‘I choose to celebrate the legacy’ – Daren Sammy bids emotional farewell to West Indies team

The West Indies’ T20 World Cup 2021 campaign has been a disaster. With a lineup filled with T20 stalwarts, the Men in Maroon were anticipated to set the stage on fire after winning the title twice. The defending champions, on the other hand, were unable to function as a team, losing three of their first four league games. As a result, they were eliminated from the semi-finals.

At the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, the West Indies will play Australia in their final match of the tournament. Daren Sammy, the former Caribbean captain, took to Twitter on the eve of the match to bid his team farewell. Despite the fact that the two-time champions will not advance farther in the competition, Sammy said he will honour the legacy that this squad has established. “Whether I win or lose today, I choose to honour the history that our T20 team has established. In this format, the West Indies reigned supreme, and today marks the end of an era in which I was involved. The dynasty has ended, and I thank you for all the wonderful memories,” Sammy posted on Twitter, alongside photos from the West Indies’ 2012 T20 World Cup victory.

Sammy has been an inspirational leader for the Caribbean team, functioning as a commentator in the continuing competition. It was only under Sammy’s leadership that West Indies won the T20 World Cup twice (2012 and 2016).

It should be emphasised that this will be Dwayne Bravo’s final international match. On the eve of West Indies’ final match, the great all-rounder made the significant announcement. The likes of Chris Gayle, Ravi Rampaul, and Lendl Simmons could be seen in maroon for the last time. As a result, Sammy coined the phrase “the end of an era.”

The West Indies’ success in the 2016 T20 World Cup was no stroll in the park for the uninitiated. The team had to overcome numerous obstacles, ranging from financial difficulties to a dispute with the national board. Daren Sammy’s team, on the other hand, rose to the occasion and triumphed in Kolkata.