In a pulsating final at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata the West Indies were crowned champions for the second time and the heroics from Carlos Brathwaite will be remembered for time to come as he took his side over the line in emphatic fashion by hitting 4 consecutive sixes in the final over off Ben Stokes.
West Indies journey in this year’s world T20 was a fascinating one and could well be termed as the complete package for their fans all over the globe as it included the thrill and excitement that the cricketing fraternity loves to watch.
A glimpse at the winning campaign of the Caribbean superstars is worth taking a look.
Gayle-Storm hits England!
West Indies got their campaign off and running with a win against England courtesy a magnificent century from Chris Gayle 100* off just 48 balls and lit up the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Windies won that match by 6 wickets with 11 balls to spare.
Fletcher takes charge!
If people thought Windies side was a one man show of Chris Gayle than they were mistaken as Fletcher smashed a brilliant half century to guide his team home against a weak Sri Lankan side at Bangalore. Badree bowled a tight spell which included 3 wickets for just 12 runs as it dismantled the Sri Lankan middle order and paved the patch to victory. Fletcher was declared man of the match. Interestingly Gayle did not bat in this match but the Windies still won comprehensively.
Choking the chokers..
In their third match of their campaign the West Indies took charge once again and sealed their place in the last four at the expense of the Proteas side. For the third time ion a row the the Caribbean side chased down the target although at one stage they got themselves in a tight corner by loosing few quick wickets but they held onto their nerves and achieved the target in the final over.
A stumbling block
Nobody would have expected this in form West Indies side to go down against a resurgent Afghanistan side but cricket is a funny game and the unthinkable happened at the Nagpur. Although the Windies suffered defeat but the World was happy to see the Afghan side register a win because at the end of the day it was a good sign for world cricket. Afghanistan side defended a mere target of 124 runs to send Windies packing.
Simmons topples the contenders
No-balls ruins Indian party!
Simmons flew in from West Indies to replace the injured Fletcher and he impressed one and all with his scintillating strokes as he silenced a vocal Mumbai crowd. Although he was given three chances during his innings (two no-balls and one catch) but he utilized it in fine style as his side managed to chase down a stiff target of 193 runs and knocked out the hosts much to the disappointment of home nation. Simmons was declared man of the match.
You can be rest assured that DJ Bravo would not have thought his song would become so popular in the cricketing fraternity and Windies would be crowned champions once again but this is precisely what happened as Windies snatched victory from the jaws of defeat courtesy some fine hitting from Carlos Brathwaite towards the end and some sensible batting from Marlon Samuels who was declared man of the match.
The West Indies played fearless cricket throughout the tournament and this approach was clearly instrumental in them becoming the only team to win this title twice. This T20 format is something the Windies side is made for as they have some quality hard hitting batsman who can tilt the match at any point in time and not to forget those skillful bowlers in the form of Badree and co can strangle any opposition.
The cricketing fraternity would hope that the dispute between Windies Cricket Board and players is resolved soon as it is a always a pleasant sight watching them play and dance.