Thursday, 5 March 2015, 06:47am
Sammy keen to end lndia run
India have begun the tournament with three straight victories, but already encountered a little unscheduled turbulence thanks to poster-boy batsman Virat Kohli's spat with a journalist.
Kohli reportedly acted on the basis of what turned out to be a mistaken identity when he took the reporter to task at training in the belief he was the author of an article which had annoyed him.
A team spokesman has since attempted to smooth over the misunderstanding, amid reports that the matter has been brought to the attention of the national board and the International Cricket Council by the journalist and his employers.
India's preparations for Friday's Pool B match at the WACA are unlikely to be significantly sidetracked, but defeat at the hands of the Windies, in a fixture which coincides with the Hindu festival of colour, will put a dampener on their table-topping aspirations.
Sammy said: "India could celebrate Holi and we hope we could celebrate a win."
The big-hitting all-rounder, no stranger to global-tournament success having led the Windies to the ICC World Twenty20 title in 2012, knows in-form India will make life tough.
"India are obviously playing really well at the moment, on top of the group," said Sammy.
"We enjoy playing against them and have a good rapport with them. But it's a crucial match for us, so we have to bring out our A game in another World Cup match."
The high stakes, in a group which sees the Windies one of three teams on four points in the hunt for a quarter-final spot, mean there will be grit behind the smiles.
"It's good to have friends, but when you cross the line it's business," added Sammy, who knows nonetheless a pre-match charm offensive will do no harm against opponents left with no one to play five months ago when the Windies flew out of India mid-tour because of a pay dispute.
"It's something we have put behind us," he said.
"What happened in India, especially with the kind of relationship we have with them and the way we enjoy playing them, should not have happened.
"I think the fans were robbed of an opportunity.
"(But) I don't think that will affect this match."
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