T20 format in cricket is something like a rebel game or it so seems to the traditional test cricket, in the days of Kerry Packers rebel tours the test playing nations officialdom despised, by laying sanctions on players participation. In fact the seeds of future cricket was laid here where quick fire games became the norm for this format, here emerged the colourful clothing and white ball cricket.
It is to the credit of the officialdom that this format was embraced and the first 2007 World Twenty20 staged in South Africa won by India.What we saw at Kolkata on 3rd April final between England and West Indies was breath taking.
T20 is both a use of old skill slogging and the newer switch hits with the momentum of the game swinging adding to the drama and pulsating flow of the game.
Going into the final over, England were 1-9 on the betting exchanges to complete their victory over the West Indies. With 19 needed off six balls, Carlos Brathwaite, the part-time batsman on strike, had scored a grand total of 25 runs across his four previous T20 internationals, spread across four and a half years. He had a top score of 13.
Bowler Ben Stokes had been part of a death squad that had conceded a meagre 20 runs off the last four overs in the semi-final win against New Zealand. The preceding 114 deliveries in the West Indies innings had brought only three sixes.
Four balls four mighty swings 24 runs added and the miracle happens. Through out this game it went on, each reverse of momentum pivoting on another remarkable piece of skill. Willey with a pair of unplayable yorkers in the 18th to leave Brathwaite strokeless; the big Bajan then reaching his long arms forward to flip an identical ball back over his own head and that of wicketkeeper Jos Buttler for the four that reignited the chase.
Backs to the wall, vilified by both insiders and observers, this West Indies team proved itself exactly that: despite the star power of Chris Gayle, a truly unified collection of talents where each played his part.
Going back in time the West Indies won the first two one-day World Cups in 1975 & 1979 and they have done it again winning the T20 twice in 2012 & 2016 and have done enough to silence the traditionalists.
Final scores England 155/9 (20 overs)West Indies 161/6 (19.4 overs)