West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has stated that his song 'Champion', which has gone viral in the recent weeks following the Caribbean side's victory in the recently-concluded World T20, did its part in inspiring the team during adverse times.
Bravo had released his single in India in the weeks leading up to ICC's flagship T20 tournament, and his team-mates adopted the song as their anthem, one that would become the basis for their celebrations.
Chris Gayle celebrated to the signature steps of the dance that accompanies the song after he brought up his second T20I century in just 47 deliveries in the two-time World T20 champions' opening fixture against England in Mumbai.
"It's an inspirational song. At the end of the day, everyone wants to be a champion," Bravo was quoted as saying according to a report on The Times of India.
The song has defined the successful West Indian campaign in the 2016 World T20, in which the team defied all odds — especially the hurdles strewn along their path by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).
Many of the key players in the West Indies team, especially Gayle, Bravo, skipper Darren Sammy, Keiron Pollard, etc. have been at loggerheads with the West Indies board over issues such as payment, which culminated into the players walking out of the tour of India late in 2014.
Sammy had revealed in the post-match presentation ceremony in the World T20 final in Kolkata that the team was not even sure of its participation in the marquee event. The 2012 champions did not even have their official kits ready with the tournament just around the corner, with the team manager having to fly to Kolkata from Dubai to get the jerseys printed in time.
He also told The Times of India that he was happy to launch the song in cricket-crazy India, a country that loves its music and dance much like the Caribbean.
"I was lucky to have launched it in India - a country of cricket. I don't know if it would have been so well received anywhere else in the world. India is a country that loves its music and dance, so it's natural that they lapped it up.
Both the men's and women's teams celebrated to the song after defeating England and Australia respectively in the finals on 3 April, and the duo of Bravo and Sammy have been spotted entering the team hotel while dancing to the song, as depicted in the videos below:
Now THIS is how you celebrate a semi-final win!
— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) March 31, 2016
— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) April 3, 2016
The success of the song drove to us to give the West Indians a little 'memento' from our side. Check out the video below, featuring 'DJ' Baba Ramdev:
Let us find out what song the West Indians, or Bravo to be specific, have for us in store in the next edition of the World T20. Till then, one can rest assured that 'Champion' will continue to rock the charts, at least during the Indian Premier League.