Tuesday, 05 April 2016 - 8:33
WI’s Carlos Brathwaite shares his experience



The four outstanding sixes by West Indies’ Carlos Brathwaite in the final over helped the team to catapult to an astonishing four-wicket win over England, and make history by becoming the only team to win the game two times.

Brathwaite finished on 34 not out from just 10 deliveries, but veteran right-hander Marlon Samuels stroked an unbeaten 85 from 66 balls and was the architect of the victory, earning the Player-of-the-Match award.

"Most of the nations have more resources than we do, but we have natural talent," Brathwaite, said.

"It has been said we don't have brains that we don't harness our talent that we do things off the field that contribute to poor on-field success. But I just want to say being around these guys, that everything we do on and off the field is for the betterment of West Indies, not just the team but also cricket and the region in general.”

Talking about his great finish at the game he added, "It was a little nerve-wracking to be honest, I just tried to stay focused, use my cue words, watch the ball and take some pressure off Marlon," Brathwaite said. "It would have been too hard to give him a single and expect him to do it all. I just had to bite the bullet and try to get a couple of boundaries, which fortunately I did, give God thanks for bringing it home for the people in West Indies.

"After the third six I just backed myself, go hard, if it goes in the air I knew Marlon would finish it but I knew I had to be there as close to the end as possible. We continued to back ourselves, back our strength and our strength is hitting boundaries. Once we knew it was manageable we knew we could do it.

"I just want say a special mention to everyone in Sergeant's Village, my family, my friends and especially to Mr Erroll Edie, the master bat-maker from the Caribbean. He made this special beauty for me to use in the World Cup and he told me, 'Carlos, go out there and smash 'em'. Erroll, I did, and now we are world champions."

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