows the depth we have in the Caribbean in T20 cricket and hopefully with the right structure and development our cricket will continue to improve in one-day and Test cricket.
We started this journey ... we all know we had ... people were wondering whether we would play this tournament. We had a lot of issues, we felt disrespected by our board, Mark Nicholas described our team as a team with no brains. All these things before the tournament just brought this team together. I really want to thank these 15 men, the ability to just put all those adversities aside and to come out and play this type of cricket in front of such passionate fans, it's just tremendous.
I personally also want to thank the coaching staff, coach Phil, he's been through a lot, and to come here and the way he's coached the team, he's just brilliant. All the other coaching staff, who have done their part. We had a new manager in this tournament in Rawl Lewis, he had never managed any team before. He came here, we were at a camp in Dubai, but we had no uniforms, no printed ... he left Dubai, went to Kolkata, that's where he started. The trouble he went to, to get us in this uniform ... I got to give credit to the entire team here, it was us in our own little circle, this win we dedicate it to all our fans in the Caribbean.
Lastly I really want to thank the heads of CARICOM, throughout this tournament they have been supporting the team, we've got emails, we've got phone calls, Prime Minister [Keith] Mitchell [from Grenada]. He sent a very inspiring email for the team this morning ... and I'm yet to hear from our own cricket board. That is very disappointing.
For today, I'm going to celebrate with these 15 men and coaching staff. I don't know when I'm going to be playing with these guys again because we don't get selected for one-day cricket. We don't know when we're going to be playing T20. So this win, I want to thank you my team, I want to thank you coaching staff ... everybody know West Indies are champion!