#ThisDayThatYear: 'Carlos Brathwaite.. Remember the name!'
West Indies completely owned the year 2016 in limited overs format. Having already won the ICC Under-19 World Cup and ICC Women's World T20, Windies went on to add a third trophy to the cabinet that year. Carlos Brathwaite's astounding effort turned things around for them in the final against England. Here is how the blistering grand finale panned out at the Eden Gardens.
England lost star openers Alex Hales and Jason Roy in the powerplay after West Indies put them into bat. Joe Root stitched a 61-run stand with Jos Buttler before Brathwaite dismissed the duo. Despite an untimely middle-order failure, David Willey's handy 14-ball 21 propelled England to 155 at the end of 20 overs. Brathwaite and Dwayne Bravo scalped three wickets apiece.
The England camp was jubilant when Root removed Johnson Charles and a dangerous Chris Gayle in the second over. Lendl Simmons departed too as West Indies were reduced to 11/3. Marlon Samuels (85*) braced the innings with Dwayne Bravo too contributing 25. Following skipper Daren Sammy's dismissal, West Indies required 49 off 27 balls. What followed was nothing short of a miracle.
With 19 required off the last over, a rather inexperienced Brathwaite was up against Ben Stokes. He smashed Stokes for a six off the first delivery, having ignited some hope. Brathwaite duly dispatched the next two balls in the crowd as well. The 31-year-old did not hold back and hammered another maximum, guiding West Indies to glory in what was a cracker of contest.
"Cometh the hour, cometh the man!" Marlon Samuels has contributed in both the two finals for West Indies in the World T20 history. While he notched up 78 in 2012 against Sri Lanka, his unbeaten 85 paved the way for West Indies in 2016.
Having won in 2016, Daren Sammy became the first captain in international cricket to grab more than one World T20 title. Although Clive Lloyd (1975 and 1979) and Ricky Ponting (2003 and 2007) also won two World Cups, they reached the milestone in 50-over competition.