Darren Sammy

Full name Darren Sammy

Born December 20, 1983, Micoud, St Lucia

Current age 27 years 33 days

Major teams West Indies, Northern Windward Islands, St Lucia, Stanford Superstars, University of West Indies Vice Chancellor’s XI, Windward Islands

Playing role Allrounder

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

Darren Sammy Picture

Darren Sammy Profile

Darren Julius Garvey Sammy has names invoking images of great leadership. He is the first international cricketer to emerge from St Lucia, an island rediscovering its cricket culture as the new Beausejour Stadium has captured imaginations, so it is a major feat that he has cracked into the West Indies squad. Perhaps because St Lucians have not been as engrossed with cricket as other West Indians, it has encouraged their players to become allrounders. Sammy, who spent some time at Lord’s with the MCC cricket staff, also showed off his skills as a batsman and right-arm medium-pacer as part of the University of the West Indies Vice-Chancellor’s XI.

He won a one-day cap in England in 2004 – although there wasn’t actually any play in the match, it counted as the toss was made – and was called up late to the Champions Trophy squad in September 2004 after Jermaine Lawson pulled out with a stress-fractured back. In July 2006, he was named as St Lucia’s captain for West Indies’ first-ever Twenty20 tournament and was recalled for the tour of England in 2007. After missing the first two Tests, Sammy was drafted into the side for his debut at Old Trafford, and celebrated with 7 for 66 in the second innings – a performance that included three wickets in a single over. St Lucian fans had their first opportunity to see Sammy in an ODI in his home country when he played at Gros Islet against Sri Lanka in 2008.

Although further Test appearances have been hard to come by, Sammy has cemented a spot in the limited-overs side as an allrounder. Playing for a weakened team against Bangladesh in 2009, he ended the two-Test series with 12 wickets. Further success with the ball came on Zimbabwe’s tour of the Caribbean in 2010, as he became the first West Indian to take five wickets in a Twenty20 international. West Indies went on to lose that game, but Sammy’s bowling in the one-day series which followed – he took eight wickets at 12.50 and an economy rate of just 2.85 – was a major factor in the home side’s win. He was also one of the bright spots in West Indies’ whitewashing by the South Africans later that year, although this time it was his batting that grabbed the attention: he scored his runs at a strike-rate of 145.31, and registered the fastest ever half-century by a West Indian in the second ODI at North Sound, very nearly snatching an unlikely win.

Darren Sammy Batting, Fielding and Bowling
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Darren Sammy Career




Darren Sammy Test Matches

West Indies Vs England at Old Trafford, Manchester – Jun 07, 2007
Last played:
West Indies Vs Sri Lanka at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy – Dec 01, 2010

Darren Sammy ODI Matches

West Indies Vs New Zealand at The Rose Bowl, Southampton – Jul 08, 2004
Last played:
West Indies Vs South Africa at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad – Jun 03, 2010

Darren Sammy T20 Matches

West Indies Vs England at Kennington Oval (The Oval), London – Jun 28, 2007
Last played:
West Indies Vs South Africa at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, St Peter’s, Antigua – May 20, 2010

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