Sammy hails 'tremendous' Brathwaite


West Indies captain Darren Sammy was unsurprised by the "tremendous" innings played by Carlos Brathwaite in the World Twenty20 final.

Brathwaite hit sixes off the first four balls of Ben Stokes' final over to guide the Windies to a four-wicket win over England in the decider on Sunday.

The hard-hitting all-rounder finished with 34 off just 10 balls as his team reached their target with two balls to spare.

Sammy, whose team were also guided by Marlon Samuels' unbeaten 85, said he knew the 27-year-old was capable of such feats.

"There's a reason why he was bought in the IPL [Indian Premier League]. They have seen what he is capable of doing," he said.

"When we lost [Kieron] Pollard and he replaced Pollard, I told the guys, 'he's one to look out for'.

"The way he's played, not only with the bat but also with the ball, he's going to be a massive asset for us, and he's improved every game. This is the depth we have in the team.

"You look at no [Sunil] Narine, no Pollard, [Lendl] Simmons came late, no Darren Bravo and yet still we won a cup.

"It shows that we are really good in this format and again the way he [Brathwaite] played under pressure was just tremendous to watch."

Joe Root (54) had led England to 155-9 as Brathwaite took 3-23 with the ball, but the latter and Samuels led the Windies to a second World T20 crown.