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Peshawar skipper Sammy unbothered by the ‘underdog’ tag for the PSL 2019 final

He urged his players to have no fear and not back down

SAMAA | - Posted: Mar 17, 2019 | Last Updated: 2 years ago
Posted: Mar 17, 2019 | Last Updated: 2 years ago

He urged his players to have no fear and not back down

Peshawar Zalmi skipper Darren Sammy said that his side would like to head into the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2019 final against Quetta Gladiators as the underdogs.

“I would like to be an underdog but to be fair, Quetta has played some good cricket. Quetta has had the better of us throughout the season and I always tell my boys that everything in life happens for a reason. If we can choose to beat them one time, why not in the final when it really matters? Hopefully, it’s a cracker of a game and we find ways and means to execute our plans against them and we will need that,” the captain said.

He added that the side has to be able to conquer what Quetta throws at them in the final.

“If we want to win, I don’t think my guys are going into the final thinking that they can’t play against any bowler. As you saw yesterday, the key was to go out an express yourself. They cope with pressure well… the pressure is not on us. This is our third final, they will be playing their third as well but they have never won a final and we know what it takes to be in the final,” Sammy said.

The former West Indies T20I skipper said that he has winners in his team.

“I have guys in my dressing room who have won many finals. Wahab [Riaz] won the T10 and Bangladesh Premier League. Pollard has won so many, Jordan and myself. We have guys who are accustomed to winning in final matches. There will no negative thoughts about any guys’ bowling spin. It’s all about going down and expressing yourself. That’s the message I have for my boys, no fear, no backing down. Go and take the bull by the horns,” he said.

The Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi are coming head-to-head in the final for the final for the second time. The last time, in 2017, Quetta played without their overseas players as they had skipped the Pakistan leg back in 2017. Zalmi, playing with their full strength and all of its overseas players, bowled them out for 90 in chase of 149-run target.

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