Biography of Darren Sammy:- The Biography of Darren Sammy: – Darren Sammy was born on 20 December 1983 in Micoud Quarter, Saint Lucia. Sammy was the first player from the St Lucian Islands to compete in the International cricket. Sammy was a cricket enthusiast at a young age; he hardly missed any cricket match on TV or locally. At 17, Sammy was awarded a place in the nearest cricket club the Winward Islands. He wasn’t impressive as a batsman and bowler, still managed to field brilliantly. Darren Sammy is a tall lad(f ft 6 in); he bowls medium fast and usually bats at lower middle order. After 2001 season with a regional club, Sammy was the first choice from St. Lucia to be sent to Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand. West Indies was good in the tournament securing a place in the semi-finals.
Biography of Darren Sammy
- Born:- 20 December 1983 (age 33), Micoud Quarter, Saint Lucia
- Height:- 2 m
- Spouse:- Cathy Daniel (m. 2010)
- ODI Debut:- 8 July 2004 v New Zealand
- Test Debut:- 7 June 2007 v England
- 2016-Present:- Peshawar Zalmi (PSL)
After the Under-19 World Cup, Sammy decided to join English County cricket to polish what he already had in stock. It was a good decision joining MCC Young Cricketers in 2003 season. He was called by the board to attend the series for the University of West Indies Vice Chancellor’s XI against the English Cricket team. After the warm-up game, Sammy hardly slept and continued to train hard and fast. Sammy was tried in the series against Bangladesh in 2004; it was a year after he played his first List-A match. In the NatWest Triangular series, he was handed the ODI cap considering his experience playing on English soil. His first ODI match against New Zealand never started, he waited for another series finally making debut against Bangladesh taking a wicket and three catches.
After the Bangladesh series, it was a long drought for Darren Sammy in International cricket that lasted for three years and ended in the year 2007. It was the year Sammy was given his Test cap against England in England. It was Old Trafford ground when he made his Test debut, doing practically nothing with the bat and ball in the first inning, he turned the tables for his side taking four of the first five wickets and ending the match with 7/66, it was the second-best debut figures by a West Indies bowler.
After 2007, Darren Sammy was good with the ball. He was economical, and a wicket is taking underdog at that time. Stanford Superstars bought him after the season for West Indies. He won $1 Million as a winning bounty for the champion team that bowled English team for 99 in the final. Sammy went on to play the domestic season for Winward Islands for the next year. It was the best year for Sammy. He took 23 wickets at an average of 21 along with 476 runs, the second-best figures in the tournament. In 2009 when West Indies Cricket Board had aconflict with national players, Sammy, along with other players including the nine uncapped players were included in the squad for the home series against Bangladesh. Sammy was appointed vice-captainin the series that was lost by West Indies. After the dispute was settled, Darren Sammy was offered a class-B central contract from WICB. After the Bangladesh series, Zimbabwe was the next easy opponent, and West Indies got it right this time, Sammy bowling his career-best in ODIs for the first time takingfour wickets for 26 runs in the third ODI.
Though struggling to make his place in ODI and Test team, Sammy was surprisingly handed over the captaincy after Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo opted out due to payment issues. As a captain, Sammy was well satisfied with the 0-0 test series draw against Sri Lanka. West Indies went on to lost the ODI series by 2-0. Being retained as the captain in all the formats, Sammy was good with the ball in a home series against Pakistan and the series against Indian cricket team in the same season. He was then retained as a captain for the Bangladesh tour that resulted for St. Lucian captain. Throughout the year, Sammy was one of the leading wicket takers and the most economical one among his teammates. On tour to India, West Indies were outsmarted by India as hey lost the test series 2-0 and the following ODI series 4-1. Sammy was again the leading wicket-taker for the West Indian team. West Indies moved to Australia for a test and ODI series. Under Sammy’s captaincy in 2012, West Indies registered their first-ever ODI win against Australia in Australia since 2006; West Indies fought well and hard throughout the series falling short 30 runs in the final match of the series, Sammy scoring 84 runs off 50. Darren Sammy Stats & records against highly rated opponents are clearly second-best in the modern West Indies cricket in all the formats only behind Chris Gayle.
In 2012 summer season, England and West Indies played a 3-match test series that was lost 1-0, Sammy scored his maiden Test century in the series along with a 204 runs partnership with Samuels in harsh conditions. West Indian cricket was surging under Sammy’s captaincy. It was 2012 season when West Indies won their first test series since 2009 in away series against any of the top-8 test playing nations.
ICC T20 World Cup 2012 & 2016
Sammy was the first captain ever to have won two World Cup titles. Under his captaincy, West Indies came out of nowhere to defeat the hosts Sri Lanka in the final, Darren Sammy being the most valuable player when it matter the most. Sammy did it again in India winning the title for the second time in a nail biting thriller when West Indies ultimately lost the match. It was Carlos Braithwaite who did it hitting four sixes in a row in the final over, taking West Indies to the second ICC WT20 Victory. Sammy described it as one of the happiest moments as he had no support from the board at all. He criticized his board in the winning ceremony that resulted in his removal from the team in August 2016.
Darren Sammy in Cricket Leagues
Sammy is one of the most valuable T20 player and a captain too. He is currently a captain of Peshawar Zalmi franchise of the second-biggest T20 league, Pakistan Super League. Sammy was also the icon player in the Caribbean Premier League in 2013. He captained Hyderabad in 2014 in Indian Premier League. Darren Sammy was awarded the honorary citizenship of Pakistan for his love to the country by CM KPK of Pakistan.
Darren Sammy Family & Personal Life
Darren Sammy married Cathy Daniel, a former model and pageant queen on 5thSeptember 2010. They have a son, Darren Dan Sammy Jr. and a daughter, Skai Sammy. The biography of Darren Sammy will be updated as his career advances.