FANTASTIC! Jamaica Tallawahs still celebrating CPL win
Jamaica Tallawahs wicket-keeper/batsman Kumar Sangakkara said winning the 2016 Hero Caribbean Premier League title is an "absolutely fantastic" feeling.
"I think it is just a vindication of how the team has played, unbelievably well led by the captain Chris Gayle. A lot of people look at Chris from the outside and think that he is all casual and happy go lucky, but he is a man with a lot of determination to win, and when you are close and playing in the same side you see that passion,” Sangakkara said.
The Jamaicans, who were winning the regional T20 for a second time, were led by a spectacular bowling effort, which was matched by opener Chris Gayle's belligerent half-century that rocketed them to victory with a whopping 7.1 overs to spare.
In Sunday's final, the Guyana Amazon Warriors were dismissed for 93 off 16.1 overs. Gayle's man knocked it off with in 12.5 over to win by nine wickets.
"It's very special to win it for the second time. Firstly I want to thank god. I was struck with a few injuries throughout the season, but I managed to get through. We played good cricket, but they have been the number one team," Gayle said.
"This is the third time they have made it to the final. I just want to say unlucky to them. They played well throughout the season. The win against Trinidad gave us the momentum. I have to thank the management for their support. Dale Steyn is not here, but also want to thank him as well. Jamaica, this (trophy) is another from Chris Gayle and the team. The crowd was fantastic," he added.
Meanwhile, speaking of his teammates Sangakkara highlighted a few people that had been influential but also pointed out that it was a great performance by the whole squad.
“Credit to Superman [Andre] Russell, unbelievable again. Kesrick [Williams] I think has been just a champion throughout, but every single person has contributed. From Imad Wasim to Shakib al Hasan to Jonathan Foo coming in for the last two games, and then Oshane [Thomas], just two games, the semi-final and the final and bowled outstandingly well. I think it just been a fantastic team effort.”
Sri Lankan Sangakkara comes from an island nation that has punched above its weight over the years, just like Jamaica, and he says that the word “Tallawah” which means strong-willed and fearless is the perfect name for this team.
“I think the name itself says it all. Small, but proud and strong. You take setbacks, you take it on the chin and you come back stronger. That has been the story of Jamaica, from its athletes to it is cricketers, they show that Tallawahs spirit. And this was just the case, from Florida to here, to lose three games on the trot to win against Trinbago, come here and beat one of the best sides it is just the epitome of the word Tallawah.”