West Indies’ dramatic triumph against Australia at The Gabba on Sunday turned the cricket world upside down, with rookie pacer Shamar Joseph running riot with the ball, bagging a 7-for in the second innings. Seeing West Indies secure their first Test win in Australia in over 2 decades, not just the team’s players, their fans but also some legends of the game went emotional. A crying Brian Lara was hugged by former Australia wicket-keeper Adam Gilchrist while the legendary Carl Hooper was spotted crying inconsolably with his face towards a wall after the end of the match.
Hooper, who played 102 Tests and 227 ODIs for the Windies, was completely out of words, with his tears explaining the emotions he was going through at that moment. Here’s the video:
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West Indies skipper Kraigg Brathwaite couldn’t stop hailing Joseph following the team’s triumph at the Gabba, calling the pacer a “superstar”.
“He’s a superstar. I know he’ll do great things for the West Indies in the future. Just his belief is incredible, he told me that he won’t stop bowling till we win it. Very proud of the guys, they showed a lot of fire and heart, especially after the first Test. Very nice to see how they put in a fight, especially the batters. We can only learn from this win. I believe the more the better, that’s how we learn. I would love more Test cricket for sure,” Brathwaite said.
Joseph wasn’t even expected to bowl for West Indies on Sunday because of a toe injury but he battled pain to steer his team home with a brilliant 7 for 68.
“Having a bruised toe to bowl with, but I just go through the phase and pain, knowing that I need to do this for my team and you know for everyone in my country and the Caribbean. Came down to the crowd, to keep pushing us and actually believing us that we can bring the series to 1-1, thank you guys so much,” he said after being named the player of the match.
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