Sammy leading by Dhoni's example


Darren Sammy has taken inspiration from MS Dhoni's ability to finish off an innings as he attempts to inspire West Indies to a second World Twenty20 title in India.

India captain Dhoni has got his side out of trouble on many occasions over the years with a mixture of composure and being capable of increasing the run-rate with apparent ease.

Sammy rescued the Windies in their final warm-up match against Australia on Sunday, making an unbeaten half-century to seal a three-wicket win after his side had crumbled 72-6 chasing 162 to win.

The Windies skipper has watched the way Dhoni goes about his business and is safe in the knowledge that he also has team-mates capable of stepping up down the order ahead of their first World T20 games of the tournament against England on Wednesday.

"Playing T20 all over, you gain experience," Sammy said. "I am 32 years old and I have gained a lot of experience playing and being in the situation, especially batting at six or seven, most of the times you will get maximum eight overs unless the team really collapses.

"So I have developed a formula for my game. I have watched Dhoni do it all the time, just take the game all the way down to the last over, give yourself the best chance. As a captain, that lower order of ours always makes me smile.

"[Andre] Russell, the last three tournaments he has played, he has been MVP. You have the young and exciting Carlos [Braithwaite], and myself.

"That game against Australia gave us more belief that from whatever position we are, the job could be done."