A great day for West Indies cricket

Sunday was a great day for West Indies cricket

Sunday was a great day for West Indies cricket
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Donovan Miller, director of the Chris Gayle Academy, gives us his reaction to what he calls a great day for West Indies cricket, after they picked up two global titles on Sunday.

As we predicted, it was a close final, but definitely a bit too close for my liking. We never knew quite what was going to happen, and it was a game full of drama and emotion.

One minute England had it in the bag, then the West Indies, then England again but when it came down to the last over, everyone must have been thinking - even the England players - that the game was over and there was no way the West Indies would be able to finish the game in the way they did.

It was a brilliant game of cricket, great for the game, great to watch and great for West Indies cricket.

Both sides lost three early wickets, but both recovered. So much of that is down to them being able to bat all the way down, especially West Indies.

There was a huge amount of pressure on both teams, playing in front of 50,000 people in India. Even though England play a brand of fearless cricket, this was still a new experience.

The West Indies team wanted to win so badly that I think what happened is that their emotions got the better of them and maybe that's why there was so much drama in the game.

It's tough to control your emotions in a situation like that. You had one team playing with no fear and another who wanted to win for their people and you have to feel for England in a situation like that.

You have to feel for Ben Stokes after being hit for four sixes in the final over. It's very easy to sit here now and say 'he should have done this' or 'he should have done that' but you can't take away the brilliance of Carlos Brathwaite in that last over. Only Stokes can tell you what he was trying to do, but it looks like he backed himself to bowl four yorkers in the same area and it just didn't happen.

It was a great day for West Indies with the women doing brilliantly to beat Australia in their final earlier on. Australia posted a record score and I thought it was going to be very tough for the girls, but for them to chase the runs down, especially with Hayley Matthews doing so well, was brilliant to see.

Talking of records, Marlon Samuels broke his own record for top score in a WT20 final. He's taken a lot of criticism but we know he is a brilliant cricketer. For him to hold his nerve when wickets were falling and then step up the tempo when he needed to and be there at the end was good to see. The West Indians will be very pleased with his performance. He just seems to turn it on in finals and likes batting against England - Tests, ODIs and T20Is.

I found captain Darren Sammy's comments after the match very interesting. I felt something like this was coming. You can imagine that perhaps the West Indies Cricket Board is going to come back hard at him but this is not really new. Going back to the days when I was young, I can remember Clive Lloyd having similar issues with the board and administrators.

What the board should do now is, rather than having a go back, is come together and say 'we understand your frustrations, but let's come together and try to work it out'.

We've all got a short break from Twenty20 cricket now but the Indian Premier League is just around the corner. Most of the West Indians will stay in India and join up with their franchises but the next few months are set to be hectic and fun from a cricketing point of view. Hopefully I'll be heading off to catch some of the IPL in Bangalore and then looking to go out to the Caribbean for the CPL - and there's plenty coming up with the Academy as well!

Darren Sammy poses with the ICC WT20 trophy

Darren Sammy poses with the ICC WT20 trophy
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