West Indies created history on Sunday when they became the first team to lift the ICC World T20 trophy twice in the history of the marquee tournament.
The victory completed a dream treble — with the West Indians also winning the Women's World T20 in addition to the U-19 World Cup bagged in February this year.
The World T20 final witnessed Carlos Brathwaite hit four consecutive sixes off England all-rounder Ben Stokes in the final over of the match to help his side win the game in the most dramatic style.
The match was followed by emotionally-charged speeches from skipper Darren Sammy and Man of the Match, who hit back at their detractors aside from thanking their team-mates, coaching staff and fans back home for the win.
Seemingly looking in tatters at 11 for three inside the third over, the Caribbean team recovered with a 75-run fourth wicket partnership between man of the match Marlon Samuels (85 not out; 66b, 9x4 and 2x6) and Dwayne Bravo (25).
Samuels then teamed up with Brathwaite (34 not out, 10 balls, 1x4, 4x6) to author an unfinished 54-run partnership that saw the team to victory, less than two months after the West Indies boys won the under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh, to make 2016 a memorable year in the annals of Caribbean cricket.
Earlier in the day West Indies annexed their first Women's World T20 crown with a convincing eight-wicket victory in the final over defending champions Australia at the Eden Gardens here on Sunday.
Set an asking rate of 7.45 by the Aussies, who compiled a challenging 148/5 after electing to bat on a docile track, Stafanie Taylor and Hayley Mathews romped to victory with three balls to spare in a game mostly played in sultry conditions and before a sparse crowd.
Let us take a look at how Twitter reacted to the men and women winning the titles:
The cricket community were both astounded by West Indies' brave chase, and also had words of sympathy for the vanquished side:
WI all the way!! True champions, be it u19s, women's or men's championship! Super stuff by team WI! Brathwaite was breathtaking! #WT20Final
— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) April 3, 2016
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) April 3, 2016
Now recovered to send my first congratulatory message to d boys very well played! My MOM C.Brathwaite 34 & 3 for 23. S Badree Player of d WC
— Brian Lara (@BrianLara) April 3, 2016
What a magnificent 20 days that has been for Cricket .. T20 is a great product which has brought much needed new life to the game .. #LoveIt
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) April 3, 2016
— Dwayne DJ Bravo (@DJBravo47) April 3, 2016
— Ian Bell (@Ian_Bell) April 3, 2016
— Damien Martyn (@damienmartyn) April 3, 2016
— Corey Anderson (@coreyanderson78) April 3, 2016
— Anjum Chopra (@chopraanjum) April 3, 2016
— Alex Blackwell (@AlexBlackwell2) April 4, 2016
Brathwaite, the hero of the hour, congratulated the women's side for their victory before celebrating the treble:
— Carlos Brathwaite (@TridentSportsX) March 31, 2016
— Carlos Brathwaite (@TridentSportsX) April 3, 2016
Ben Stokes, who was reduced to tears after conceding four sixes off the last over, thanked the opposition after the match:
To everyone who has supported us thank you very much you've been awesome...congrats to the West Indies on winning a great final
— Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) April 3, 2016
After the responses from the cricketing community, let us now take a look at some of the most hilarious tweets which have been doing the rounds on the microblogging website:
Reminded of Hussey vs Ajmal. Horrible memories. #WT20Final
— Ranting Pakistani (@RantsPakistani) April 3, 2016
THIS IS LAGAAN-2. #WT20Final
— Paresh Rawal (@Babu_Bhaiyaa) April 3, 2016
— Ayushmann Khurrana (@ayushmannk) April 3, 2016
— Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) April 3, 2016
Indian (proudly): We lost to the eventual champion
Afghan: Bhak. We beat the eventual champion#WT20Final
— The UnReal Times (@TheUnRealTimes) April 3, 2016
Carlos Brathwaite kal subah ek photo dalega Instagram pe. 'SHAME' written in big bold letters. #WT20Final
— Akshar (@AksharPathak) April 3, 2016
That Speech from Sammy was more impressive than his entire career as an all-rounder. #WT20Final
— Sagarcasm (@sagarcasm) April 3, 2016
— The-Lying-Lama (@KyaUkhaadLega) April 3, 2016
EXCLUSIVE: Shane Warne to do an Afridi and un-retire, aims to answer Samuels with the ball https://t.co/u83Jkn39z7
— Faking News (@fakingnews) April 4, 2016
The old gang comprising of the likes of Clive Lloyd, Viv Richards, Michael Holding, etc. would be proud after the world-beating efforts of the men, women and the teenagers. Indeed, West Indies is back once again in its glory years.
First Published On : Apr 4, 2016 13:26 IST