On 3 April 2016 Carlos Brathwaite grew to become a West Indies legend.
With England on the cusp of glory within the World T20 last in Kolkata, he was on strike and his facet wanted an unlikely 19 runs off the ultimate over to win.
Brathwaite did it in fashion, hitting Ben Stokes for 4 consecutive sixes as West Indies pulled off one of the crucial outstanding victories of all time with two balls to spare.
West Indies start the defence of that title – towards England, no much less – on Saturday in Dubai.
To mark the event, Brathwaite talks BBC Sport by way of a match, match and last over that can reside lengthy within the reminiscence.
The underdogs chew again
Brathwaite was not chosen within the preliminary West Indies squad however got here in as a substitute for the injured Kieron Pollard. West Indies surpassed expectations, beating England, South Africa and Sri Lanka to prime their group earlier than overcoming India within the semi-finals.
“Going into the match, we had been buzzing and assured however everybody had us ending simply above Afghanistan and going out on the first spherical. I keep in mind us pondering we have now every thing to play for – no-one expects us to do something – so we’ll exit and categorical ourselves.
“We had a staff of seasoned T20 gamers who had performed lots within the Indian Premier League – we had been in all probability essentially the most geared up staff to play within the World Cup.
“We had been accustomed to T20 cricket, the grounds, the group. We had been dumbfounded why we weren’t seen as favourites however had been pleased to go in as underdog tags.
“The whole lot simply clicked. We did not have that one participant who received us the sport. We had contributions from totally different gamers.
“After the semi-final, we had a pleasant metal pan session on the lunch tins. All people was across the lunch desk in Mumbai and we had been enjoying the pots and pans – a pleasant vibe, some jingles and everybody dancing.”
The ultimate – West Indies’ hopes fade
Within the last, England posted 155-9 as Brathwaite returned figures of 3-23 that will shortly be forgotten. In reply, West Indies slipped to 11-3 and, when quantity eight Brathwaite joined Marlon Samuels at 107-6, they wanted 49 off 27 balls.
“Darren Sammy obtained out and we had been trying round to see who would exit subsequent. I simply obtained up, shot out of the dugout and was on the market batting. I solely then realised it was an enormous job.
“I instructed Marlon it was about getting bat on ball, one thing I labored onerous on. Typically within the closing components of the sport you attempt to get fours and sixes and miss the ball fully.”
The equation got here all the way down to 27 off 12 balls, however Chris Jordan conceded solely eight off the penultimate over of the match.
“Marlon obtained a boundary early after which Chris Jordan bowled fantastically and nailed each single yorker.
“I keep in mind then pondering it was an uphill job.”
Six balls, 19 runs wanted
Brathwaite had scored 10 off six balls as he ready to face Stokes. Samuels, unbeaten on 85 off 66, was on the non-striker’s finish.
“I used to be trying on the scoreboard pondering this can be a hell of a chase. Six balls – all of it involves this. I then tuned out after that. Give attention to the ball. Bat on ball. Get it within the air and get Marlon on strike.”
19.1 overs: Stokes will get his line unsuitable. Brathwaite hoists the ball into the stand behind deep backward sq..
“Ball one was down leg and I helped it alongside. I began to run but it surely had flown off the bat properly. Marlon was working circles around the stumps with fist pumps. I used to be in a great zone however that was only one ball – I needed to settle down.”
19.2 overs: Fuller from Stokes, on leg stump, however Brathwaite hammers it over long-on for an enormous six.
“Ball two got here off the bat sweetly. I used to be like ‘yeah, that feels good’. Marlon was giving it some huge ones. I used to be telling him to chill out – we’ve not received it but.”
19.3 overs: Straight and full once more from Stokes. Brathwaite does not center it however nonetheless manages to clear long-off.
“Ball three was a little bit of a shank. I turned to the group, my spouse was there. Solely now did I feel we’re on this. It is only one run to win so I might soak within the environment and luxuriate in it. I turned to the group with fist pumps and blowing kisses.
“At this second I knew I can let my guard down and benefit from the second. I get chills excited about it. It was actual good – indescribable. It was simply a few seconds but it surely was nearly as if time had stopped.
“You may have labored so onerous for thus lengthy, you at all times need that second when you possibly can take pleasure in it and bask within the glory. It simply so occurred that it came about towards England – who occur to be the previous enemy – in India in a World Cup last.
“The primary few balls went so shortly however after the third ball there was slightly one thing happening between Eoin Morgan, Stokes and Marlon, so it gave me a while to take pleasure in it.
“The digicam telephones got here out and with their lights on, capturing the second.
“It was an actual good feeling, as if I would earned these 5 seconds to actually benefit from the fruits of my labour. All of the years you’ve got pined away – within the fitness center, sleepless nights. The whole lot had flashed earlier than my eyes.”
19.4 overs: Stokes drifts on to the pads. Brathwaite heaves it excessive over mid-wicket. Arms outstretched, he is already roaring earlier than the ball has sailed over the mid-wicket boundary. He will get a bear hug from Samuels earlier than being swamped by his team-mates as they cost on to the pitch.
“Then ball 4, it got here off the center as effectively and the remaining is historical past.”
The celebrations – and sharing a second with Stokes
“Carlos Brathwaite, keep in mind the identify!” screamed commentator Ian Bishop. Brathwaite had performed one of many best limited-overs innings of all time in essentially the most thrilling climax to a World Cup last in historical past – solely hours after West Indies had received the Ladies’s World T20 on the identical floor.
“We did a lap of the pitch to salute the group. My spouse and the West Indies girls’s staff got here down. We did some dancing on the pitch.
“After that I video-called my household. Everybody from the village had come over to congratulate my mum. I might hear so many individuals shouting, vehicles honking as they handed my home.
“Then I went to Stokes after. Me and Jordan are shut and I requested him if Stokes was nonetheless round. Throughout that entire match I used to be amassing jerseys of gamers I like and I already stated I wished his jersey after the sport.
“I instructed him, ‘Look man, any individual needed to win and any individual needed to lose, however I obtained nice respect for you and what you’ve got accomplished up to now’.
We shared a mutual second of respect and I obtained his jersey. It was good to benefit from the second however to additionally communicate to a fellow competitor and let him know ‘robust luck and I nonetheless respect your journey up to now’, which I respect extra now.
“The evening had every thing: the efficiency, with the ability to share it with my spouse, my household over video name after which with the ability to join with the opponent as effectively.
“It was one of many nights of my life.”