When was the last time we saw a cricket match, in which 19 runs were required in the last over, and the match was finished with 4 consecutive SIXES. An honest answer would be NEVER! In the space of just four deliveries on Sunday, West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite, 27, hitting 4 consecutive sixes of first 4 Balls secured his name in the cricket history and also made West Indies winning the T20 FINAL, for the second time.
On Sunday at Eden Gardens, Calcutta, India the two senior West Indian teams, both men and women cricket teams defied the odds to win the ICC World Twenty20 crowns. The women were magnificent. The men more than matched them. The finish was a miracle: a thing of devastating power, of a certain beauty, and of destiny.
Carlos Brathwaite in his first tournament final had smacked four of the most outrageous sixes you will see in the last over of a T20I. A little over six hours before that, young opener Hayley Matthews, who turned 18 during the women's World Twenty20 tournament, was named Player of the Match for her 66 off 45 balls to drive West Indies women to their first title, in their first appearance at one. The women team has also stunned Australia to lift the ICC World Twenty20 in utterly incredible scenes.
West Indies celebrate in ‘champion’ style after World T20 title wins. The viral ‘Champion’ dance, released by Dwayne Bravo in March 2016, from the West Indian cricketers was all around has gone viral as both the teams from the Caribbean islands used it as a celebrating their ICC World T20 tournament triumphs.
Finally to Marlon Samuels, the big match player for West Indies, who added 75 runs with Dwayne Bravo (25) to steady the ship before Brathwaite provided the remarkable late fireworks to secure an emotional victory. He was the man of the final for the West Indies, again. Back in 2012 he did this in style against Sri Lanka in the final, and here he was again, against England. Especially, when the West Indies, wobbled early in their chase, after part-time spinner Root dismissed Johnson Charles and the dangerous Chris Gayle in his first three balls.
Under pressure after early setbacks, West Indies rode on Samuels to first bail them out of trouble and then finally seal the thrilling win. Samuels remained unbeaten on a 66-ball 85 as he saw Brathwaite score the winning runs - 24 off just four balls.
While it wasn't an impressive tournament for the Windies captain, Darren Sammy the batsman or bowler, but who cares as he led the team in fine fashion. The Bowling coach, and the cricketing great Curtly Ambrose was overjoyed after seeing his team follow the women's title earlier in the day and the Under-19s taking their world crown earlier this year. "We believe we can chase any target because we've got some real firepower…It doesn't matter how many you've got to chase. We won the under-19 and the women's and now this, it's history", he said.
On Sunday, two champion West Indies teams made Eden Gardens a slice of Caribbean cricket history. No one can take that away from them. Perhaps, it will right to say that the KINGs of Cricket is BACK, and with a BANG BANG BANG!