After 27 years, the West Indies achieved a historic Test match victory in Australia. Despite being considered an underdog, a young West Indies team surprised everyone with an unbelievable 8-run win at Australia’s stronghold, the Gabba, on an exciting fourth day. Even cricket legend Brian Lara, present in the commentary box at the iconic Brisbane stadium, couldn’t hold back his tears, declaring the victory as a “big day in the history of West Indies cricket.”
Brian Lara Broke Down In Tears After West Indies Historic At The Gabba
Brian Lara and fellow commentator Adam Gilchrist shared a joyous embrace in the commentary box. This happened after Shamar Joseph secured the last wicket of Josh Hazlewood, uprooting the off-stump of the left-handed batsman, bringing immense joy to Lara.
In the video shared by commentator Mark Howard, Brian Lara was heard saying: “Unbelievable. 27 years to beat Australia in Australia. Young inexperienced, written off! This West Indies team can stand tall today. West Indies cricket can stand tall today. Today is a big day in West Indies cricket. Congratulations, Congratulations to every single member of that West Indies team,”
— Mark Howard (@MarkHoward03) January 28, 2024
Brian Lara was overcome with emotions as the West Indies cricketers embarked on a victory lap at the Gabba. Shamar Joseph, the 25-year-old pace bowler participating in his first Test series, kissed the pink ball and the West Indies cap, marking a poignant moment.
Brian Lara was spotted embracing and consoling Shamar Joseph as both of them became emotional following the historic Test victory at the Gabba.
Carl Hooper Also Broke Down In Tears
West Indies assistant coach Carl Hooper couldn’t hold back his tears as the West Indies secured the last wicket in the match.
— Ben Cameron (@BenCameron23) January 28, 2024
Talking about the game, Steve Smith’s outstanding unbeaten 91 went in vain, Australia’s final innings ended at 207, and Shamar Joseph’s dismissal of Josh Hazlewood’s stumps sealed the victory.
Amid discussions about the decline of West Indies cricket, the remarkable outcome at the Gabba, led by a young team under Kraigg Brathwaite, should significantly boost the morale of the cricketing nation.
The West Indies’ previous Test victory was in 1997 in Perth, where Brian Lara’s leadership and his score of 132 in the first innings played a crucial role in setting up the triumph.