Many of us witnessed the incredible win of the West Indies. What were our thoughts when we saw that in the last over, the West Indies batsmen had to make nineteen runs to win?
According to data available almost everybody thought it was impossible.
England won! West Indies defeated! Good try, but alas what a wasted effort! These were some of the exclamations and titles newspaper sports writers had already coined as they began to write their sports stories. I wonder, though, what Brathwaite thought as he looked at the scoreboard and saw he had to hit nineteen runs to win.
Did he shake his head, smile at his partner at the other end of the pitch and tell him it was an impossible task? His partner walked up to him, and told him to just take a single and that he Samuels would try and hit the impossible.
Even his partner didn’t believe he was capable of winning the match.
But he did! He hit four successive sixes, and made history!
When all the others, the spectators, his opponents, his team and even his partner saw the impossible he saw the positive; in his mind’s eye, he felt his bat cracking four balls over the boundary. He heard the joyous roar of the crowd, even before the magical shots were struck!