LONDON: Carlos Brathwaite’s 4 consecutive sixes that carried the team West Indies success over the team England in the World Twenty20 final capped what previous players and journalists explained as one of the sport´s greatest matches on the day of Monday.
With the West Indies needing 19 runs for success off the last over, the Barbadian required merely four of Ben Stokes´ final 6 deliveries to seal a 4-wicket victory at the venue of Kolkata´s Eden Gardens on the day of Sunday.
“Anyone who was here witnessed one of the great T20 matches. It was won, it was lost, then won, then lost. No side actually deserved to lose it,” ex-England captain Nasser Hussain wrote in his Daily Mail column after the team West Indies defeated the England´s 155 for nine on a toughest batting surface.
Fellow ex-England skipper Michael Atherton wrote in The Times: “It was a spectacular end to a spectacular tournament that highlighted the best of the contemporary game — a game in which the team England played a full part for once.”
The Daily Telegraph elaborated Brathwaite´s onslaught as “4 balls that amazed the world” with its correspondent Jonathan Liew writing: “It was believed to be one of the most remarkable successes ever known.”
“A match that will resound well beyond the boundaries of this venue, well beyond the boundaries of T20 as a finish for the ages.”
While Brathwaite´s stunning display of power-hitting permitted the Caribbean side to become the 1st to win the World T20 title twice, there was much sympathy for the team England bowler Stokes, who was on the winning end of the late mauling.
England skipper Eoin Morgan stated: “Ben is going to be ruined and devastated.
Cricket can be very cruel game, it will take its toll over the next couple of days but we share the pain, we share the victory.”
Ex-Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene, one of the greatest batsmen of current times, also had sympathy for the bowler Stokes claiming on ESPN that he was punished by the cricketer Brathwaite because his deliveries were not pretty correct enough.
“But I feel sorry for the Ben Stokes — and many bowlers in this day and age,” he further added.
Meanwhile, Ex-Australian fast bowler Dennis Lillee was full of praise for the winners and their access towards T20 cricket.
He informed the ESPN that he had written about their batting prowess in his newspaper column before the tournament started and claimed that it was that power that secured success in the end.
“There has never been another 6-hitting team like this one, and that resulted to be the clincher,” he claimed.