The main problem the West Indies will have going forward will not be relating to their ability but their ego and tendency to let their emotions take over
Following their staggering display at the World T20, their squad is clearly clearly talented, unified and versatile on the field, but filled with insecurity and fervour to prove themselves off it.
No more so was this reflected than in a series of interviews after a miraculously successful and thrilling World T20 victory against England.
Upon winning, the fact they had triumphed should have been front and centre, yet the leader of the side, captain Darren Sammy used his interviews to politicise the victory with the currency of West Indies Cricket Board politics.
And, in-so doing, he showed a considerably disrespectful tone to the competition and the contest itself.
Firstly, his interview didn’t acknowledge England, or really reflect on the nature of the victory.
He didn’t speak about the game itself, or the crowd largely made up of adoring Indian fans.
He congratulated his side, his staff behind, and then took the opportunity to lay into the board.
He said “we felt disrespected by our board, Mark Nicholas described our team as a team with no brains. All these things before the tournament just brought this team together.”
He continued, that he was “yet to hear from our own cricket board. That is very disappointing.”
He apologised for the omission of England the next day, but his board comments landed him with a fine.
Fresh from a tournament winning 85 off 66 balls, man of the match Marlon Samuels decided to follow suit.
After snatching the microphone from Nasser Hussain he tore into Australian bowler Shane Warne, a long term personal and professional critic of the batsman.
Marlon Samuels said: “I woke up this morning with one thing on my mind. Shane Warne has been talking continuously and all I want to say is ‘this is for Shane Warne’.
He added “I answer with the bat, not the mic.” Except that’s exactly what you did Marlon.
Not satisfied with souring a post-match interview which should have been the happiest of his life, he continued his anti-Warne tirade later.
He said in a press conference: “‘I don’t know why he talks this way about me. Maybe because my face is real and his face is not.”
In the same interview, he reacted to a fine he had been given by the ICC for spraying Ben Stokes with insults during the final over of the final. “Well he doesn’t learn,” Samuels said. “Because they keep telling him, whenever he plays against me (they say) ‘don’t speak to me, because I’m going to perform’.
Samuels was by no means the only one. Stokes is alleged to have been party to this exchange, but at least after the game, Stokes tried to clear the air. Samuels went after him, and paid the price.
And, West Indies coach Phil Simmons defended the remarks after the game, saying: “You can’t keep bashing people and not expect a backlash at some point,’ according to The Daily Telegraph.
The coach, captain and senior batsmen led an example, of pettiness and the justification of personal attacks, even after a miraculous victory.
It’s a poor example of how a side should react to success, and how leaders should set the trend.
Going forward, Sammy and Samuels are not going to be there for a huge amount of time.
The next generation of West Indies leaders have an opportunity to continue success, but lose this pathetic emotional charade, and focus on winning tournaments.
They are champions, but need to start acting like it.