In times of downfall, it is usually said, “Patience is the key”, “time heels everything” and a lot of more similar phrases to console those who are affected by setbacks or defeats. But nothing can be more emotional and heartwhelming than to witness a winning moment for your team after a long wait of decades, given the downfall you’ve seen throughout all these years.
A similar can be said in the context of the former Caribbean legends, Brian Lara and Carl Hooper, who couldn’t control their emotion and went into tears of joy; it all happened after Kraig Brathwaite’s new-generation West Indies scripted the history and defeated Australia by 8 runs at the iconic Gabba on Sunday, January 28. It is the first-ever Test win for the West Indies against Australia in Australia since1997 in the last 27 years.
The moment when Shamar Jospeh uprooted the off stump of Josh Hazlewood, Brian Lara went completely emotional during his commentary, where he was calling the match, alongside the former Aussie great Adam Gilchrist and renowned commentator Ian Smith. Lara went into tears of joy; just after wiping away his tears, emotional Lara said, “Young, inexperienced, written off, this West Indies team can stand tall today, West Indies cricket can stand tall today.”
“Congratulations to every single member of that team,” he concluded while summing up his emotions.
The video of this moment also started making rounds on social media as soon as it was shared by a user over X (formerly Twitter):
Here's the video of Brian Lara getting emotional:
The joy on Lara’s face and the hug from Gilly ❤️ pic.twitter.com/P6r7s6vk1o— Pratik (@fake_engineer7) January 28, 2024
In another video, the former Caribbean stalwart Carl Hooper was also seen in tears in the backroom of the commentary box.
Carl Hooper in the dressing room couldn't control his tears.— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) January 28, 2024
- This a victory of Test cricket, they richly deserved this. ❤️pic.twitter.com/bdYCAXZIjz
Former West Indies bowling star and commentator Ian Bishop also lauded the Caribbean side for registering a remarkable Test at the iconic Gabba against the World Test Champions Australia.
“What a remarkable moment for Shamar Joseph and West Indies cricket. The most remarkable test win that I can put my mind on, given the context,” wrote Bishop in a post on his official X-handle (formerly Twitter).
What a remarkable moment for Shamar Joseph and West Indies cricket. The most remarkable test win that I can put my mind on, given the context— Ian Raphael Bishop (@irbishi) January 28, 2024