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.
Bishop said that he had mentioned the name of Carlos Brathwaite a day before the final in a business function when he was asked about the West Indies players to be looked at.
2016 T20 World Cup final was not planned: Ian Bishop
“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 in a video uploaded by the official handle of the T20 World Cup on Twitter.
“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.
Carlos Brathwaite did what he did: Ian Bishop
West Indies required 19 runs in the final over, and all-rounder Brathwaite took the responsibility to finish on his own shoulders.
Brathwaite smashed Ben Stokes for four sixes in a row to guide West Indie to their second T20 title in Kolkata.
After Brathwaite hit the fourth six, Bishop, who was doing commentary for the official broadcasters, strongly said: ‘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.
“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.
“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. 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 added.
West Indies will start their title defence campaign against England on October 23 in Dubai.