Sri Lanka v West Indies, Final, World Twenty20, Colombo

Samuels, Sammy give WI first world title since 1979

The Report by Sidharth Monga

October 7, 2012

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West Indies 137 for 6 (Samuels 78, Sammy 26*, Mendis 4-12) beat Sri Lanka 101 (Jayawardene 33, Kulasekara 26, Narine 3-9, Sammy 2-6) by 36 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Marlon Samuels smashed 78 off 56 balls, Sri Lanka v West Indies, final, World Twenty20, Colombo, October 7, 2012
Marlon Samuels played a blinder to turn a potential embarrassment into a party © Associated Press

Flair. Calypso. Frontrunners. Millionaires. Gold chains. Chris Gayle. No, no, no, no, no and no. West Indies' first World Twenty20 win was more digging in, refusing to give up, running and fielding like their life depended on this match, stunning the home crowd, and pulling off one of the most amazing turnarounds in Twenty20 history, especially given the stage. The due share of flair came from one of the most eye-pleasing batsmen going around. There's no need to add "one of the" here, because Marlon Samuels played simply the best Twenty20 international innings ever seen when West Indies were down and the count had reached about eight. A feedbacker to ESPNcricinfo's ball-by-ball commentary asked if Samuels' 78 was the 281 of Twenty20 cricket.

Samuels was not just shouting for help from the burning deck. He danced on that burning deck. He danced so well the burning deck became attractive. And Sri Lanka were singed. So singed that arguably the best Twenty20 bowler in the world went for 0 for 54. So singed that Ajantha Mendis' figures of 4 for 12 in the final meant nothing to the result. West Indies had been 14 for 2 after Powerplays and 32 for 2 after 10 overs, the fourth-worst and fifth-worst scores at these points in the history of Twenty20 internationals. They even took 17 balls to score their first run off the bat. Yet so breathtaking was Samuels' assault, never mind the wickets falling around him, that Sri Lanka were too stunned to respond.

It is also fair, in a way, that captain Darren Sammy contributed big to the win. That the man who has led the team through times when others had deserted it, despite obvious question marks over his skills, played a crucial role on the big night of a tournament that had threatened to make him almost superfluous ... When Samuels got out, West Indies were still 108 in the 18th over. They needed a strong finish to keep fighting. And fight Sammy did. He swung and ran like hell, turning three ones into twos in the last over, hitting two fours around those scrambles.

It was perhaps a little easy to carry on after Samuels had struck. Samuels struck when Malinga had come back to try to deliver the knockout blow. Samuels counterattacked sensationally. All Malinga had to do was miss his yorker by a few inches in the 13th over, and Samuels stunned him with three of the finest sixes: a flick over deep midwicket, a loft over long-on, and a beautiful drive over extra cover. Still only 69 for 2 after 13, but it helped West Indies show fight.

Jayawardene wanted to nip that fight in the bud. He brought back Ajantha, who responded with three wickets in his last two overs: Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russell and Kieron Pollard out of the way. Surely Jayawardene had snubbed it all out?

Not quite. In between those two overs, Samuels continued his assault, taking apart Jeevan Mendis. Then was the turn of the man widely acknowledged as the best bowler in Twenty20 cricket. After hitting Malinga for a four and a six, Samuels got a length ball, which he sent onto the roof of the stadium - the biggest six of the tournament at 108 metres.

Angelo Mathews said during the break that West Indies were still 15-20 short. Perhaps they were, but the momentum of that onslaught - 105 in last 10 - was huge. If Sri Lanka were not already in their shells, a superb first ball from Ravi Rampaul sent Tillakaratne Dilshan's off stump cartwheeling. His finger went to his lips. The crowd, though, had already been stunned into silence.

Two of Sri Lanka's greatest cricketers were now in the middle, but like the West Indies openers they were under pressure too. And would they have thought of three previous World Cup finals that they had lost? Jayawardene was too early into a sweep - a shot he plays better than anybody else in today's cricket - and nearly gave Samuels a wicket in his first over. Kumar Sangakkara kept hitting even poor deliveries straight to fielders. West Indies kept squeezing harder and harder.

Such is the pace of Twenty20 that suddenly Sri Lanka were 39 after eight overs, and while they had wickets in hand, they don't matter as much in T20 as they do in more traditional formats. Most importantly, Sunil Narine had shown in one over that he was going to turn the ball a long way. Sri Lanka were running out of time, and needed to target somebody.

Sangakkara targeted Samuel Badree, and even though he hit a four, he also deposited a long hop with deep midwicket. Sammy now put in another squeeze. Mathews was finding that he had spoken too early. Three dots later, he moved across and the stumps were laid prone. Sammy hit them with a slower ball. Now it began to drizzle. Sri Lanka were well behind D/L now, and Jayawardene had to take risks. Never really flowing in his effort, Jayawardene mistimed a reverse shot, and holed out to point.

After that Nuwan Kulasekara was just a minor irritant to celebrations the world had been waiting to watch. Gayle, who might have failed with just 3 off 16, was the man dancing the hardest with every falling wicket. He was also the first with his arm around Rampaul, who bowled an over late in the piece that was as ordinary as his first wicket was extraordinary.

After that 22-run over, Sri Lanka needed 44 from four overs, not unheard of in T20. Sammy, though, had kept the trump card back. On cue, Narine delivered Kulasekara's wicket. The birthday boy, Bravo, who had got a shocker from the umpire when he batted, was the man at the end of the two catches that finished the match.

The time had finally arrived to party, and West Indies partied as well as they had played.

Innings Dot balls 4s 6s Powerplay 16-20 overs NB/Wides
West Indies 54 6 7 14-2 48-1 0/0
Sri Lanka 51 7 1 30-1 7-3 (18.4) 0/1

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Posted by Solid_Snake on (October 10, 2012, 19:09 GMT)

Cricket is not a game of 'if's and buts'..Its a game that is played on the ground.I dont understand why people call the other group as an easy group..It had England being a current Champion,SL as Hosts,NZ ok not so good and WI the current champions.Now people would argue that England are not good player of Spinners and they cant play on these Pitches.Well England won in WI and the pitches in WI are more or less the same.So that point is out of question.Also same Eng defeated Pak so badly in UAE.Now people would argue that Pak is not so good and ENG beating them is not a big thing.Pak was the team surviving the death group and advancing into the Semis be it by luck or whatever.So it means Pak is something.In the death group what did SA do?No#1 ranked team but a Complete flop show by their side.So both groups were more or less the same.Its just a coincidence that all the top teams went into one group

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 10, 2012, 17:08 GMT)

@Harmony111; I said we entered into the semi final with ease means, it is due to performance. These teams are international teams & not just schhol teams. Second thing, since you make it difficult to beat Australia you think it as tougher grouo. For Pak & SL, this Australian team is not so tough. Group 1 is not so easy as you think. I think you feel it because Sri Lanka is there. Even you lost to NZ in India. Still are you going to say they are easy? I cant understand the rationale behind it. Pak make it as a habit to beat Australia. See their matches with Australia, in this WC & UAE. But your team make it as a habit to loose to Australia & give lots of excuses. This defeat simply reflect your inability to defeat Australia. For example in CB series. The bitter truth is, you couldn't get warner & Watson out early in this match. It cost the game for you. Don't blame on rain it self. If they got out, i feel you definitely bowled them all out & may in the final. Your team had that caliber

Posted by A_Yorkshire_Lad on (October 10, 2012, 16:07 GMT)

@ Meety - yeah , i'm with you on that one

Posted by Harmony111 on (October 10, 2012, 13:40 GMT)

@colombo_SL: Firstly, you yourself admitted that SL made it to the Finals with ease. It has got everything to do with SL being in the easier group. Don't forget that SL were lucky to tie the match vs NZ as Baz had refused to take a single of the ricochet off Akhila else NZ would have won. Things would have been diff then. As for India, India lost only one match in the whole tournament and the margin was a bit too much that's why India could not reach the semis. Had it not rained then even if Aus had won that match India's NRR won't have been so bad. Moreover, India were in the Group of Death, 2 teams would have lost out. It turned out to be India and SA. SL were lucky to win vs NZ and had the hapless Eng as the other team. Finally, to put this back to you, I am sure you now see how ridiculous this whole argument is. I hope now you realize just how tough it is to win matches. Guess who made fun of India's WC 2011 win and #1 rank? Wasn't it SL fans? You want to say something to them now?

Posted by Meety on (October 10, 2012, 11:16 GMT)

@Venki_indian on (October 08 2012, 06:27 AM GMT) - "Losers have to accept the defeat" - accept of course when it involves rain hey? @A_Yorkshire_Lad on (October 10 2012, 10:21 AM GMT) - I'm there, just one thing, I REFUSE to drink WARM BEER!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by dariuscorny on (October 10, 2012, 11:13 GMT)

spot on @Sinhaya we shud prepare green tops for domestic cricket to get used to the fast and bouncy pitches,as going with green tops against visiting teams may well backfire.that's what im talking about...

Posted by A_Yorkshire_Lad on (October 10, 2012, 10:21 GMT)

@ Meety - oh dear , I see that some joker has assumed you're one of us !! You must have really upset somebody ! Welcome aboard old chap , Tea and cucumber sandwiches ( with the crusts cut off ) is at 4 o'clock sharp and don't forget your bowler hat :)

Posted by Sinhaya on (October 10, 2012, 8:58 GMT)

@Fast_Track_Bully, I have to say that Indians are the best among the sub continent batsmen in tackling pace bowling. Stats of Tendulkar and Dravid clearly prove it. Laxman too is good but mainly against Aussies. Kohli also should get there but not my favorite Indian batsman Sehwag. But please dont forget that Sangakkara, Inzamam Ul Haq, Younis Khan and Thilan Samaraweera (after his SA tons last year) are also good players on bouncy pitches. We are fools to make our pitches bouncy when visiting teams come down. But we must prepare green tops for domestic matches so that we can get used to when we go away. Spin will always be the strength of Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan always though Pakistan will always produce great fast bowlers and spinners too. South Africa, England and Australia is all about pace bowling.

Posted by Sinhaya on (October 10, 2012, 7:20 GMT)

@Fast_Track_Bully, South Africans are great in test cricket and will be like that for a while. Did you know sir that South Africa last lost an away test series when they visited Sri Lanka in 2006 and when Sanga and Mahela posted a 624 run partnership? South Africa will come here for a full tour in July next year and looking forward to some exciting cricket. India had to settle for 1-1 when SA visited India in early 2010. I dont want to call SA as chokers as we are in the same boat like them in ICC events. If Sri Lanka and South Africa enter the next T20 world cup finals, then an amazing battle of the chokers. I respect South Africa for preparing spinning pitches like the Durban one which has helped us beat them in a test match there just like what India did.

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 10, 2012, 6:56 GMT)

Oh, it is almost about 800 comments. Finally, i must say, due to Indian & Sri Lankan Teams, Due to Indian & Sri Lankan fans, this cricket world is quite interesting. I do feel they really love cricket. Cheers Indian & Sr Lankan brothers!

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 10, 2012, 6:45 GMT)

Finally, i must say West Indies are the 2012, T20 World Cricket Champions. What an achievement. It is a victory , every neutral like to see. We hope your consistence over the long run WI. It adds diversity & excitement to this cricket world. Even we should grateful to Indian fans here. Their comments actually made this competition so hot. Like to keep this interaction forever with cricket fans all over the world. By the way what happened to FANTAZY CRICKET?

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 10, 2012, 6:38 GMT)

@Harmony11: (Refer About your comment @Sinhaya). You mentioned there " Btw, if Aus can chase 140 in 15 overs with so much ease then why did SL fail to chase 138 vs WI?". Bro, cricket can't analyse like that using simple arithmetic. If i rearrange this question like below, what is your answer. " if SL can enter into final with ease Why India couldn't make it even into semis". I think this question is silly. But it is something similar to your above argument. I would, say just comparing numbers, we can't analyse cricket. It is a silly effort. (I answered you because you asked it about Sri Lankans performance)

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 10, 2012, 6:18 GMT)

I never feel, since we are good neighbours we should praise your team more than others & vice-versa. We are here to praise good cricket. It should never heart to our relationships. Because cricket is not the whole life & we are here to see, enjoy & appreciate good talents.

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 10, 2012, 6:10 GMT)

@dariuscorny; This incident (Oct. 2nd), is a one out of control from us. To explain it, it is necessary to analyse macro environment. But, it is not allowed here & this is not the forum to do it. I feel, off the field reasons reflected there.

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 10, 2012, 5:53 GMT)

@dariuscorny; I can give you the answer for your question & Oct. 2nd incident bro. But, i think it may not get published here. I can summarized it like that, " If the Seeds are mango, you get only it & not anything else". We were also embarrased in a similar matter off the field.

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 10, 2012, 5:38 GMT)

@dariuscorny; At 2nd october incident. When SL or Australia played in Australia, they get much support from local fans in Australia. See, these fans even have citizenship of this country (Australia) & get full benefits there. Understand the embarassment, Australian may feel. In that case you can't say Australians supported India or Sri Lanka. Also, we can't say exactly what happened there. I think, this support may be due to a recent off the field incident. I don't like to mention it here. I think you can visualize it. But, the truth is off the field reasons are reflected in the ground. That's why Ind Vs. Pak matches are so hot. Don't blame Sri lankans on everything bro, it is too sad to see.

Posted by Harmony111 on (October 10, 2012, 5:32 GMT)

@Sinhaya: Oh, so SL's Final's loss can be excused cos they happened to lose wickets in a hurry due to a rain that never came but in India's case, a total of 6 minutes can't be talked of as a reason even if it made it diff for India's spin dominated attack to bowl properly. All it takes for the ball to become slippery is to go out in the field 3-4 times. The moist ball somehow feels even bigger in the palms than a drier ball, the seam becomes softer so the ball does almost nothing after pitching. In any case, most Indian fans knew and admitted that 140 was a low score vs the Aussies, the rain is only part of the reason why India lost that match. Btw, if Aus can chase 140 in 15 overs with so much ease then why did SL fail to chase 138 vs WI? As for the Makadeding issue, SL had just lost a wick and Angelo was on 0 then, Thiri's wicket would have been double blow to SL and things might have been a lot diff. If Ind can lose a wick on THAT 6th ball then 2 quick wick would mean a lot for SL.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (October 10, 2012, 5:23 GMT)

This will haunt SL fan for ever as the WC2011 final. Do they have dare to call SA 'the chokers'?

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 10, 2012, 4:45 GMT)

@sinhaya; thanks for your comments. Don't take seriously the comments of Narbavi, Sobersfan etc. They comment based on off the field reasons. They provide fun for us free of charge.

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 10, 2012, 4:37 GMT)

@Harmony111; I just want to highlight you, see the number of comments on our semi final victory against Pak, & comments here. Some of the Indian fans put comments here not on WI victory but on our defeat. But see the good comments put by Pak fans on our victory against them.

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 10, 2012, 4:31 GMT)

Mark2011; Noticed your comment. Thanks for feed back. While commenting on comments against my country, i really like to appreciate good cricket. I praised @Harmony111 because he seems to be good & argue on facts. It is good to see. But some fans without any reason, insult on us. Think them as ordinary people.

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 10, 2012, 4:24 GMT)

@Harmony; Even we don't want to put your team down. We know you are 2011 World Cricket Champs. I personally feel 50 over World Cups are still superior than champions trophy & T20 WC. ( may be i am wrong) Even you were N0.1 Test team at a particular time. These are great achievements. We never underestimate these victories. We try to reply hard, when some fans trying badly to put us down. As Sri Lankans we have a right & duty to comments here against bad comments. It doesn't mean we hate you. Next time we never respond to ordinary arrogant comments. Only constructive criticisms are accepted.

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 10, 2012, 4:16 GMT)

@Harmony; I also can pretend as an Indian fan & comment against SL. You also can do other way around. So, don't be too serious on comments here. If there are reasonable comments, only reply to them bro. Seems to be you are good fan. I feel these comments can't put our teams up & down. Only team members can do it. We can only do praise their performance.

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 10, 2012, 4:09 GMT)

@Harmony; Thank you very much for your feedback. Really appreciate it. You have given lot of reasons for this comments between us. I praise your memory. You have taken useless effort to show us the root of this crisis. If i say your fans reaction towards us after the 1996 semi final at the ground is the root cause for this, would you agree?. I feel it is better not to be arrogance. Don't be so tough, because fans are here is only a negligible sample of both countries. I myself, sinhaya or any other person not here to represent my country. These comments are personal. You also have no authority represent your country. It is your personal view. What ever you are going to say, i feel there is no so much crisis between us. We just want to appreciate good cricket, no matter whether it is from eastern or western. Appreciate your comments bro!

Posted by Sinhaya on (October 10, 2012, 4:02 GMT)

@Agila and @Harmony111, Malinga did well against England but even though we lost to England, still we would have been on top of the pool. Anyway, Mahela is bad in thinking that Malinga will take a wicket. Look at the day Kohli thrashed us in Hobart in one of the most successful run chases. Kohli had a field day and made Malinga look a school boy. But to my fury Mahela Jaya kept on giving Malinga the bowling in spite of the hammering, which is shocking. We must find a way to tackle Kohli as it seems he is giving us back what Sanath Jaya gave you all in the past many years. Kohli has been one of the root causes behind our losses to India recently. Recall what happened when Sanath score 189 in Sharjah in 2000? Mahela is making shocking errors like not choosing Herath for the finals after taking 3 wickets in the semis and instead playing Dhananjaya! Hopefully Sri Lanka does well against NZ and Australia in our upcoming series and good luck to India in the series against England and Austra

Posted by Htc-Android on (October 10, 2012, 3:54 GMT)

Its really funny, two weeks ago some indian fans called windies are minnows and now they r saying they r dominate world again. this is how they change colours. i mean there is no doubt windies r good side and they deserve this win. but they need consistency to dominate the world. If Sri lanka had won the finals, they would have said "Sri lanka just a minnow in finals. they dont deserve it" Anyways haters will always hate us.

Posted by Sinhaya on (October 10, 2012, 3:52 GMT)

@Harmony111, 2011 world cup final day India had far more hunger to win it than us as shown by the way they fielded. Sanga never looked happy in the field as he did not get the team he wanted. So India truely deserved to win. Murali too was at his worse that day. Going back to the tied game in Adelaide, yes umpires made an error but when no DRS is there umpiring howler rate is high. With no DRS, communication between the 3rd umpire and on field umpire is reduced a lot. Yes an extra ball would have given India a 70% victory chance, but please look at the cricinfo commentary. In the 19.1 over mark Herath made a big appeal when Gambhir was stuck on the pads when he was on 40. So he was given not out and if DRS was there, it would have been overturned. So then India would have been 79/3 and added pressure due to an extra wicket would have made things gone either way, so it would have been 50-50 for both sides.

Posted by Sinhaya on (October 10, 2012, 3:14 GMT)

@Harmony111, I admit we played very very negative cricket when India visited here in July. We had to pay for it dearly. Ashwin bowled superbly. But I disagree on 2 things. Regarding Thirimanne mankading issue, yes it was great spirit to withdraw the appeal but dont forget that Angelo was on real fire and still all possibilities were there for us to get to 289 regardless. Secondly, I was present at the R Premadasa Stadium on the 28th September when Pakistan played SA and when Australia played India. Rain was only for one minute when Aussies started to bat. There was drizzle for 5 minutes in the last part of the Indian innings but not threatening to halt play. So please bro check the cricinfo commentary as it never rained for 45 minutes. If it rained for 45 minutes, overs would have been reduced and play would have started 1 hr 30 mnts later due to poor drainage at the R Premadasa. 1 minute of rain only fell and that in total stopped play for 15 minutes and play started soon.

Posted by Agila on (October 9, 2012, 23:00 GMT)

@mark 2011..yes buddy we're all aware of the comments you posted during the Ind-SL ODI series..

Posted by Agila on (October 9, 2012, 21:58 GMT)

@Sinhaya..IMHO, SL lost due to the poor tactics of Mahela and Sanga when they batted. Malinga helped SL progress through into the later stages of the Competition, with his 5wkt burst. He is more of a strike bowler but not of an economical bowler. He should not be maligned for doing his job. My tooth for tooth rivalry aside with other SL fans :) I dont mind paying respect back, where it is due. I see a pattern with SL in WC2011, and WC2012 T20(Barring that 7over game against SA) , that they won all the matches and lost steam in the finals. Which meant that SL did not test all of its options leading into the grand show, with its penchant for big wins in the league stages. Which is a glaring tactical error. This is the very reason why SL keeps loosing games that really matter, despite winning 100 other games into the lead up. Unfortunately the team with a better show on the day wins the final, not the one with quantitaive wins!

Posted by mark2011 on (October 9, 2012, 20:38 GMT)

I really don't understand why some fans (and ironically they're not even West Indians!) find it so difficult to congratulate the winning side without denigrating the losing side. Without trying to take anything away from the Windies win which was richly deserved let's not forget that a couple of breaks here and there could have changed the complexion of this match in a hurry. I'm referring specifically to the normally sure handed Kula's drop of Samuels when he was at 20 and the ill-timed drizzle which caused Jaya to play a hurried shot knowing his team was behind on D/L. Also let's not forget that leading upto the final SL was the pick of the crop and just because they lost in the final doesn't suddenly turn them into "minnows" and "chokers". "Minnows" and "chokers" usually don't make the finals to begin with. But come to think of it had the Windies lost, these same labels would have unfairly been attached to them as well.

Posted by mark2011 on (October 9, 2012, 20:28 GMT)

those who try to down grade SL players and SL criket due to this one match defeat... pls follow this link to get the real fact about SL team...

colombo_SL & Nimantha Oshada; your suggestion are good.. but it seem u r little too excited and too leaneant toward other side ...because being Harmony in name alone does not make it in practice

Posted by Harmony111 on (October 9, 2012, 19:08 GMT)

@colombo_SL: What is the connection of 96 WC SF with the present context? I can't see any. If anything it proves that playing a big match in front of the home crowd is not easy. This is just why India's 2011 WC win becomes even more important - they were the first country ever to win a WC at home. It also shows just how wrong the SL fans were in saying that India's WC win was due to easy circumstances. Do now admit that the SL fans have been wrong all this while in not giving India credit for the 2011 WC win? Secondly, your argument is a straw man argument. The Kolkata pitch is by no means an easy wicket batting 2nd. It is a well known fact. In that era, chasing 5 runs an over was a stiff task. Your argument falls flat cos chasing 138 in a T20 match in 2012 is hardly a big deal. Didn't India chase 128 with utmost ease against a better bowling attack of Pak? Finally, no Indian fan makes excuses for the loss of 96, we all admit that AD batted well and Jaya bowled well. You got it?

Posted by Harmony111 on (October 9, 2012, 18:52 GMT)

@colombo_SL: We can live in harmony provided YOU AND I are ready to live in harmony. If one side keeps pulling the other side then you don't really expect the other side to give you bouquet of flowers, do you? And I think it may be a bit too late to talk about peace now. The bullet has been fired, it won't ever come back unless it was fired by Rajnikanth or caught by Chuck Norris. Some of the comments made by SL fans have been bitter to the core and the Indian fans will remember them for a long time. The next time India win a title or become # 1, the SL fans wold be under scanner. It all depends on how the SL fans talk about India now onwards. Think of this as probation.

Posted by dariuscorny on (October 9, 2012, 17:42 GMT)

i can see almost every SL fan rambling aginst Ind and Ind fans,why do you people dont understand what kind of embarrasments one feels(Ind fan)when our team was mocked intentionally all over the stadium at 2nd october night,neither SL was playing nor was Pak featuring.but ,the moment SA crossed 121 scoreline you people roared like some kind of celebration ,it was a joy i know to see Ind being knocked out for you people,to have this kind of animosity to your big neighbour is really shameful,and you expect Ind fans to mourn on your loss,and some SL fans who were trying to pretend as good will amabassadors in this forum hv shown their real identity,harmony111 is one guy who never comes up at first,he's accussing as we were really hurt when we witnessed our neighbours mocking us,slammming us on oct 2....

Posted by Harmony111 on (October 9, 2012, 17:28 GMT)

@colombo_SL: We can live in harmony provided YOU AND I are ready to live in harmony. If one side keeps pulling the other side then you don't really expect the other side to give you bouquet of flowers, do you? And I think it may be a bit too late to talk about peace now. The bullet has been fired, it won't ever come back unless it was fired by Rajnikanth or caught by Chuck Norris. Some of the comments made by SL fans have been bitter to the core and the Indian fans will remember them for a long time. The next time India win a title or become # 1, the SL fans wold be under scanner. It all depends on how the SL fans talk about India now onwards. Think of this as probation.

Posted by Harmony111 on (October 9, 2012, 17:22 GMT)

@colombo_SL: What is the connection of 96 WC SF with the present context? I can't see any. If anything it proves that playing a big match in front of the home crowd is not easy. This is just why India's 2011 WC win becomes even more important - they were the first country ever to win a WC at home. It also shows just how wrong the SL fans were in saying that India's WC win was due to easy circumstances. Do now admit that the SL fans have been wrong all this while in not giving India credit for the 2011 WC win? Secondly, your argument is a straw man argument. The Kolkata pitch is by no means an easy wicket batting 2nd. It is a well known fact. In that era, chasing 5 runs an over was a stiff task. Your argument falls flat cos chasing 138 in a T20 match in 2012 is hardly a big deal. Didn't India chase 128 with utmost ease against a better bowling attack of Pak? Finally, no Indian fan makes excuses for the loss of 96, we all admit that AD batted well and Jaya bowled well. You got it?

Posted by Sinhaya on (October 9, 2012, 17:09 GMT)

@colombo_SL and @Nimantha Oshada Nadunge, thanks for your warm comments as I am with you all. It is very frustrating when you see the comments by some who are hellbent on insulting Sri Lanka. Especially I am referring to sobersfan, ProdigyA, Narbavi, samincolumbia etc. This fellow ProdigyA even went on to call Mahela as "Gaywardana" in one forum, not this one. What kind of personal grudge does he have? I have been extremely patient just trying to defend Sri Lanka rather than attack India, but when I see people like sobersfan etc, it is extremely hard to be patient as they are just hellbent on showing hatred. Cricket is what unites this SAARC region by all means.

Posted by Harmony111 on (October 9, 2012, 17:06 GMT)

(4/4)…India defeated SL in the warm up match, the SL fans said it was a brilliant strategy by MJ to play possum. India lost to Aus, the SL fans made a thousand tonne comments about how pathetic India were blah blah. Btw, it had rained for 45 minutes before Oz chase started and the ground indeed was wet. This was seen as excuse. When SL chased in the Final, they were in the same situation India were in in the 2011 WC Final. Result? India won but SL lost. SL were not able to win in spite of the rain. Dhoni has played 2 WC finals and won both but he is not great just lucky and MJ/KS etc have played in 4 WC finals and won none but they are greats lol. In the end, this fire was started by SL fans, they will be paid in the same currency. Even if they now cry for peace it won't come so easily. They should have thought of this when they started this fire. (EoF).

Posted by Harmony111 on (October 9, 2012, 17:05 GMT)

(3/4)…Yet, the SL fans just can't see this and keep on saying that India could have lost 1 wicket so Ind were lucky to tie that match Ha. In the Brisbane match, Thirimanne had taken 2-3 quick 1s by misusing the goodwill of Indian bowlers till he was Mankaded and he went on to score 62. Wouldn't India have won that match had Thirimanne's appeal not been withdrawn? Did we hear any SL fan applauding the spirit of India then? NO. In the CB series, India were 2-1-1 vs SL and yet the SL fans keep saying that SL had beaten India in CB series. India again thrashed SL 4-1 and 1-0 in SL but the SL fans kept giving excuses that India won cos India were batting first or India were winning tosses. Even after a 5-1 loss, the SL fans kept saying that the matches were very close and tense. Btw India's victory margins were 21 runs, 5 wickets, 6 wickets, 20 runs and 39 runs. (contd...)

Posted by Harmony111 on (October 9, 2012, 17:05 GMT)

(2/4)…They said India won the WC 2011 due to dew - but it was SL that had won the toss, why did they bat first then? Whose folly was it? They said India won cos Malinga willingly underperformed vs India due to IPL - they are insulting their own player's integrity by saying that and besides he took 2 wickets, what more can he do? They said India won cos it was an easy track - but then SL should have scored more runs. After that, a few tiny weeny skirmishes kept happening till the CB Series. In that tied match, the SL fans tried to equate an arithmetical blunder with subjective issues. The SL fans even said that Malinga could have taken a wicket on that 6th ball but I have time and again explained that of the possible 12-13 scenarios for that ball, only 1 was in SL's favour and one would have been neutral but the rest were in India's favour so chances of India winning that tied match were overwhelming. (contd...)

Posted by Harmony111 on (October 9, 2012, 17:05 GMT)

(1/4)…I want to make one thing clear for once and for ever. The fire wasn't started by Indian fans. This fire was first started by Sangakkara when India toured SL some yrs back for a test series. SL of all teams, was questioning India's #1 Test rank. Ha Ha. India drew that series 1-1 and the reactions of SL fans then were very bitter. After that things would have improved but then Dilshan asked Randiv to bowl a no ball to Viru so that he does not score a 100 in an ODI. This showed the sportsmanship of SL players, Dilshan was Viru's team mate in DD then - IMAGINE. After that came the D-Day, WC 2011 Final in Mumbai. There was some mischief done at the toss then. Eventually India were good enough to easily chase a big target of 274 to win the Cup. Since that day, the SL fans went on turbocharge mode to pull down India. I have never heard any SL fan praising India since that day. They have given all sorts of excuses to cover for their SL team's failures. (contd...)

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 9, 2012, 16:54 GMT)

@Harmony111; This land belongs to you... This land belongs to me..... This land belongs to all of us..... To live in HARMONY ( Hope your name is from above phrase. Keep it up bro.)

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 9, 2012, 16:50 GMT)

I love to Sachin, Malinga, Harbhajan in a team & Mahela, Shewag in other team etc. as in Champions league & IPL. What else do we want! Ultimately we all together. Glad to see these moments. @ Nimantha Oshada Nadunage; realy appreciate your comment.

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 9, 2012, 16:44 GMT)

Thanks "cricinfo" for publishing my comment on @Harmony111. This cricinfo is good place to live. We should live in harmony here. This cricket is not to divide but to unite. Cheeers! I love to see Sri Lankan crickters play with Indians in same team in Champions League for a same purpose. What else do we want! We all are brothers! Thanks IPL for giving us opportunity to play together.

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 9, 2012, 16:37 GMT)

T20 match is a team work. Say due to bowling mistake ( Say Malinga) they scored 137. Then we had 20 overs to achieve it & rectify the bowling defects. But we failed on it. It should be the nature of a team. Since, we couldn't do that we weren' the world champs. But as a team, WI rectified their batting defects by bowling. It is the team spirit. Thats why today they are world champs. Bitter truth is that. It is unfair to point finger to a single person in a team game. ( I might say, IF YOU ARE RIGHT NO ONE REMEMBER YOU, IF YOU ARE WRONG NO ONE FORGET YOU). Come on Malinga! You are our hero forever even in the defeat. We love you, like to see 4 in 4 again.

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 9, 2012, 16:14 GMT)

@Harmony111; You can get the answer for your question by looking at 1996 WC Semi final match. Exactly the same situation! Got it bro!

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 9, 2012, 16:10 GMT)

@Harmony111; This match is quite similar to 1996 WC semi final. You lost that & gave us the way to WC victory. We should never shame on a defeat, but if you look 1996 semi final back, you definitely understand who should do that.

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 9, 2012, 16:06 GMT)

@Jasonpete; Nice to see your comment. In addition to that Malinga got 3 wickets in an over to put englands back. In that match, mendis gave away 40+ runs. At the end, england team batted well against spin. We won that match due to Mali ( More credit to him). If we lost that match, we still might be in the final, but WI completely out of the tournament without making their way to semis. Finally, WI shold be grateful to Mali. (joke)

Posted by   on (October 9, 2012, 15:59 GMT)

I am srilankan fan and i am really disappointed that we lost and at the same time really happy for the WI team. But i have some thing to say to Srilankan, Indian and pakistan fans. I really dont understand why are we shouting at each other after a match. It is really heart broken to see that for me. we are 3 close countries and why cant we be friendly during a sport.Is this what we gonna pass on to the next generation also. come on people. we all have religions, respect it and love each other rather than hating. just enjoy the game of cricket and be an example to your self, children..............etc....

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 9, 2012, 15:58 GMT)

@Harmony111; for your question, i have put a answer, but it was not published also. If you really like to see the answer for it see the 1996 WC semi final with India & Sl. In front of your home crowd, in a flat track (easy to bat) your great players unable to beat us. We are not shame on defeats, but you should shame on what happens after the match. I think it is enough. We behave as gentlemens. Cricinfo please publish!

Posted by ThusyNathan on (October 9, 2012, 15:00 GMT)

This is not 20/20 match. For West Indies 8 overs and Srilanka 20 overs. Ooopsy....

Posted by Sinhaya on (October 9, 2012, 14:25 GMT)

@jasonpete, against Pakistan he conceded 15 runs due to his butter fingers. Mathews played a rash shot but it was a necessity given the pressure. I think we made a mistake by dropping Herath who bowled so well against Pakistan in the semis. Also, during our chase, Herath came to the middle during a brief break to show Mahela and Sanga that we were 20 or so behind by D/L means as there was a tiny thin drizzle. That move was the beginning of our end. That should not have happened. Also, not playing Chandimal was a mistake as Thirimanne is not so aggressive. Anyway, mate I wont mind not winning the T20 world cup as long as we do well in Australia in December when we go there. I just dont want to see what happened to Pakistan in 2009, where they won the T20 world cup, but lost all games they played in Australia when they toured there in December 2009.

Posted by jasonpete on (October 9, 2012, 12:07 GMT)

@sinhaya, It's wrong to blame entirely on malinga. I go with @colombo-SL views, due to malinga ,srilanka reached finals.He did a brilliant job against NZ in super over, same against England and even in Pakistan match also.But in finals,I entirely blame it on batsmen unnecessary shots.Mahela and Mathews shot were just ordinary to trigger the collapse later on.Anyway they should learn from this mistakes.I remember even during 2009 finals against Pakistan ,Dilshan got 0 and srilanka struggled to post a competitive total.But big guys like dishan,mahela and Sanga should have handle the pressure better and expecting the new guys to perform is asking too much when senior guys got out to reckless shots.Hope for the best next time under new captain.cheers mate.

Posted by Harmony111 on (October 9, 2012, 11:54 GMT)

Not sure why a comment of mine was first published and then removed. It did not violate any of the T&C of cricinfo guidelines. I did not attack anyone personally, I did not use any foul language, I did not make any commercial claims. I had merely described the so called SL achievements in Cricket - what is wrong with that? Anyways, I have tried to edit my comment by keeping the crux of the comment and removing the rest of it----@Sinhaya: You had the perfect conditions to chase. Slow wicket, low total, big crowd support you and yet not only did you lose you were walloped. You were a shameful 78/7 or something. Is this how a team should play at home in a final - 78/7? The SL fans were seen saying so much against India by saying that India were lucky to have won the 2011 WC cos they played at home. Hello, what happened to SL? The situation was nearly the same. You were chasing just as India were and yet you faltered miles before the destination while India reached home handsomely.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (October 9, 2012, 10:50 GMT)

@Bhrangi->You dont know how to search do you? I never hide even if Pak loses or wins..My comments will always be there

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 9, 2012, 10:35 GMT)

@Sinhaya; Bro, i feel we are here because of Malinga. He played well against NZ & Eng. What about that super over. If it went wrong, our semifinal appearance could have been in a threat. Because first match is very crucial to every team. India's first match loss really affected them & lead them out of the semis. The only problem is he is inconsistent these days. It cost us the trophy. I feel he will bounce back. Look, he is still in the ICC, T20 team.

Posted by Sinhaya on (October 9, 2012, 9:46 GMT)

@jasonpete, thanks for your response again mate. Lankans made too many unacceptable mistakes in the finals. I am proud of what we achieved all these years. But I am disappointed with Mahela attempting a reverse sweep when struggling and also persisting with Malinga who leaked runs big time. Hope Malinga is sacked at least now. We have a major problem in dropping big names as these big named players think that their place in the side is guaranteed. No wonder Malinga shows no commitment really. Yes I admit both Lankan and Indian fans must accept blame for insulting on the internet but hope now is at least a time to unite.

Posted by Habi on (October 9, 2012, 8:30 GMT)

Contd... Having said that T20 is like a lottery any team can beat anyone on a given day. Compensating for even a half chance is very remote. However WI won because they played good cricket on their day and so too SL. SL lost because they are overconfident. Remember guys when IND won many commented that due to home advantage IND won then what about SL. Pls note that home adv. increases pressure. IND fans don's lose heart IND played well and lost only one match which proved to be a costly. For VIRU/ZAK bashers pls note that ZAK did not bowl that badly either and VIRU hmmmm. its his style of batting. PAK should not drop Afridi and let him play at 3 and utilize him as a bowler. Hope at least now both fans won't abuse each other...

Posted by jasonpete on (October 9, 2012, 7:01 GMT)

@sinhaya, thanks for the reply mate, of course it's sad,but if I am in your place,I will be happy that my team reached finals among other teams who went out early.But it's really sad that even after reaching many finals,they are not able to perform in pressure and cross the final hurdle.Anyway hope for the best next time.Regarding the India fans and srilankan fans, they will never change,few exchanges posts in each and every article and knowingly they target each other.But you got to admit,some srilankan fans are equally to be blamed as much as few Indians fans.But there are many good fans from both sides like you and jindal,so stay that way.cheers mate.

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 9, 2012, 4:09 GMT)

Still Sri lanka is the No.1 in ICC, T20 Rankings. Way above the West Indies. Congrats mahela. You resign from captaincy while we are No.1. Great!

Posted by AKCric on (October 9, 2012, 3:26 GMT)

Congratulations to West Indies for winning the ICC World T20 from a Pak fan. Fully deserve the win. The WI has the heart and courage and played like the Champs. Sri Lanka prepared the slow & turning wicket in the Semi Final which was not ideal for the T20 but they survived and won. They tried the same formula in the final and loose. The under prepared wicket(not suitable for T20) did not help them for win. I hope SL will prepare better wickets in the future.

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (October 9, 2012, 0:15 GMT)

@Harmony111 on (October 08 2012, 19:30 PM GMT)...Well said brother. You spoke out my mind in this words "The SL fans were seen saying so much against India by saying that India were lucky to have won the 2011 WC cos they played at home. Hello, what happened to SL today? The situation was nearly the same. You were chasing just as India were and yet you faltered miles before the destination while India reached home handsomely". So never be disrespectful towards others win, because you will be in that situation on day and you are facing it now SL Fans(not all). Just explaining. Understand and change.

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 8, 2012, 22:59 GMT)

This comments shows us Indians dissapointment over Sri Lankans performance. Good work Indian brothers. Keep it up. We are reaally encouraged from your comments.

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 22:46 GMT)

What goes around,comes around for the west Indies. That era of 1975,79 has come around.

Posted by starsgap1986 on (October 8, 2012, 22:03 GMT)

God turned the tables on Srilanka. Windies won in the same manner as Srilanka did in semis, where toss was crucial. Also the Siris didn't put up a fight as did their opponents in the semis.

Posted by JG2704 on (October 8, 2012, 20:30 GMT)

@LeoE on (October 08 2012, 14:39 PM GMT) I'm not sure SL were in total control with the bat at any point. WI were keeping their runrate in check which was climbing. I must agree that MJ probably did panic a little by the rain but I'd have thought that the management wouldn't really know much more about the weather when it started drizzling c0ompared to when they started the inns in which case MJ would have known roughly what he might be up against weather wise. I guess at times DL can disadvantage a side batting second if they get behind the rate. I also wonder if SL were a little deflated after the WI inns where at one point they looked like they'd do well to post 100 (120 at best) and ended up near 140. Had it looked like they would post 180 and then been pulled back to around the 140 mark SL might have been more positive.Just a thought

Posted by JG2704 on (October 8, 2012, 20:29 GMT)

@proud_pakistan on (October 08 2012, 14:29 PM GMT) I'm no SL fan but I'm sure they must have some youngsters coming through. Excuse me with my lack of remembering names but what about the 19 yr old spinner who was discovered as a net bowler who played in the tournament?

Posted by JG2704 on (October 8, 2012, 20:29 GMT)

@shaantanu on (October 08 2012, 06:49 AM GMT) You're right. We should follow your example and behave in a mature and dignified manner

Posted by Munafis810 on (October 8, 2012, 19:30 GMT)

SL will choke again the moment they enter any final in future. By law of averages reaching a final again might take 30 odd years.

Posted by La_Bangla on (October 8, 2012, 19:24 GMT)

@sk12, I said Wasim Akram. You may want to watch the replay of the game on ESPN again..

Posted by sk12 on (October 8, 2012, 18:54 GMT)

@La_Bangla - That was Ian Bishop. Its not just WI, any team which has superstars like Lara, Chanderpaul, Gayle etc but keep languishing at the bottom and go in as underdogs every game is bound to get the sympathy and support of fans world over. And this WI team had that gangnam style celebration which is bound to capture the imagination.. whcih many tend to believe as 'uninhibited innocent celebration'.

Posted by Htc-Baseball on (October 8, 2012, 18:26 GMT)

Guys pls appreciate Lankas performance.A minnow team reaching the finals is a huge feat.But a minnow cant take the World CUP.Its for Winners.Really lankan fans ll be very proud

Posted by Htc-Baseball on (October 8, 2012, 18:20 GMT)

I feel even Bangladesh has a better record against India when compared to srilanka....A minnow without knowing themselves, that they are minnows reached the finals and lost to a Good team..Goodbye lankan Minnows.

Posted by stormy16 on (October 8, 2012, 18:05 GMT)

SL froze in lights after the Samuels thrashing. The reailty is 138 was still a gettable score but the mental damage was done and SL never really looked like in it. Rampauls beauty to Dilshan only further paniced the SL's. SL had the two men they wanted for the moment at the wicket but I am afraid - they let the side down badly. Firstly they led the Windies in with a run rate at less than 5 for too long. Then they paniced and got out leaving a the middle order alot of work to do. I felt it was up to Sanga and Mahele to stand up and be counted and they didnt. Samuels was absolutely sensational and that's to put it mildly but SL would have taken 138 against anyone on the final at RPS. Samuels did more than get 78, he put the fear of god in to the SL who crumbled under pressure. Pretty pathetic to see some of the comments against the SL team - they were untouchable till the finals, as they were in the WC - no other team even comes close to saying that accross two different formats.

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 17:44 GMT)

The plain fact is SL is unable to handle pressure Finals except once back in 1996.

Below is comparison for Finals played, won and winning% for ODI and T20 combined.

WI - 4 Finals (1975, 1979, 1983 in ODI, 2012 in T20) - 3 Wins - 75% Win Ratio India - 4 Finals (1983, 2003, 2011 in ODI, 2007 in T20) - 3 Wins - 75% Win Ratio Pakistan - 3 Finals (1992,1999 in ODI, 2009 in T20) - 2 Wins - 67% Win Ratio Australia - 7 Finals (1975, 1987, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2007 in ODI, 2010 in T20) - 4 Wins - 57% Win Ratio England - 4 Finals (1979, 1987, 1992 in ODIs, 2010 in T20) - 1 Win - 25% Win Ratio Sri Lanks - 5 Finals (1996. 2007, 2011 in ODIs, 2009,2012 in T20) - 1 Win - 20% Win Ratio

Sri Lanka's Win ratio is least in All World Cup Winners which shows they lack mental strength to go all the way. Back in 1996 they had that with Arjuna and Aravinda in middle order with Jayasurya at top and they had won. After that its been a procession of losses.

Posted by Agila on (October 8, 2012, 17:42 GMT)

Tony Grieg said "Can they hit sixes?" Yes Mr. Grieg, they can over the minnows like Zimbabwe, Ireland or Afghanistan

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 17:13 GMT)

Congratulations West Indies !!! You played better cricket on the Final and deserved to be Champions ! As far as Sri Lanka is concerned we still love you and wont burn your houses for losing the finals nor will any one of us will be committing suicide !!! As for dubious LBW decisions seen in this Tournament its quite clear who does not want DRS so that Bolywood Acting can be put to good use to convince Umpies otherwise . I have no regrets I would rather be in the Finals rather than be a bitter lot and be kicked out in the super 8s consistently in the last 3 twenty Twenty World Cups .

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 16:54 GMT)

W.I. had an anchor batsman who carried the score to 108. Sri Lanka never had an anchor batsman, so they never reached 108.

Posted by WorldWideCricket on (October 8, 2012, 16:42 GMT)

This is just a game, and there will be a winning and losing side. Why all the fans from other countries taking on SL and their fans? What they have done wrong? They went to Final, and they came out as runner up out of 12 countries where team like INDIA, PAKISTAN,AUSTRALIA and SOUTH AFRICA participated. Weldone Sri Lanka and WI...from a Bangladeshi fan.

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 16:38 GMT)

Congratulations WI! You deserve the cup. Hope this will revive your cricket back to the glory days of Viv Richards, Michael Holding et. al.

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 16:17 GMT)

@Majid Hassan Butt!! hey bro the difference is here in india 1 billion Indians were chanting westindies !!@ Durval Clinton u have been misunderstood!!when gayle was not even in the west indies team he was the rock star in ipl!! Indians r crazy about lara,gayle,pollard etc!!we doesn't want credit and also we can't take it from u peoples!!i was really sad for malinga he had to be more consistent and focused!!!mahela and sanga you are legends and no doubt in that but end of the day WI outperformed u!!then telling about india we are still a batting dependent side! @ endianuwagona watch gangnam style and cool ur head!!

Posted by JohnDouglas on (October 8, 2012, 15:40 GMT)

The problem with Sri Lanka is that the sri lankan team and its fans have been too cocky, dismissive about other teams. I can give multiple examples but as recently as 2 months ago when the tourning Indians thrashed Sri Lanka 5-1 (4-1 in ODI and 1-0 T20), Jayawardee and Sangakkara were saying they were still the better side!!!!! and the 5-1 results dont accurately identify that sri lanka was the better team than India , unfortunately when senior players and captain say such things instead of tipping your hat to the opposition for out playing them, the same attitude carries over into the fans. There were numerous theories that they floated to explain 5-1 thrashing in India hands in sri lanka, one of the most absurd and outlandish ones being that Malinga intentionally nevers bowls well against India because of IPL, can sri lankan fans explain the 50+ runs thrashing that Malinga received in the finals against west indies.

Posted by kumarsSansai on (October 8, 2012, 15:36 GMT)

@Late-Cut Great thought.if you can think positive for your skipper then also respect of other skipper also. Dhoni is captain from 5-6 years and under his captaincy india won two world cup. what about jayawardene. who used brain on right time and on right situation.

Posted by Artificialintelligent1 on (October 8, 2012, 15:16 GMT)

icc wt20 team of the tournament announced mahela named as the captain. Chris Gayle (West Indies), Shane Watson (Australia), Virat Kohli (India), Mahela Jayawardena (Sri Lanka - capt), Luke Wright (England), Brendon McCullum (New Zealand), Marlon Samuels (West Indies), Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka), Mitchell Starc (Australia), Saeed Ajmal (Pakistan), Ajantha Mendis (Sri Lanka)[ according to the icc sl is the winner]

Posted by first_slip on (October 8, 2012, 14:57 GMT)

@LeoE , spot on brother, exactly how i felt as well,and you will never see WI lake in the past again, they were lucky, really really lucky

Posted by Artificialintelligent1 on (October 8, 2012, 14:55 GMT)

Sri Lanka didn't find a win but they reached 4 finals I'm sure they will reach finals again and again until the dream come true

Posted by NP_NY on (October 8, 2012, 14:54 GMT)

@LeoE: Oh, come on. All smacktalk aside I do think SL played some good cricket this tournament but lost in the final to a superior team. This WI team were always favorites in this format. The only doubt was whether they will adapt to the conditions in SL. They lost early on because they were still getting used to the conditions. But their wins in the semis and finals were so comprehensive because they adapted. Just goes to show that this WI team are not all brute force, they are smart thinking cricketers too. I also believe playing IPL and champions trophy in Indian conditions have helped them a little because the conditions are a little similar in SL. I just hope the WI team can carry this success into one-dayers and test matches.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (October 8, 2012, 14:47 GMT)

@cool2cool->Indian performance is good nobody can deny that,but the point is that we have to give credit to the winning team.We just cannot say that we could have defeated the winner team.Ive been going through a lot of comments like SL would be so happy because a thorn is removed from their way.People were talking about Indian team.SL team has got potential thats why they reached the Finals.Also in T20 anything can happen.

Posted by LeoE on (October 8, 2012, 14:39 GMT)

Mahela and Sanga had the game under control, and SL was always ahead of the WI par score at any point. Then came the drizzle. Someone came out with the Duckworth Lewis score sheet for Mahela to read. SL were 12 runs behind on DL, and Mahela decided to get ahead. That was a bad decision, and also he should have been told by the management that there was no real threat of rain, but only a remote possibility. Not being able to see the night sky he panicked. Then came all the rash shots and the crazy running between wickets, which resulted in the fall of quick wickets, run outs etc. By the time they realized that the rain clouds had passed away, six wickets had crashed and they did not even use up the full 20 overs. Batting second at night when rain is imminent has cost Sri Lanka yet another trophy. This time a big one.

Posted by meastrostroke on (October 8, 2012, 14:29 GMT)

I am really happy that west indies won the cup. Srilanka is no match to any asian countries. They dont have any youngster to follow the legacy. We have some bright players like nasir jamshed, azhar ali, asad shafiq, junaid, raza hazzan, hammad azam, india to some extent found Virat kohli ,suresh raina, pujara,ashwin. Believe it or not, anyday even bangladesh can beat srilanka. Even our bangladeshi brother has shakib, mushfiq, nazir hossain, Mahmudullah. Creating the legacy is more important that winning matches. Giving captaincy to Mathews is a joke. He hardly plays good cricket. he is rohit sharma in batting and yasir arafat in bowling. He cant even be the first choice players in any of the asian countries. Thissara is wayward in bowling and hit or miss in batting. Basically all the srilankan people need to attend training and coaching classes. Batting in india, bowling in pakistan, allrounding skills in bangladesh. then they can winn matches

Posted by karths on (October 8, 2012, 14:11 GMT)

@Scott Robins: You were spot on....D/L method played its part and whats more hilarious is that it didnt even rain.

Posted by Yoker111 on (October 8, 2012, 13:58 GMT)

Congratulations for both teams, yes SL choked in the finals again but there consistancy to battle their way to the finals should not be forgotten not every asian team has the nack to do some respect people.

Posted by Yoker111 on (October 8, 2012, 13:53 GMT)

It's about time that lad,Thisara Perera open the batting for Sri Lanka in all formats (maybe not tests). SL should consider converting his talent and making use of his striking ability atleast the first few overs. Dilshan should retire his prime is fading away. Another sanath is what SL needs. With all been said i'm glad that west indies won this cup they deserved to win it.

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 13:47 GMT)

Congratulations to the WI cricket team on their win.Great win for the WI team and moral. They have reaily fought for this one more than anything they have done in the last several years. We honestly trust that this is a stepping stone for many more years of success.

Only a minor carnival is in order for the win. Let's not gloat over this one. Blessing for a better future.

Posted by kunderanengineer on (October 8, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

I really don't understand why some fans (and ironically they're not even West Indians!) find it so difficult to congratulate the winning side without denigrating the losing side. Without trying to take anything away from the Windies win which was richly deserved let's not forget that a couple of breaks here and there could have changed the complexion of this match in a hurry. I'm referring specifically to the normally sure handed Kula's drop of Samuels when he was at 20 and the ill-timed drizzle which caused Jaya to play a hurried shot knowing his team was behind on D/L. Also let's not forget that leading upto the final SL was the pick of the crop and just because they lost in the final doesn't suddenly turn them into "minnows" and "chokers". "Minnows" and "chokers" usually don't make the finals to begin with. But come to think of it had the Windies lost, these same labels would have unfairly been attached to them as well.

Posted by andrew27994 on (October 8, 2012, 13:13 GMT)

I feel it would be wrong to call Sri Lanka "the new chokers" because they have proved before that they can win the big ones. However, I feel Sri Lanka have a lot of work to do in all formats of the game. Even their recent form at home speaks for itself. The real reason for Sri Lanka's failures has been their middle order batting performance which in my opinion is even worse than Pakistan's and West Indies'. They need more consistency from their batsmen. Also their fast bowling attack is not impressive enough. I think that even India's current fast bowlers are better than Sri Lanka's at the moment. Ever since Murali and Jayasuriya retired they look an incomplete unit. But I must say they were brilliant throughout the tournament and credit must go to Mahela for leading a team which is inexperienced and regrouping. Wish you good luck for a recovery from India.

Posted by anoopshameed on (October 8, 2012, 13:13 GMT)

@sachin_vvsfan , sorry I did get the year wrong. Thanks for pointing it out-but Sangakkara started it alright!

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 12:59 GMT)

The Sri lankan team has been getting some unfair criticism on here and i felt that up until the final, they were the best allround team in the tournament. Up until the 10th over the Windies were really struggling, Mendis bowled a great spell and it was only some class batting from Samuels that brought the total into competitive respectability. Apart from Dilshan getting that jaffer from Rampaul, the real turning point of Sri lanka's innings was when it started drizzling, the tightness and discipline of the Windies bowling strangled the Lankans and with the possibility of Duckworth/Lewis coming to play, panicked as they were behind the target. As a result played rash shots and suicidal run outs, cost them the match. That's just a unfortunate lottery when you're batting second.

Posted by SLcuppers on (October 8, 2012, 12:39 GMT)

@sandrock -- you must be still sad that we beat you in the semis.

Posted by LeoE on (October 8, 2012, 12:33 GMT)

As a SL fan, I am tired of hearing how great it is to see WI cricket back, and how this is soooo good for world cricket. Thats rubbish. The truth is that the whole world cheered for WI and they are all soooo happy that the Windies won. Nobody can comprehend how this tiny island of Sri Lanka can churn out such fantastic sides year after year, winning against the best in the world, becoming world cup champions in 1966 and Runners up in 2007,2009, 2011 and now in 2012. Even the Aussies do not have such a record in the last five years. WI were dead and buried at 32 for 2 after 10 overs, when Marlon Samuels drove Mendis in the air to long on, where one of SL's best fielders, Nuwan Kulasekera got both hands to it, knocked it up but failed to hang on to the rebound. That was when SL dropped the T20 World Cup. Everything else is irrelevant. This is not a champion WI side. We beat them twice in two weeks. Gayle never scored more than a few singles against our bowlers in all those matches.

Posted by La_Bangla on (October 8, 2012, 12:29 GMT)

Congratulations WI.. I was smiling when commentator Wasim Akram got all made at Rampaul when he kept bowling length ball to Kulasekara in 16th over and kept getting hammered. Looked like the whole world wanted WI to win this turney.

Posted by Romenevans on (October 8, 2012, 12:27 GMT)

Everybody in India Loves the WI team...specially here in Banglore and Mumbai where i live Gayle is equally loved just like Kohli is....Way to Go Windies and thanks for giving a reality check to this over-rated minnow called Sri Lanka.

Posted by Romenevans on (October 8, 2012, 12:19 GMT)

Next India's tour to Sri Lanka.....Sanga and Mahela sees Kohli walk out for net session...then Sanga and Mahela...."Siighh, Oh man,,,no!! Not again" Boys get ready for another thrashing.

Posted by SLcuppers on (October 8, 2012, 12:16 GMT)

@pakfans..unfortunately some pak fans here are trying to create a rift between Srilankan and Indian brothers. We all have a choice to make the friends we want and each of us is rational to think and know who our real friends are rather than depend on short term memories. All live in peace

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 12:04 GMT)


Posted by Romenevans on (October 8, 2012, 12:03 GMT)

There should be special ceremony to award the Lankan as the new "CHOCKERS" of world cricket and the trophy should be given by Greame Smith to Mahela.

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (October 8, 2012, 12:01 GMT)


Posted by Romenevans on (October 8, 2012, 12:00 GMT)

So now even West Indies humiliate Lankan fans by beating their so called team in front of their own crowd? I though it was only India who thrash them in their backyard....and now West Indies joins them too. Way to go WI!

Posted by GRAMMY_SACHIN on (October 8, 2012, 11:59 GMT)

Reaching 4 WC finals is NOT a JOKE. Really feeling BAD for Mahela & Sanga, one of the most gentleman cricketers to have ever graced the game of cricket , as they may well end up their career without a WC title. They really had a great opportunity yesterday but WI chose to spoli their party. Personally after this match, i was caught up between Celebration (for WI) and disappointment for Mahela & Sanga. That's life

Posted by GRAMMY_SACHIN on (October 8, 2012, 11:52 GMT)

WI will always be the 2nd favourites to most of the fans whose 1st choice will obviously be their country. The loyalty shift happens immediately once the home team goes out of the competition. For most of the Indian fans (including our neighbouring friends) we anted SL to win the world cup for their flair as well as for Sanga & Mahela. But all of us celebrated WI win as well, becuase a good WI team is great for world cricket.

Posted by debashish82 on (October 8, 2012, 11:47 GMT)

It was inded required for the greater benifit of the cricketing world. WI played their heart out. To my opinion, SL was always a bit over rated team. But WI showed how to play in this format as a team. They produced a good learning curve for team like Bangladesh who seem to be over the moon in the beginning of every tournamnet and then becomes crushed. Anyway, congratulations to WI !!

Posted by reality_check on (October 8, 2012, 11:41 GMT)

From a Pakistan fan, congratulations to the West Indies. Well played and you truly deserved it (specially the thrashing you gave to the Aussies). You beat two teams in top of their respective groups that no other team could do. Well done and don't party too hard :)))

Posted by Jawad.Shaikh on (October 8, 2012, 11:37 GMT)

Congratz WI, better luck next time SL

Posted by Sinhaya on (October 8, 2012, 11:31 GMT)

@Eat_sleep_play_cricket, many thanks indeed bro. I hope we do well in Australia end of this year. I would have been disappointed if we won last night but failed in Australia. Recall what happened to Pakistan in 2009 after winning the T20 world cup and losing all games in Australia later that year? India's record against Australia in tests in really good. Hope the big fan base we have in Australia will help us. NZ are here in the coming weeks but I doubt we can have much cricket because November is the wettest month overhere. Good luck to India in the tests against England and Australia and hope it will be exciting.

Posted by suryakumar99 on (October 8, 2012, 11:28 GMT)

Prediction from great astro: 2015 WC Final: Zimbabwe Vs Srilanka => SL Lost the final by 200 runs......what a accurate prediction

Posted by laxmax3131 on (October 8, 2012, 11:26 GMT)

Good Job WI!!! I love the way WI TEAM gel under Sammy. What happened SriLankan fan to your Miow Liger? I hope you guys have learned a lesson by now that it's easy to celebrate when someone is down and falling but look at you guys. You cannot even WIN against any TEAM in your home ground, can you? There was a time when I used to admire Arvinda, Arjuna, Kalu, Vass etc but you guys (SriLaankan fan) are overconfident. Best luck next time and enjoy! Finally BIG Thank you to ESPN for cricket broadcasting/coverage in USA.

Posted by guptahitesh4u on (October 8, 2012, 11:26 GMT)

The pitches shows the confused state of SL cricket...All said that pitches are sporting and will support pacers..however most of the games were dominated by the spinners...

Posted by Sinhaya on (October 8, 2012, 11:20 GMT)

@jasonpete, thanks a lot. I owe you a lot for following cricket in spite of coming from a non cricket playing nation. Hope your parents are from cricket playing countries. Roger Federer is a cricket fan because his mother is a South African. I get annoyed by seeing what some Indians post about Sri Lanka but I have just decided to stick to defending my team. I am very happy that West Indies won but would have been happier if Sri Lanka won. Cricket needs West Indies and I am yearning to see them return to their glory days. My message to Darren Sammy is, that try to succeed in test cricket as this is just only one thing.

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 8, 2012, 11:01 GMT)

This is a wonderful series. I'm very proud if we could win this cup. No worries at all because this is the nature of sport. Wish all success for every cricketing nation who participated here & showed their colours. We love you all. We love this cricket since it binds all of us together. More happy to good fans in this forum too. Love them all. They made this tournament quite interesting. Actually this "cricinfo" is a nice place. Keep it up. You may loose today, but definitely you wiill become a winner next day. Ultimately, we, human beigns should be the Winners. CHEEERS FOR All! Love you so much!

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 8, 2012, 10:52 GMT)

According to the ICC T20 Rankings, Sri Lanka is the number 1 yet. No.2 is West Indies. Mahela resign from T20 captaincy after putting Sri Lanka at No.1 spot. What a way to retire!

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 8, 2012, 10:22 GMT)

What an achievement by Mahela! You guide us to the final where ten other countries couldn't do. You are a great cricketer who make your country proud. As a real gentlemen you gave ful credit to the WI team at the presentation. You didn't say due to the drizzle we were in a hurry etc... You are real gentlemen. Resigning from T20 captaincy is also good example. You make SL people alive untill last ball of the tournament where most of the people had to sit & see on us. I really know you never care this arm chair critics. Putting comments is much easier than playing T20. You make us proud Mahela!. You behave as a tusker in the battle front. We really love you & your team. You are our heros forever.

Posted by UK_Chap on (October 8, 2012, 10:15 GMT)

In the beginning I was not impressed by this Windies team, Gayle and Pollard who I believe are are hugely over rated have not shown me anything to change that view. The West Indies as a whole though, have played well as a team, had three good games and won the cup. Before the tournament started I responded to another contributor`s comments, the persons ID was "SpiritWithin" I think, I emphatically stated that the West Indies will not win but they have proved me wrong. To "spiritWithin" and other Windies fans Congratulations and I mean that sincerely, I hope this inspires your team to do better in the other forms of the game.

Posted by tumbleweed on (October 8, 2012, 10:14 GMT)

Congrats to WI. Although WI won it was an unconvincing win for a world T20 final. They struggled to reach 48 runs in 12 overs and if not for the unusual bowling tactic of Malinga surrendering 54 runs, the result would have been different. Malinga's stock ball is the yorker - had he bowled the yorker Samuels would not have scored those sixes as it is impossible to get the lift needed when the ball is crushing your boots. Samuels was also dropped in his 20s by Kulasekera. It was a lackluster final. SL panicked when there was a slight rain drizzle and lost 3 wickets in run-outs alone.

Posted by Drinkscarrier on (October 8, 2012, 10:00 GMT)

Good to see the Windies win although I am a Sri Lankan fan. They were deserved winners. There are easily about 5 big hitters in their team who can smash any good bowling attack and all they need is one of them to fire, and so did Marlon Samuels ! Great win !

Posted by i_witnessed_2011 on (October 8, 2012, 10:00 GMT)

Well played both teams... WI big boys have arrived BIG. Hopefully they will continue. It was always good to see them performing. For SL, They fought very hard throughout the tournment. But as in other previous finals, Extraordinary effort from the opponants took the cup away from them. May be Mahela and Sanga could have accelerated a bit. They were slow and got into shell. But otherwise there is nothing else to blame their effort. Congrats WI...

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 8, 2012, 9:58 GMT)

If anybody love your kids, don't let them to see some of the comments here. Some of them even don't know the meaning of a sport. In their vocabulary "win" is the only word.

Posted by g.narsimha on (October 8, 2012, 9:58 GMT)

ZAHIDSALTIN-Wow IF SL IS one of the best team than other one must be u r great team & rest are rubbish , SA IS CALLING -

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 8, 2012, 9:55 GMT)

If anybody love your kids, show them this WI victory & celebrations. These are the qualties that we should cultivate within our next generations. Set WI as an example for every kid. They are so soft & gentle. Their win is ours tooo.

Posted by dbk86 on (October 8, 2012, 9:55 GMT)

Congratulations to West Indies team from BANGLADESH! :D

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 8, 2012, 9:52 GMT)

See the difference between celebration after winning world cups in 2011 & 2012. Thats why i called West Indians are great.

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 8, 2012, 9:49 GMT)

Being in the loosing side is a sad. But loosing to great team like WI is a pride for us. You are real gentlemens in this cricket world. we love you so much.

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 8, 2012, 9:47 GMT)

You WI, showed great sportsmanship to the entire world. See, how innocent your celebrations. What a way to celebrate. You never try to put other players or fans down. You are the guys who exactly knows the meaning of a sport. We have been tagught the participation is the most important part of a sport. Ups & downs are common to it. Most important thing is not the winning but learning from mistakes & winning. You showed it to the entire world.

Posted by SaadRocx on (October 8, 2012, 9:44 GMT) must be an indian pretending to be a Lankan...We pakistanis have never switched ends and we were even supporting SL in the finals despite of the loss in the semis...we never complained abt the pitch or bad lbw decisions unlike dhoni who always has new excuses in his book when ever team india loses...rather our capt. Hafeez gave full credit to SL team..i havent seen a single pakistani who has said any thing bad abt SL in here rather i have seen many indians dancing over the moon at SL defeat

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 8, 2012, 9:40 GMT)

First of all congratulation to the West Indies! You are the 2012, T20 WC Champions. We really appreciate your effort. Wec your players & cricketers so much. Being in a final with a country like WI is also a proud for us. We may sleepless if we lost to another country, but not with you. Your people are so great.

Posted by Hammad-Hasan on (October 8, 2012, 9:37 GMT)

Sirilankns dig up the hole for West Indians but they themselfs fall in that hole. They again make spin track to win the WC but they forgot that WestIndies also have some good spinners. They deserve to loose. Congrats to WestIndies cricket team and all the people in Carrebian Islands for this victory.

Posted by TRIC on (October 8, 2012, 9:32 GMT)

I am sorry SL fans, no one remembers the losing finalists, so there is no point in browbeating your self, first SL need to start preparing sporting wickets even if it turns fine, and there should be consistency and not like depending on who bats or bowls first after winning toss and that too in a T20 format unlike a 50 over game. SL was lucky in reaching the final which they didnt deserve. Meanwhile the Indian team was the only team which dismissed the opposition within the 20 overs maximum nr of times. Had it been a WI- India Final it would have been a cracker of a match. Congrats to WI team and it was all because of the WI players exposure in IPL which they have harnessed it well and won the game. I bet the same WI team will be minnows in test matches.

Posted by bulandari_dada on (October 8, 2012, 9:15 GMT)


Posted by Pappu_bhai on (October 8, 2012, 9:15 GMT)

Fardi Khan:-->No body has mentioned India as best.But by the way if you feel its true we dont have any issues.We accept your complements.Thank You very much.And by the way which team you are supporting.

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 9:09 GMT)

only one team winning the t20 world cup after India's exit would have kept me happy and that is West Indies and they did and in style . This is just the best thing for cricket as a sport ,we need a strong West Indies and this is just the start to get anything close to what they were 20-30 years ago ( more than my age ) .Many People here said that India won WC final just because it was at home ,okay now our opponents in that final Sri Lanka had a home final and lost it . Its tougher winning a final at home ,than anywhere else because of the pressure .India remains the only country to win a WC ( the big one 50 over or T20 ) on home soil. Though i feel for SL they have lost 4 finals in 5 years . But to reach 4 finals is in itself an achievement and what they deserve credit for . The truth is that they couldn't be champions and to be so you have to win these Finals ,so those who were taking credit away from our WC win ,a big slap on their faces .Loved WI celebrations.

Posted by 777aditya on (October 8, 2012, 9:06 GMT)

WI cricketers play hard and party harder - the way these guys are actually enjoying playing the sport and the unity in the team bodes well for WI cricket. Their celebrations are infectious and their victories outrageous, 100% Caribbean with a dash of Gangnam tadka! LONG LIVE THE WI GLORY!

Posted by NP_NY on (October 8, 2012, 9:05 GMT)

@CoreDump: LOL, good one! @Meety: Try and look for some grace in SL fans' comments when India didn't make it to the semis and let us know if you can find any.

Posted by suryakumar99 on (October 8, 2012, 9:03 GMT)

I am very very happy for WI Win. Srilanka tried to trap by providing dusty pitch, in the event they themselves fallen in to the trap.Good luck for WI. Learn from the mistakes srilanka. Im indian Fan, but enjoyed the victory of WI especially against srilanka in srilanka.

Posted by tanstell87 on (October 8, 2012, 9:00 GMT)

West Indies atlast you have done made your country proud...your fans proud & more importantly your Indian fans proud....long live West Indies cricket !

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 8:58 GMT)

I take it the Champions Trophy (2004) doesn't count as a major world title. It should because all of the main cricketing nations participate in that as well. Big time congrats to the boyz, Samuels' purple-patch in 2012 continues and despite the under-achieving stats on his record overall, this guy has proven to be one of the most naturally talented batsmen in World Cricket. To dominate the way he did in England against their highly rated attack a few months back, then to play the Sri-Lankan bowling on their home turf, was gratifying to see him show some of that great potential that he always had, it took him a two-year ban to realise that, but better late than never. I'm also pleased for Darren Sammy who despite alot of negativity from internet-trolls (in and out the Caribbean) has led the team with passion and dignity. And not since under the leadership of Clive Lloyd have i seen a bunch of players who appear to be unified. So long may the progress continue...

Posted by Sinhaya on (October 8, 2012, 8:54 GMT)

@dariuscorny, thanks a lot and yes West Indies deserved it and my heartfelt congratulations to them. @bhrangi, I am sorry for any offensive comments at Indians written by Lankans but you also admit that some Indian fanss are also hellbent on insulting Sri Lanka. I am not really upset anyway because West Indies succeeding in cricket is important for the sport as a whole. It has to be said that Sri Lanka will never do well against India in any form of cricket even though we may do well against England and Australia. I will make India my 2nd favorite team if BCCI okays DRS, mark my words!

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (October 8, 2012, 8:53 GMT)

@anoopshameed No it happened in 2010. The hatred started when Sangakkara questioned the num 1 rankings at wrong time (when his team won the first match of the series which was drawn ). After that some incidents like no ball(denying sehwag a century) mankading withdrawal etc only increased the hatredness and it reached its peak when most of the SL fans (except some one like sinhaya) celebrated india's exit from Asia cup(despite SL being the worst in that tournament). And then some indian Fan (Narbavi?) commented Sl as minnows in and the fight reached to new levels where fans enjoy other teams exit . Hmm New trend...

Posted by Sinhaya on (October 8, 2012, 8:50 GMT)

@Meety, if you see the comments by Lankans, we are all happily congratulating West Indies, who thoroughly deserved to win. I was present at the semi finals when Aussies lost and also last night. I think Australia's strength is mainly test cricket and not the shorter forms as shown by their 0-4 loss in England. I look forward to our tour of Australia in December and I know the tests will be tough for us but ODIs we should do well looking at our recent ODI stats in Australia. Good luck to Australia in the tests against the South African starting next month.

Posted by Late-Cut on (October 8, 2012, 8:49 GMT)

@Posted by Eat_sleep_play_cricket ; That's very nice of you bro.. We are sad. Its coz Cricket means a lot to a small island nation like us. Its the bloody 4th time. :)))) Thats what killing us :)) Well, What the hell, It is what it is.. Our boys did well.. hats off to them and to you for your nice words after weeks of sledging :P

Posted by JG2704 on (October 8, 2012, 8:44 GMT)

@maddy20 on (October 08 2012, 05:02 AM GMT) Graceful as ever. Why is it pathetic that I type what I type? We have no control in what our media writes and our media does not always represent our/my views - it very often does not. Surely I should be judged on what I type/have typed and not what the English media write. As for who wanted who to win - personally I would slightly have preferred SL to win and maybe the majority of Indian cricket fans were behind WI and the majority of the world fans were behind WI but certainly not all of it

Posted by JG2704 on (October 8, 2012, 8:44 GMT)

@ gyusuf6 on (October 07 2012, 20:46 PM GMT) - Re Sammy as a captain. I think you have to look at the tools he's had to work with. I think some fans seem to think that WI should still be like the side of the 70s/80s but the truth is they've not had the players. Multi talented athletes have chosen other sports and made more money in those sports than they could ever dream of making in cricket - Bolt and Blake being prime examples. Look at the side Lloyd had compared to what Sammy has. Sammy may not be thee most talented player but I'd say he is a guy that gives it his all every time and leads by example.

Posted by JG2704 on (October 8, 2012, 8:44 GMT)

@bigwonder on (October 07 2012, 20:36 PM GMT) Why are you even mentioning England fans? This is a thread about SL vs WI. Surely it's not that long to wait before you can start posting your carefully considered comments on England on the India/England threads - where they belong

Posted by JG2704 on (October 8, 2012, 8:43 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster on (October 07 2012, 17:33 PM GMT) RE "Don't bring India into this" - Do you think there's a chance that this guy would not have made reference to India had there not been ill comments from Indian posters before he posted anything?

Posted by NP_NY on (October 8, 2012, 8:43 GMT)

@Meety: You want to see lack of grace, just read the 100s of comments posted by the SL fans after india's exit from the super 8s. Moral of the story - don't expect others to be graceful if you can't show some grace yourself. Anyway, enough of all the negative energy. Congratulations again to the WI - the team that EVERYBODY loves.

Posted by Late-Cut on (October 8, 2012, 8:41 GMT)

@Posted by kumarsSansai ; I know that you are talking about the employment of Malinga over 'n over again. Well, Mahela did what he was supposed to do. HE WENT FOR HIS BEST BOWLER. What else could he do ? Malinga has delivered on countless occasions. He needed a pacer and he went for his best asset. That was something any INTELLIGENT SKIPPER would do. Kulasekara had one over left and It was saved for the last over. There was no logic in employing a part timer like Dhoni did against Proteas. But Malinga couldn't deliver. Its the nature of the game. Do I blame Mahela for employing Malinga or Malinga going for over 50+ ? HELL NO..... I bet Mahela would do it again on a similar situation. We don't BLAME anybody or make any EXCUSE. We crumbled under pressure and lost for the 4th time. It is what it is. And Mahela is still a brilliant skipper. and HE USED 100% OF HIS BRAIN CAPACITY. NO MATTER WHAT ANYBODY SAYS...HE IS MAHELA, AND HE IS MY SKIPPER...... <3 <3 <3

Posted by Night_Fury on (October 8, 2012, 8:41 GMT)

hahahahaha i am an indian fan...and i am laughing like crazy. I think SL team got what they deserved. Pounding. TBH they dont have team to win matches. If there top 3 plays, they make match competitive..look at middle order, mendis (dont know why he is playing), thirrammane (seems he has some connection in selection committee).. and others... you call this middle order....look at there bowling...has malinga ever delivered in finals??...Dhoni and Gambhir cliubbed him in world cup and now samules....hahaha...Pakistan from Semi stage was way better team. This SL team cannot now perform on the home soil..:)

Posted by Dragonov on (October 8, 2012, 8:40 GMT)

Well, this match serves the lankan fans right. I've been observing for atleast a year, most of the SL fans have been bashing the Indian team every chance they got( even though SL team often got slaughtered by India.. may be that's the reason). They've done it in CB series, Asia cup and now here in this world cup. Did'nt even show the min respect. Even PAK fans who are often being projected as Indian RIVALS, showed gr8 respect to IND team and fans which is really appreciable. And we Indians welcomed such a mindset whole-heartedly. Also PAK team has shown gr8 character in this tournament. SL fans atleast should learn how to maintain the right attitude toward other teams. The comments like "India packing their bags" and all that have been really rubbish trash. NOW HOW DO U FEEL??? We've got nothing against ur team.. Infact SL players have been very well behaved and they are a gr8 team. Atleast u can support ur team by behaving like true cricket fans. Anything u do gets back 2 u, REMEMBER.

Posted by mark2011 on (October 8, 2012, 8:32 GMT)

WI were wholeheartedly supported by people of American continent as WI being neighbours even though they are not much into criket.. but SL... got on the other hand 'subcontinent' waiting for SL's defeat... appreciate support from Pak brothers.. though some are big in size and numbers they are not at all big in quality and spirit.instead show their cheap arrogance towards SL...a bonless giant who cant stand and back thier little neighbour - an Island nation in Indian Ocean.. what a shame...

Posted by Ajayvs on (October 8, 2012, 8:27 GMT)

@Meety, @yorkslanka it all too well to say that Indian fans are not gracious in defeat but I would like to ask where was the graciousness, fairness, decorum by SriLankan fans when they were ridiculing India after the super 8 exit

Posted by Sorcerous on (October 8, 2012, 8:26 GMT)

Congrats West Indies.....well played. Alas.......Srilanka didn't lift the cup, my 2nd fav. team after Pakistan, well played guys, no need to be disappointed. as an Indian fan is laughing on Lanka that they could not win a single final out of four. I think you are blowing out of your senses. did you forget that your own team didn't reach even semis since 2007. Srilankans have much better attitude, sportsmanship and talent than you. Don't play with their feelings. Good luck Lankan Bros. next time you will be in Final again, and INSHALLAH you will lift the cup. all Pakistani fans are with you. you are our 2nd team after Pakistan. Good Luck Bros.

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 8:16 GMT)

Keep it up westindies , You are the World champs now.. Dances #GangnamStyle

Posted by Late-Cut on (October 8, 2012, 8:13 GMT)

It shocking what the pressure can do even to a well equipped team. I think best thing to overcome pressure is to be aggressive and have killer instinct. That is something we are lack of. Smiley faces, being gentle in the field, playing the game as it is supposed to be played may win the respect and the hearts of the people. On the other hand being aggressive on the field and "go for the kill" type of play will certainly not get you the grand price of a popularity contest. For an example; India and Australia. They are not very popular, but they certainly get the job done. I wonder, what is more important? BUT RIGHT NOW I WOULD KILL TO HAVE A TASTE OF THAT SILVERWARE .... :(((

Posted by mark2011 on (October 8, 2012, 8:11 GMT)

Posted by TSJ07 on (October 07 2012, 16:55 PM GMT); your are a great example for someone called 'miserable fan' who enjoy others defeat bcos of ur own team cound't make it to final.

Posted by mark2011 on (October 8, 2012, 8:10 GMT)

@ TSJ07 on (October 07 2012, 16:55 PM GMT); we saw so your street level bowllers cudnt restrict 121 to enter semis in one match.. before insulting other learn to do it from doesn't matter if others can't , so ur own team also in the same slot what you are commenting on others...

Posted by D_Hitz on (October 8, 2012, 8:06 GMT)

Funny how some of the lankan fans are complaining about Indians being happy and commenting on their loss.If you rewind a bit and go to our match against SAF and the comments after that,you can get the reason why it is happening now.Stil there are less harsh comments by Indians than what lankans had after that SAF match.I still respect mahela and felt bad for his loss,but you guys cant complain on getting taste of your own medicine right? Anyways i would have supported WI against any team other than they play the game with big heart.

Posted by TheIndiaRockers on (October 8, 2012, 7:54 GMT)


Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (October 8, 2012, 7:52 GMT)

Bizarre game.SL won more than half of WI first innings and i thought its going to be SL's way. But Samuels pulled it off. Gotta feel for Mahela.

@Meety You could have stopped after praising SL team and its fans. (And you dont seem to be following the other coin. SL fans constant thrash talking whenever india looses and their wild celebrations after indias exit in Asia cup/T20 cup) But wait who is talking about being gracious here? May be you can suggest the same to your own countrymen RandyOZ and jonesy2.

Posted by Late-Cut on (October 8, 2012, 7:49 GMT)

FOR ALL THE CRITICS ; You can call us CHOKERS or whatever. YES , We couldn't handle the pressure and choked.We can't take that. But please don't try to downgrade the qualities of our players. No matter how Malinga bowled or Dilshan ,Sanga and Mathews batted or Mahela captained in the final, they are world class players and heroes for our small island nation. How can we blame them when we wouldn't have reached the final in the first place if it hadn't been for Mahela,Malinga,Dilly,Sanga, Mathews and others.WE CHERISH WHAT WE'VE GOT AND WE WILL RISE AGAIN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Samdanh on (October 8, 2012, 7:46 GMT)

I expected that if Gayle failed, it will be a cakewalk for SL. But Samuel's blitz towards the end, and the committed fielding display and the bowling strength in Sunil and Rampaul converted a losing position to a phenomenal victory. Well done West Indies. Keep it up, translate this strength to other forms of the game and rise in performance and ranking. The West Indies team seems to have the potential and skilled personnel to do well in other formats too

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (October 8, 2012, 7:46 GMT)

@Pappu bhai,sorry my friend! No offence intended bt ur Team india z nt too much lovd outside ur own territory,U WOULD B HAVNG A CLEAR PICTURE THAT fans 4rm pak(most of them,nt all),sl,eng,aus Don't realy adore ur team at all,aftr that ind vs sa match,u must add safas to that list as well bcoz botha,morkels,steyn seemd as hapy aftr knockng ur team as if they had win The t20 championship(if u dn't believ then revisit d highlights please)

Posted by mthi4life on (October 8, 2012, 7:44 GMT)

Sri Lanka have mastered the Art of loosing finals,The West Indies wanted it more because they do not know when next they will be in the final,while Sri Lanka knows they most likely be in the next one.Well done to the West Indies.

Posted by bravetigersmustwin on (October 8, 2012, 7:44 GMT)


Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 7:42 GMT)

I was more happier than an Indian win.. I am not sure why?? But, its the great flair, and the absolute Enjoyment and unique celebration they bring to the game.. Marlon Samuels celebration was absolutely magnificent to watch and Jesus..I enjoyed Chris Gayle diving around as a Kid... Love you WI.... !!!

Posted by zafarov on (October 8, 2012, 7:41 GMT)

@ Nasir Bukhari

"well thats what happens Srilanka with a negative approach the pitches of Semi final and final were not up to the standard" The wickets for thtournamentent were prepared under complete supervision of the ICC. The ICC have admitted their responsibility for produciinappropriateapitcheshes for T20 cricket matches in Sri Lanka. They intend to look into this matter and find ways to improve. Its always a good idea to check the facts before pointing fingers and taunting..

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 7:21 GMT)

Most of the comment were made by indians are so pathetic,and cant even still bare the loss of indians.Well done west indies u got some talented t20 players.

Posted by Ajayvs on (October 8, 2012, 7:17 GMT)

I know there is a barrage of ridicule from Indian fans because they were given the same treatment after their loss in Super 8's , wonder how this vicious cycle will end. @Meety its all too well to criticize the SriLankan cousins across the sea but hope you have seen the gracious comments after India's exit from same people you are praising.

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 7:13 GMT)

i m really happy for WI......they need it more thn anyone else in the world...i hope it ll work as catalyst for their future......bad luck for SL....

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 7:13 GMT)

Why Indiian supporters always cheers if subcontinent team loses, they were not even in the semifinal, Sour Grapes Perhaps, Anyway Happy for West Indies,

Posted by jasonpete on (October 8, 2012, 7:11 GMT)

Well played WI.But I am sad for srilankan team who I thought will win the finals for sure.But they still couldn't handle the finals pressure game even after playing in 5 finals.@ sinhaya,sorry mate. hard luck.hope for the best next time.Btw you are one of the nicest SL fan I met here.Good luck for the future matches.cheers @ JG2704, you were silent when srilankan fans posted bad comments on indian team during India vs Australia match and after SA match.And you say neighbours fans are revelling on this defeat when same neighbours Srilankan fans were happy about India exit and talked trash about the team.Its it's wrong to blame one side when both the country fans are to be blamed equally.Dont you think? And I wonder why only one side is blamed as always?From a non- Indian fan.

Posted by sichu_emerald on (October 8, 2012, 7:04 GMT)

Congrats Windies for holding your nerve till your last breathe like MSD, Hard luck to Lankans...very hard to see Mahela's face in the presentation, i simply love this guy for his attitude (definitely not for Sanga), If Sanga had not made the controversial comments against India (which made its fans wilder against each other), i would've loved that guy as well for his class. Its not the end SL and its fans, your guys have rose again from a demeaning state of Dilshan's captaincy to Mahela's and particulary from a crunch situation which no circketing nation would've/ should've had...Most are lucky only because there is always tomorrow to prove it. You were a deserving team to lift the Cup, but lets die another day not today...

Posted by bhrangi on (October 8, 2012, 7:04 GMT)

Solid_snake : At last u appeared i searched ur name when Pak lost to SL badly., but didn't find. Hope u had a nice !!!!! hiding under the bed. Now u started again and ur prime target is Ind , no worries as ur disgrace to PAK fans

Posted by Raja4mIndia on (October 8, 2012, 7:03 GMT)

Congratulations WI and hard luck for Sri lanka. It was a nice competition n both were deserved for the world title.This is for srilankan fans,just leave the past n dont worry,the coming cricket will be urs. Congratulations WI once again.

Posted by karths on (October 8, 2012, 7:00 GMT)

My teams which are best in order of performance... Pakistan Australia West Indies Srilanka India South Africa New Zealand England

Posted by cool2cool on (October 8, 2012, 6:57 GMT)

@ Sinhaya : No issues mate, it is everyone's thinking. You can remember the runner-ups, we will remember the winners.

Posted by cool2cool on (October 8, 2012, 6:54 GMT)

@Solid_Snake: I was replying to one of the comment and never said that India could have thrashed SL. I also agree SL has potential to beat India or to any team for that matter. But in last 2-3 years India has done better against SL and no one can deny that.

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 6:52 GMT)

Winning semi final and then the final by a big margin is no joke. West Indies definitely out classed every team in the tournament. They were the best side to win the cup. I don't know why there is this discussion on who Pakistanis supported. Everyone knows who Pakistanis supported in 1996 when a crowd of 50,000 Pakistanis was chanting for Srilanka in Lahore. Srilanka has a huge fan base and is close to Pakistan on multiple fronts. Srilanka and Pakistan have always enjoyed good cricketing relations.

Posted by masoodali150 on (October 8, 2012, 6:50 GMT)

According to Chart mentioned above all is going in favour of SL but WI win. Thats Strange.

Posted by dariuscorny on (October 8, 2012, 6:50 GMT)

@WickyRoy.paklover not at all brother ,we never expected Pak wud achieve that target against SL as Pak batting is weakest and dont compare it with SL batting,they fail very rarely

Posted by shaantanu on (October 8, 2012, 6:49 GMT)


Posted by bravetigersmustwin on (October 8, 2012, 6:47 GMT)

@Sinhaya ... YOU MAY BE PROUD OF RUNNERSUP BUT SL HAS MISSED THE GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY. Im not sure how far Mahela, Dilshan and sanga will be playing and they had missed all the important cups during their period. Now it will take few more yeears to groom such batsmen. Same case with India too but atleast they have won the world cup 2011.

Posted by Venki_indian on (October 8, 2012, 6:27 GMT)

@yorkslanka @Meety nothing gracious mates...Losers have to accept the defeat..WI lcearly deserves this..Way to go WI

Posted by yorkslanka on (October 8, 2012, 6:26 GMT)

@meety- thanks mate, yes, i agree some people do not help the situation but we are all very proud of our country and I suppose people take defeat in different ways(not excusing silly comments, just trying to rationalise them)....the morning after the night before...After a nights sleep. I still maintain I am extremely proud to be a sri lankan and despite not winning, getting further than a lot of the bigger teams...come on Sri Lanka... I have to say that the one set of fans who actually have the right to put us down (the West Indians) have behaved with absoulute class on here (and the field/stadium)..this is why they are respected by us...

Posted by gmsjgmsj on (October 8, 2012, 6:22 GMT)

Congrats to Darren Sammy and his vibrant team for winning the T20 Cup! While commentators wax eloquent on the great leadership skills of Mahela, Smith and Dhoni (in other formats), no one praised Sammy for being a warm, down-to-earth and humble person on and off the field. In fact, this very quality of humility was responsible for dealing with the pressure of a final. Like a good Christian, he was ready to do his all and wait for God to bestow.

Sammy has dealt with finesse in bringing some of his superstar players and upcoming talents and has synergised their talents with a non nonsense approach.. Much like how Lloyd did it in late 70s. Today no true cricket fan will ever grudge this Windies win. We all want Windies to rule cricket again with their skill, grace and obvious enjoyment of the game!

Posted by dariuscorny on (October 8, 2012, 6:21 GMT)

it was only 138 to achieve but SL messed it up.SL played second to none of them.They had the perfect balance,bowlers suitable to the conditions.but the difference between the two was the zeal to win the trophy,i witnessed the West Indians were pouncing over the balls travelling along the park.SL also needed the win for all the time they hv featured the finals in the icc tournaments.but, some kind of jinx is haunting SL.well played SL but you could hv played better.time has come to handover the responsibility to Mathews both in t20s and odis.resplacements for Sanga,Mahela also awaits SL.congrats WI.great win."HANG-NAM Rocked".........

Posted by veerakannadiga on (October 8, 2012, 6:19 GMT)

Congrats WI.I had always maintained from the start of the WC, that I wanted WI to win if India couldn't. Some people on this forum had laughed me off after WI had lost to SL in the practice match. But the end result..........WI are the WC champions.Love you WI, hope this victory will be the start of another Windies domination of world cricket. from a loyal Dravid fan..

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 6:14 GMT)

Congrats to WI, well thats what happens Srilanka with a negative approach the pitches of Semi final and final were not up to the standard, when the slower ones were bouncing to the keeper (ref Malinga to gayle) too much spin , Grip bounce..... result....your best bowler got abused and you lose......Sorry SL fans but thats what happens when your approach in negative

Posted by sher-e-slc on (October 8, 2012, 6:08 GMT)

Waah!!!!Yippe!!! I am so HAPPY to see Windies lift the CUP. THEY NEEDED IT AND TRULY DESERVE IT. I AM INDIAN (from Philly) and have NOTHING AGAINST MY FELLA SRILANKANS. ITS JUST GOOD FOR WI and CRICKET in general. Was so SAD to see WI going down the HILL after the golden period. After reading some of the comments that mention the old WI teams, it brought my childhood memories. I just used to love WI players (Viv, Richie, Haynes, Greenidge, Hooper, Ambrose, Walsh, Holdings... what players!!! INCREDIBLE!!!) apart from Kapil Dev. Had HUGE POSTERS of VIV, HOLDINGS,WALSH, AMBROSE,KAPIL in my room when I was growing up. SO HAPPY TO SEE the CARRIBEANS ENJOYING.!!! TO ONE WHO SAID WE ARE WAGON JUMPERS, I think YOU HAVE YOUR HEAD UP YOUR ---. We love WI and their great culture and HAVE IMMENSE RESPECT for their GREAT PLAYERS!!! To LANKANS, CHEER UP for the 4 FINALS. GREAT TOURNAMENT!!! GREAT HOSPITALITY. IMMENSELY TALENTED for a small nation. SANGA & MAHELA are modern day GREATS. BOL next time.

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 6:06 GMT)

I am pesonally pleassed with the WI performance. Keep it up WI it totally a team effort and u are always possitive irrespective of the results. come on WI keep winning tournaments.

Posted by Nizam1949 on (October 8, 2012, 6:06 GMT)

This West Indies Team has, after all that, come of age, finally! As I had written in June with the return of the prodigals - Gayle, Narine, Pollard, et al- the WI Team was electrified with Gayle force and its fireworks, this time around in this T20 Final this WI Team has shown match temperament, commitment, dedication and resoluteness! All hallmarks of an ascendant Cricket Team.

Now, as never before, the same WI Team has gelled together in an espirit de corps, and performs as a Team, with even contributions from all the playing members. Much of the credit for this team spirit should go to Darren Sammy, who has been unassuming as a Captain and adopted an open and all-inclusive approach for his fellow-players, and bereft of a bee in his bonnet as the Captain. Chris Gayle, in the same breath, has spread his contagious all-conquering spirit among his fellow-players with his wide smile and all-embracing dance. Marlon Samuel, the "come-back kid", has proved his worth in gold. Hurrah!

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 6:02 GMT)


Posted by bhrangi on (October 8, 2012, 6:01 GMT)

SL fans are great in encouraging their team even they lost badly they didn't give up, which as as indian hav to accept that we are lacking in it. @SL fans : It always hurt to see ur comments on IND whenever we lose, especially sick of that pack ur bags comment. Now u guys complaining abt the IND fans for celebrating WI win. Mahe is my all time favorite, i felt only for Mahe for not winning this WC., he is legend.

Posted by lakers51982 on (October 8, 2012, 6:00 GMT)

To all Sri Lankan supporters - Like Mahela you people are over confident. He targeted Chris Gayle in the final so that he dropped Herath and replaced Dhananjaya. Oh my god it is an worst decision by any international captain I ever seen because Christopher Gayle doesn't have an good record in any of the final including IPL Series. Please see his profile to confirm. Secondly, Sri Lankan fans & Cricket team fully depends on Malinga, Mendis, Dilshan, Sangakkara etc., but WI not like that. Please see the post match presentation of Sammy to know how they deserve the final. What ever you think I have never seen the one side final like yesterday. Hey Sri Lanka, wake up. drop Mahela, Sanga, Dilshan and give chances to youngster otherwise you have to cry a lot in future. Congratulation to West Indies team you have hammered the over confident side. Cheers......

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 6:00 GMT)

First of all Congrats to WI fans...And hahaha @ Indian, most of the Indians are mentioning India was the best in this Competition and the reason why they were best because they bowled out opposition four in the ROW! lol... this is what surprising them and making their heads happy lol. In bowling 2nd everyteam have opportunity to get all the wickets lol. not only India. Yeah againts pak it was first but we never mention that pak have best batsman etc... for SL! feel Sorry for you guys... I wished SL would have won it...

Posted by Zeshan547 on (October 8, 2012, 5:59 GMT)

job well done, but WI still have a lot to prove.

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 5:59 GMT)

i'm from Guyana and my eyes are filled with tears seeing so much non west indian praising my team... when u look at both teams u have to admit that Samuels innings was the real difference. i've never seen counter attacking like that and especially against Malinga. Samuels made some records hitting Malnga for 5 sixes and taking 39 off 11 was the highest amt of runs scored against any bower by a batsman in world T20.. hats off Marlon. i appreciate u saying that u love test cricket and it is the best cricket also.. wish u all the best for the future.

Posted by DINESHCC on (October 8, 2012, 5:56 GMT)

It is highly painful to see a team losing four big finals in five years. It doesn't mean that you are a choker team but it shows your consistency in playing cricket at upper level. At postmortem stage one can find out so many if and buts. No reason can be attributed for this loss. Someone may blame Malinga. But without Malinga SL would not have won the match against NZ. Someone may question the non selection of Herath. But what is the harm done by Dhananjeya, his replacement, in the final? WI won the cup but you won hearts. I agree there are so many criticisms from your counterparts on this loss. But no team in the world played four WC finals in five years, it shows your consistency. Well done Srilankans. I expect another final at OZ in 2014, most probably this time by posing with the cup

Posted by javed.agrawala on (October 8, 2012, 5:56 GMT)

I am a Pakistani and its nonsense to write that we don't appreciate good cricket. Its another thing that Twenty20 sometimes falls short. Competition cannot be allowed to blur our honest opinions.

It was a great innings by Samuels and the whole West Indies team did perform really well. Sri Lanka are an excellent side and I believe better than Pakistan at least in this form of the game and in their current form as opposed to the form of 2009. To be fair India India is better than Pakistan too currently in this format but anything can happen in an individual contest.

Sri Lankans are proud and talented cricketers and it is a pity MJ has called it a day now. If he wished to he should have stated his decision before the tournament and made it irrespective of the outcome of the tournament. He is tactically shrewd and committed and has a lot to admire him about.

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 5:54 GMT)

Noone could sense and see Sanga was totally OFF on field,,,,while fielding and batting also,, it looked as if he is exhausted,, Dilshan is going Afridi and Viru way,,, too much hyped batsman category,,,,,

Posted by groundreality on (October 8, 2012, 5:40 GMT)

The "just" and "fair" English fans have arrived, JG2704 and Meety. Wonder where they were hiding when Lankan fans had a blast at India's misfortunes. Lankans are reaping what they sowed some days ago. So my English friends, either comment on all reports uniformly or comment in your team's reports alone. Why the double standards?

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 5:40 GMT)

The Sri Lankans making excuses that batting second was difficult.

Posted by Sandalal on (October 8, 2012, 5:38 GMT)

This is oweful match for srilanka. MJ is always good captain but this match he was useless. He don't know how to use his bowlers. One stage bowlers were manageed very well. Suddenly he gave a ball to Malinge. He changed the game completly & laugh. When they hammer to him he gave ball to him again. 54 runs for 4 overs. thats the runs we need to win. Every person has a bad day. That day not good for Malinga. When srilanka start batting Mj & sanga waste lot of balls. They gave presure to other batsmans. Other hand srilankan players don't know how to handle presure. All the other batsman couldn't get 10 runs. How to win a match without batting lineup. Other hand WI handle presure better than SL. They lost early wickets. But they handle very well. This situation WI deserve there victory. Congratulation WI.

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 5:37 GMT)

Never before a team has been insulted and defeated so badly. That too in a WC Final. Gayle made a statement before the match that this world cup is theirs. With both Pollard and Gayle not clicking, the west indians still managed to win by a big margin. The players with Indian roots Ravi Rampaul and Sunil Narine doing well. Congratulations West Indies.

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 5:35 GMT)

Happy to see WI winning Major Trophies,...everybody happy except loser..that is WI ..famous winners

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 5:33 GMT)

Well done Windies! Its time to resurrection after glorious 80's in the period of gorton greenidge, viv richards, gary sobers etc., Happy to see this moment, and one thing i like to say is IPL is one of the reason for this windies win. Gayle, Bravo, Narine, Samuels and so on. were played with neat experiences from IPL and made a good platform for this Tournament. They should compete more FTPs for good series against India, Aus, RSA, Pak and so on. - From an Indian fan.

Posted by D_Hitz on (October 8, 2012, 5:28 GMT)

Well,though we have seen too much negativity for our indian team from most of the lankan fans[dont understand why!] but as a cricket lover i do feel for Mahela.He has done everything in finals he could but just cant win.I was always supporting West Indies after India purely because of the way they and smiling.Also most of the lankan fans thrash our team but remember guys,we might not have reached many finals or semis..but we did win 2 WCs..i guess that counts after all.Anyways,hard luck to lanka..hope their fans start respecting our team as well.

Posted by kumarsSansai on (October 8, 2012, 5:23 GMT)

@Late-Cut, So how much Mind (in %) jayawardene has been used in final.

Posted by Sri1967 on (October 8, 2012, 5:22 GMT)

Congratulations to West Indies !!!! You'll displayed spirit of the game at highest level in this tournament and it's a learning for leaders who blame nature and others on defeats. You were the better team in the finals and team work paid off. You are great entertainers and we love you guys....Die hard Sri Lankan Cricket fan....

Posted by VivtheGreatest on (October 8, 2012, 5:14 GMT)

So the Pirates of the Caribbean strike gold after a more than 30 year hunt and Captain Sparrow (Sorry Sammy!!) achieves what legends like Sir Viv and Lara could not. Samuel's innings was literally like piracy on the high seas , Sri Lanka probably thought they had sewn it up before that amazing onslaught on Malinga. Teriffic match, even better celebrations!!

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 5:13 GMT)

Well I supported the hosts Sri Lanka after India before the tournament but was really hurt by the comments of the Sri Lankan fans after India was knocked out and then I decided that I will support West Indies in the finals but felt bad for them when they actually lost.How can u have so much hatred against ur own neighbours?I hope one day this hatred between Indian and Sri Lankan fans will end.I have my fingers crossed.

Posted by Pappu_bhai on (October 8, 2012, 5:12 GMT)

Thank You West Indies.We are happy that you have treated SL like a minnow. Aside to SL, We Indians Even though beeing your neighbouring Country was praying for the loss of SL as we remember the day when SAF scored the 122nd run and All the SL were in moon?Even the SAF were not that much happy they Why were you?Beeing an Indian Seeing this it hurt a lot and were waiting for this day with prayers. And One more thin To SL Fans we never played intentionaly or never supported any other team except India to make sure that we can play against a weaker team.Unlike SL We always believed in our ability.This is cricket anything can happen.Look what happened in 2007 20-20 World Cup.SAF tried to avoid Aus and they were out of the tournaments.But at the same time we never tried for any particular opponents.We played our best and hope for the best.If u cant beat a particular team ur not good enough so try harder.Not to boo that team which shows your character.Never show ur afraid by doing this stuffs

Posted by Zeb1978 on (October 8, 2012, 5:11 GMT)

Really a great victory by WI. All the pakistani people were backing WI to win as if it was Pakistan playing against SL. i dont mean that we hate SL, we do love and always support the Lankan team in every tournament but it was a much needed triumph for the WI cricket in particular and for the world cricket in general. I hope to see a strong WI team in ODIs as well as test cricket as the cricket world looks more beautiful and thrilled with these type of performances from the WI.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (October 8, 2012, 5:09 GMT)


Posted by maddy20 on (October 8, 2012, 5:02 GMT)

@ JG2704 Its pathetic that an English fan talking about spirit, after all the mudsliging dished out by your media on an Indian team going through a tough phase. It makes me laugh! Besides the whole world wanted WI to win. Cricket needs a strong WI team. Most of us were impressed by the guts and brute force with which they crushed a strong Aus team. If you do not watch CLT20 , in 2009 when Trinidad and Tobago was playing well all our local Indian fans were cheering for them as if it was a home team. We always admire good cricket. But if the SL fans can make fun of us when we didn't make the semis, we can do likewise.

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 5:02 GMT)

Congrats to Windies .hopefully this is the turning point for your team to come out of the doldrums and be a major cricketing force in the near future.Sri Lanka just confirmed that they just cannot be good finishers having messed up in 4 major finals.Malinga continues to display his worst bowling at all the finals when Sri Lanka has the best chance of winning.Mahela has tried his best to groom the team into a forceful unit but the attitude of players like Malinga must change if SL are to win the most important matches.Before the semi finals when all players from both sides went to the field holding the hands of young kids for the national anthem Malinga did not even care to hold the hand of the kid who was assigned to him.What an attitude for a guy who came from the wilderness in a remote village down south and thinks he is cat's humble Malinga in victory or defeat you need to learn from greats like Mahela and Kumar for a start.So Sri Lanka now goes back to the drawing board

Posted by vpc80 on (October 8, 2012, 4:54 GMT)

Darren Sammy...for your commitment,this world cup is yours'...i have not seen anyone as committed as this man,with whatever limited talent he has..they say champions are made of something special..a will that is is far greater than skill.& WI proved it last evening with a superb performance

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 4:54 GMT)

I'am sri lankan . I want To ask just one question . Why2007? Why2009? Why2011? Why2012 . Why.........

Posted by vish2020 on (October 8, 2012, 4:53 GMT)

hahahahh Sri lankan fans supporting Pak and then after beating them feeling soooo confident!! Well what can an Indian think of this?? WI what a performance!! hats off to you guys!!! amazinggg!!!

Posted by I-Like-Cricket on (October 8, 2012, 4:50 GMT)

I don't see why people have been putting Sri Lanka down. I personally feel they played great cricket (even last night they were only beaten because of the good fortune of Samuels before he got his eye in) throughout the tournament. Same goes with Australia, they were ranked below Ireland for a few days before their last T20 against Pakistan in the UAE and no one gave them a chance. If you ask me WI, SL and Aus deserve plenty of praise for making it as far as they did in the tournament, especially WI. The teams everyone should be focussing on are SA (they were ranked number 1 in all formats of the game while they were playing that series in England), India (they were claiming that these pitches were "home-like" and we all know how hard it is to beat them on their dust-bowls) and Pakistan (personally my favourites for the tournament, with their explosive batting and mystery spinners just like WI they've deserved all the criticism they've received because they probably should have won it)

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 4:39 GMT)

Congrats Windies, we Windies fans are very happy about this and we love to see you back as world beaters as you were in 70'sand early 80's. It's a wonderful team work and performance. Credit to Darren Sammy for marshalling the Superstar's well. Common Guys, Rock the world cricket.

Posted by Sugath on (October 8, 2012, 4:35 GMT)

If only Sri Lanka read from the West Indies/Australia script they would not have had four seamers. had they watched that match would have seen how Starc and Co were treated by Gayle and Samuel. For inexplicable reasons Herath was dropped. What should have been was to to include Herath and Chandimal and leave malinga and Kulasekara out, and the result would have been quite different. As we all know Malinga and Kulasekara bled nearly 80 runs in 7 overs while rest gave only 57 in 13 overs. sadly saner council has not prevailed. This is not said here to belittle what Windies did, and they were great in all areas except batting barring Samuel and Sammy

Posted by avmenon1 on (October 8, 2012, 4:27 GMT)

Congrats Windies....well done... you were the most deserving to be the champions out of the entire team that had were the ones that had put in the most were the one that probably were least counted for winning the trophy, though some would say otherwise now...well done windies and we can sense how it means for the team and the windies islands!!!! well done and let 7th Oct 2012 mark the beginning of a new era which was only yours some 40 years back !!!! Cheers

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 4:15 GMT)

Bazzinga!!!!!!!I told you, we were going 'gangnam style' over the Sri lankans.As a west indian,we enjoy this game called cricket............I Enjoy the 'licks ' we gave England and Australia. love it!

Posted by Farrukh.91. on (October 8, 2012, 4:11 GMT)

I cant understand the decision of Mahela to step down as captain when u have lead your team to the finals. It was bad luck for SL, and congragulations to WI.

Posted by PakistanZindabaadAlways on (October 8, 2012, 4:10 GMT)

Many Congrats to WI and hard luck SL, SL still remains my fav team after Pakistan ofcourse. @SLcuppers .. It's people like you who love to spread haterd, shame on you.

Posted by Narbavi on (October 8, 2012, 4:07 GMT)

@Balumekka: you lost and you call yourself the better team?? Everyone knows there are some teams out their which are better than you!!

Posted by silly_pt on (October 8, 2012, 4:04 GMT)

Windies did it and in style too. Congratulations boys!! You deserved it. SL fans don't worry. You'll have it next time. That's the pattern since 2009!!

Posted by SpartaArmy on (October 8, 2012, 4:03 GMT)

Well done WI!! the way they celebrated during and after the game shows how determined they were to win this cup. For them, it is more than just winning an ICC cup, an attempt to bring back the past glory. I hope this win motivates more young players to take up cricket and help WI to become a better odi/test team. SL reaching 4 finals in last 5 years is an incredible achievement, but there is something seriously wrong with the way they are playing finals. Yesterday, they had a great chance after restricting WI to a modest total.

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 4:01 GMT)

i wud nt hav mind if sri lanka had won.. atleast mahela wud hav cont captianship.. sri lanka r a awesome team.. they jus had a bad de.. neways congo to west indies.. incredile courage shown by them.. frm india wid lov.. :P

Posted by Smack-DAT on (October 8, 2012, 3:57 GMT)

First of all, heartiest congrts to Windies.. truly deserved win..Windies are the most lovable team across the globe for their temperament and fearless cricket..but on the other side feel bad for SL brothers and team..reaching four finals is not a joke but somehow the gap between the cup and lip is not getting bridged..but anyway it was a wonderful tournament..kudos to Lankans..and better luck next time

Posted by Udendra on (October 8, 2012, 3:54 GMT)

No point blaming Malinga. He ha his off-days too as we have seen in the past! I'm basically thrilled that the most fun-filled cricketing teams in the world made the finals.

Posted by g.narsimha on (October 8, 2012, 3:52 GMT)

I Cant understand why people start blaming pitch , pl remember on the same wicket the other day WI posted 200+ runs thrashing AUS, had it not been GYLE gone cheaply WE WOULD HAVE SEEN AN OTHER 200+ so pl give credit where it lays instead of giving credit to pitch , which was true , alright , the WINDIES playd as CHAMPS they deserves credit .

Posted by PPL11 on (October 8, 2012, 3:51 GMT)

Great to see Kings of cricket are back with bang that Will help build a good side in upcoming years for WI. I think home advantage got on to SL and the pressure of wining the final eventually got to them... No Hard feelings SL you played well.

Posted by denwarlo70 on (October 8, 2012, 3:50 GMT)

Yes, we played well in the tournament, yes we came to the semi finals, yes, we beat Pakistan to qualify for the finals, yes, we did bowl out West Indies for an average total, yes, Malinga got hammered all over the park, yes, the other bowlers came to the party, yes we lost the finals to the better team West Indies, yes, we Sri Lankans are sad but still yes, we love our cricketing heroes. Well done TEAM WEST INDIES, you deserved it more than anyone else in the tournament like us Lankans but in anything, there could be only 1 winner and you won it. LIONS, don't be disheartened, there is always another chance. A Sri Lankan cricket fan

Posted by AllahKeBande on (October 8, 2012, 3:49 GMT)

After the match of IND vs AUS, SL fans flooded the thread with their comments, and thats what they are getting back now..what goes around comes around..Four finals!! got to be kiddin me..some one please tell your team that reaching final and winning the final is an altogether different ball game..

Posted by Sinhaya on (October 8, 2012, 3:48 GMT)

@cool2cool, your wrong. Many born after 1975 or 1979 will want to find out who lost in 1975 and 79? Any cricket fan will know that England are 3 times finalists in the 50 over format. In this internet age, anyone will at least keenly search on google what happened in the past world cups and who lost. Whatever may be, West Indies played superbly last night and full credit. Man to man, they were better than us due to the pure physical muscular strength the Windies possessed which is an absolute necessity for this format. High time we undergo more gym work to be physically fitter for T20s. What happened last night was that Samuel's mistimed shots cleared the ropes, but our attempts to do the same were ineffective. Hope the people of the Caribbean islands relish this moment in an unforgettable sporting year thanks to their athletics success too.

Posted by Tusker17 on (October 8, 2012, 3:34 GMT)

Congrats to the Windies. Hope you go from strength to strength! Well played Sri Lanka. Tough Luck! Sadly loosing in the finals is becomming a habbit now! WIN OR LOOSE, LIONS WILL ALWAYS AND FOREVER ROAR!!!

Posted by rajpan on (October 8, 2012, 3:33 GMT)

Quite a few people seem to blame MJ for continuing with Malinga when he was hammered. I think he took a gamble but it didn't come off. He had done the same thing against Pakistan with Herath after he was hit for 12 runs in his third over. But his fourth over produced two impotant wickets for just one run !! Cricket is indeed a cruel game.

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 3:26 GMT)

I think Mahela is taking a right decision. We should not be hard on this format of the game. He should still be the main guy in Test and ODI. And let the youngsters take over this format of the game. This format should be used as a target to find talent and groom them as future star players. SL should not be relying on Sanga and Mahela. Chandimal is gr8 talent, so is Mathews. It is good for cricket now that we have T20, to groom youngsters. Same goes to other teams as well. I liked how AUS approached this tournament. I really do not think the seniors should overstay especially in this format.

Posted by Resultpredictor on (October 8, 2012, 3:26 GMT)

What an innings by Samuels, definitely one of the greatest knocks ever in T20. Congrats WI for the Victory

Posted by g.narsimha on (October 8, 2012, 3:23 GMT)

SL CUPPERS - Well said brother , i still cant understand why few SL fans hate team INDIA , we have age old tradition of good nieghbours , hard luck for SL, I THINK PLAYING INFRONT OF HOME FANS DONE SL , FROM THE BEGINING TEAM WAS UNDER PRESSURE could not perfom half the potentials , well played WI ,

Posted by tiger_zaid on (October 8, 2012, 3:23 GMT)

Well played WI....gr8 to see you guyz with the trophy after so many years...greetings from Bangladesh..

Posted by taxa on (October 8, 2012, 3:22 GMT)

congrats w.indies, you played the better game. Tough luck mahela, but you are a consistent team, and have shown the world... its a matter of time till the cup comes home.. keep going

Posted by urprashant on (October 8, 2012, 3:02 GMT)

Wow! What a performance by Samuels and West Indies as a team! We got a new world 'champion'- West Indies and a brand new 'Chokers' - Sri Lanka! ICC must give some trophy to Sri Lanka for their amazing feat of losing 4 finals!

Posted by disco_bob on (October 8, 2012, 2:56 GMT)

Good to see WI did it without the big gun. Too bad Australia couldn't show the same depth and will.

Posted by TheIndiaRockers on (October 8, 2012, 2:46 GMT)

Lankans talks toooo much but result nothing. Entering to the final is not winning the WC .I mean u have to win it. Your team not able to win a WC in your own backyard what a shame...LOL..Congrats to WEST INDIES...

Posted by bestfriend24 on (October 8, 2012, 2:46 GMT)

congrats to the windies you deserve this also better luck next time sri lanka sometime in the near future i predict you will win a title

Posted by pitch_curator on (October 8, 2012, 2:44 GMT)

@ Meety - Nice divide and rule strategy. Look who is talking about spirit and grace. Surely this is the end of the world.

Posted by heathrf1974 on (October 8, 2012, 2:42 GMT)

Well done Windies. Great win for them and great win for world cricket. Condolences to SL, they just lacked some big hitters and failed to deal with some good bowling by the Windies. Hopefully this may begin some better performances for WI in other formats. They are improving.

Posted by Lovetesh on (October 8, 2012, 2:38 GMT)

A match worthy of a final. Congratulations to WI from India. On a separate note pitch for the final match looked under prepared and too slow. Not good for a 20-20 match. SL should not host any ICC tournament for the next 5 years.

Posted by Sandeep.M.J.D on (October 8, 2012, 2:38 GMT)

@sukku88: You work on waking up BCCI, I will enjoy what BCCI has been producing, Lezends.

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 2:36 GMT)

First of all Congrats WI.. Superb game. Then to the SL team , we love you still. Specially because we know that this is a SPORT n not WAR... Last but not least I feel really sad about all the INDIAN fans who have put some hilarious comments with Ifs and Buts.. Got to grow up mates.. This is a game only and if you really noticed the SL fans stayed on ground and literally cheered WI and SL teams even after the match.. Most probably you guys don't understand it.. lol That is called the "Spirit of the Game" Indians.. Try it in your basic levels first.. :DDD

Posted by Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on (October 8, 2012, 2:30 GMT)

SL fans! : Cheer up. I know its hard to digest the defeat but hey its not the end of the world. T20 happens every two years and Lanka will be back fighting. To expect your neighbours to console you and give you a word of encouragement will not do any good and it gives only false hopes. Few days back, we Indians packed out bags and came back home, we cried for few hours, we cursed OZ for few hours and at the end we realized our players were not upto T20 stds. Lanka have some great talent - Akila, Mendis, Eranga, senanayaka, Jevan, etc. Hope you have a great OZ tour later this year! Wishes from an Indian fan!. Cheers Mate!

Posted by MEHATELK on (October 8, 2012, 2:29 GMT)

congratulation west won the match because of your physical power.if you apply more skill you will be unbeatable.

Posted by n_jraman on (October 8, 2012, 2:27 GMT)

congrats to WI for making the dream reality...i always thought WI was a dangerous t20 but havent had the consistency to make it to the top... but yest they did it..what a innings from shld get a icc award next year really...SRI had a very good chance of closing the game..but they failed to rise under pressure..Sri played well in the tournament but one bad game did fans(indian/sri) kindly stop bashing and commenting more between teams..T20 is unpredictable so one bad game can through u out...a LIMBO for sri fans...2009 WC was in ENG,2010 was in WI..the host nations won the next tournament outside their will it be SRI in 2014:)

Posted by sukku88 on (October 8, 2012, 2:15 GMT)

What an innings by Samuels...!! Only West indies can do these dramatic things happen with their fearless batting.. Congrats Carribians.. You guys are always my favorites in T20... But i still thought, 138 runs' target was a cakewalk for Srilanka with their Class Batsmen MJ, KS & TD... Tough luck guys... Srilankan team is always a very talented pool with their limited resources compared to our India.. BCCI should take a leaf or two from SLC for talent management and variety of players with unique abilities they select... Our selectors always look for by-the-book players unlike srilanka.. This should be a wake up call for BCCI.. Srilankan fans, don't be disappointed and write something here in anger.. Your team has played well.. Just one bad day for the legendary batsmen.. Thats all.. Best of luck for the next cup..

Posted by SLcuppers on (October 8, 2012, 2:07 GMT)

@Balumekka -- why do you generalize like you are representing the entire nation? Me and all my SL friends had India,WI as our next favorites.

Posted by Hacralo7180 on (October 8, 2012, 2:04 GMT)

this win was needed for resurgence of west indies cricket.congrats to them on behalf of india...

Posted by Douggy on (October 8, 2012, 1:58 GMT)

Magnificent performance by the West Indies team hope this is a stepping stone onto even bigger and better things. I am very proud of Samuels not only by the way he has being playing over the last year or so but by the way he and Sammy spoke. You could feel the passion and commitment , something that the team has been labeled as lacking. SL played great cricket throughout this tournament i really feel for them.

Posted by SLcuppers on (October 8, 2012, 1:55 GMT)

Mahela please carry on as captain please!! Today we had bad luck. Also when we played in 2011 worldcup with our Indian brothers then also luck wasn't on our side. But we will keep fighting!! pak fans, we gave you a sound beating in the semifinals, so stop taking sides as if you make our cricket grow. It is time you look at your own state of affairs

Posted by Balumekka on (October 8, 2012, 1:53 GMT)

Congratulations West Indies!!! As a Sri Lankan, I admit that you were the better team and you really deserved to win having greatest entertainers in T20 format in your team. WI and Pakistan are the next favorite teams of most Sri Lankans, so this defeat is not so bothering for us.

Posted by CricketFanIndUS on (October 8, 2012, 1:50 GMT)

This was a great tournament and it was a lot of fun and congratulations WI, but seriously it is not in the same league as the ICC World Cup. It is not just the difference in overs but the whole cricket is very different. Just one or two good performances in a short span produce a win and any team can win on a given day. If the ICC rankings are more accurate, then being ranked number one in Test cricket is a good achievement and I would say on par with the World Cup. A good ranking system may not be easy to establish.

Posted by SLcuppers on (October 8, 2012, 1:44 GMT)

@pakfans -- We SL fans are not blind. We all know who really supports us. Pak fans are like their team, they switch loyalties like their players.

Posted by theRule19 on (October 8, 2012, 1:42 GMT)

Great game and show by the West Indians. The score set by the Windies did not look unchaseable but great team effort by the Windies. .... Congratulations from an Indian fan.

Posted by SLcuppers on (October 8, 2012, 1:41 GMT)

Congrats to Westindies, you guys played great today. Hope we come back strong from this tough loss. Thank you for your support my Indian brothers

Posted by vk6848 on (October 8, 2012, 1:40 GMT)

CONGRATULAIONS WI from a cricket fan, a fan of their cricket, and a fan of their captain; no matter that my team lost. I hope this brings back another golden era for the WI.

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 1:39 GMT)

Well done Windies! Great performance by Marlon, Sammy and Narine. It was an awesome team effort. Johnson Charles should not have been selected. Great potential but needs lot of work. Dwayne Smith was a much better option. Big up to the Windies.

Posted by CricketFanIndUS on (October 8, 2012, 1:37 GMT)

Congratulations West Indies!!! Hope this adds more fuel to the popularity of cricket in the country and a few more of your cream of the crop athletes choose cricket. I still remember the late 70s/early 80s and only Gavaskar could bat well against the WI team (from the Indian team anyways). It is good for cricket if WI becomes stronger, especially in test cricket with those fearsome bowlers.

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 1:37 GMT)

The dead team wins the cup second time and it is the greatest victory for west indies equal to india's 1983 WC. the Ravi's knocking the Dilsan reminded me the Balvinder Singh Shandu delivery which broke the backbone of windies that day like SL's today. West n East wins are the greatest victories in the history of the game

Posted by SLcuppers on (October 8, 2012, 1:37 GMT)

To all pak fans -- don't forget we beat you in the semifinals. SL had a bit of bad luck in today's match and then while playing with out indian brothers last year. Mahela please carry on, i am sad you resigned.

Posted by La_Bangla on (October 8, 2012, 1:33 GMT)

Congratulations WI.. I was smiling when commentator Wasim Akram got all made at Rampaul when he kept bowling length ball to Kulasekara in 16th over and kept getting hammered. Looked like the whole world wanted WI to win this torney.

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 1:23 GMT)

What a great win! So happy for Sammy! Marlon Samuels has been one of the top 5 batsmen in the world over the last 18 months. And Gayle being back with the West Indies really gives us that swagger that we'd been missing for quite awhile. Kudos

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 1:21 GMT)

Is this love, Is this love, Is this love, Is this love that I'm feelin'? ... Can't express the feeling when we lost the Sir Frank Worrell Trophy in 1995 to Aus in Sabina Park. Can't express the hopes tonight ... The Fire in Babylon- Let it REIGNITE! ... Let the powerful, majestic and graceful Calypso Kings be BACK!

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 1:11 GMT)

Proves: Talent alone is not enough. HUNGER, true hunger to win, even if you have to shed blood sweat & tears, is equally important. Sammy, Samuels and his teammates showed that in abundance. (Therein lies a lesson for the Indians.) Congratulations to the WI team. Congrats to SL team too; who played the best almost throughout the tournament, but ran into these determined boys from the Carrebians at the finish line, instead the expected silk ribbon! Low scoring matches can also be greatly entertaining, if there is true fight from both the teams. That is what we saw last night.

Posted by rob_damn on (October 8, 2012, 1:01 GMT)

well played SL... all the best next time..

Posted by Haiderpakawsome on (October 8, 2012, 0:56 GMT)

Sad to see the rivalry (unnecessary) between Ind & SL fans. For Ind fans - guys, it doesn't makes sense to humiliate the others when our own team is standing no 5 or 6 in this completion. Some even tried making fun of cheer-leader gals. For SL fans - It was just a bad day for you guys. It is good to see your support for "Lions". However Mahela's exit as a captain just for one loss. Finally for both Ind & SL fans - remember that cricket is a "gentlemen's game" For WI - well deserved win. Congrats

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (October 8, 2012, 0:46 GMT)

Where are Sammy haters? Sammy, you da maan. Take my bows! I'm delighted to see my second favourite team become world champions. Well done Calypso Kings. Well done! Marlon Samuels did a VVS on Srilanka. What a jaw dropping whipping! Wow! Bless! One people. One mission! My heart goes out for Mahela and Sanga - two of the greatest cricketers of this era and two of my most favourite gentlemen cricketers. Very sorry for both of you.

Posted by InsideHedge on (October 8, 2012, 0:45 GMT)

Truth is that SL had one very good win in the tourney: against Pak in the semi-final. Even that win was tainted by the condition of the pitch, so much depended on the toss. The T20 World Cup winner will always be one that manages to grab a sizeable share of good luck, we saw it with England in the last edition, and we saw it with Windies in the league phase in this WC - had Australia taken 2 more deliveries to defeat Ireland, then WI wouldn't even have made the Super 8s. Or more specifically, if Will Porterfield had managed to last a few deliveries and score just 5-10 runs!

Posted by Camdor on (October 8, 2012, 0:30 GMT)

Congrats West Indies!!! After beating NZ in the super over I have been hoping you would take out the title. You did not disapoint!!

Posted by GRVJPR on (October 8, 2012, 0:28 GMT)

Sri Lanka was really lucky on first place to be in semi finals. The best criccket was played by INDIA who bowled out 4 oppositions in their 4 wins despite so called poor bowling attack. Sri Lanka couldn't even managed to do that. All in all it was a one sided final and only team that deserved to win was West Indies. Apart from that, the pitches and the way this T-2 was organized was worst ever.

Posted by SanjeevDatadin on (October 8, 2012, 0:23 GMT)

congratulations windies !!!! after all the heartache over the years since we dominated the world ... today was sweet !!! i sincerely hope its the beginning of the turnaround of our cricket ... Champions !!!! (sounds nice)

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 0:18 GMT)

Great work, West Indies! I'm so happy for Darren Sammy - I've always been a great admirer of his for his hard work and determination, as well as his ability to not only keep his team together but to do so with grace and warmth. He may only be workmanlike as a cricketer, but as a captain and as a man he's something more.

Posted by Meety on (October 8, 2012, 0:05 GMT)

@yorkslanka on (October 07 2012, 16:49 PM GMT) - great comments. Pity some of your cousins across the sea can't be so gracious!

Posted by Meety on (October 8, 2012, 0:02 GMT)

Well done WIndies. Hopefully, I really mean hopefully, Sammy will get some respect amongst WI fans. His cameo was almost as crucial as Samuels lone stand, & 2/6 off 2 was also a good result. The other aspect that was important from Sammy, was the fielding was brilliant & that is something that had been missing from the WIndies for a long time, but under Sammy has been improving. Sorry for SL fans, so many 2nd places, at least you have to be in it to win it.

Posted by Divinetouch on (October 7, 2012, 23:52 GMT)


u r invited to the West Indies party.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 23:44 GMT)

In Pakistan, a sms was being circulated on mobiles i.e; 2Day's T20 2012 Final is between 2 Super Hit Teams ......

That's the LOVE which we passes.. 2012 Two Best Teams W.I & Lankans (Hats Off)

Posted by SLDude on (October 7, 2012, 23:44 GMT)

Well done West Indies. congrats ..!! you guys deserved it

Posted by InsideHedge on (October 7, 2012, 23:42 GMT)

Does anyone know why Tony Grieg went quiet at the end of the game? Didn't hear a peep from him.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 23:40 GMT)

everything was against the WI.....the pitch,croud,commentators.....but,we were with u guys

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 23:39 GMT)

Well played Lankans tough luck as Pakistan had in 1st Semi Final. Pitch behave badly as same as it played on that day !! But many congrats to Windies they played like Champions nd ended like TRUE Champions. And i don't understand the thinking of Lankans Caption, Sanga did same after ODI tournament, why such thing Mahela can still lead the team as he is too good to watch while he bats !!!

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 23:37 GMT)

Congrats to new CHAMPION 2012 Caribbean people u thoroughly deserve it! really happy for West indies well done guys (OFLICK R U READING THIS?)! and to Sri lankan brothers- don't be disappointed because Sri lanka came 2nd best in this T20WC.. and yes they lost in previous Final's 4 times but still they were the 2nd best team on those tournament so well done to them also :) -Pakistani Fan

Posted by Divinetouch on (October 7, 2012, 23:36 GMT)

I trust this crushing loss in their own backyard will teach the arrogant Sri Lanka fans (not the polite and cricket knowlegdeable ones) humility. For example one arrogant fan had prdicted will full scorecard that Sri Lanka will bowl West Indies out for 61 and Mahela and Dishan will make the 62 runs in 7 overs resulting in a Sri Lanka win by 10 wickets. Can that fan please stand up now.

Congrats West Indies, as a Guyanese I am extremely happy with the win.Glad we prevailed although Gayle failed.

Posted by Gamaraala on (October 7, 2012, 23:18 GMT)

And thanks for everyone who supported the SL team and gave constructive criticism... We will correct our mistakes will rise again, very soon... :)

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 23:16 GMT)

Must say congrats to the west indies team. It was the best finale i have ever seen it was tense game swinged both ways but it all came up to who could handle the pressure most.... I am a die hard west indian fan and im so proud we came up on top... Victory feels good... and now we could say CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD T20!!!!!

Posted by jb633 on (October 7, 2012, 23:02 GMT)

@SL fans, you are the best cricketing fans in world cricket. I have toured the country twice and I like how the fans appreciate good cricket and do not become blinded by bias. I can remember after we lost the first test against SL in the winter and the fans did not gloat in our misery but applauded Trott for his hundred just enjoyed the cricket. In terms of this defeat, T20 is a bit of a gamble and you guys just had an off day. All said and done though SL is the only SC nation who will be able to compete outside the SC and I personlly applaud the fact that you have created some seamer friendly tracks. With that mentality you will end up the best side overall, I am convinced of it. If you can play spin and seam then teams will really struggle against you.

Posted by tappee74 on (October 7, 2012, 23:00 GMT)

It reminds me of the triumpant C H LLoyd & Co.Darren Sammy may not have the talent as a great batsman or as a great bowler,but he is the type of man that gives more than 100%.Cool,calm & collective is Darren Sammy.Apart from having some of the finest men in the likes of Gayle,Samuels,Narine,Pollard, Rampaul etc:Sammy is a top shelf class.Congrats to D Sammy & Co.

Posted by Bushman on (October 7, 2012, 22:49 GMT)

It is unfortunate that Mahela did not utilize the bowlers effectively. Out of the WI total over 35% runs came from Malinga. In spite of him getting battered Mahela persisted with him without using Akila or Kulasekara or Jeevan Mendis or Thisara Perera. What happened Mahela..........?

Posted by Windiesfolife on (October 7, 2012, 22:40 GMT)

Rally round the West Indies! This team always had the capability of beating any team. But, never really took the opportunities that came their way. Now, under Darren Sammy's captaincy (whom I never gave credit to), the West Indies have finally gelled together at the right time. Congrats again!

Posted by Jaguar_xyz on (October 7, 2012, 22:37 GMT)

SriLanka is the new South Africa now.. Congrates West Indies.. You truely deserved it... SL have only themselves to be blamed for preparing a slow and turning pitch.. but, they didn't realize its T20 cricket, not ODI or Test. Mahela has done a good job for stepping down.. All the best SL for the future.

Posted by BG4cricket on (October 7, 2012, 22:37 GMT)

What an extraordinary effort from Marlon Samuels ! His team looked dead and buried and he responded with both bay and ball and very nice to see Sammy, a much maligned figure, make a significant contribution with bat and ball to help secure a long awaited title. An intriguing and captivating final which ultimately was won by the team with greater batting depth who then used the pressure of the chase to strangle the life out of Sri Lanka who were great all tournament but for whom it was just not their day today.

Posted by zarasochozarasamjho on (October 7, 2012, 22:27 GMT)

What an amazing win. Excellent article and note Chris Gayle scored his first run (not a 6 but a 1) on the 9th delivery he faced. This definitely was the best turn-around in T20I as India's was in Test matches against Australia that the article refers to. I was supporting Sri Lanka, as a Pakistani, but at the end was pleased that WI won so amazingly. The glory boys are back and good luck to them. WI needed this boost.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 22:27 GMT)

Masters of Cricket ever; (Garfield Sobers, Lance Gibbs, Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, Brian Lara, Shivnrine Chanderpaul, Clive Llyod, Andy Roberts, Alvin Kalicharan, Rohan Kanhai, Frank Worrell, Everton Weeks, Curtly Ambrose, Michael Holding, Joel Garner and Sir Viv Richards

Please give a hand to the youngsters, Pick up Calypso tune, do whatever, as for your information, the West Indies is Baaaaaack.

Posted by katandthat3 on (October 7, 2012, 22:27 GMT)

Well done Windies, an excellent tournament for both finalists. Samuels has been in a rich vein of form in all formats for about 12-18 months and this is where it counted also. Really happy for Darren Sammy as well, wasn't sure when he was first made captain but he has shown to be an excellent leader (as you need to be with a few of the egos there) but also backs it up with some very good skills in all the facets of the game. Great they are coming out to Australia this summer too after this win. Back up a few of the other posts and hope that this can spur on a drive to improve in all three formats of the game. They are a handy one-day side and they have potential in Tests but really need to work hard there. It's important that Sri Lanka continue to unearth other young batting talent especially with their greats Jayawadene & Sanga nearing the end.

Posted by darren_1146 on (October 7, 2012, 22:23 GMT)

The headline referred to the victory as Windies' first world title since 1979. But wasn't the ICC Champions Trophy win in 2004 a world title too? Congrats to my boys anyway!! We've waited far too long for this !!

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 22:20 GMT)

Toiugh luck SL. They played the best cricket throughout the tournament, but just one poor performance cost them the cup. WI showed they were really hungry and fought so hard till the very end. They were the worthy winners. Well done WI. better luck next time SL.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 22:14 GMT)

Well done well done I am so proud of the West indies special congrats to Sammy you have become a great Captain under awful conditions and criticism at times. Happy Birthday Dwayne Bravo, all of you remember today and keep going forward. A Trini stalwart cricket supporter.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 22:04 GMT)

Once again bad pitch same as PAK v SL semifinal. But SL fell into their own trap. They gambled on the toss again. But hats off to WI for showing such a game. Really outplayed SL. Congrats West Indies, you guys have been missing to win a major tournament.

Posted by ferdous06 on (October 7, 2012, 21:58 GMT)

Lot of people said that the WI batted to the final but today they showed their bowling & fielding skill. There were a lot of criticisms about their captain, today he showed his caliber. Today's performance reminded me of WI in 70s and 80s. In those days if batters failed bowlers would do the job and if bowlers failed batters would compensate. What a final we all watched. CONGRATULATIONS TEAM WI.

Posted by Night-Watchman on (October 7, 2012, 21:57 GMT)

Great fight back by the WestIndies team after being able to put up just a below average total. Hope this win will take the WI cricket back to its heights of achievement.

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (October 7, 2012, 21:47 GMT)

Sirilanka is a great cricket nation and just qualifying for the finals is a great achievement. Going by Worldcup and WorldT20, they are one of the best two cricketing nations. Congrates to WI and wish Sirilanka a better luck next time. We pakistanies lost it twice, first when our Pakistani team lost in semifinals and second time when our favourit team SL lost it in finals, but we will come back even harder next time.

Posted by MS94 on (October 7, 2012, 21:36 GMT)

Good Job West Indies! Sri Lanka did very well, but this year West Indies deserved!

Posted by mark2011 on (October 7, 2012, 21:20 GMT)

@ kandykolla on (October 07 2012, 19:07 PM GMT); nicely written & good answer mate.. I too agree with u.. there are some hopless fan from one big country enjoying our defeat... but our spirit can not be destroyed by them. bcos even after loosing 2011 WC, we came to another world tournament final in 2012.. so we are not fallen down... remember even in next time, SL will be in another final and that wil be won by SL .. bcos no team will lose every time...

Posted by OmerKKhan on (October 7, 2012, 21:20 GMT)

Congrats WI, Srilanka needs to work on the pitches. It's bizarre to look a good team trying to win through some bad pitches(tricks)...

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 21:18 GMT)

congratulation windies, WChampionsT20 2012, my heart goes for you, its been so many years seeing you win any major cups, the memories of old days have cum fresh today. CONGRATS GUYS from a True Indian.

Posted by VivGilchrist on (October 7, 2012, 21:14 GMT)

Well done Windies. If anyone had to win after Aus I'm glad it's you. It just doesn't look like cricket any more though. A team from WI bowls 75% of there overs with spin. Part-time spinners outperforming frontline quicks - it just doesn't feel right,,,, this is T20. Now that this is all over let's all get back to playing cricket, shall we?

Posted by InsideHedge on (October 7, 2012, 21:13 GMT)

I guess the fourth Final is err......not so amazing.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 21:13 GMT)

From an Indian fan - congrats West Indies, and tough luck Sri Lanka. With 2 of the finest batsmen in these slow/turning conditions (MJ and KS), I expected SL to chase down the target, but I guess today was just not their day. Maybe this pitch needed more brute strength a'la Caribbean style, rather than dabs and sweeps. MJ in particular tried one too many a cheeky shot and perished in the process. Losing a final at home always hurts extra bad (I am trying to imagine how I would have felt if India had lost the 2011 WC final), so I think I can understand the pain that SL fans are going through, and I sympathize with them. I wish the SL team the very best in your next tournament.

Posted by cracker2012 on (October 7, 2012, 21:07 GMT)

Good to see WI bowl well enough to win them a game. Great all-round performance from the WI.

Posted by rgrokkam1 on (October 7, 2012, 21:07 GMT)

I think WI had that small luck they actually needed. Don't get me wrong, WI deserved to win the championship. In the Qualifying rounds, had Aus took 3 more balls to defeat Ireland, WI would have been out of the tournament. In the Super 8, WI played well against Eng and NZ. The final two matches against Aus and SL are very good performances. Hope this helps a turn around in calypso cricket and force to reckon in test and ODI cricket. The same old story for SL. For a small country, to be in the finals consistently is itself an achievement.

Posted by lapo on (October 7, 2012, 21:01 GMT)

yeahhhhh.we are back.for so long players have been doing good in IPL,for first time their came came good for the WEST INDIES.Hats off to the BOYZ.Hope its the begging of a new era.Give them de dance.Had me laughting right thru.VICTORYYYY.

Posted by singkano on (October 7, 2012, 20:54 GMT)

@Sinhaya-- Dude you guys need to be more demanding with your team. No one remembers losers and reaching the finals n number of times means nothing unless you end up as victorius.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 20:54 GMT)

Well done Windies! Finally something to celebrate with West Indies cricket. About time! lol

Posted by Midonoff on (October 7, 2012, 20:52 GMT)

Congrats W.I team, and good innings from Samuels. I can we remember that allot of folks calling West Indies minnows and constantly labelled them with the likes of Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Ireland, Canada and go as far as saying they should be kick out of test status cricket. Look at this, 2 WC, 1 CT, and 1 T20. Now West Indies is top of the T20 rankings :) and they hardly fails in finals. Well played Sri Lanka for giving us some great performances throughout the tournament.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 20:48 GMT)

SL always looses in finals..

Posted by gyusuf6 on (October 7, 2012, 20:46 GMT)

@JG2704, I wholeheartedly agree with you. Darren Sammy has been a Beacon for west Indies team. i know that he is not, for some reason, very popular among the west indian fans( Even in the states among his country men) and that is to me, the most dissappointment of all. Over the last few years during the turmoil, he brought discipline, work ethics and respect for this West indian team and still he is considered as the "NO GOOD CAPTAIN". I will go on a limb and say this "DARREN SAMMY is probably the best West Indian Captain Since Clive Lloyd and Carl Hooper(Please forgive me for not mentioning VIV as a captain---to me, he was one of the greatest Cricketer the world ever seen but not a good captain). To some Fans here, I must say that to be a good cricket fan you must love the game first before your favorite team, player and or your hatred towards a particular team/country. I think today's game was one of the best in the tournament and Congrats to the both finalists. Cricket the Champion.

Posted by Shouldas-Wouldas-Couldas on (October 7, 2012, 20:46 GMT)

Congrats. West Indies, titanic effort to get out of rut when 48/2 (12 overs) and amazing display of self belief to defend 137 !!!!!!!!! MATCHES ARE WON ( or LOST ) IN MINDS. Gayle's verbals ( Sorry Sri Lanka, Cup is OURS etc ) reminded me of the GREAT decathlete Daley Thompson telling Jurgen Hingsen (another GREAT ) before 1984 Olympics, "YOU ARE HERE TO COMPETE WITH OTHERS FOR SILVER MEDAL - BECAUSE GOLD IS MINE". Great to see so many people (incl.S/Lankans) appreciating the W.Indies ! Good for the GAME of CRICKET ! Thanks (1) West Indies for the ENTERTAIMENT. (2) Sri Lanka for staging a memorable event. (3) Cricinfo. For providing "The PUNCHING-BAGS/BLOGS" & great articles/write ups ! (4) Thanks ICC ! ***Also enjoyed the CELEBRATIONS !

Posted by CandidIndian on (October 7, 2012, 20:45 GMT)

Congratulations WI ,efforts of Sammy and Gibson have finally being credited the problem with WI was they used to crumble under pressure but good to see that they are at their best now. As for SL fans well hard luck guys but for us Indians you guys will always be champions,even Ganguly who brought positive change in Indian cricket lost lot of finals .Mahela is a great leader and has won respect of fans not only in SL but all around the world.We as neighbors and friends are disappointed with this loss but with amount of talent SL has they will many more chances like this.Cheers guys. JG2704-Very nice and balanced comments sir and i agree that crediting the opposition is a great thing to do,its just a game at the end of the day.

Posted by singkano on (October 7, 2012, 20:45 GMT)

@JG2704--- the neighboring country is revelling in SL's defeat because they did the same when we couldn't make it to SFs. They must know, what goes around, comes around. :)

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 20:44 GMT)

what have u done Sri Lanka ? we will never get a chance like this again..we are so unlucky..anyway dont drop your shoulders.we are with u mahela , Sanga & team..we are a country with great spirit and we can bounce back.Its hard but we can and we will~

Posted by murk on (October 7, 2012, 20:41 GMT)

sri lankan fell to prey the same plot ,they designed against pakistan in semi final.wicket was not is mirror image for sri lanka,what they had done to pakistan,thanks to almighty that WI won the toss

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 20:39 GMT)

West Indies ain't my Country, but the joys and celebrations of a world cup which had dried up for the past 20+ years eventually struck back hard at them. Australia? Sri Lanka? South Africa? No! it's West Indies who is the winner and truly deserved it! Congrats to the Jamaica/Guyana boys! :)

Posted by Htc-Android on (October 7, 2012, 20:38 GMT)

Well played deserved it. im disappointed being a sri lankan fan. i dont know when are they going to find a solution for their choking habbit. 4 out of 4 is very disappointing.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 20:37 GMT)

Finally! That's all I have to say.

Posted by bigwonder on (October 7, 2012, 20:36 GMT)

@England Fans, please keep your over positive attitude for the test series against India. You will badly need it then. For now, lets focus on WI who truly are T20 champions today.

Posted by murk on (October 7, 2012, 20:32 GMT)

sri lankan fell to prey the same plot ,they designed against pakistan in semi final.wicket was not is mirror image for sri lanka,what they had done to pakistan,thanks to almighty that WI won the toss

Posted by maddy20 on (October 7, 2012, 20:31 GMT)

@ endianuwagona You see my dear. In the last years we won two worldcups. Sachin and Sehwag may or may not play till they are 80, but he will retire in great pride for they have done their part in winning a World cup for his country. Something your so called Sanga, Mahela or Dilshan will be able to pride on. These three will remember them for reaching four finals and were thrashed comprehensively in all 4!

Posted by Juan_Fernando on (October 7, 2012, 20:27 GMT)

I feel obligated to sign in and comment. Even considering the late hour and doped up state of mind not to mention disappointment. Could we have played better? Hell yea. What was our batsmen thinking. 4th final down the drain. The bottom line - the best team won. Congrats WI. Your celebrations bring a smile to my face. Gtg have to get up at 6:30 AM... Cant be bothered reading the comments.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (October 7, 2012, 20:27 GMT)

I'm sorry. But that's a choke if ever I've seen one. 2 run outs amidst the panic. Hard choke.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (October 7, 2012, 20:24 GMT)

@ cool2cool ->Mate..this probability works in Test matches and odi's..In T20 you cannot just calculate things using past performances and decide who will be the winner.Just sitting at home and not being able to play even Semifinal,Indian fans still are boasting how they could easily have defeated WI or SL..Who could have thought that a team who manages a score of less than 25 in first 6 overs,that team reaches a total of 136?In T20 such things happens and btw SL has potential to beat India.Never underestimate a team playing in the Final of WC.One cannot spoil all their hard work just by saying that 'we could have thrashed them easily'

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 20:24 GMT)

Congratulations to Sri Lanka. I really thought you would win. You deserved to win with that bowling performance to restrict the WI. But glorious uncertainties of cricket reared its head. West Indies bowled and fielded like in the days of Lloyd and Gus Logie. So Congratulations to West Indies.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 20:23 GMT)

congrats lanka to a new world record..maximum finals and no wins.haha

Posted by Tweety20 on (October 7, 2012, 20:22 GMT)

Congrats to the west indies for winnig the finals.They deserved it after their hardwork.Hope that it will be a big boost to the carribean cricket.As a Srilankan,Im a bit disappointed due our loss but that doesnt mean im going to criticize our cricketer's like some fans do.They really tried their best to keep the Cup home but it wasnt their day.Cricket is just like any other sport,sometimes you win and sometimes you dont.For the various cricket fans calling our team chokers.I think its just jealousy gettin into them due the poor performance of their respective teams.We might be called 'chokers' but no other country has made it to the finals of 4 consecutive ICC major events and I take pride in that and goes to show how talented we are as cricketing nation.I wish all the very best to our Lankan Lions.Mahela and Co plz dont lose heart,dont give up,we r right behind you.WIN OR LOSE, I will always love them........JAYA SRI......

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 20:16 GMT)

SriLankan fans are classiest on this forum. Dealt with the defeat with decorum unlike many I have seen on this site. Not a big Sammy fan but he contributed big with bat and ball today and for the first time in the tournament his captaincy was brilliant. Big up to my countryman Marlon. Rally round the West Indies....

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 20:15 GMT)

@Durval Clinton did u c champions trophy matches in india in which pollard came to lime light then u would hqve changed ur opinion thet have tremendous support after ipl teams

Posted by bigwonder on (October 7, 2012, 20:14 GMT)

Hats off to Sammy and WI team, excellent job to win the final. SL never looked promising. The only advantage that SL had was home conditions. WI got two of their batsman lbw out incorrectly due to poor Umpire decision, but WI fought back really well. I think Sammy is the real WI hero. He is one of the best captain (compared to Dhoni) and is there for this team mates when they need him. During WI batting, after Samuels got out, Sammy came running after him to give him a pat for job well done.

Posted by aravind406 on (October 7, 2012, 20:14 GMT)

Awesome win and celebration from the calypso kings! My heart does go out for the fab 4 from the lankans, Mahela, Sanga, Malinga and Dilshan. I am Indian know how gutted I was after 2007 WC final at Joburg. Cant imagine going through this 4 times. I really want the 4 guys above to get the next ring on offer. There is something so poignant in cheering champion players on for that one missing piece of silverware.. circa Sachin 2011.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 20:11 GMT)

It great to see Windies win, Lanka are just a over-rated team who choke when it really matters..when was the last time they won anything? 96..oh and that was the first time too..

Posted by Agila on (October 7, 2012, 20:07 GMT)

@Anupa. "Kumar Sangakara and friends will crash the birthday party of Dwayne Bravo" huh? :p

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 20:05 GMT)

@SL fans...hahaha good you can add one more final to your list... 5 finals 0 wins...hahaha

Posted by Agila on (October 7, 2012, 20:05 GMT)

@Ramansilva, Dhoni doesnt have to be bad captain for Mahela to be a good one. There is a vast difference between the two, one is a very quiet but very aggresive tactician, and other a person who gets beaten by his own words! Dhoni won two world cups to his country with his ice cool demeanor and Mahela only got thrashed everytime he made overboard remarks!

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 20:00 GMT)

Congratulations to The Windies on a well deserved victory. We still have a lot of ground to cover to regain our supremacy. If WIPA and WICG can change their adversarial positions there are no limits to the success of our team.

Posted by guptakapil13 on (October 7, 2012, 19:59 GMT)

Srilanka kept creating turning pitches and finally it did bite them, everybody loves West Indies, since when they ruled the games, they ruled since they were good, not like Aussies by unethical means of abuse and changing rules of the game. Congrats to WI. Time for SL to think what after Mahela, and Sangakara, SL need to find some good batsmen quick....

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 19:59 GMT)

Being Pakistani fan, I really salute to the spirit of Sri Lankan team. In five years you are the four time finalist. You are the reall champ, what cricket team you are, so humble. I even supported you against Pakistan. You are real team. A small country but having so much talent, its simply amazing. Stay blessed. One day you will shine. Don't worry there is always next time. Lots of lots of respect.

Posted by yorkslanka on (October 7, 2012, 19:58 GMT)

@JG2704- thanks for your comment sir, I try to be fair in all I say... I hope that our players have seen it right to have a celebratory beer with the Windies team and our folks back home continue to treat the WIndies with respect they deserve. I have to say they were very dignified in their winning comments and as sad as I am today, we were beaten by the better team on the day and I hope there is more to come from the WIndies...again WELL DONE

Posted by cool2cool on (October 7, 2012, 19:55 GMT)

@Ahamed Afker: India lost to NZ in T20 in 2007(1) and 2009(2) and about 20 days back by 1 run. Apart from that India has done well against them both home and away. SL on the other hand, in the last 2-3 years, are loosing to India consistently at all formats at home, away and neutral venues. Therefore India beating SL was a better probability than NZ beating India.

Posted by HURRICANE.Sehwag on (October 7, 2012, 19:55 GMT)

There's this warm good feeling seeing the Windies win. I think many of us feel the same, ireespective of our nationality. They deserved to win not only because of the effort they put in but also because no one could celebrate the win better than them. Hats off to the Carribean Kings. Take a bow Sameuls. #respect#

Posted by JG2704 on (October 7, 2012, 19:54 GMT)

@lankanlion2000 on (October 07 2012, 19:16 PM GMT) I was just saying what a lovely change it is to see fans crediting and congratulating their opposition. What a shame you can't find it in you to do the same

Posted by Kaushd on (October 7, 2012, 19:52 GMT)

Congrats WI, you guys can start coaching class for 'How to celebrate on and off the field.' it was Great!

Posted by asif616 on (October 7, 2012, 19:52 GMT)

Hats off to Sri lanka for their performence for last 2 decades. Awesome performance from Windies

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 19:51 GMT)

Well done they are totally deserve for this. excellent performance by west Indies. Great job done by all team members...

Posted by JG2704 on (October 7, 2012, 19:50 GMT)

@SL FANS - From an Eng fan and as a Somerset fan I have felt that empty feeling on as many times as you guys have - getting to the final and then losing it. It is also sad if predictable that so many from your neighbouring country seem to be revelling in your defeat but I admire the way that your fans are either lambasting your own side or congratulating WI or both and not going down that lame excuse road.

Posted by lobsterchampion on (October 7, 2012, 19:50 GMT)

Congratulations to WI team. A great win. They needed this win. Hopefully this will rejuvenate interest in cricket in WI. Most of the youngsters are now preferring basketball and baseball instead of cricket in WI currently. I hope that WI can perform like this in ODI and Tests as well. In all I would say that this was an excellent tournament. In the end a deserving team won. No matter what the traditionalists say, T20 format is here to stay and will become more and more popular in time. And I for one dont think that it is a bad thing.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 19:49 GMT)

The cricketers of the various countries seem to be a friendlier lot. They play for the love of the game, while the armchair critics over here go overboard with their criticism/ Congrats to both finalists, it was more of WI day than SL but to all other folks whose teams didnt make the finals, the finalists were there for a reason so stop critiquing and congratulate the deserving teams

Posted by JG2704 on (October 7, 2012, 19:49 GMT)

Well big up the 2 Sams - Marlon Samuels and Darren Sammy. MS got the man of the match award and rightly so but I want to say a few things re the often much lambasted Darren Sammy too. When Russell got out and Sammy came in to join Marlon WI were 87-5 with 4 and a half overs remaining. And when Samuels got out WI were on 108 with 2 overs and 5 balls remaining. Sammy scored 26 off 15 balls at the highest SR from either side and took WI to a much more competitive score. That is not to mention his 2 overs , 2 wkts for 6 runs just when SL needed to accelerate. Also not to mention his fine captaincy in galvanising the side to avenge defeat twice in the tournament. Very much WIs unsung hero.

Posted by JG2704 on (October 7, 2012, 19:49 GMT)

@TSJ07 on (October 07 2012, 17:11 PM GMT) How do you work out SL didn't deserve to be there? SL lost one match on route to the final and that in a reduced affair where over half the overs were lost. The only other team who lost just 1 match in the tournament was India.

Posted by JG2704 on (October 7, 2012, 19:49 GMT)

@yorkslanka on (October 07 2012, 16:49 PM GMT) Good to see some class in defeat there and well responded with your later comment too

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 19:49 GMT)

first world title since 1979?

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 19:48 GMT)

Samuels was outstanding, no doubt about that but credit has to be given to Sammy with his batting in the ending overs and his bowling was spot on ... the captain finally stands out. Congratulations to the West Indies team. A great 'come from behind' victory.

Posted by BravoBravo on (October 7, 2012, 19:47 GMT)

Congratulation WI. If anyother team deserved or entitled to the TROPHY, it was SL. But after first 10 overs of the match, it was WI game all the way. SL will win may be next time. Mahela is a great player, it was right time for him, in T20 format, to hang the boot. This T20 world cup became so entertaining because of WI, SL and PAK, and to a lesser extent beause of AUS too. Other loosers were rightfully phased out earlier and thus it has been a WIN for the game. Congratulations.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 19:47 GMT)

A brilliantly performance by WI cricket teams,It is very difficult to defeat Sri Lanka in his own backyard but WI team doing very well. It is very good change WI team because Gayle return for very long time in his team and also Narine performance fabulous through out the year especially IPL & t-20 matches.In short we can its totally team effort by WI.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 19:47 GMT)

i am feeling for srilanka team (mahela,sangakara dont have major win in their carrier) but happy for west indies and i think srilanka fans expected this early saying themselves win or lose srilanka is great.i feel pitch is tailor made for lanka but they crumbled in big occasion this game implies the mental strength in chasing and add more value to dhoni's 91* in wc final.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 19:46 GMT)

SRI LANKA - The Chokers, would it be unfair not to say this!!!

Looks like South Africa has passed the baton to SL.

Posted by cool2cool on (October 7, 2012, 19:45 GMT)

@Sinhaya: Actually it is opposite, no one remembers the runner up. Hence winning a single cup is much much better than making the finals without winning anything. If you ask anyone who won the 75 and 79, everyone would answer "WI". But if you ask who were the runner ups, very very few would be able to answer it.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 19:45 GMT)

When the Windies turn up to play They are a hard team to beat,personaly when i saw how the wkt.was playing,I knew we had a chance.when it mattered two of the most disrespected player in samuels and sammy came through big time.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 19:44 GMT)

Loved The Caribbean celebration...

Posted by Agila on (October 7, 2012, 19:44 GMT)

Congratulations WI !! Great win and you been as spectacular as in the previous game! Great work Marlon. Sammy!!!! Buddy you did just enough to grab the match away from SL with your brisk 26 which "made" the difference. As for SL, they never really deserved to be in the final in the first place. They're not tested enough in the league level. Hate to get personal but SL fans are by far the worse I have ever seen. Feel sorry for the SL team, but not for the SL fans! The roar of the SL crowd doesnt win matches for the SL team. The "team" gotta play well. Got it SL Bros! Peace on you!

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 19:42 GMT)

Samuel the Gang Man ,Narine the artist ,Gayle the big Bash and luck and performance of Sammy ,each and everything combined efforts brought West Indies that forgotten glory of 33 years.My heart goes for this Team.I love Westindian Culture though being an Indian I supported this team more than my team.

Posted by albygld on (October 7, 2012, 19:42 GMT)

Srilanka dont have quality t20 batsman.. you cant win all game in a test match style.. sanga and jaya shld give way for hard hitting players. u play test matches. You guys can chase a max of 140 runs only even u couldn do it today. congrtz windies.. SL kindly prepare good pitches.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (October 7, 2012, 19:40 GMT)

@Sinhaya: Out of many Sri Lankan fans, you my friend have been very civil in your responses. I admire you for that. I wish to extend to you my hearty congratulations on a well staged tournament and for the fact SL have been a wonderful cricket team. So chin up dear friend and hope for a wonderful future. This is not the end of the world. The best team won on the day. God bless.

Posted by Late-Cut on (October 7, 2012, 19:39 GMT)

@Posted by HiyerNHiyer; Hi, Yeah I agree with you. We were lack of that mental toughness and killer instinct, not skills. I think , having been in a 3 world cup finals and eventually losing all of them was a great pressure for Mahela and It took the better of him today. Once again It was right up there and couldn't grab it. In 1996, It was a different situation. After having been poked by Aussies regarding the Murali issue, The whole team had been fired up and in the final went for the kill. And of course Jayasuriya's destructive batting backed it up big time. But, no matter what happens, Its our team and we love them to death. The Sad thing is that It is highly unlikely that highly skilled, prestigious batsmen like Mahela and Sanga will ever have the pleasure of lifting a World Cup. Anyway It is what It is...and life goes on..:(

Posted by Joby_George on (October 7, 2012, 19:39 GMT)

@ lankanlion2000 : Bangladesh are the real winners ,WI won by luck...comeon dude accept the fact...

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 19:39 GMT)

After watching todays match I think India would have won the 2011 wc final even if it was held in Colombo instead of Mumbai. There is no such home advantage for Lankans now.

Posted by JG2704 on (October 7, 2012, 19:38 GMT)

@SL FANS - From an Eng fan and as a Somerset fan I have felt that empty feeling on as many times as you guys have - getting to the final and then losing it. It is also sad if predictable that so many from your neighbouring country seem to be revelling in your defeat but I admire the way that your fans are either lambasting your own side or congratulating WI or both and not going down that lame excuse road.

Posted by JG2704 on (October 7, 2012, 19:38 GMT)

Well big up the 2 Sams - Marlon Samuels and Darren Sammy. MS got the man of the match award and rightly so but I want to say a few things re the often much lambasted Darren Sammy too. When Russell got out and Sammy came in to join Marlon WI were 87-5 with 4 and a half overs remaining. And when Samuels got out WI were on 108 with 2 overs and 5 balls remaining. Sammy scored 26 off 15 balls at the highest SR from either side and took WI to a much more competitive score. That is not to mention his 2 overs , 2 wkts for 6 runs just when SL needed to accelerate. Also not to mention his fine captaincy in galvanising the side to avenge defeat twice in the tournament. Very much WIs unsung hero.

Posted by JG2704 on (October 7, 2012, 19:37 GMT)

@TSJ07 on (October 07 2012, 17:11 PM GMT) How do you work out SL didn't deserve to be there? SL lost one match on route to the final and that in a reduced affair where over half the overs were lost. The only other team who lost just 1 match in the tournament was India.

Posted by JG2704 on (October 7, 2012, 19:37 GMT)

@yorkslanka on (October 07 2012, 16:49 PM GMT) Good to see some class in defeat there and well responded with your later comment too

Posted by ultracoach on (October 7, 2012, 19:37 GMT)

Congratulations to WI the champions, and Sri Lanka the Runners up. And hats off to those true cricket fans, who are true sportsmen, and true gentlemen for being graceful in success and defeat. Ignore the rest......

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 19:35 GMT)

A great victory for cricket, still the greatest game in any format. This game was so gripping with a lot of twists and turns and sometimes defied the imagination as to the end result, congratulations to both teams, officials, organizers,sponsors and the spectators.Finally , well done West Indies. A cricket revival perhaps?

Posted by Stateside_Steve on (October 7, 2012, 19:35 GMT)

Congratulations WI on a great win. The best team of the tournament deservedly lifts the trophy. For once the WI have done justice to their talent. Sammy has led this talented bunch very well. He has checked his ego at the door and put the team above all else. This should be the blue print for WI going forward. Samuel's innings will be noted for posterity. He single handedly kept WI in the game. Expect huge auction prices for Samuels and Narine in the next IPL. Rampaul and Sammy should get drafted as well. Great day for cricket overall.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 19:34 GMT)

Hats Off to Samuels..It not everyday you see Mallinga going for more than 13 runs per over.

Great win WestIndies.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (October 7, 2012, 19:33 GMT)

4 finals in a row ! I mean... that's consistency on one hand BUT oh boy ! The South Africans will be having a laugh with regards to the 'c' word. I mean it's unfair to call Sri Lanka as chokers but man, 4 finals for God sakes ! Something is wrong somewhere. Anyway, there is always another chance. Good luck in the future.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 19:32 GMT)

For the first time in years I saw West Indies play as a unit and did not depend on one batsman. Ajanta was indeed a threat but Sammy and his boys out played SL. SL got scared when rain threathened so they tried to speed up things and wickets began to tumble. They were feeliing the fear of losing by the DL so they had no other choice. I thought that 140 runs was not enough for WI to win this game but Dilshan wicket made a differencecreatingthe initial pressure. SL bowlers were very accurate in line and lenght but the pressure got to them. Congrats to a match well played and a very good win for the WI.

Posted by Sinhaya on (October 7, 2012, 19:31 GMT)

Once again as I convey my hearties congratulations to the West Indies, I have to say that our run of wins in this T20 world cup had to end somehow as cant win all. West Indies simply proved that they are capable of even excelling in the 50 over format as well. I love to see them even excelling in tests, but may be asking for too much. To all West Indians reading my comment, I hope and pray you all return to the glorious days of the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. I was by and large disappointed when West Indies squandered test matches from a winning position in the past few years. I know it is a great year for Jamaica to see the cricketers win the T20 world cup and also rock in the London Olympics. Today simply proved you all are back in the cricket world and try to build from here on in. GOOD LUCK WEST INDIES FROM A DEVOUT SRI LANKAN FAN!

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 19:30 GMT)

Sri Lanka did have a good unit, a great captain and batsman, 3 decent allrounders, one good left armer, two mystery spinners, a great death bowler and an explosive opening batsman. But they simply were not good enough and their performance in their final was really disappointing - can't even use the usual cliches ' they gave a good fight ' . Being wrapped up for 100, chasing a below par total in a world cup final against by no means the best bowling attack on your home ground, in familiar conditions - to say they were poor would be an understatement.

Posted by Mohsin-Kazmi on (October 7, 2012, 19:27 GMT)

I am shocked why Chris Gayle is not in Poll about the WT20 has impressed you most?

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 19:27 GMT)

@ lankanlion2000 lanka wont win by fluke

Posted by Sinhaya on (October 7, 2012, 19:25 GMT)

@Harmony111, from your logic " Why don't you stop playing cricket for some decades?" Hahaha then if I see the total amount of matches India has lost since 1933, you all should stop playing cricket for centuries or milleniums then. We are always with our boys and we wont burn their homes for losing at all. I am happy for the Windies and they were the better side and they deserved it. Hopefully South Africa is not too far away from winning an ICC trophy. West Indies waited 33 years and they made it and we also can do it if they did it. England waited 35 years and they got the T20 in 2010. Making the finals is not an easy task and it is great to make the finals rather than being eliminated prematurely.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 19:24 GMT)

Lot of peoples are saying one thing commenly here was SL probably wouldnt have been in finals in the first place, if SL play India in this tournament.But they forget if they face NZ they could have eleminate even before super 8 was start. Isn't it?....Another thing they are thinking as SL never won against IND like that.They forget SL's record against IND was 2win and 3loss but IND's record with NZ was Nil (0) they never win against NZ; so IND was so lucky since they did not face NZ in this tournament.

Posted by SPA001 on (October 7, 2012, 19:22 GMT)

By choosing West Indies as my team even before the tournament I somehow knew they wouldn't let me down. Darren Sammy led from the front even after Australia had plundered them in the group stages, they re-grouped and established a winning streak. Having not won anything major since 2004, the return of Gayle and a rejuvenated Samuels were a combined force which were the mainstay of WI in the tournament. Added to this crucial performances by Pollard, Bravo, Charles, Narine and Charles, this group of players thoroughly deserved to lift the trophy. As for their future, they need to take this form into the longer formats of the game. Last but not least let's not forget the contribution of Otis Gibson, who left a lucrative contract with the ECB to coach WI.. Major credit goes out to him for the discipline he's introduced into them.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 19:22 GMT)

Unprofessional way to step down from the leadership... Is nt it a trend Sri lankans are always doing after loosing important tournament....Mahela you need to be more professional than emotional....Win and Loss are part of the game

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 19:19 GMT)

Cricket is going to be the winner. In the subcontinent, cricket runs in the blood. youths here live cricket. West Indies need this win because the youth talent is slowly going away to other sports. This win is going to make great impact on youth in westindies and of course financial fortunes of WICB. Congrats WI, The world T20 champs!!

Posted by Sinhaya on (October 7, 2012, 19:18 GMT)

Congratulations West Indies! As a Lankan, I adore you all from the bottom of my heart and glad that you all won this. Hope to see you all return to the days of glory going back to the 60s, 70s and 80s. Mahela made the worse blunder as usual by giving Malinga the bowling when he was the worse of all our bowlers. Why on earth has n't Mahela given Thisara and Dilshan the bowling? Anyway, Windies beating us for the first time in T20s had to come one day and it was today. Many congratulations again West Indies. I am not sad at all cos it was West Indies who won indeed.

Posted by phoenixsteve on (October 7, 2012, 19:17 GMT)

Congratulations the the West Indies on a thoroughly deserved victory! They have been good throughout the tournament and managed to improve when it mattered most. Although there is a certain amount of luck in T20 crciket, you've still go to take advantage of any luck that comes your way! West Indies and their supporters should be proud of the achievement and the way they play their cricket is a tribute to the Caribbean spirit! They loose with dignity, don't grumble or make lame excuses (unlike some) - so hopefully they will celebrate with flair and passion too!

Posted by HiyerNHiyer on (October 7, 2012, 19:17 GMT)

@Durval Clinton: I guess a lot of people are just happy that WI won because they have seen WI team lose its glory over the past decade or so.. I have seen the likes of Greenidge, Haynes, Richards, Richardson, Marshall, LLoyd, Gomes, Holding, Harper, Sobers, Hooper, Lara, Chanders etc just to name a few..I really wish that WINDIES would become a top force in all forms of cricket once again and hope this is the beginning of the ascendency. All the best WI cricket and fans

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 19:16 GMT)

very good bating of marlin samules. He is a good batsman and show his bating today . when WI bating start I think they are not making a 100 score but samules change the graph make a fifty and tournament longest six 108 meter. wow what a nice match today....

Posted by lankanlion2000 on (October 7, 2012, 19:16 GMT)

Sri Lankan team are the champions. WI had luck and they won by a fluke.

Posted by pmaya on (October 7, 2012, 19:15 GMT)

pretty sad, but the only consolation is that it is the windies that we lost to. Having traveled there in 2007, I can somewhat imagine how much it must mean to the people of the West Indies. Congratulations Sammy and team! Hey Mahela it is a tremendous achievement to captain Sri Lanka to the finals of 4 major championships. better luck next time mate.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 19:14 GMT)

As I said yesterday Colombo will be in tears on Sunday. That should settle the issue for some Lankan fans writing against India. It is better to loose in super eight than reaching the final and loosing. People will appreciate only winners of trophy. Take that chokers Lanka. Once again well played west Indies. From a happy INDIAN

Posted by SICHO on (October 7, 2012, 19:11 GMT)

How SL played their innings briefly describes what CHOKING means, from 51-2 to 101 all out clearly is something else. Losing 8 wickets in just a space of 50 runs is just choking galore. Marlon Samuel, what class player.

Posted by sirviv on (October 7, 2012, 19:11 GMT)

well done WI. I was supporting SL but you proved you are a force to be reckoned with. Congratulations to all Windies team members and coaches and supporters, you simply deserved it. SL should be proud of their performance throughout this tournament and should be very pleased with the youngsters in the side. Better luck next time

Posted by HiyerNHiyer on (October 7, 2012, 19:10 GMT)

Well Played Windies.. proud of the way you came back.. Keep it up and bring back the glory days to Windies Cricket.. Way to go guys.. Keep the good work up..Am really happy for WI cricket team

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 19:09 GMT)

i really feel good to know that the windies win but they came from behind its quite rare to sea the team doing this ,it is so sweet that even when the presentation was finished i was still looking for more ,even now i cant keep still congrats west indies .

Posted by indiancricket_crazy on (October 7, 2012, 19:08 GMT)

cong8s was a great win.

Posted by HiyerNHiyer on (October 7, 2012, 19:07 GMT)

To the SL fans.. SL just does not have the Mental toughness or the Killer instinct to win finals inspite of having a "home advantage"..Time to accept this for all of you.. Makes me wonder if the 96 win could have been a one off..

Posted by kandykolla on (October 7, 2012, 19:07 GMT)

My heartiest congratulations to the West Indies team !! We are really happy that you group of island nations( What a way to celebrate Jamaican Independence first at Olympics and now T-20 champs !!!) like us winning the cup and hope every team visited Sri Lanka including the Ladies ( Women's team) had a great stay in Sri Lanka !! Well done Mahela and Co... Thank you for taking our small nation so far even if we get kicked out in the first round, we would still rally around you guys. This is for some of our big neighbours who criticizing us ...there is no such thing called a strong team but there is something called a strong team spirit. a strong team can be broken,a spirit can`t , like our Sri Lankans.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 19:05 GMT)

West Indies -favourites from start to Final Well done Sammy and the boys

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 19:04 GMT)

@ Perera32 you are right!!!! but you know what you Srilankans doesn't know how to you guy got no options other than to accept the defeat and yes guys win some to but those wins are because of pitch or poor display of Opponents...I have never see Sri lanka fighting for win in a close match and winning it...they always lose...and if u will show me the Super Over win of this WC then mind was NZ to threatened to you all and almost took a win from a no-win situation

Posted by mark2011 on (October 7, 2012, 19:03 GMT)

Congratz to WI.. bad luck again to SL... anyway it is a big achievement coming to 4 world cup finals & that shows consistency and standard of SL criket. May be fun to some frustated Indian fans to seel SL loosing the final, but still its better than chased away from tournament before coming even semi final stage.. simply SL didnt fortune enogh to be in the winning side, but it is nice and real joy to see WI celebration than some monsters team showing arrogence when they win a cup as we saw in 2011 WC. bcos even after wining WI players respected SL fans and express their concerns about home side being dissapointed.. that is GREAT character from winning side to a loosing side than insulting and boasting themselves, bcos WI are Gentlement, they enjoy winning but bot insult opponenets.. great quality sportmanship..I think this win would help to lift the game again into past glory of WI which is best for world criket. ALL THE BEST FOR SL CRICKET WE ARE WITH OUR TEAM WIN OR LOSE !!!

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 19:03 GMT)

Cannot stop reading these comments........... Hail West Indies....... Congrats....... Hurray.......

Posted by fuuast121 on (October 7, 2012, 19:02 GMT)

weldone WestIndies you have proved that home ground and crowd does not effect cricket..and well done srilanka 2 you have really played good cricket through out the tournament ...apart from today match ..I Love Pakistan,Srilanka and westindies

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 19:02 GMT)

We came 4 Finals.. i think its also good for us.. Well Done Lions !!!

Posted by Criktic on (October 7, 2012, 19:02 GMT)

As I said earlier that I would be happy to see either team win, as both SL and WI played very well through out the tournament. So congrats WI on becoming the new World Champions! and tough luck SL but you should be proud of yourselves for the way you played the whole tournament, there could be only one winner and today it was WI's day. Best wishes to you both from Pakistan :-)

Posted by Squashman on (October 7, 2012, 19:02 GMT)

Good story, but check facts. West Indies won ICC Champions Trophy in 2004 in England.

Posted by kevepere on (October 7, 2012, 19:01 GMT)

It's 12:35 in the morning cant sleep maaan ! cant believe! tears come to my eyes! Die hard fan of SL! :(

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 19:00 GMT)

Congratz West Indies.. We Lost the Game... We always with you sri lanka Team.. win or loose.. you are our Hero !!

Posted by ankush_ec10 on (October 7, 2012, 18:57 GMT)

Congrats to West Indies, and anybody pointed out something? West Indies become only the Second Team after India who have won all three major ICC Trophies, 50-Over World Cup, Twenty20 World Cup and Champions Trophy. Congrats to WI for this great achievement :)

Posted by emailmkarthik on (October 7, 2012, 18:55 GMT)

Dear West Indies, so proud of you guys man!

Posted by Petpatati on (October 7, 2012, 18:54 GMT)

Guys stop bashing each others. None of us can make it to our national teams and represent our country. If all we can do is bully from behind a computer screen then it makes us look like fools to talk thrash about any cricket team. India played bad v/s Australia and had to pay price for it. SL will have to try harder next time. WI deserved this win after what they have put in. Hopefully, they can put good fight in test cricket. No need to hate SL, WI or any other team. These men are like soldiers and they fight until death. We need to respect that and move on. So unless you can yourself get off your ass and play for your country don't bully from behind the screen to any team. Now, if you'll excuse me I'll jam to some Bob Marley - An Indian.

Posted by SoulTaker on (October 7, 2012, 18:54 GMT)

@Durval Clinton: Nobody is taking credit for your team's victory....if somebody called your team a minnow just refer to that particular person not the whole nation......your team have just won a trophy after so many years and everybody appreciates and likes that so enjoy it and pls don't post such negative comments...

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 18:54 GMT)

Srilanka Needs Brave players....Good Move by Mehela to resign from T20 ...its time for Srilanka to change their mind set .....2007, 2008, 2011, 2012 all finals they lost ...comeone guys..I dont think africa is chookers any more....Its Srilankans ....I love you guys but Comeone this not the way xcept 2007 you gifted every final to oppositions

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 18:53 GMT)

Great win,Best T20 world cup final well done.I congratulate to West indies team for plaed under pressure in sri lankan grounds ,best of luck in future

Posted by Tusker17 on (October 7, 2012, 18:50 GMT)


Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 18:49 GMT)

congratulations West Indies.srilanka should prepare flat pitch for t20 this pitch is also not suitable for t20

Posted by anson1970 on (October 7, 2012, 18:49 GMT)


Posted by lee_man on (October 7, 2012, 18:49 GMT)

Congrats to the Windies. Please no sour grapes comments from anyone. West Indies thoroughly deserved their victory. Why shouldn't the team with the world's best T20 players win the World T20? Go Windies!!!

Posted by Late-Cut on (October 7, 2012, 18:49 GMT)

@Posted by Durval Clinton; AGREED :)))) They are taking credits for your win. Strange..huh ? By the way...Congratulation for your victory. I hope this will help to resurrect the past glory of your region. Anyway It was our defeat against W'indies in a T20. A hell of day to get beaten for the first time.....:))))))))))

Posted by i_am on (October 7, 2012, 18:45 GMT)

congratulations south africa(yeah i wrote it right)title of chokers is now been awarded to lankans ;) they can neither win at home nor away anything just be present at finals for ribbon cutting ceremony(formality) hahahahaha

Posted by Master_Mihil on (October 7, 2012, 18:45 GMT)

It doesn't hurt much now because we are kind of used to it. The Best team our little country can offer lack big match temperament, Well done Windies! You deserved it. We are happy Windies won it other than anybody else. Shane watson too was gracious and superb. Organizers did a fantastic job through out the tournament and most deserving team won the title. Hooray!! Best T20 world cup ever!! Lot of drama! Lot of heartbreak! Sensational fightbacks! Thrilling ties!! Proud to be Srilankan !!!

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 18:44 GMT)

Really good show from both the teams and the better team as won the title, as I am indian fan but I liked different teams fighting for the title and the better one as took the cup. This WI team deserves the title after a very long time but I like best captains like Mahela from SL and Smith from SA but both these teams does not have the luck to get the ICC trophy.

Posted by Valavan on (October 7, 2012, 18:44 GMT)

CONGRATS FOR A CALYPSO MAGIC. WT20 2012,2010 have some similarities 2010, England lost to Windies and had the no result game against Irish and qualified to Super8s based on rankings, infact England lost to WI on DL (rain shortened game), in 2012, Windies lost to OZ on DL and no result vs Irish, qualified purely on rankings and won the t20 WC. nice to see the gangnam. cricinfo please publish.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 18:43 GMT)

Fire in Babylon.. Not with ball…this time with Bat.. Gayle, Samuels, Bravo and Pollard.. Loved the PSY GANGANM STYLE celebration….Kudos to WI Team…

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 18:43 GMT)

funny the comments even before 1/4 of the match is done. These are made to look silly after the match. And the perpetual arguments about the groups continues. The groups were predetermined before the tournament began. It just turned out that the teams the ended up in the same group were group winners. From the first round, group winners could just have easily been in the other group. At this point, doesn't matter. To be the best, you have to beat the best and in the final the better team won. WI WT20 champions.

Posted by LovelyIslandCricket on (October 7, 2012, 18:42 GMT)

@Chandima.Ceylon..How long have you been watching cricket? I ask that because you and some other keep calling West Indies minnows...either you don't know cricket history or you don't know the meaning of minnow.

Posted by cricfan100 on (October 7, 2012, 18:42 GMT)

well played westindies. you truly deserve it. It is hard luck for us sri lankans. we came so close but yet so far. That is the nature of the game. This is a lesson for our younger generation. Work hard. can't do anything about past. But future awaits us. When we lost 2011 world cup nobody expected us to be at the finals of this world cup. but we did it. So who knows what will happen in the future. So don't give up. youngsters Start working harder from today onwards. And well played sri lankan team as well . We love you. We are always with you even in defeat.

Posted by abhi026 on (October 7, 2012, 18:42 GMT)

Great win by the west indies. Couldn't stop laughing looking at the way srilanka were dominated. Dont know why finals are played when Srilanka reach them.. Why dont they simply give the trophy to the other team. Waiting to hear from the big talking Srilankan fans. hahaha

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 18:42 GMT)

Correction- WI won the ICC championship in 2004. So its there first world title since 2004, not 1979. WELL DONE WINDIES and congrats to Marlon.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 18:41 GMT)

... PROUD TO BE A West Indian,,,,,, THANKS FOR THE SMILE :-)

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (October 7, 2012, 18:41 GMT)

Now where are those who told this WI team is only good in domestic leagues?where are they hiding?

Posted by abhi026 on (October 7, 2012, 18:40 GMT)

@Dimuthu_SL - I am glued to the computers, My hands cant resist typing. CHKERS SRL tamed in their den. I can hear the MEOW of the timid lions. shame shame poppy shame

Posted by Rahulthevirufan on (October 7, 2012, 18:39 GMT)

My dream XI from world t20 will be: 1. Gayle 2. Mahela (c) 3. Kohli 4. Watson 5. Samuels 6. Ross Taylor 7. McCullum (WK) 8. Raza Hassan 9. Narine 10. Starc 11. Finn 12. Rampaul

Surprised it was a tuff time deciding whom 2 get in middle order since almost all good batters were from top order but still I guess this side is bound 2 give any side run of its money......

Posted by mhb1 on (October 7, 2012, 18:38 GMT)

srilanka the best team of the tournament its sad mahela is steeping down as captain certainly this guy does have somthing whih made team srilanka reached not just finals but finals of 4 big ICC tournament hats o to you sir & the whole team was superb throughout all the best

Posted by mashrurR on (October 7, 2012, 18:38 GMT)

sri lanka beats south africa in choking. this is the fourth time they lost a wc final in 5 yrs. home ground, home crowd, everything was with them this time, opponent posted a mere 30 in 10....yet they couldn't win. no wonder they are the champion choker.

Posted by Tusker17 on (October 7, 2012, 18:37 GMT)


Posted by Artificialintelligent1 on (October 7, 2012, 18:37 GMT)

SL cAn wIn wItH AnY TeAM bUt noT iN fINaLs. If there is an another Sl vs WI match day after tomorrow (a normal match , not a final) SL will surely win. they cant handle pressure and they don't have a luck (in a final) but i think Mahela deserved a win

Posted by Csk_lover on (October 7, 2012, 18:36 GMT)

In 1492, Columbus discovered the West Indies. Today, on the eve of Columbus Day, the world rediscovers them

Posted by abhi026 on (October 7, 2012, 18:36 GMT)

Hats off to West Indies, true entertainers. This is the re-birth of Caribbean cricket. Great team effort and superb captaincy by Darren Sammy. Learn SL roaring lions from West Indies (or India) on how handle pressure of playing final.

Posted by Tusker17 on (October 7, 2012, 18:36 GMT)


Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 18:35 GMT)

Congrats West Indies !!! Lots of love and affection from India ... People loved the way you guys celebrated !! Way to go !!

Posted by jerryman on (October 7, 2012, 18:35 GMT)

Congrats WI , well played .. Sl lost a trick in the middle overs .. thought akila should hvae been bowled out , and wonder if SL should have also played herath instead of thrimnne .. Thanks to both teams for a wonderful match .. next to SL this is a team that desrves to win for its flamboyant approach to cricket .. Anyway a great start by the SL bowlers to have WI struggling in the 1st ten overs

Posted by WC96QF on (October 7, 2012, 18:34 GMT)

The Lankans hv been 'punching above their weight' for some time now. very similar to New Zealand, which has an excellent record of reaching Semi Finals in ICC WC tournaments. SL go one step further, to reach the finals. But alas ! they simply lack the talent/determination/firepower to take that last step forward. The time for their greatest batsmen/leaders is nearly over - Sangakkara and Jayawardene wl not last much longer. If they cud not do it now, i am afraid it wl take SL many many years to again win a WC. India's experience is instructive : gap between 1st and 2nd 50 ODI WC was 28 years (1983 and 2011) !!!

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 18:34 GMT)

Its time for the C word.... Sri Lanka choked. Credit to the Windies, but Sri Lanka choked, big time. They had the Windies at 48 runs after 12 overs. They themselves were comfortably chasing after 9 overs of batting, on 47. But they lit it all slip. Malinga was a massive culprit, single handedly almost losing the game for his team. Besides completely giving the game away in the 2nd half of both innings, I say SL choked because they had everything in their favor, the crowd, the pitch, the draw of the tournament itself... Credit though to Sammy, Narine, Samuels and all the Windies on a great victory.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (October 7, 2012, 18:33 GMT)

Congrates to WI teams.. you have some good entertainers. Reaching to final is an acheivement.. so SL team fan should not lose hearts.. Mahela did a great job. Better luck next time.. my only concern was about wickets in semis and final. I liked WI celebration style.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 18:33 GMT)

Fire in Babylon.. Not with ball…this time with Bat.. Gayle, Samuels, Bravo and Pollard..Loved the PSY GANGANM STYLE celebration….Kudos to WI Team…

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 18:30 GMT)

The party has begun in Antigua & Barbuda... well done boys... Richie & Arlene you know we have to celebrate this win when you get back......

Posted by AKA123 on (October 7, 2012, 18:30 GMT)

It was very evident that Windies will won....the best team has won.....Cheers to WI....the only deserving team among the semi finalists.....

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 18:29 GMT)

all credit goes to the WI and their team effort to win this t20 tournament even though most of people consider themselves a minnows or one man show but not on this at least thats what i can say

Posted by SureshBravo on (October 7, 2012, 18:29 GMT)

Entire India was cheering for West Indias. Billion love to WI.

Posted by Cricster1 on (October 7, 2012, 18:29 GMT)

"bravo!" West Indies. Is this the beginning of revival of WI cricket ?. As someone following Cricket for several years, feel T20 format is really entertaining and thrilling . Hope ICC promotes this format to many more places. Would like to see games played in America specifically NY/NJ area . Teams like India,WI, Aus, SA playing here will generate a lot of interest in this part of the world.

Posted by christened on (October 7, 2012, 18:29 GMT)

Mr.Malinga this is what happens if one over uses his so called stock delivery or special ones ( yorkers & short off length balls)....And people dont say me that im telling this just after a bad day..... Everytime I think this chap is overdoing this stuffs.... Is it so easy to forget his humiliation aganist Virat Kohli ?????And im pretty sure there many as such assault launched aganist this so called best t20 bowler.....Honestly its just irritating for me to see this lad going overboard everytime with these balls,,,,,And Im in the only person to feel this???? I need replies .....

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 18:28 GMT)

I feel lucky & I feel very unlucky..! I feel lucky Because @ the age of 16 I saw greats like Arjuna - Aravinda and Gurusinghe handling the pressure & winning us a World Cup Final..! I feel unlucky @ the age of 27 - 29 - 30 & 31 for not witnessing great players like them who could handle pressure in the same manner and win us a World Cup..! Again, I would be lucky if I have the honour to see Sri Lanka cricket team winning a World Cup before I die..!

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 18:27 GMT)

To all SL fans still berating India: Y dont u guys win atleast one test match in India or atleast win an ODI series(recent) in SL before commenting..SA will feel relieved that their "C" tag has been passed on to u..Im sure SA has a very good chance for the next world cup.Be it Mahela,Malinga or Mendis evry1 will be sure to forget this and participate in the clt20 nxt week..

Posted by abhi026 on (October 7, 2012, 18:26 GMT)

Srilanka is always lucky enough to make it to the finals, but never had the quality to win it.REALLY TRUE.

Posted by dbping on (October 7, 2012, 18:26 GMT)

Please stop bashing SL now. They have been doing really well in limited overs tournaments. Not sure why all comments sections are degenerating into such adolescent shouting matches. This is from an Indian fan by the way.

Posted by Maddy Rises On Top on (October 7, 2012, 18:25 GMT)

Congratulation WI and well played sri lanka and all of them who are taunting India Guys u need to check urself India was only the country to lose single match so stop making comment about our Team. They are Best and They will prove it again

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 18:24 GMT)

Well played WI. Sammy silences his detractors, and a wonderful all round team effort with almost no contribution from Gayle. And who would have celebrated like the carribeans did?

I am a die hard WI fan, but one has to feel sorry for Sri Lanka though. They have been the best side in the tournament. Jayawardane and Sanga have been such wonderful ambassadors of the game, that one feels for them. Good luck for future Lanka, I hope SL wins a WC before they retire.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 18:24 GMT)

If you have two Rams in your team (Rampaul and Ramdin), how can you not conquer Lanka?

Posted by InsideHedge on (October 7, 2012, 18:22 GMT)

Best chance SL had of winning some kind of trophy. They're never going to be the #1 ranked team in Tests (being they hardly win a Test overseas), their best chance of success lies in limited overs cricket. Further, their chances improve when they play on low, slow tracks. The 2007 WC saw them play many games in Guyana and Trini, tracks that are right down their alley. And here, they were hosting the tournament. They co-hosted the WC last year, played the final at a venue (Mumbai) where they defeated NZ and where the Indians didn't play until the Final. They couldn't ask for more yet they can't get over the line. Next 50 overs WC is in OZ, so no chance. Next T20 WC should be due in NZ, so no chance again.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 18:21 GMT)

West Indies deserves this. They played like champions throughout the tournament

Posted by app on (October 7, 2012, 18:19 GMT)

I am an INDIAN .supported windies but feel sad for two great players SANGA AND JAYAWADHANE congrats wi well done sl

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 18:19 GMT)

Well done Mahela and the SL team. You did your best. Don't lose heart. Our turn will come again. WI was the better team today. We appreciate the efforts of all the team, particularly Ajantha Mendis and Akila D. You brought us to the brink of the title but lost out at the final hurdle. It is ok. We will live to fight another day. Congratulations to the WI team for a spirited performance. Well done !!

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 18:18 GMT)

sri lanka and west indies are both immensely loved teams in pakistan so was a win/win situation

but boy, west indies do have some incredibly fierce hitters.. those shots by samuels off malingaz very good bowling even shocked the commentators into silence at times.. the bowling was surprisingly good!! they are developing as a very good unit

as for my sri lankan brothers..hard luck..they were probably the best team in the tournament..

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 18:18 GMT)

Lankans are the realy chokers in world cricket...poor souls keep losing in major finals. And its all the more embarrassing to lose in front of home crowd!!!

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 18:18 GMT)

Cricinfo needs to clarify this, and with authority.

Wasn't the 2004 ICC Champions Trophy also a World Cup win?

Posted by usernames on (October 7, 2012, 18:17 GMT)

What a team! This is real character and the joy they bring to the game is tremendous. They make you feel happy for them having won something. Absolutely spectacular to watch. I said this the last time they came to India: they are the best team to watch. Step aside for a moment from schadenfreude for Sri Lankans and reflect in what it means for WI cricket! Immense.

Posted by kevepere on (October 7, 2012, 18:16 GMT)

Although tears come to my eyes watching SL lose another final I am a proud Sri Lankan fan to see our team reach finals! Even though some Indian fans are here to bash at our team we must never forget our performance. Educated and respectable Indians know how appreciate although some uneducated indians try to create conflicts. ! Mahela and Sanga should realize playing finals its a different game altogethr! WI does not depend on Gayle likewise we should not depend on Malinga ! Malinga bowling 4 overs in T20 game or 10 overs in an ODI game is not a must! If one targets then try another option! Mahela keep it simple buddy! :/

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 18:15 GMT)

as Sri Lankans, we are always proud of our team and the talent.even though we lost 4 finals in a raw, you have done hard to reach there and it is amazing for this little tiny matter what SL cricket will always carry that passion for future.hat off to MJ and co.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 18:15 GMT)

"gangnem style" dance at end was great

Posted by rsgarcia on (October 7, 2012, 18:14 GMT)

Oh, @RandyOz. How this must hurt. I'll forgive you your petty comments and give you the cherished Player of the tournament trophy. Maybe Australia will stop relying on a three man team and lift themselves out of the bottom rankings with England. In case you didn't notice, even Ireland managed to surpass you at one point. Or maybe the girls will keep lifting your noses when your men can't cut the grade. Though I figure our Windies women will figure it out and come for you next time too lol.

Posted by silverline15 on (October 7, 2012, 18:14 GMT)

Congrats West Indies!!! Long time in coming. Hope its a stepping stone to more Victories. All West Indian Fans should now "Rally Round the West Indies" for there is certainly light at the end of the tunnel.

Posted by svel on (October 7, 2012, 18:14 GMT)

talk about chockers :) srilanka are the best :)

Posted by Late-Cut on (October 7, 2012, 18:13 GMT)

SAD ????? YES. Well, but when I saw the celebrations of W'indian players, the pure joy on their faces and their emotional speeches, I swear It just lifted me to a better place. I'm glad that we were beaten by a very deserving side. So I congratulate to all West Indians from the bottom of my heart. ABOUT MY TEAM...When I think about our performances, First thing comes to my mind is "Quick Sand". One thing goes wrong and you try to fix it, then another thing goes wrong. More you try to fix the situation, deeper you sink. Even though, Malinga went expensive, total 137 was below par. But during the 2nd inning, The panic started from Mahela and WENT thru the whole batting order as we were behind the D/L. Then everything went haywire. NO COMPLAINS , NO EXCUSES. WE WERE BEATEN FAIR 'N SQUARE. And YES, we CHOKED for the 4th time. But make no mistake, Win or lose, We love our captain and the team. We are very proud of them and the way they play thru out the tournament. SRI LANKA FOR EVER !!!

Posted by abhi026 on (October 7, 2012, 18:12 GMT)

Well Slankans you can't win any world cup. Actually you are an average team that somehow manages to reach finals, but I tell you reach into finals to make your opponents job easier of winning the trophy. Oh sorry I forgot to say That being an Indian I want ask you(lankans and yr pak bros) that Is malinga best bowler. You say Indian fast bowling is nothing. But what about your so called best bowler malinga. Samual hit him 39 off 11 balls with 5 monsetrous sixes. so pity.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 18:12 GMT)

@Ramansilva: haha..Dhoni has 2 world cups to spk for him where as Mahela, Sangakara, Dilshan etc etc don`t have anything..Say wat evr u can SL chokes when it matters..That`s d plain truth..

Well played WI..U played like champions and deserve to be one..

Posted by Sarangarajan on (October 7, 2012, 18:10 GMT)

There is nothing better than seeing the calypso song in Cricket. Well done West Indies. You have thoroughly deserved to win the title. Srilanka has choked once more.Fourth time in a row . We all call South Africans as chokers.Yet Srilankan batting has let them down.Whatever the condition of the pitch, Srilanka should have got 138.No excuse.It was just poor batting.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 18:10 GMT)

@Durval Clinton - Yes as an Indian fan I will still say they are a minnow team in ODIs and Test cricket.But if you have seen carefully, all the fans and experts like Harsha bhogle et al, have tipped Windies to be favourites.The IPL followers already know the capability of players like Gayle, Pollard, Bravo and Narine. They fared badly in ODIs last year, but as individuals they are FANTASTIC in T20s.So its obvious that when they come together and strike form, nothing can stop them.Check my previous comments where I mentioned that I feel no shame in admitting that this current Windies T20 side is far better than the out of form Indian team.But when it comes to Tests and ODIs, there is only way thats the improvement for Windies team.So the rise of Windies is good for world cricket

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 18:10 GMT)

Dear Sri Lanka. This is a message from the West Indies. We want no part of those foolish "chokers" comments. You tried your best but fell short this time. Your team is still a very good one. Hard luck and thank you for a efficient, well organized tournament.

Posted by silly_pt on (October 7, 2012, 18:09 GMT)

Congratulations West Indies!!.. you deserved it... thanks for the entertainment Gayle and co... don't worry Sri Lanka.. you'll win the next one.. that's the pattern..

Posted by joshi.hardik on (October 7, 2012, 18:08 GMT)

Well played WI, at least Gayle Dance was 1000 times better than SRL's Cheergalz ....

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 18:08 GMT)

Undoubtedly both teams played well in the whole tournament but today was not a lions days.Thet other thing is, if we may review back years then it is easy to say that Srilankan team are actually "chokers" .No need to make S.A & PAK like that,but being a fan of srilankan cricket team i wish to say good luck for the future tournaments.many congratulation to west indies for their exotic win.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 18:07 GMT)

congrats....!! windies...:) the most deserving team *of course after INDIA# to win t20 world cup..!!

well played samuels narine & sammy....!!

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 18:07 GMT)

So who is the Sachin Tendulkar of Choking ?

Posted by Precioustar84 on (October 7, 2012, 18:06 GMT)

Simon Taufel what a game you've had as your LAST umpiring appearance...history created for WI :) Tough luck SL but it looked SL's way after WI batted honestly. Better luck next time :-/ ...cheers for being most consistent team though. Sooner or later you will win the cup. And hearty congrats on the amazing win WI!! Glad I was awake early to watch this match even though my favorite team didn't make it to semis. Time and again I've felt WI can beat any team on their day if they play as a unit. To me they are never a minnow. Today WI proved its not all about Gayle ...its about WI as a TEAM!! Absolutely LOVE the spirit West Indians carry.

Posted by Glorizee on (October 7, 2012, 18:05 GMT)

Why Jaywardane does not say Ooops it was rain -- why after all!?

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 18:05 GMT)

Really a fantastic win to WI and hats off to the brilliant knock out by Samuels's 78 runs culminated with best all round performance exposed by the entire team. Kudos to the WI

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 18:04 GMT)


Posted by 1st_april on (October 7, 2012, 18:04 GMT)

From an AUS fan....Well Played WI!!!!.....Respect Maann!! :-)

Posted by NP_NY on (October 7, 2012, 18:04 GMT)

@Durval Clinton: Seems you've been misinformed. We Indians love WI and WI criccket. I live in Bangalore and you should see how popular Gayle is here, in and out of the ground. I don't know who called WI minnows, if they did they are terribly wrong.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 18:03 GMT)

What an energy these west indian guys have after such an intense stiff game i think Marlon Samuels was the only batsman to defy the spot-on Sri Lankan bowling i never seen this type off brilliant strokeplay display in my whole life.thank u vary much cheeeersssss.

Posted by suve on (October 7, 2012, 18:02 GMT)

Well done to the WI boys. Dissapointed Sri lanka lost their 4th Final. But there is no shame in becoming the Second best team. Can't blame Malinga, he just had an off day but our batting was very poor. Well done to Marlon Samuels and WI.

Posted by ac_Indian on (October 7, 2012, 18:01 GMT)

It was a game where I could not choose who to support, SL because it was their 4th final in recent times and you feel for them, but WI as well in a hope that perhaps a win like this will rejuvenate WI cricket. Congratulations WI, keep the progress going. Commiserations to SL, well played throughout the tournament.

Posted by rsgarcia on (October 7, 2012, 18:01 GMT)

English fans who claimed we might beat them, but not win the tournament...ooops. I am sorry Sri Lanka. You are a lovely country with a wonderful team. But I'm glad we did it and proved to everyone, yet again, that we are not a two man team. We deserved this win. We snatched it from the jaws of defeat, a really nice change. We have proved the punter correct and silenced the naysayers. Wonder how many still think Sammy doesn't belong. Or who will show up to claim we would have won better without him, or with Smith, or some other nonsense. And as someone who backed Sammy and the Windies every day of my life, I just want to say thank you to the team. I LOVE YOU WINDIES!!! RALLY 'ROUND THE WEST INDIES, NOW AND FOREVER!!!

Posted by Suryawanshi_ on (October 7, 2012, 18:01 GMT)

Congrtualtions West Indies... it is fantastic day today. Love the fight you put up and the celebration of your achievement. I hope you keep performing well and Cricket gets strenthened in the Indies. It was very sad to see cricket in decline in Indies but today you have shown a lot of promise and I hope the best for Windies cricket.

As an Indian I am celebrating this West Indies win.. my second team in this championship. SL .. its never a nice thing to celebrate a team's exit or defeat.... thats what you did in the SA-India game. Lost my respect and I must say it is Karma catching up with SL.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 18:01 GMT)

Congrats to WI from the way WI guyz celebrated after winning...SRI our brothers should feel proud...Both Teams need that win and WI was deserving...WEll done...Pakistani are happy

Posted by lankavigi on (October 7, 2012, 18:01 GMT)

@ss_ton Thanks a lot mate!!! But I don't think we will. I jus hope they don't reach a final again!!!!

Posted by St.John on (October 7, 2012, 18:00 GMT)

Sorry to see MJ resigning the 20/20 captainship. Not a way to go. Fatal mistake to persist with Malinga after he was thrashed black and blue the first 2 overs. Sangakarra must retire from this format too. He is a great Test batsmen but is sadly out of his depth in 20/20. Cant hit out and slows the scoring rate. When he does try to get going he gets easily out. No big stars waiting in the wings for SL. That Munawera guy wasnt given a fair run. Kudos to affable Sammy & WI...New era dawning?

Posted by cool2cool on (October 7, 2012, 18:00 GMT)

@Durval Clinton : Not a single Indian called WI a minnow, in fact WI was their favorite team after India.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:59 GMT)

I hope WI kick on from here and light up the world stage. Respect, from an Indian. My sympathies go out towards our Lankan brothers.. Surely a finals win is around the corner - amazing consistency to reach so many finals in such a short span of time, that too in a variety of conditions. Kudos to both teams!

Posted by rock.rockyin on (October 7, 2012, 17:59 GMT)

Very happy for WI WIN. WHETHER U AGREE OR NOT I MUST SAY LANKA MADE AN EASY ENTRY INTO FINALS OF BOTH WC 2011 BY PLAYING NZ AND ENG IN Knockout stages AND in T20 WC 2012.They were in easy group with out facing Pak Aus Ind SA else I wonder if they would have made it to semis. SL NEVER DESERVED TO WIN both and it did happen. Nevertheless I love Mahela he is an awesome cricketer.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:59 GMT)

I want to apologize to Pakistan Team. We were so hard on them. I guess it is really hard to bat second on these pitches. Well played Pakistan, Well Played Sri Lanka and Most of All Well Played West Indies.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:59 GMT)

At last!! Windies have been in the doldrums for so long. The WI youth have almost abandoned cricket for soccer and basketball. Maybe this will be the catalyst for bigger and better. What a match winning innings by Samuels. What a fight back after a horrendous start.

Posted by lalit_naik on (October 7, 2012, 17:59 GMT)

all results narrows down to one are chokers,,,,,

Posted by yorkslanka on (October 7, 2012, 17:58 GMT)

@soultaker- I have NEVER put India ( or any other team) down ,I have responded to criticism of MYTeam..and unlike a lot of people I am STILL here commenting despite my teams loss. I don't expect sympathy from anyone, why would I? My last comment was in RESPONSE to Indian fans making a mockery of SL's loss- which they are entitled to do but thy must expect me to defend my team also...

Posted by Farce-Follower on (October 7, 2012, 17:58 GMT)

Congrats WI. The real shocker from Mahela : giving the overs 3 & 4 to Malinga. Bad, bad, bad mistake.

Posted by doubtingthomas on (October 7, 2012, 17:58 GMT)

I hope WI's success in T20's spills over to other forms of cricket as well. And with some discipline and consistency, they sure will be fierce contenders soon enough. It's been a really long time since cricket had some good Caribbean cricket.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:58 GMT)

congrtsss windies for winning the tournament.

Posted by Aravind_always on (October 7, 2012, 17:57 GMT) beauty..West indies of old is back..

Posted by cool2cool on (October 7, 2012, 17:57 GMT)

@Ramansilva: Mate, they kept on changing their captains, so I am confused who their actual captain was?

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:57 GMT)

It wasn't an easy pitch on which to bat. So, Samuel's destruction of Malinga was the first ominous sign. Some said 140, some said 150, whichever,, WI score was competitive. We had the furniture to deal with the condition, Badree,Narine & Samuels. No other team in the tournament had 6 genuine power hitters. T20 calls for that. WI had them and we won. Congrats.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:57 GMT)

Please be advised that the WI last won a world tournament in 2004 and that was the ICC Cricket World Cup in England. Brian Lara captained the side with Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and other players not on this team.

Posted by lalit_naik on (October 7, 2012, 17:56 GMT)

mahela to sanga...sanga to dilshan....dilshan to again mahela....keep changing ur captainship.....nice job done by choker sl....:)had any of above captains even 5% of dhoni's cricketing brain would have won at least 1 WC out of last four...:P

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:56 GMT)

congrats to windies hard luk this tym for srilanka

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:56 GMT)

Congrats Windies.................hats off to the entire team and support i am over the moon..............tears of joy in my eyes..................we are the westindies

Posted by InnocentGuy on (October 7, 2012, 17:55 GMT)

Ladies and gentlemen, may we present cricket's new chokers - Sri Lanka!!

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:55 GMT)

CONGRATULATIONS to the Windies team.My prediction was spot on :) and bad luck to the official Bride's maid SL team.I think SL team played their cards wrong by cheering for PAK or SA against India. Sorry to say that you lost the support of Indians.Also the way Windies played is going to win the hearts of all the cricket fans around the world.the SL team has a long way to go to be a champion team

Posted by jango_moh on (October 7, 2012, 17:54 GMT)

well done WI gangnam style!!!! SL played well, but samuels just played the innings of his life!!! great for cricket overall!!!!!

Posted by crindex on (October 7, 2012, 17:53 GMT)

Wi deserved this win. They entered the torunament as a wildcard and returned home with the trophy. Brave and Bold these WI.

Posted by Tusker17 on (October 7, 2012, 17:52 GMT)


Posted by InsideHedge on (October 7, 2012, 17:51 GMT)

Tremendous courage shown by Samuels. I still don't understand how they were 32-2 after 10 overs, surely that is the lowest score at the half way mark for a team that had lost only 2 wickets. Tremendous fight-back. Only SL can explain how they played the 1st 10 overs so well and the last 30 so poorly.

Posted by crickfan123 on (October 7, 2012, 17:51 GMT)

Marlinga should be taken out from the team. He showed extremely poor performance in a vital match. Anyway we are the no 1 team in ICC ranking. So nothing to worry much.

Posted by shaantanu on (October 7, 2012, 17:51 GMT)

Really happy for the the same time a lil sad for lankans specially mahela and Indian fan.

Posted by Htc-Baseball on (October 7, 2012, 17:51 GMT)

@yorkslanka: Sure dude ,had a grt time seeing lanka get battered and lose the way they did in such a low scoring game.Thanks for providing such an entertainment.

Posted by cool2cool on (October 7, 2012, 17:50 GMT)

@Harmony111: Correction mate, they call themselves Lions(Lions are lazy by nature) and not Tigers.

Posted by InsideHedge on (October 7, 2012, 17:50 GMT)

Congrats to the Windies altho I still think they will remain a lower ranked team for the near future. There's still quite a bit missing in their cricket. For starters, they have no clue how to play spin, they still struggle to win Test series at home, never mind winning away. Lots of work to do but this is a great start.

Posted by Team_India_Rocx on (October 7, 2012, 17:49 GMT)

Well done west indies well deserved

Posted by abs.liton on (October 7, 2012, 17:49 GMT)

Congratulations West Indies....!!! Srilanka played well also but they have become chokers like South Africa. They lost two times in 50 ovrs World Cup final, and two times in Tweenty20 World cup final (may be). So they are just like chokers in final. So sad. I think Srilanka need to take pressure in easy way in final match.

Posted by ashguru123 on (October 7, 2012, 17:49 GMT)

why mahela gave chance to malinga.......don't forget UMAR GUL bolwed only one or two overs for lots of matches..he is a good they use suit players for suit situation..poor captancy!

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:48 GMT)

Extremely satisfying moment; WI, the world cricket ruler, winning a world cup after such a long long gap. WI should short out their issues and rule world cricket again.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:48 GMT)

The main reason for this loss is....sanga and mahela....they made pressure for the rest...they should learn from their great batsman"KULASEKRA"

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:48 GMT)

it was the same pitch for srilanka as it was for pakistan when they were shows how hard it was for the batsmen to chase even a small target.So it was that kind of pitch where toss matters alot.This was bound to happen...bad luk for srilanka

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:47 GMT)

@tusker17-Win or loose,Lankans will always MEOW..........

Posted by baranasai on (October 7, 2012, 17:47 GMT)

Isam extremely pleased with the result.The calypso cricketwrs have too much of talent but dont show on right time. Probably this is the first time they played well to their potential against a formidable Srilankan bowling. They were 15-20 runs no doubt but their bowling compensated for that, I will not say the Lankans were bad-obviously it is not their day-every thing clkicked for WIs.Sammy is a good capatain down to earth- he meant what he said-He said we will spoil the lankans partyand heprooved it.But i will never under estimate SL as they are a real talented bunch /well doen both teams.even it is alow scoring match it is the spirit of the cricket wekl displayed by both.. well done/common my friend Chris we want an explosive batting next time same with sanga our smiling assasin

Posted by andrew27994 on (October 7, 2012, 17:47 GMT)

Congrats to the West Indies and may they revive as a top cricketing nation soon. Cricket is never the same without them as they are completely unorthodox in their style. Also well done for Sri Lanka for making it to the finals and almost pulling it off. I'm so happy for the West Indies team. They proved tonight that they do not necessarily win because of one guy. And I would rate Samuels innings as the best knock of the entire tournament. It was even better than McCullum's 123 or Gayle's 75 against the Aussies. In that polls question which they asked about whose performance impressed you the most, I think they need to add another option for Samuels' innings.

Posted by Htc-Baseball on (October 7, 2012, 17:46 GMT)

@Snow Snake: Most weird comment and one that has no sense to it.That is what T20s is about.T20 s nt the ultimate cricket championship,its a event to globalise the game.And players from the Carribean seem to be the best to do that..

Posted by sili on (October 7, 2012, 17:46 GMT)

Congrats WI, you were my favorites before this tournament and now its proved. Was not able to bare how much SL fans enjoyed and celebrated when India was not able to defend 121 against SA, they purely deserved this defeat and need to learn how to respect the other teams. Also ICC needs to look at this Super 8 grouping, how come it can be grouped like top 4 in one group and bottom 4 in the other group, and making the bottom teams into the SF, apart from that this was a good tournament. From an Indian.

Posted by yasid on (October 7, 2012, 17:45 GMT)

Well played WI, Poor Akila Dhananjaya was like "What dafaq am I doing here..." :Awesome dance moves, and great game nonetheless. At least the SL players will go home knowing their homes will be there as it was :D

Posted by kamranmalik7 on (October 7, 2012, 17:45 GMT)

Sri Lanka prepared Poor wickets for T20 WC. And they got traped with their own trick !!!! They did,nt know these spin wickets (Never suitable for T20) will help Naraine too :) Poor display of batting by SL guys. And my words before the start of world cup came true............Windies won it.........Congratulations Gayle & Company. They truly deserve it.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:43 GMT)

Why are Indian fans who normally call West Indies minnows now taking credit for this victory . West Indies dont need wagon jumpers

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:43 GMT)

Its wrong to say "First world title since 1979." What about their Champions League Trophy victory in 2004?

Posted by ss_ton on (October 7, 2012, 17:43 GMT)

Congratulations West Indies for a great win!! Congrats to Sri Lanka as well...for a great tournament and for being the most consistent team around for the last several years. Reaching so many finals is a great achievment in itself. Sooner or later Sri Lanka will win another big tournament and when you do it will taste even sweeter! Cheer up!! ~ An Indian fan

Posted by crickfan123 on (October 7, 2012, 17:43 GMT)

Weldone SriLanka. Hats off for Mahela and the gang. Yes we couldn't win any of last four finals, but in hearts we know who are the winners are.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:43 GMT)

@ahmed bilal-Don't worry about our team.Your poor team was kicked and hammered by INDIA not so long ago in the tournament....

Posted by Perera32 on (October 7, 2012, 17:43 GMT)

Well played WI, they deserved to win fully. Sri lanka were outplayed. Well done to Mahela Jayawardene for admitting they were outplayed, unlike some other captains who blamed the rain.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:42 GMT)

for west indies cricket ... this is a breathing air....................

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:41 GMT)

Congrats to WI for deserving win! But was it a T20 wicket?

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:41 GMT)

What idiot called this game boring?! It was an amazing game - Windies came back from 32-2 after 10 overs to post a half-decent total and then bowled SL out. Gripping finale to an excellent tournament.

Posted by arshcrk on (October 7, 2012, 17:41 GMT)

well deserved by west indies ,,im a big fan of west indies team..dey play cricket in different style..2day was a surprising match by westindes..i never thought dey can survive the team into a 138 total..samuels+sammy has made it in a difficult situtation....bowlers cud prevent the srilanakan innings,,everythng was gud by was such a gud entertaining by u guys....its been a quite long windies wer nt feeling well in cricket,,,bt dis game has given dem energy...congrats ,,sammy n co.,,u dancers realy desreved dis trophy..

Posted by SureshBravo on (October 7, 2012, 17:41 GMT)

Happy to welcome the best chokers of the Cricketing world

Posted by Ind_Cric_Fan79 on (October 7, 2012, 17:40 GMT)

From an Indian Fan.... Congrats WI team..... Good to see WI lifting the cup, as they have not done so well in the recent years...... CHRIS & SAMUELS are real plussss to WI team....

But dont worry Lankan Bros... You have done well in this tournament..... Hard luck Guys... Sad that Mahela not lifted the cup.

Posted by gokak on (October 7, 2012, 17:40 GMT)

Srilanka depends too much on their top three. Today also that continued, they lost Dilshan early so they back footed and never came out of that shell. Credit must also be given to West Indies slow bowlers as they controlled two of the best batsmen against spin in the world cricket.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:39 GMT)

The champions floored all opponents - Hats off to you for the brilliant performance both in the semi final and fina. Reminiscence of the MIGHTY WINDIS OF 60's to 80's. Hearty congratulations to the entire team. When they click, they do it in style, just crush the opponents. G R E A T TEAM W O R K

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:39 GMT)

Really pleased with Windies win, hope this marks a resurgence in ODI and Test cricket, it would be good for cricket if Windies emerge as strong team in near future.

Windies truly exposed short comings of SL and thrashed them in their own backyard that too in conditions tailor made to support home team. Had they prepared a sporting wicket the match could have gone either way but SL thought they would choke Windies on slow and low track and it led to their own downfall given Windies had better slower ballers and spinners!

SL fans had SL met India earlier in this tournament they SL probably wouldnt have been in finals in the first place, India had comprehensive victories against SL just a couple of months back.

Posted by jb633 on (October 7, 2012, 17:37 GMT)

Yess the whole world wanted this result, it was a special performance for WI. I will always like Sri Lanka (England fan) and will support them in games where England are not involved, but the global game needed the WI to win a tournament. It has been a great night for cricket and I really hope to see the WI become a force again. To all Sri Lankan fans, don't worry too much you are back on the way up. You look to have unearthed a good young spinner and I really hope that you can find a couple of batsmen to bolster up that middle order. Thanks for the tournament

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:37 GMT)

congrates wi......u deserve it the way u played wid out gayle is outstanding.....and hard luck for lanka....

Posted by Prabh_Hundal on (October 7, 2012, 17:36 GMT)

everything was designed for sri lanka from piches to super 8 group.But still they are unable to win it. CHOKERSsssssssssssssssssssssssssss. to those guzs who are saying WI does not deserve should also get that even srilanka dosent deserve to be in the final because they have also not faced India, Australia. They have only beat Pakistan.

Posted by SoulTaker on (October 7, 2012, 17:36 GMT)

Jayawrdene made a terrible mistake by giving overs Malinga again and again when he knows Samuel is targetting that is really poor captaincy...4 overs and gave away 50 runs....that was the turning point of the match and by looking at Mahela's face i think he knew that at the end of the first innings....

Posted by king_lion on (October 7, 2012, 17:36 GMT)

@AliSyedain: Ind vs Pak....fav Ind. Winner India...! I know we always break rules! Congratulation WI. I have utmost respect for Mahela and Sanga but I wanted WI to win because Caribbean cricket need this win. SL - sorry for the loss but you should be proud of being the finalist. Well played both the teams. Better team has won.

Posted by sundoo on (October 7, 2012, 17:36 GMT)

Welldone WI. They are a good team not given their due by the impatient public. If Usain Bolt stars bowling for WI he could be the fastest bowler !

Posted by Empty-Sequence on (October 7, 2012, 17:36 GMT)

West Indies have done it......... GA(ngnam st)YLE !!

Posted by Ramansilva on (October 7, 2012, 17:35 GMT)

Mahela is a much better captain than Dhoni. He was good enough captain to take the team to the finals but not good enough to overcome the final hurdle. He is nowhere near my all time favorite Arjuna Ranatunga. He was really lion hearted.

Posted by timtom on (October 7, 2012, 17:35 GMT)

@endianuwagona --- Hats off mate :)))))))) ..... You are a jewel in the crown for SL... ROFL....Every non srilankan wants SL keeps the same standards all the time

Posted by yasid on (October 7, 2012, 17:34 GMT)

WOW..what a neighbor's we have there always happy when we lose..congrats wi...

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:34 GMT)

I am glad WI won. SL are always being cheaters. They don't have sportsman spirit and they deserve this defeat. Well done WI. Keep it up...

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:34 GMT)

love westindies... srilanka you should now know what will happen when a billion of us Indians cheer.... lol... you guys was cheering for pakistan/south africa against your true friend and neighbour.... ha ha ha

Posted by pitch_curator on (October 7, 2012, 17:34 GMT)

@ endianuwagona - I can understand your frustration. I sympathise with you.At 80 also Sehwag and Sachin will be WORLD CHAMPIONS (2011) while at 80 Sanga and Mahela would be also rans -- like Afghan players. How does it feel?? lol

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:34 GMT)

Congratulations West Indies for Winning World Cup Again After 33 years!

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:34 GMT)

I told you so, I told you so! Said SL has 3 1/2 batsmen and so it proved. Congrats to WI, the new World T20 Champions. We had to endure all this pre-Final chatter about the Lankan spinners. They did well, but we did better. Samuels played a sensible, glittering innings. He is now clearly our best batsmen in any form of the game. Liked the way he manhandled the man with the lion's mane. I hope this victory shuts up the mouths of the small group of so-called WI fans who have been calling for captain's Sammy's and Coach Gibson's dismissal. They must be ashamed at this time. We're not back yet, but certainly headed in the right direction. Congrats again to our men for a fine TEAM victory. Sorry SL, better fortune next time. Thanks for the wonderful hospitality shown to all the teams and foreign fans in the tournament.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:34 GMT)

we are hapy (srilankans ) .......ODI & T20 means overall we are best

Posted by cyborg on (October 7, 2012, 17:33 GMT)



Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (October 7, 2012, 17:33 GMT)

@endianuwagona: Why do you have to bring India into all this ? Enjoy your sour grapes and leave the Indian team out of it. This was about SL vs WI and clearly your team played poorly. WI looked like a champion team out there. I guess the Sri Lankans were banking on the toss to win this game. Well, too bad their plans backfired big time. Congrats WI and now I am off to a PARTAAAAYYYYY !!!!!!

Posted by guyfawkes43 on (October 7, 2012, 17:33 GMT)

Remember remember the 7th of October how the Srilankans lost. I see no reason why this loss should ever be forgot... you win cups on the teams strength and performance.not manipulating rules and finding loopholes in them or by making tracks unfavorable for t20 in a world tournament just to make them favorable for you.....

Posted by PakCricSpin on (October 7, 2012, 17:31 GMT)

CONGRATULATIONS WEST INDIES! You deserve it! Sri Lanka - Tough luck guys. I feel you guys deserve it too, but today West Indies performed better. Don't worry - Sri Lanka you have the utmost respect from Pakistan! :)

Great World Cup!

Posted by cric_fan_ on (October 7, 2012, 17:31 GMT)

why people are criticizing the pitch, if you see west indies were in worse position as compared to sri lanka after the first 10 overs but while WI's batsmen concentrated and played well to score a below par but still competitive score, SL batsmen panicked and lost their wickets when they should have tried to score singles from the very first ball and the job would have been done. Nothing to take away from windies bowlers they bowled very well.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:31 GMT)

Great win for the people of the Caribbean, we have endure a lot of pain in the last 17 years with the decline of our cricket A game that is rooted firmly in the bellies of the people of the Caribbean, this win give us something to rejoice over at long last.

Posted by anoopshameed on (October 7, 2012, 17:31 GMT)

It's pretty clear that there is no love left between Indian and Sri Lankan fans-and the guy who started the unhealthy rivalry is none other than Sangakkara when he questioned India's position in Test ranking after Sri Lanka lost 2-0 to India in 2008!

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:30 GMT)

i am to see t20 world cup and i am proud to won the west indies t20 world title .... my wishes are always with you all player and all of you congrets ......

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:29 GMT)

We - Sri lanka missed Kapugedera a lot.

Posted by Rancor on (October 7, 2012, 17:29 GMT)

poor grouping by engaging top 4 teams in one group...Sri lanka trap in their own trap they feel the pain of green shirts lankans dnt deserve to play in finals even windies but its their luck...the team who beats aussies south africa newzeland was out....poor way to end this wc t20

Posted by suryakumar99 on (October 7, 2012, 17:28 GMT)

i am very very happy to see west indies win and i am very very very very happy to srilanka lose another final, this was predicted by me long back.

Posted by cool2cool on (October 7, 2012, 17:28 GMT)

@endianuwagona: I can understand your frustrations. And don't worry about Sachin or Sehvag? See what your stars (Mahela, Sanga, Dilshan, Malinga) have done?

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:28 GMT)

sorry sri lanka but you are now official chokers

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (October 7, 2012, 17:28 GMT)

Congratulations West Indies..Loved your determination to win. I salute West Indies team. I am happy WI won. Really happy.. :) :) Hard luck Srilanka.

Posted by cric_fan_ on (October 7, 2012, 17:28 GMT)

congratulations Windies, both teams played well but WI came out on top. Windies, whether they win or loose they are the only team which show that cricket is played for enjoyment, winning or loosing is part of the game, whereas passion is the real ingredient. It's hard not to like them. Well played once again. Hoping this leads to the revival of cricket in WI.

Posted by SoulTaker on (October 7, 2012, 17:27 GMT)

This was the best chance for SL to win the world cup but they were outplayed once again....bad luck....congrats West Indies....We are really happy for you, after such a long time you are winning a major trophy we are really happy for you guys....

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:26 GMT)

Caribbeans have made celebration an art. Too good, Windies just rocked to the core!!

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:26 GMT)

First world title since 1979? get ur facts right! WI were very impressive and won the mini world cup or champions league in 2004 in england defeating england!

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (October 7, 2012, 17:26 GMT)


Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:25 GMT)

West Indies did'nt beat the Aussies but blew them away ,they peake at the correct time ,it was always known as long the paper team click victory was ours graet victory to the boys ans the caribbean.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:25 GMT)

@Nurul Amin Farook, see WI was unlucky in the 1st round that their match against Ireland was washed out due to rain. Against NZ, they did win by the super over which is as good as another win. Also they thrashed Australia and SL when it really mattered. Aus and SL flopped when it mattered while WI passed in the same period. So WI is the deserving winner.

Regarding Samuels, it doesn't matter whether he wins by luck or by choice. Ultimately performance matters which will be remembered for long. BTW, don't forget fortune favors the braves. So what's wrong if Samuels is lucky?

Posted by bhrangi on (October 7, 2012, 17:25 GMT)

Congratulations West Indies.,,.U deserved a win but I didn't like Samuels attitude bit of arrogant @ Indian fans : Please dont insult Srilankan team, just they didn't handled the pressure. @SL fans : I hope hereafter u wont thrash India, this time Ind not involved in SL humilation.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:25 GMT)

SA and Srilanka cann't handle pressure. Both are chokers. Srilanka 4th time into world cup final since 2007 and are runner up strange. Congratulation to WI and Good luck next time to SL.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:25 GMT)

sri sad

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:25 GMT)

@rohan kapoor indian team got them selves kicked out long time ago. Respect for the Srilankans coz they played with passion. they have won WC previously and will get it some other day

Posted by LazloWoodbine on (October 7, 2012, 17:24 GMT)

CHOKE! HOW have Sri Lanka gone this long without getting that label?? Now they fully deserve the tag as Choking Champions! Well done the Windies!

Posted by ilyas_US on (October 7, 2012, 17:24 GMT)

Hard luck SL really feeling for u after all 4 finals ... Pak fan

Posted by SnowSnake on (October 7, 2012, 17:23 GMT)

I don't even know if I should even congratulate WI. I mean congratulate for what? An incredibly boring game? T20 is falling out of favor for me. The outcomes are so random that anyone could win and WI just happened to play better-- not on the day-- but for one hour. Given T20 format, a final should be something like best of 10 games for any team to prove its dominance. The D/L method, playing at night makes it difficult for team batting 2nd. T20 needs serious format revisions to have any meaning. Given current setup, the result of the final, however, was fair. WI got a wrong lbw, so WI did win despite of it. Good job is best I can say.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:23 GMT)

SL, hard luck this time. You can still be proud of yoru acheivements in the last 5 years. Well sone for a very well organised tournament.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:23 GMT)

World Smallest Cricket nation Champion 2nd Smallest Notion runs-up

Posted by Suryawanshi_ on (October 7, 2012, 17:22 GMT)

Congratulation West Indies.. a very deserving win - from an Indian fan. Bad luck Srilanka, there are more ICC events to come and there is always a next time. I hope the big three -Dilshan, Sanga and Mahela do not retire without a ICC world trophy.

Posted by SoulTaker on (October 7, 2012, 17:22 GMT)

@yorkslanka: well mate wat would you expect. You think most of the Indian fans who are brutally hurt by you and some of the SL fans comments for the past one year will feel sorry for you and weep with you for the loss....What goes around comes around.....better luck next time dude and try to respect other teams....

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:22 GMT)

when we failed to stop S.A to 121 all the Srilankan fans are involved in celebration with pakistan then why don't we celebrate on your loss, learn the spirit of the game from mahela jayawardene not from sangakkara and suraj randhiv,

love you mahela , you are the honest fighter

Posted by WC96QF on (October 7, 2012, 17:21 GMT)

My cup of joy brimmeth over....WINDIES lived up to all expectations ! as for the Lankans...they worthy inheritors of the mantle of 'chokers' from South Africa !! 4 finals in 5 years and not one trophy.....

Posted by Harmony111 on (October 7, 2012, 17:21 GMT)

India are the World ODI Champs and West India are the World T20 Champs. Incidentally, India thrashed Sri Lanka in both the finals. Once batting second and once batting batting first. Once playing at home and once playing the opponent's home. The excuses of the loser choker team remain the same - that the winning team won by luck - never a single word of praise but permanent feeling of jealousy. And these people call themselves tigers - Tigers of Circus perhaps. They can only MEOW, never roar.

Posted by pak_1981 on (October 7, 2012, 17:21 GMT)

Srilankans should never been in finals if not for this unfair groupings. I am not sure how many times they chickened out in the semis and finals.

Posted by Gangnam_Gangsta on (October 7, 2012, 17:20 GMT)

Sri Lanka are the new chokers. Well @yourslanka, going to final is no big deal, you are either a champ or champu. When india reaches the final it often wins it too...urs team chokes and you big moth SL fan are partly responsible for it. You hype your team too much and they get undre pressure. Think about it and recalibrate.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:20 GMT)

Well done Windies.......Keep on dancing :)

Posted by Sautrik on (October 7, 2012, 17:20 GMT)


Posted by timtom on (October 7, 2012, 17:19 GMT)

WHere are all the SL fans who were ROARRING till before final.... Its time for collective MEOWWWWWW.......Be sporty guys :))))

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:19 GMT)

Happy for WI...and lesson for Sri lanka..... Toss should not play vital role in t20 matches....especially in big matches!!! Well played WI!!!

Posted by jesseraiders on (October 7, 2012, 17:19 GMT)


Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:18 GMT)

Hope this title marks the resurgence of west indies again as dominant force in international cricket as it used to be few decades back.............congratulation for well deserved victory as it is never easy to win against home team

Posted by freakoutXI on (October 7, 2012, 17:18 GMT)

Lions Roar like Pussy cats..!!! LMAO..!! I'M feeling sooo goood..!! thank you WI for this wonderful gift..!!

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:17 GMT)

Can't even win at Home,this lankan team is the real minnow nation of world cricket.Sanga and mahila{both true flat track bullies}didn't contribute a decent score.West Indies team had the full support of india today and it showed in their performance.

Posted by Maduka43 on (October 7, 2012, 17:16 GMT)

SL needs strong mentality to get any tittle, That Malingas 4 Overs telling that point of his weakness. I was watching it Online and couldn't believe it. Congrat WI and Hard Luck for SL. PJ Tokyo

Posted by SoulTaker on (October 7, 2012, 17:16 GMT)

Congratulation West you guys played some terrific cricket...Bad Luck dug well what can I say you dug your own grave by preparing pitches like that.

Posted by ibbani on (October 7, 2012, 17:15 GMT)

I believe SRL is always a mismatch to the opponents in the finals. What a sweet revenge by the WI for losing in the league match. SRL should learn to have prepared a sporting pitch so that, either team could have had equal amount of chances. But they wanted to win comprehensively and they deserved the loss and were beaten comprehensively, black and blue. India beat them same in WC2011 Final, AUS beat them in 2007 final, Pak beat them comprehensively in 2009 T20. so do you really deserve a place in finals henceforth. Also, apart from Pak from the other group, you did not get to taste of great teams like IND,AUS and SA. Otherwise, your team was gone boating, after super 8 playoffs itself. Shambolic performance and attitude.

Posted by sharpshooter77 on (October 7, 2012, 17:15 GMT)

Well done Buffalo soldiers. Very happy for the team. Go Gangnam style!

Posted by Hira1 on (October 7, 2012, 17:15 GMT)

WI definitely deserve this win ...they were at the best and todays' win will give them lot of confidence as they win without much of Gayle contribution. they have good match winners and samuels and narine were excellent today ..other teams need to learn a lot from them

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:15 GMT)

Well I had been telling SL fans to not get carried away, most of them had been predicting easy victory and have now gone in hiding.

Indian fans had been backing Windies and now they stand vindicated.

SL are now the new chokers in final matches (losing 5/5 is pretty bad), Windies today proved that they arent over dependent on Chris Gayle.

Also the strategy of going for a dust bowl ultimately backfired as SL couldnt face up with Windies spinners and slow bowlers

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:15 GMT)

agree with this article ... wasn't about flair but rather persistence

Posted by endianuwagona on (October 7, 2012, 17:14 GMT)

Sri Lanka Runners Up. India??? Nowhere to be found. Last 5 years Sri Lanka plays in 5 Finals. Means SL maintain thier standard and all others have to beat them to become champions. Australia 2007, India 2011 and in T20 Pakistan and WI. India...where are you with all that fan base? When I am 80, will I still see sachin and shewag playing???? hahahahahahaha......

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:14 GMT)

Congratulations West Indies.. Specially Marlon Samuels.. It was a superb batting under the pressure.. That is what we didn't have from Sri Lankans tonight.. Whole Sri Lankan nation salutes you! Thank you for all the entertainment.. and my Sri Lankan team: We are proud of you all and better luck next time. Cheers!!

Posted by KKD on (October 7, 2012, 17:13 GMT)

Congrats WINDIES!!! Deserved winners!

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:13 GMT)

Well done Windies!! What a turn around, fought off the ropes there and showed why they are such a dangerous team.. "Team" being where the emphasis lies in that sentence.. Massive team effort from WI in this final.. Looking forward to seeing whether they use this success as motivation to pull it all together in the longer formats.. It's the Windies treated each session of a test match with as much focus and dug in like they did here, they'll be moving up the ICC rankings sooner rather than later.. Sadly, I don't know how realistic this is. Hoping they can prove me wrong.

On a side note. Are Sri Lanka the new South Africa? Choking under the pressure, yet again..

Posted by lankavigi on (October 7, 2012, 17:13 GMT)

West Indies, look at them. The big man, Gayle didn't perform today, but they had Samuels. He's my man of the tournament. Dejected , humiliated and a downer. As SL fans we've had nothing to rejoice about. A great effort by the team to reach the finals. They performed well, but had no luck when it mattered. You rarely see malinga going for so much. So many other things were against them. But the Windies were perfect, they pounced on SL and new that SL were vulnerable. This should be are last chance of getting to a final and hope it is. It's better to get knocked out early than in the final. WI cricket will niw be on the up and SL cricket will go down. They've done well, but it all ends up in nothing again. This was Sanga, Mahela and dilshan's last push for a trophy but it ends in a dissapointment again.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:13 GMT)

still cant believe WI win ! however ,they they played like champions ,now on to 50 overs and test cricket windies ! go ! go ! go !!!

Posted by SandySasha on (October 7, 2012, 17:13 GMT)

Gr8 win for deserving Windies. Go ahead and revive the memories of Clive Lloyd Windies.. Wishes from Indian Fan.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:13 GMT)

well Played, Enjoy Ur win, Its ur day Wes Indies ;)

Posted by sanath1234 on (October 7, 2012, 17:12 GMT)

congratz to W.I.....for come out from deep to the best team of the world,you can win the w.c too,and the end of the drought of trophies. the WI is the most deserved team to win the cup than all they called the giant of one group flew home. yet another lost in the final to SL....but we are very proud of Mahela and team for standing there up to last game. we ain't wonder all those ppl comments against SL,while their so-called heroes only got the chance to see on tv that still SL play they the game. btw,best of luck to SRI LANKA for their great work to lead the t20 standings.. hope we will meet in next 50 over w.c. too.

Posted by Pragha on (October 7, 2012, 17:12 GMT)

The 78 by Samuels looks like a double hundred in the midst of that scorecard!

Posted by Ramansilva on (October 7, 2012, 17:12 GMT)

Many anti-SL guys here called SL as chokers. They proved it today. However, reaching 4 finals is a big achievement for a team with very limited resources. They did better than teams that struggled to win S8 matches for 5 years. Malinga was the biggest disappointment. Sanga was uncharacteristically nervous and the middle order flopped. Kudos for Windies for turning a loosing match to a winning one.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:12 GMT)

Hats Off West Indies <3 u shud real Passion RESPECT for the Team n SAMUELS especially <3

By a Pakistani fan :)

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:11 GMT)

Well done windies!!!You have shown lankans their real place in world cricket.Minnows can never win the world cup,even at Home.Sri lankan team was lucky to play finals because they didn't play INDIA.The Indian team would have kicked them out long time ago.

Posted by TSJ07 on (October 7, 2012, 17:11 GMT)

@MunafAhmed811 on (October 07 2012, 16:35 PM GMT)..Not Indian word is their in West Indies but also they have almost half of their players descendent of Indians who went their in 18th/19th century for sugarcane cultivation.may be they got scared and instaed of roaring they could only 'meow meow' never thought SL was deserving finalist.Any of Aus,India,Pak or SA was more deserving team than SL.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:09 GMT)

Congrats West Indies...well done.. I was supporting you throughout...what a blinder by Marlon Samuels. Haven't seen an innings like that

Posted by Gangnam_Gangsta on (October 7, 2012, 17:09 GMT)

South Africa barely relinquished the chokers tag but lol' behol' we have a new bunch of chokers in the town. King is dead long live the king :-)

Posted by ----LoveTheWayLionsPlay--- on (October 7, 2012, 17:08 GMT)

Congrats west indies! great stuff,thoroughly deserved it..great for the game..Samuels,you beauty ! hats off to kula for his fearless effort.& also mystry men performed well ! Lions, win or lose we are with u ! better luck next time !!!!!!

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:07 GMT)

Well, that's what you get when you get to the final without having beaten either of Australia, South Africa or Pakistan. Kudos to the West Indies for winning even though the whole tournament was (like the pitches) doctored to favour the home team :)

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:07 GMT)

Congratulation Sri Lanka we are now ODI & T20 runs-up. Welldone Dancing WI

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:07 GMT)

the worst world cup ever...WI win only 3 match and they get the world cup. WI simply does not deserve it. how anyone say they deserve it?? they ony win 3 math with semifina and final.!!!!! they are worst representive of cricket. samuels every ball basically a no ball. they just win because of luck. the way they perform they never deserve it.

Posted by ehsan_rocks on (October 7, 2012, 17:06 GMT)

Congrats to WI.. this win will bring new era to WI cricket and also this match will also teach SL that it is not necessary to gain undue advantage of home tournament by making such dead pitches. PK failed to survive against this pitch but WI nicely handled the pressure. Again toss had an important role in final match like PK-SL semi final but this time its for WI.. :)

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:06 GMT)

Heartiest congratulation to team West Indies! what about Bridesmaid SL no marraige for you :'(

Posted by bigmax on (October 7, 2012, 17:05 GMT)

Unbelievable win for the west Indies ...I thought the total was 25 runs short but did not expect Sri Lanka to choke....I am still thinking I am dreaming....well done guys....well done Samuel s and marine and everyone you have made the Carribean proud....

Posted by VivtheGreatest on (October 7, 2012, 17:05 GMT)

Congrats Windies for a stunning victory when all looked lost. Amazing innings from Samuels and some superb fielding. While Sammy's skill levels can be questioned there is no one more committed to the cause. Hope this marks a revival for West Indies cricket. Another loss for SL in a World Cup Final- does that make them the new Chokers? No, I think that title still belongs to South Africa who still cant reach finals, right TommytuckerSaffa?!!. And finally Simon Taufel will be missed- Congrats to one of the best umpires ever for a fantastic career

Posted by rob_damn on (October 7, 2012, 17:04 GMT)

There you go SL... this is gangnam style... your meow lions are nothing more than a pussy-cat... had you played fairly you wouldnt have gone through all this humiliation... I dont see any major ICC event coming to SL after what they did this time...

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:04 GMT)

WI Won....Happy for my 2nd favorite team after INDIA..Deserved champs..SL again Choked in Finals :D :D..

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:03 GMT)

west indies...deserve this trophy.... <3

Posted by satanswish on (October 7, 2012, 17:03 GMT)

I reiterate crown SL as new chokers of WC finals. But WI were real deserving winners all the way. SL was plain lucky to enter finals by virtue of under-prepared wicket in the semi-final. Pakistan would have been worthy finalists but WI deserved to win the title. Great show Caribbeans & wishes from India.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:03 GMT)

WI did it ....Yes congats guys...and Thank u Sri Lankans spectators you guy been wonderful in the WCT20 ......Great tornament!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:02 GMT)

congratulations West Indians :) and Superb Dancing too :D ;)

Posted by cool2cool on (October 7, 2012, 17:02 GMT)

4 losses in 4 WC finals, may be we have new contenders for the "C" word.

Posted by NP_NY on (October 7, 2012, 17:01 GMT)

@Dimuthu_SL: Oh don't worry about India buddy. We have two world cup wins in the last five years. It doesn't matter how far you go in a tournament if you don't win it. Watch India and learn SL! Go West Indies!!!

Posted by Ra_Thore on (October 7, 2012, 17:01 GMT)

Just as expected, another "Meow" moment for Lankan Lions.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:00 GMT)

Congrats and really happy for the windies win , as Bishop said in the commentary for most of the Indians the next favorite teams was the west Indies . Hard luck to Lankans as they falter in one more final but they played really well throughout . Windies winning after so long is really good for the world cricket . Seeing them dance was a real treat . Special congrats to Otis gibson , richie richardson and his staff , there hard work payed off . Go indies go ... enjoy

Posted by cool2cool on (October 7, 2012, 17:00 GMT)

Well played WI, deserve it. Hard Luck SL.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:00 GMT)


Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:00 GMT)

Once again really bad pitch, well well SL got a lesson tonight...

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 17:00 GMT)

great to watch...

love u west indies....

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 16:58 GMT)

Great win for WINDIES!!! this will bring down some of our SL fans :)

Posted by wisdom350 on (October 7, 2012, 16:58 GMT)

CONGRATS WINDIES!!!!!!!! a pakistani fan.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 16:58 GMT)

WI really did great job to win this title, WI... More than just Chris Gayle, Hats off to West Indies Hats off to "Samuels"..............................................................

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (October 7, 2012, 16:58 GMT)

WOW... WOW... WOW !!! Love you WI !!!! What a game !! What a wonderful and happy team. Congratulations my boys !!! I am gonna party all night long too. Probably have a BBQ out on my lawn and invite all my neighbours for a bite. SL sorry to say this but you were POOR. Choke again in the finals.. now that's quite a trend isn't it. But well played anyway. WI you beauty. As an Indian supporter, I was ALWAYS going to support WI. U have made my day YEAH !!!!

Posted by cricbee on (October 7, 2012, 16:57 GMT)

Congratulations to WI team.. I think entire cricketing world is happy for WI getting the trophy. A well deserving team. Hope this translates into other formats of game. - From an Indian Fan

Posted by being on (October 7, 2012, 16:57 GMT)

@ ibbani- YOU ARE REALLY FUNNY ...

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 16:56 GMT)

Windies to de Worll!!

Gangnam Stylee!

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 16:56 GMT)

nice ,match.....

Posted by Nair_saab on (October 7, 2012, 16:56 GMT)

All i had in mind was to remind the sri lankan fans, if sl loose this match,was that they are better than saouth in choking but after seeing the glum sri lankan faces all i have is to say is this is not the end of the world, there's always another chance ... and about the windies you brought you ' A ' game to the final ...well done guys...Samuels you beauty..what were you doing all these years..gem of an innings. To the poeple of the carrebian, its party time...cheers from my side.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 16:56 GMT)

Congratulations, WI! Our SL boys failed again to keep their heads together. Hope this win spurs the Windies back to the glory days!

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 16:56 GMT)

Slow and steady finally West Indies are Champions.Once Cricket returns to West Indies.

Posted by TSJ07 on (October 7, 2012, 16:55 GMT)

wow..SA must be relieved now that choker's tag has been entitled to SL forever.They couldn't chase 138 at their home turf with their street level batting as has been exposed recently by 'club' level bowlers..hahaha.It was atrocious batting by their two batsmen Mahela and Sanga and they batted too slowly probably thinking of previous losses in all finals.Now we know why they cant win finals coz they are not that good.Their fans should not have had high hopes on them after watching their match against SA where it was embarrassing to watch fellow Asain players struggling against good attack.Anyway congratulations to WI and lets hope this win will usher a new era of WI cricket which we badly need.

Posted by yorkslanka on (October 7, 2012, 16:55 GMT)

@narbavi and all the indian fans celebrating our loss, hope u enjoyed it !! no excuses from us, we were beaten by the better team today..shame you could only watch OUR team in the final rather than YOURS as you werent in the comp long enough...

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 16:55 GMT)

Lets not forget Srilanka. They have proved them over the years but their middle order batsman hurting them. No other standing up other than the big four......Congratulations to West Indies and you deserve the trophy.

Posted by Vibhanu on (October 7, 2012, 16:54 GMT)

Sri lanka will be forever runners-up if Sri lankan president keeps coming 2 the finals..All websites in sri lanka published posters,cartoons saying president not to cme 2 the final..He was there in 2007,2009 and 2011..When he was shown on the screen we knew it was game over for us...two balls after Sanga got out..and a train of wickets since then..

Posted by Indiana_jones99 on (October 7, 2012, 16:54 GMT)

Congratulations West Indies. The best team won. Hard luck Sri Lanka. Valiant effort. They are a good team having made to the final of the last two world cup tournaments. Practice makes Perfect. They are due for a win. That updates the world cup table to : ODI -WC T20 -WC U-19 WC Total : Australia : 4 0 3 (T7). India : 2 1 3 (T6). West Indies : 2 1 0 (T3). Pakistan : 1 1 2 (T4). Sri Lanka 1 0 0 (T1). England 0 1 0 (T1). I can't wait for the next world cup whenever that is.

Posted by Desiboi80 on (October 7, 2012, 16:54 GMT)

Best team of the tournament won!

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 16:54 GMT)

Brilliant West Indies, a joy to watch.

Posted by haseebmehmood on (October 7, 2012, 16:54 GMT)

Well done West Indies. Happy for the windies. Shame for Sri Lanka. Once again a birdge too far for them.

Posted by Retour on (October 7, 2012, 16:54 GMT)

Calypos is on at Colombo. SL Lions are once again tamed despite their bag of tricks .... Congrats WI and thanks for playing exciting cricket

Posted by pitch_curator on (October 7, 2012, 16:53 GMT)

Great win by the west indies. Couldn't stop laughing looking at the way srilanka were dominated. Dont know why finals are played when Srilanka reach them.. Why dont they simply give the trophy to the other team. Waiting to hear from the big talking Srilankan fans. hahaha

Posted by NP_NY on (October 7, 2012, 16:53 GMT)

Rally around the WEST INDIES !!! Ravi Rampaul, Samuel Badree, Sunil Narine, Denesh Ramdin - We Indians are very proud of you guys and your Indian ancestry. This win is the next best thing for the Indian fans around the world and probably for other fans too! You made SL choke in the finals....again. This is wonderful for West Indian and world cricket because a successful and happy WI team is a treat to watch for fans around the world. CONGRATULATIONS WI !!!

Posted by DeepakDixit on (October 7, 2012, 16:53 GMT)

Congrats windies !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. U had to win this...1.2 billion Indians were with you...Happy Indian Fan :)

Posted by sweetspot on (October 7, 2012, 16:53 GMT)

This is a night for pure enjoyment. WHAT a celebration! Thank you WI for winning this one, not just for how long you have waited, but for how long all of us cricket fans have waited to have so much FUN. Isn't this what sport is all supposed to be about? Why are other teams so uptight? Why are fans so serious to prove points and such? Tonight we see what this really should be like! Thank you and many, many congratulations WI boys!

Posted by RandyOZ on (October 7, 2012, 16:53 GMT)

Great to see the Windies doing well. Maybe they can lift themselves out of the bottom ranks and leave behind England, NZ and Bangladesh.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 16:53 GMT)

Congrats WI ........ we are proud of you .... love from India

Posted by timtom on (October 7, 2012, 16:52 GMT)

And the official title for GRAND CHOKERS goes to SRILANKAAAAAA....... Well Mahela and co will remain amazed and happy reaching final for umpteen times.....It will be happy days for opponents when they know they have to face SL in grand finals ...

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 16:52 GMT)

Finally, Happy for WI, it took them 40+ long years to get back as a word champion, this time was a new format... and I liked them win.... all credits to Samuals.. Good work.......

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 16:51 GMT)

Breaking news, Typhoon Samuel sweeps Sri Lanka.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 16:51 GMT)

Beginning with Samuel.New era. New dance.

Posted by ibbani on (October 7, 2012, 16:49 GMT)

@Dimuthu_SL - I am glued to the computers, My hands cant resist typing. CHKERS SRL tamed in their den. I can hear the MEOW of the timid lions. shame shame poppy shame.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 16:49 GMT)

congratulations west indies.. u really deserve this cup. i am basically Pakistani but i am big fan of chris gayle..

Posted by yorkslanka on (October 7, 2012, 16:49 GMT)

congrats to the West Indies on wining the cup, you thoroughly deserved it..although I am gutted to lose, there are no excuses from me, our team chocked today and didnt play good enough cricket...enjoy your win West Indies you deserve it...

Posted by ExtremeSpeed on (October 7, 2012, 16:48 GMT)

You know people question Darren Sammy on why he's in the team which if you think about they make a fair point but now he as a captain won it so even if West Indies has the worst of runs now Sammy will still be captain funny.

Posted by AliSyedain on (October 7, 2012, 16:48 GMT)

Sri Lanka vs WI: favourites SL, winners WI. SL vs Pk, fav Pk, winners SL. Oz vs WI, fav Oz, winners WI, Ind vs SA, fav SA, winners Ind, Oz vs Pk, fav Oz, winners Pk. Ind vs Pk...

Posted by Gangnam_Gangsta on (October 7, 2012, 16:48 GMT)

Sri Lanka benefitted from some dodgy decisions, Bravo was clearly not out, but all said--there is something about SL and the big finals. It would be sad for Mahela and Sanga to go without a major win in their carrer but it is looking increasingly likely. This time the match was played on the home turf but in SL as the tournament progresses toss becomes increasingly crucial. In the end SL did not have enough batting to deal with challenging conditions. They do have many power hitters but they are only good for flat pitches.

Any way MS played a blinder, it is always a MS, is it not. WI needed a big win and they are going to be force to reckon with. Congrats WI!

Posted by Prabh_Hundal on (October 7, 2012, 16:47 GMT)

LOVE U WEST INDIES..............................................

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 16:47 GMT)

Well done WI. Utmost congratulation to team West Indies. Well plyed. We enjoy it a lot. Thank also to to supply so many information of cricket world cup T20 amd much more.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 16:47 GMT)

West Indies deserved this. They showed the true Carribean spirit we know them for.... Real aggression and not for a moment did they look down...... well done Windies.....

Posted by Harmony111 on (October 7, 2012, 16:46 GMT)

The Sri Lankan Tigers can hardly meow. They think they can roar but when they try to roar they choke and can only go short of breath and collapse. They have been doing this year after year now. Such teams are not called great team for reaching finals but horrible chokers for never winning any. Today South Africa must be feeling a great deal relieved. They have a gold medalist choker in Sri Lanka. Ha Ha Ha.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 16:46 GMT)

Hats off to West Indies, true entertainers. This is the re-birth of Caribbean cricket. Great team effort and superb captaincy by Darren Sammy. Learn SL roaring lions from West Indies (or India) on how handle pressure of playing final.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 16:46 GMT)

I called it even before a ball was bowled . Low scores with great fielding to back up the bowlers. Great work West Indies , i wished that SMITTY was in the winning eleven on the field of play . Sorry SL , you just caught us while we were on a ROLL. We are the West Indies . Now " let the PARTY begin" .

Posted by Narbavi on (October 7, 2012, 16:46 GMT)

I feel sorry for the lankan team, but surely not for their fans!! Well done windies, u lived upto the expectations as favourites and won the tournament!!

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 16:46 GMT)

WI... More than just Chris Gayle. WI did so good. It's been a long time coming for us. Most WI's love Sri Lanka, so full credit going to them too as they're a great team. Proud of the fellas!!! WEST INDIES T20 Champions!!

Posted by oneupnowuv on (October 7, 2012, 16:45 GMT)

poor poor batting all over how long will u guys depend on jayawardena and sanga

Posted by mumerashfaq on (October 7, 2012, 16:45 GMT)

Congratz to WI...Sympathies for SL.....Hats Off to Malinga.......Applauds for Samuels.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 16:45 GMT)

WOOOOOOOW!!1!!!!!!!!!1!!!!!! what a match.......where is SIRSOBER, where are all the infidels......i made the prediction years ago ......what a victory!!!!!

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 16:44 GMT)



Posted by Baber_Baloch on (October 7, 2012, 16:44 GMT)

WI really did great job to win this title....Sl just got preassure and lose they have good control with ball but they did not able to face pressure of big game.....but no prob Sl it,s you owner played final.....sammy 11 what come bak what a defend game.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 16:44 GMT)

Congratulations to West Indians from all the Indians. Sri Lanka fell into the pit they themselves made. Hard luck mate! And no hard feelings. You made it to finals. :)

Posted by kickassPakistan on (October 7, 2012, 16:44 GMT)

spin of the coin rules this final phase of the tournament which is a shame. i had predicted this a couple of days back but never the less well played lanka and brilliant stuff by windies. samuels today was simply superb.

Posted by Prabh_Hundal on (October 7, 2012, 16:43 GMT)

Srilanka only one word for you CHOKERSS...... Even south africa would be ashamed of such a chok. CHOKERS CHOKERS CHOKERS......................

Posted by Haleos on (October 7, 2012, 16:43 GMT)

Congrats WI. WI Fans needed this win. Deserving loss for arrogane SL fans.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 16:43 GMT)

WI clearly and crisply outplayed the choking SL by dismissing out cheaply. SL losing as usual in the finals. Whats the point if SL cant win at tailor made pitches even at home? World was waiting for WI to gain the cricketing power. !!!

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 16:43 GMT)


Posted by Harmony111 on (October 7, 2012, 16:43 GMT)

@NP_NY:- Ha Ha Ha. Even home made tailored conditions, massive crowd support, a super lucky decision of Bravo, Dropping Jayawardena twice could not help Your Sri Lanka Mata. What are you guys good for? Why don't you stop playing cricket for some decades? I hope your Srimati Lanka Mata is happy too. Sri Lanka the perennial chokers the perennial losers of this world.

Posted by cric4pak on (October 7, 2012, 16:42 GMT)

Great Game from West Indies...Good Captaincy from Samey...Brilliant Work! deserve it!

Posted by hasitha81 on (October 7, 2012, 16:42 GMT)

Another loss at a final. Batting was utterly disappointing. WI deserve to win it....

from a SL fan.

Posted by sreek09 on (October 7, 2012, 16:42 GMT)

Well played West Indies, you played like a champion team today. There can't be more deserving champions than them for WT20. Poor SL, the strategy of tailor made pitch backfired. They forgot that WI also had quality spinners whom their batsmen are susceptible of. I still don't understand why some SL fans were taking credit for WI thrashing AUS.

Posted by Dimuthu_SL on (October 7, 2012, 16:42 GMT)

congratulations west indies!

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 16:42 GMT)

final nail in the coffin, WI won 2012 cup, congrats

Posted by oojj on (October 7, 2012, 16:40 GMT)


Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 16:40 GMT)

@ Aay Ann.....won the toss and to win the game, whats the point to play then, just decide it on toss, its very unfair to the team losing toss, well SL got a lesson tonight

Posted by Dimuthu_SL on (October 7, 2012, 16:39 GMT)

@bilal yes that's why India knocked out in super 8 isn't it?

Posted by Solid_Snake on (October 7, 2012, 16:37 GMT)

@Faraan Anwar->You dont need to be sorry mate.I agree that these pitches are not suitable for T20 cricket.Still if you see,both playing teams have got equal advantages.If Lanka has got Mendis,Wi has got Narine and Badree.Spinners from both sides cancels each other out.Batting 2nd here is a nightmare.WI batted really well.It amazing howthey reached 137 after what i saw..14 or 15 runs after 6 overs.Worst score by any team in whole tournament

Posted by ExtremeSpeed on (October 7, 2012, 16:37 GMT)

West Indies are the first Non-International team to win an International World 'T20' tournament period congrats and no doubt deserve it enjoy and lets bust up these moves guys!

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 16:36 GMT)

congrads windies!!!!! samuels deserves 2 b man of d match. poor sri lanka always bride's maid and never d bride. hahahaha

Posted by MunafAhmed811 on (October 7, 2012, 16:35 GMT)

SL should be known as choking so called lions for 4 consecutive final losses. Besides the word Indian makes them go weak in knees, loss of self confidence and start running like headless chickens. They probably confused the word INDIAN in West Indian as their neighbors who thrash the SL team at will and own them. If only they had know the INDIANS in West Indian are different they might have a had a chance. Hahahahah SL lost. Take that back for all the comments and joys when India lost and you guys thought ok our thorn is out of way.

Posted by Ind_Sachin on (October 7, 2012, 16:35 GMT)

srilanka is a choker team...

Posted by ibbani on (October 7, 2012, 16:34 GMT)

except for 3 batmen, the scorecard looks like phone numbers. I love to see that.

Posted by ExtremeSpeed on (October 7, 2012, 16:34 GMT)

Are Sri Lanka and fans going to celebrate even though they lost and not win the trophy at their turf? :))

Posted by 10Devils on (October 7, 2012, 16:34 GMT)

8 gone now............Wow! Fangtastico!! Loins are choking in their own ground. 33 yrears of draught will end. I just love it.

Posted by ExtremeSpeed on (October 7, 2012, 16:33 GMT)

Don't worry Sri Lankan fans my thoughts are with you its was a tough track to bat on very slow he.. :P

Posted by Maduka43 on (October 7, 2012, 16:33 GMT)

YES!!! we dit it again!!! Weldone WI. I'm glad you got that. By Sri Lankan

Posted by yakironi98 on (October 7, 2012, 16:33 GMT)

West Indies of the past have been reincarnated! Watch out World Cricket. There backkk!

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 16:32 GMT)

yahoo kulasekara out and srilankans are fallin apart

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 16:31 GMT)

Superb Malinga!!!!!! U go to India it will give u a better future

Posted by tuluguroshan on (October 7, 2012, 16:30 GMT)

in both the innings the first half belongs to srilanka and the second half belongs to wi this match is perfectly tied up as a movie in which no one care about the introduction..every one cares nthe now wi has the climax in their favour and they take the cup finally.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 16:30 GMT)

won the toss won the game easy:-D

Posted by SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on (October 7, 2012, 16:30 GMT)

WoW Kulasekera is Reminding me his Heroics vs Australia in Australia which he did in early this year

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 16:26 GMT)

@romirom---- that strategy of preparing such pitches and to win the toss and to elect to bat did not work tonight

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 16:26 GMT)

I am sorry Pakistan. I think I was hard on you. Batting second is infact difficult on these sorts of wickets.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 16:24 GMT)

All manipulators failed in this tournament. Salute to West Indies, the new World T20 champions.

Posted by Dreadnaughty on (October 7, 2012, 16:23 GMT)

Seems Sri Lanka reliance on their top order is costing them the game.

It never helps when the lower order batsmen never get any real knocks and is suddenly called upon to score a considerable amount of runs of relatively few balls.

Pipes are not the only thing that pressure bursts.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 16:22 GMT)

Looks like 100 runs would have been a good target for SL's roaring lions, hahaha.

Posted by SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on (October 7, 2012, 16:22 GMT)

Really Feel Sorry For Srilanka....Some Poor Shots and Bad running but Credit Should go to Samuels Innings and Some Great Fielding in the Grand Stage

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 16:21 GMT)

great WI winning :-) congrats

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 16:21 GMT)

SL, meows again. If Jayawardene had even 1% of Dhoni's brain, SL would have won by 15th over.

Posted by The_Ashes on (October 7, 2012, 16:20 GMT)

West Indies have something none of the other teams simply don't have and that is POWER & STRENGTH!!! deserve to win this trophy against an ordinary team :D

Posted by oojj on (October 7, 2012, 16:20 GMT)

We just got a new choker......sorry for Srilankan Fan.....and happy for whole cricketing fans . World was waiting for a strong Westindies team. :)

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 16:20 GMT)

won the toss won the game easy:-D

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 16:19 GMT)

Go0000000000 Windies...!!!!!!! :)))))))))))))) --from Cool Indians

Posted by The_Ashes on (October 7, 2012, 16:19 GMT)

I guess there's no party for the Sri Lankan fans after all :)

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 16:19 GMT)

Tony Greig "They cant hit sixes can they?" Lankan Chokers.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 16:17 GMT)

Things are going just as predicted, SL chokes again.

Posted by BlueAndYellow on (October 7, 2012, 16:13 GMT)

Srilanka is always lucky enough to make it to the finals, but never had the quality to win it.

Posted by Sanawana on (October 7, 2012, 16:11 GMT)


Posted by romirom on (October 7, 2012, 16:11 GMT)

why does this sort of wickets prepared for the world cup matches. win the toss and elected to bad and made 130 plus score and win the match. bating 2nd is the tough job in this sort of wickets. even home team struggles. sory for pak team, if they won the toss in semi finals todays we were watching pak vs wi. sori 4 srilanka today match is going to win by wi

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 16:09 GMT)

Five down for SL , they are paying price for preparing tailor made which suits them in Semis... Win with honesty not with tricks , Sri Lanks.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 16:07 GMT)

Go WI, love it!! No doubt SL will go down again in the finals!!!

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 15:59 GMT)

Go West Indies! West Indies doing really well with the ball.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 15:49 GMT)

4 finals in 5 years but no wins? shrilanka r bigger chokers than south africa. west indies winning this one

Posted by Rollindice on (October 7, 2012, 15:42 GMT)

that catch Bravo dropped in 3rd over surely will cost the West Indies

Posted by cooljack_143 on (October 7, 2012, 15:37 GMT)

MAHELA IS THE KEY TO SL..Bravo dropped him may be this will change the game.No player besides Mahela can win WC for SL...Whole world is praying for WI. hope prayers get answered.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 15:10 GMT)

A rear bad call from Simon spoil bravo B'day Party.. Mendis bowled well but he took 2 wickets not 4 (bravo inside edge onto pad and russel glove to pad both given out lbw) .. Let's See how W.I. go about defending this below par score.. hope they get a few similar break.

Posted by Tusker17 on (October 7, 2012, 15:08 GMT)


Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 14:58 GMT)

lol Malinga went for a mammoth 54 runs of his 4 overs for 0 wickets at 13.50 an over some talent.

Posted by estwickg on (October 7, 2012, 14:57 GMT)

Thank SJA Taufel for making 2 BAD decisions against the West Indies in your last official match. Empires will make mistakes but 2 obvious LBW calls against Bravo where there was a BIG edge and the ball brushing the gloves of Russell can only makes me wonder.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 14:46 GMT)

It defies reason why the WI insist on playing Charles. Granted, he did score well against England, but otherwise he has seemed totally out of it. Any team, in such an important game, must include openers who have histories of setting the stage with a reasonably good opening stand. This is the type of problem that has dogged the WI in the recent past and they just refuse to do the right thing. It makes me wonder if there's any merit in accusations of nepotism regarding Charles. Meanwhile, so far, this final is proving just another embarrassment for a team trying to set a consistent winning trend.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 14:28 GMT)

It is a great shame that SL have dug another ditch for the opposing team in the form of the dusty wicket. Perhaps, they will fall into the own-hole tonight and learn a good lesson. ;)

Posted by cricthrough on (October 7, 2012, 14:22 GMT)

Reallllllllllllllllllllllllllllly Fantastic pitch..:P

Posted by Chandima.Ceylon on (October 7, 2012, 14:16 GMT)

is ThatT20I final or night time Test match? Two minnows were retained in the final.Even though I am SLankan I expected much more fireworks frm Gayle.

Posted by NP_NY on (October 7, 2012, 14:07 GMT)

Game was over after the first over. Smith should have opened instead of Charles. WI seemed all too happy to win the semi-final and not hungry enough for the final. And it looks like SL is finally not choking in a final. It has taken home conditions and crowd to do it, but a win is a win.

Posted by cricthrough on (October 7, 2012, 14:06 GMT)

As Usual,Jayawardene is a more tactical as cunning guy..Look at that's not a sporting wicket..Really Disappointed to see that type of pitch.More than good performance initially,it was problem with the pitch.:(

Posted by Dimuthu_SL on (October 7, 2012, 14:01 GMT)

ibbani where are you? your Gayle storm is back in the dressing room now cup is ours

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (October 7, 2012, 13:38 GMT)

I know I've said it every game but playing Charles will really cost W.I in the final I mean he didn't have a start all tournament even when he got his 70 v England. Only W.I do this throwing youngsters in to open on big stage Andre Fletcher Xavier Marshall Adrian Barath what happened to them? now Charles meanwhile D Smith one of the most experienced t20 players that has faced Malinga and Mendis in the IPL many times sits out

Posted by Al11 on (October 7, 2012, 13:36 GMT)

What have Smith Done....that was a easy decision ...Smith for Charles

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 13:34 GMT)

i think why we change a winning team???ok what ever mahiya feel, it will b the correct decision .win or loose we are with u lions and we are proud about what you guys have achieve up to date

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 13:29 GMT)

i think srilanka have more chances to win with home conditions advantage of pitch. it gayle clicks no body can stop the match only difference in gayle.westindies batsmen are in good form srilanka have some luck from the begining of the tounament its a good side to win championsh.

Posted by Mutukisna on (October 7, 2012, 13:29 GMT)

It is such a fascinating situation that I could not resist a comment. The match is between the power and brute force of WI vs the artistry, guile and subtlety of SL. In short, it is a contest between an overwhelmingly attacking batting side against an attacking bowling side with two class batsmen. As a SL fan the only country I would not mind SL losing to is the WI Team, in order for them to restore and relive past glories. The whole cricketing world love West Indian cricket. I hope they win a major competition soon. But hopefully not today! Anyway SL fans, win or lose today, a tiny island like ours should be proud of the consistency it has shown in World Cricket. Which country could boast of 4 World Cup finals in 5 years even if we are wrongly labelled as cricket's chokers together with SA? If any country reaches its peak in Cricket it has to play SL in a final to win a World Cup 20/20 or 50 over ODI. Long live Sri Lankan Cricket and may its frequent innovations in cricket continue !

Posted by Anupa... on (October 7, 2012, 13:25 GMT)

Kumar Sangakara and friends will crash the birthday party of Dwayne Bravo

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