PROUD to be St. Lucia’s first West Indies cricketer, Darren Sammy is a whole-hearted all-rounder who has enhanced his reputation as an inspirational leader since taking over the captaincy two and a half years ago. His lifting of the ICC World T20 Trophy last October in Sri Lanka was his crowning glory.
Although he may not gain the global T20 recognition of the other five Caribbean Premier League franchise players, Sammy is a dependable achiever with his subtle medium-pace variations, forthright power-hitting down the order and dazzling fielding.
The athletic six footer lives every delivery, whether it be leaping animatedly at slip when a drive just evades cover, celebrating a wicket or offering advice to bowlers and batting partners.
The 29-year-old has a happy connection to England. He first honed his skills as a teenager during two seasons with the MCC Young Cricketers at Lord’s, before his first West Indies call-up saw him being part of the successful ICC Champions Trophy squad that scored a thrilling win over hosts England in the final at The Oval in 2004. Three years later, a couple hundred miles north, he marked a memorable Test debut at Manchester with a haul of 7-66 in the second innings. Just last summer, his first Test century came at Nottingham against then World No.1, England.
Sammy hails from Micoud on St. Lucia’s rugged east coast, where he gained strong Christian values from his parents, Clara and Johannes. He has two sons, Darren Jr., seven, and Darjhan, two, and married Cathy, a former St. Lucia beauty pageant queen, in October 2010. The pair just welcomed their first daughter, Skai, a few weeks ago.
With no West Indies commitments in April and May, Sammy made his first appearance in the IPL this season, for the new franchise, the Hyderabad Sunrisers, after being bought for US$425,000 at January’s auction.