Brathwaite sympathises with Stokes
World Cup hero Carlos Brathwaite has expressed sympathy to English bowler Ben Stokes for the hostile treatment meted out to him in the final over of the T20 World Cup between the West Indies and England on Sunday.
Brathwaite paid tribute to Stokes, describing him as a 'legend' and says his contribution to English cricket must not be forgotten.
With West Indies needing 19 runs of the last over to secure victory, the powerful Barbadian calmly belted four astonishing sixes off the first four deliveries bowled by Stokes to seal the title.
"Yes, Ben Stokes is an absolute legend in his own right. You shouldn't forget what he has done for England in the past couple of months. Cricket is a cruel game, and a lot of people can be on him, "said Brathwaite in an interview with ESPN Cricinfo.
"Just remember Stuart Broad was hit for six sixes by Yuvraj [Singh], and his career has gone on the up ever since. To Ben, tough luck last night, commiserations to you and the England team. Wish he has a long and successful career ahead of him".
The victory over England ensures a place in history for Darren Sammy's men, the first team to win the ICC T20 World Cup twice.
The victory, shortly after the West Indies Women beat Australian to win the women's T20 World Cup for the first time, has sparked euphoria across the Caribbean.
Brathwaite says he went for the fourth boundary because he did not want to leave it to chance with West Indies needing a run from three balls.
"Last over, in a final, it is always difficult to bring it too far down. But after having done all the hard work and getting three sixes in three balls, one run off three balls was needed, and I didn't want to leave it too late," said Brathwaite.