'Imagine if the Windies had brains' - Coach Simmons responds to criticism
West Indies coach Phil Simmons hit out at suggestions his team lack brains following their seven-wicket victory over India in the World Twenty20 semi-final.
The Windies produced a spectacular chase after Virat Kohli had propelled India to 192 in Mumbai, with Lendl Simmons' scoring 82 off 51 balls in his tournament debut helping to set up a date with England in Sunday's final.
Ahead of the meeting with the hosts and pre-tournament favourites, Simmons' men had been criticised for a lack of intelligence.
Clearly disagreeing with the comment, coach Simmons struck back.
"Awesome display by this group [of] men with no brains, imagine if we had some," he posted on his official Twitter account.
Windies captain Darren Sammy highlighted the performances of the Under-19 side, who won the U19 World Cup in February, and the women's team, who also made the World T20 final in India, as a measure of the strength of cricket in the region.
"Look, it's a big step. We came here on a mission, we were inspired by the Under-19s boys earlier this year, and the ladies did brilliantly to win... and now we have two West Indian teams in the finals and I know that means a lot to the Caribbean people," he told Sky Sports.
"Especially the men's side have been going through a lot. We all know what happened just before the tournament, and we still feel it's this West Indies team and this coaching staff versus everybody else."
Big-hitting left-hander Chris Gayle has been unable to reproduce a similar display to his brilliant 47-ball hundred against England in their Super 10 opener, but Sammy feels the quality throughout the team ensures there is no pressure on the 36-year-old.
"We said it even before the tournament started: everybody said Chris is under pressure, but I said then that yes, Chris is our best player but we have 15 match-winners in this squad," he added.
"Games are won when players take responsibility, and [Johnson] Charles, [Lendl] Simmons and [Andre] Russell took that responsibility against a very good Indian team."