On This Day (03), The final of the 2016 Twenty20 World Cup was played between the West Indies and England. Former West Indies cricketer Ian Bishop recalled the moment when he enthusiastically commented after West Indies’ victory against England in the 2016 T20 World Cup final.
Batting first, England scored 155 runs for the loss of 09 wickets.
In the Chasing, England set a 156 target for the West Indies and They won the World Cup get 161 runs in 19.4 overs. Marlon Samuel was the man of the match. He scored an unbeaten 85 off 66 balls.
However, 19 runs were needed in the final over and all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite took responsibility of the game on his shoulders and He hit four sixes in a row in the first four balls of Ben’s over.
After hitting the final six, Ian Bishop, who was in the commentary, sternly said, “remember the name Carlos Brathwaite.”
He recalled his enthusiastic comments after beating England in the final. He said he mentioned Brathwaite at a business function the night before the final.
“That 2016 final call was not planned. The day before the final, I went to a function in Kolkata, a businessman’s function. We had to have a question-and-answer session. One of the questions was, are there any players, apart from the obvious ones, in the West Indies team for the final that we should look at.” Bishop said
There, he mentioned that night that Brathwaite could be a game changer. He said
“So, I eliminated a few players, the Gayles, the Badrees, etc. And I said, ‘Carlos Brathwaite’. He is built like a house. He is bowling well. He could be a game-changer. I never said, he would. I just said ‘he could be’, and he is someone to look out for.” he further said.
Accordingly, Ian Bishop, who was engaged in commentary with the final six hits, he said loudly, “Carlos Brathwaite remember the name.” Bishop revealed that it was England commentator David Lloyd who was in charge at that moment, but the Englishman insisted him to take over the proceedings.
“I have always said that, I didn’t want the moment. David Lloyd was on call lead. I did not want it. He handed it over to me, and I was scared when he did that. All of a sudden, I was thrust into that position. It was just the emotion coming out.”
He added that he remembered what he had said about Brathwaite the night before.
“I sort of subconsciously remembered what I had said about Carlos the day before, when I told the businessman to look out for this fella, and I was kind of speaking to them, ‘remember the name.”
He also said West Indies team had been through a lot and he felt from being around the team.
“So, the West Indies team had been through a lot. I felt from being around the team. There was a sort of a fire burning in them. When that moment came, and Carlos did, because I thought they were behind in the game, and Carlos did what he did. It was just the passion that came out.” Bishop said.