Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy believes his contemporary, white ball skipper, Kieron Pollard is right for the job but needs time to get his team going.

According to Sammy, Pollard always wants to win and that is the mindset that is needed from the leader of a team if it is to be successful.

“I think what Pollard will bring is that attacking mindset,” said Sammy.

“I think his mindset is always geared towards winning and I think that’s what a leader’s mindset should be,” he said.

However, the mindset alone will not be enough to give the West Indies the edge they need to successfully defend their T20 World Cup set for November.

“He needs time. They need time to learn as a playing group,” said Sammy.

According to the only skipper to lead a team to two T20 World Cup titles, he benefitted from that time ahead of the team’s first World Cup title win.

“I am only talking from experience, from captaining in 2010. By the time 2012 came I knew so many of those guys, what situations to use them in and from constant dialogue, how I would go and who I would want to execute for me in different situations,” said Sammy.

While he is aware that his playing days with the West Indies are over, Sammy, who said he had a vision of being part of a successful T20 World Cup title defence, still wants to contribute to Pollard’s rise.

For decades, the very mention of the names Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh filled the hearts of Windies fans with delight and struck terror into the hearts of opposing batsmen.

Considered by many to be the last of the truly great West Indian bowlers the pair were cable of smothering even the best batting line-ups on their day. 

Ambrose and Walsh played 97 and 121 Tests respectively and a total of 94 Tests with each other. Ambrose appeared in only three Test matches in which Walsh, did not participate. Of those 94 Tests, the West Indies won 42 and lost 24.

 It was on their broad backs that the responsibility for their team's overall success often fell.  They reigned from 1988-2000, very few could claim to have such a big impact on their team’s results than Ambrose and Walsh.