West Indies rule the world again

Kunal Diwan

Powered by a group of Twenty20 mercenaries, the West Indies captured their first tournament of significance in a long time, in a format suited perfectly to their explosive talents. Such was the six-hitting prowess of Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels that it helped the team tide over extended spells of inactivity in the middle. Sunil Narine was brilliant, especially in the final against hosts Sri Lanka, and Darren Sammy was exemplary in his leadership. The win sparked wild celebrations in the West Indies camp, with Gayle leading the brigade on his Gangnam style horse. But will this be the shot in the arm that Caribbean cricket has long been waiting for?