A cricket stadium named after West Indies’ two-time WT20 captain Darren Sammy. An international stadium named after an active sports person is a very rare incident. But, Darren Sammy is not a great cricketer, history will remember him as an ordinary cricketer and a good captain. He never matches the stature of cricket’s legend like neither Sir Donald Bradman nor Sir Gary Sobers and Sachin Tendulkar. They didn’t receive that honour. There are several instances when a cricket stand was named after cricket legends. If you put Clive Llyod, Ricky Ponting, Steve Waugh, Sourav Ganguly and Darren Sammy on the same line the West Indies’s T20 winning captain will never have the honour. Rickey Ponting, Clive Lloyd are the only ODI captain who lifts the trophy twice. So, when they don’t deserve it how Sammy can?
Historically, cricket grounds in India named after administrators, who have a great contribution towards the country’s sport. The IS Bindra Stadium of Mohali is named a living cricket administrator. Punjab have stars like Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh. But, Bindra’s contribution recognised through this Mohali stadium. The same with the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium isn’t the most beautiful cricket ground in India, but it is worth remembering that it didn’t exist when the Karnataka State Cricket Association was awash with funds the association didn’t even exist in that name when construction work on the stadium began and that it most certainly wasn’t built in one go.
M Chinnaswamy raised monies from whichever quarter he could as his idea of a world class cricket stadium in Bangalore germinated, and the stadium was constructed one stand at a time, one part at a time until the entire structure came together. It is a labour of love if there is one; Mr Chinnaswamy will be delighted a how far his dream has travelled, at how beloved the ground has become not just to players from Karnataka and India and for those turning out for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Cricket legend Rahul Dravid who helped India to win many Test matches didn’t even find him lucky.
Both in India and outside, airports and important building, several roads, ancient architecture, sports stadium named after renewed political personality. In India stands in the stadium named after cricketer, but for that Sachin Tendulkar have to score hundreds of 100, Anil Kumble had to take 10 wickets in an innings. But, Sourav Ganguly, who regarded as India’s most successful Test captain, was not fortunate to get the honour. The colosseum Eden gardens’ all stands named after the direction and important building like High Court Ends. The only block named after a person is BC Roy block. BC Roy was West Bengal’s first chief minister. So, the local government gave him a tribute. But, Sourav Ganguly the current president of the Cricket Association Bengal never got the honour.
India’s most of the stadium other than cricket named after congress leaders like Jawaharlal Nehru and Rajiv Gandhi while independent hero Mahatma Gandhi received the honour in a couple of Indian states. India’s biggest football stadium in Kolkata was named after iconic spiritual leader Swami Vivekananda. It is difficult to imagine Virat Kohli Stadium, MS Dhoni Stadium, Sania Mirza indoor stadium. The contribution of Indian sportsperson take rest only on fans’ heart and nestled between Padma and Arjuna award.
Saint Lucia Prime Minister Kenny D Anthony named the Beausejour ground after Sammy and a stand named after Johnson Charles, the opener of the WT20 winning team. The reason is to bring the foreign tourist in the state of 200,000 population with its green spots, beaches, sparkling water, and low sky. Now Darren Sammy put the island on world sporting map, now millions of cricket fans may travel the islands in the Carribean to see the beauty of the country and Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium. On the other hand, Kenny D Anthony has won the heart of his citizen-a political gain indeed.