Brathwaite buries bitter memories
KOLKATA, India (CMC):
In the space of just four deliveries on Sunday, West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite banished bitter memories that had haunted him for the last five years.
Playing in his Twenty20 International debut against Bangladesh in Dhaka back in October 2011, a 23-year-old Brathwaite conceded 14 runs off the penultimate over with the hosts needing 22 off the two last overs, in pursuit of 133.
With eight runs left off the final over, Bangladesh got home off the fifth delivery, to deal West Indies a three-wicket defeat and claim victory in the one-off T20 game.
DEBUT IN BANGLADESH
"I remember my debut in Bangladesh when I didn't come through for the team and we lost and I made it my business to say Carlos Brathwaite will develop to be a match-winner."
Brathwaite became an instant hero at Eden Gardens as he blasted West Indies to a four-wicket win and to the capture of the 2016 Twenty20 World Cup.
With the Windies needing 19 off the last six balls, Brathwaite clattered sixes off the first four deliveries in a stunning finish.
"It's better than a dream. Initially, the plan was just to get bat on ball and run as hard as possible. We knew we couldn't waste any balls and that was just the first plan," Brathwaite said afterwards.
"Fortunately, I got the first couple of away, that kind of settled the nerves a bit. Then after the third one I knew that all I had to do was get bat on ball on the fourth one and we were world champions. Fortunately, all four went for sixes and here we are, world champions, a treble for West Indies cricket."
Brathwaite finished on 34 not out off 10 deliveries, in an exhilarating 54-run stand with Man-of-the-Match Marlon Samuels, who was unbeaten on 85 off 66 balls at the end.
"It's one of those out-of-body experiences. As a young man you dream of winning a World Cup - probably just winning a game - and to be able to do it among all these legends in T20 cricket, to be able to do it for the people of the Caribbean (is special)." he explained.
Brathwaite had earlier contributed with the ball, taking three for 23 as West Indies restricted England to 155 for nine off their 20 overs.