Feeling of winning the World Cup hasn't sunk in yet - Carlos Brathwaite

Marlon Samuels (left) and Carlos Brathwaite (right) celebrating the ICC World T20 win over England.
Marlon Samuels (left) and Carlos Brathwaite (right) celebrating the ICC World T20 win over England.
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West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite dedicated the ICC World Twenty20 victory of his team to the people of Caribbean after defeating England in the final by four wickets in Kolkata.

When 19 runs were needed in the final over, not many would have given West Indies a chance but Brathwaite plundered four consecutive sixes off Ben Stokes to bring home the second World T20 trophy for Darren Sammy’s men.

Stating that the feeling of winning hasn’t sunk in yet, Brathwaite felt the win was very special as not many had backed the West Indies team to clinch the title this time around.

“As a young man you dream of winning a World Cup, probably even winning a game.

“To be able to do it amongst these legends in T20 cricket and we had to do it for the people of the Caribbean.

“We were written off and even had you listened to the commentary, no one had backed West Indies to win.

“This win is really special and could not have scripted any better.

“We keep singing, we keep dancing and we keep talking about it but I don’t think it has sunk in yet.”

Brathwaite also said he was nervous at the start of the final over and started to feel confident after the first two sixes as the equation was down to seven from four deliveries which he felt was quite achievable.

“Initially the plan was only to get bat on ball as we knew we cannot waste any balls.

“In the final over, fortunately got couple [of sixes] away, that calmed my nerves a bit.

“After the third one I knew, All I needed to do was to get bat on the ball on the fourth.

“Fortunately, all four went for sixes and here we are World Champions.”

David Willey gave England a bright chance after he dismissed Sammy and Andre Russell in quick succession in the 16th over leaving Marlon Samuels stranded at one end.

Brathwaite lauded Samuels for calming his nerves and further added that the initial plan for him was to hand over the strike to the seasoned campaigner in Samuels at the other end.

“When I came to bat, Marlon [Samuels] told me to target the short boundaries on the leg side.

“Initially I wanted to get the strike back to him and We did not want to take any risk of scoring the boundary on the bigger side.

“Fortunately, it came off and this is the biggest game of my life so far.”

The 27-year-old was drafted in the team as a genuine all-rounder in the place of Jason Holder.

However, Brathwaite had a poor tournament with the ball having picked one wicket in the five games but in the final he had turned it around completely after registering figures of 23 for three in the four overs which included the key wickets of Joe Root and Jos Buttler.

The West Indian all-rounder said he was working hard on his bowling especially getting the yorkers right.

“I was working really hard on my bowlers as I had let my team down in the previous games.

“Everything came off well today. I was backing my plans and was trying to bowl more yorkers.

“Thanks everyone for supporting us.

“It is our job and we come to play to win and make Caribbean proud. Thankfully, we did it.”

Brathwaite now will be seen in the Indian Premier League after he was picked by the Delhi Daredevils for a whopping 4.2 crore (INR).

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