By Lunga Kupiso
With the conclusion of the World T20 World Cup in India, as the West Indies were crowned Kings and Queens of World Cricket in both the Men’s and the Women’s tournament, months after their U19 squad were crowned the Champions in Bangladesh, the island nation pulling the triple threat. Beyond that historical achievement, there is something quiet admirable to take from this tournament.The chaos of T20 cricket coming together beautifully, as we watched those who can handle the pressure that comes with bowling to batsmen with no boundaries wide enough and stadiums that seem so small, batsmen who could hold their nerve against bowlers who have the ability to swing the ball both ways. Elegant destruction, mesmerizing freedom; and absolute trust in each player’s ability to execute their skills.
This World T20 has been nothing short of a revelation and the two sides in world cricket who play with so much freedom undoubtedly were deserving finalists and the champions in the end were those who had more determination to win and lift the trophy to prove a point, not only to their fellow competitors but to their board as well. It has proven beyond any reasonable doubt that the shortest format of the game is about freedom of expression in skill and absolute disregard of common sense.
For so long, Eoin Morgan has said that since stepping up and taking the helm as the skipper of the T20 side, he wants his players to play with freedom and play their natural game and we saw how that successfully worked for the English troops when they were visiting South African shores. The West Indies has long been filled with big hitters who now are professional journeyman, traveling the world to play the big T20 leagues of the world such as the IPL, Big Bash League & the NatWest Blast.
West Indies captain, Darren Sammy said at the post-match presentation, “I am going to enjoy this victory in celebration tonight because I do not know when I will play cricket with them again.” And it is these words that have left many hoping that Beyond this World T20 Tournament however, fans and admirers of such big names like Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo & Darren Sammy will hope that the West Indies Cricket Board comes to some sort of agreement with the players and that the two parties find an amicable solution and continue to amaze world cricket.
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