The game is never won until the last ball is played

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Anuj Goenka, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

2016 edition of T20 World Cup in Men’s cricket had once again reinforced the dictum which is the title of this blog. Both Mushfiqur Rahim of Bangladesh and Ben Stokes of England learnt the same lesson in hard way although in different matches.

Group Stage: India V/s Bangladesh 23 March 2016 Bengaluru, India

Bangladesh needed eleven runs while batting second. In first three balls they managed to score nine runs by hitting two boundaries. The batsman Rahman yelled in joy, raising his arms but the game has some other plans. The Indian team managed to defend their total by claiming three wickets in last three balls including of Rahim.The Indian players maintained their calm and claimed two catches in the deep. A last ball runout by the captain cool MS Dhoni leapfrogging and clearing the stumps where the bangladeshi batsman was more than a yard short.

Final: West Indies Vs England 03 April 2016 Kolkata, India

West Indies required nineteen in the last over to win the cup second time while England put their faith in Ben Stokes who had taken three breathtaking catches in the outfield that day. The settled batsman Samuels was at non striker end while Carlos Brathwaite, the newcomer on the crease was at striker position.

The English Fans must be hoping of another title but then Carlos unleashed his power hitting Stokes for four consecutive sixes taking away the glory as well as the cup. Who would had thought that a tailender in such a crunch situation, in a world cup final will performed such a miraculous act.

While Stokes learnt the lesson with humility, Rahim was unable to do the same. When India lost in semifinal against West Indies, he shared some tweets which were against the spirit of game and sportsmanship.


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