Sammy: Not just about Gayle

Skipper Darren Sammy says defending champions West Indies cannot rely solely on Chris Gayle for runs at the World Twenty20.

Opening batsman Gayle boasts a strike-rate of 140 in T20 internationals and was part of the West Indies team that triumphed in Sri Lanka in 2012.

The Jamaican left-hander, who was Sammy's predecessor as captain before falling out with the West Indies Cricket Board, has recovered from hamstring and back injuries to take his place in the squad for West Indies' title defence in Bangladesh.

"Chris to me is the most destructive T20 batsman in the world," said Sammy.

"It's a great asset for us having him in the side but like in Sri Lanka, when we won the title, it took a total team effort. The key players (contributed), different guys chipped in in different games.

"It's no different this time, we got to play as a team, we got to gel well together and hopefully performance will come from the key players."


Gayle was at the forefront when the entire team broke into a 'Gangnam Style' dance to celebrate their final win over Sri Lanka in Colombo two years ago.

Sammy ruled out a repeat if they successfully defend the title and instead expects a different celebration to emerge.

"We will come up with something new probably," said the St Lucian. "Somebody will come up with something and the rest of us will follow. Chris probably has something up his sleeves, (Dwayne) Bravo, (Andre) Russell, maybe me, you never know.

"Something will come up and we'll use it and enjoy the ceremony."

West Indies are drawn in Group Two and start their campaign against India on Sunday, March 23 in Dhaka.