This edition of the World T20 has been illuminated by some brilliant individual performances, particularly over the last week.
Spin has undisputedly been the flavour of the tournament, but fans who come to watch the big sixes being hit wouldn’t have any reason to complain as we’ve also been treated to some splendid batting efforts.
In this format, the momentum so often hinges on a quickfire 30 or 40-odd and Australia were at the receiving end of some trademark T20 heroics by the West Indian duo of Dwayne Bravo and the skipper Darren Sammy.
Australia’s young fast bowler James Faulkner had set the tone for a tense affair with some controversial remarks about the Windies on the eve of the game.
They only served to fire up the West Indians who pulled off an absolute thriller thanks to a 49 run partnership between Bravo and Sammy in just 19 deliveries.
Sammy ensured Faulkner was left to eat humble pie by smacking him for two successive sixes which sealed the game and sparked wild scenes of jubilation in the West Indies camp led by none other than the charismatic Chris Gayle.
When it came to another crucial clash against Pakistan, both Bravo and Sammy picked up from where they had left off against the Aussies as they helped Windies smash 82 runs off the last five overs to post a challenging total.
Pakistan’s Ahmed Shehzad had struck a stunning unbeaten century off just 62 balls against Bangladesh but succumbed to a brilliant swinging yorker from paceman Krishmar Santokie off the very first ball of his team’s innings. Unfortunately, that’s how it goes in this game.
Glenn Maxwell also thrilled the crowds with his unorthodox batting style but it wasn’t enough to fetch Australia the wins they so badly needed.
The tournament, has well and truly belonged to the spinners, though, as New Zealand discovered against Rangana Herath whose brilliant fifer put Sri Lanka through to the semis.
Amit Mishra and Ravi Ashwin also created ripples, and it says a lot when a spinner emerges as South Africa’s top bowler as was the case with the wily Imran Tahir.
But Dwayne Bravo, for his all-round excellence with bat, ball and in the field, is the Ceat International cricketer of the week.