West Indies seem to have entered a new era, with the men's and women's team winning the World T20 finals against England and Australia respectively. West Indies have completed a fabulous treble, having won the ICC U-19 World Cup in February earlier this year.
The West Indians turned out to be every-bit entertaining throughout the tournament. Dancing to the tune of all-rounder Dwayne Bravo's latest, and a rather unimaginative single 'Champion', they displayed that the shortest format of the game was their domain, and that they would fight till their last breath to defend their dominance in it.
While West Indies were mostly dominant in the men's Super 10 stage, they were part of a number of thrilling contests in women's campaign.
The men began with a six-wicket win of England that included a majestic 47-ball century by Chris Gayle, which was followed by a seven-wicket demolition of Sri Lanka. They qualified for the semis with a narrow three-wicket win over South Africa, before encountering their only loss of the tournament at the hands of Afghanistan.
They broke a billion hearts when a Lendl Simmons' special knock of 82 off 51 deliveries helped them chase the 193-run target set by India in the semi-final, with Samuel Badree, Marlon Samuels and Carlos Brathwaite shining the big final.
In the women's edition, West Indies defeated Pakistan and hosts India by the narrowest of margins -- four and three runs respectively. An all-round performance by skipper Stafanie Taylor helped them thrash a hapless Bangladesh by 49 runs, while their only loss of the tournament came against England.
They rallied to edge favourites New Zealand out of the semi-final by six runs, thanks to efforts of Britney Cooper and captain Taylor, who then combined forces with Hayley Matthews to demolish Australia by eight wickets in the final.
Both the men and women helped make the tournament a successful one in the end, and their contagious celebrations only summed up the way they go about their game — playing it with pride and infusing copious amounts of joy into it.
As they head back to the Caribbean (or not, as will be the case with cricketers who will play in the IPL) to rejoin their families, we present a memento to the 'Calypso Kings and Queens' for being as entertaining as it gets.
We present to you, for your eyes only, our very own Baba Ramdev performing the 'Champion' dance:
Note: As cool as he is, Baba Ramdev was not actually grooving to the viral song.
First Published On : Apr 5, 2016 09:21 IST