New Delhi: Just ahead of the ICC World Twenty20, people wouldn't have bet on the West Indies to show a vigour strength of collective play and unity, especially because of all the internal and external issues hampering players and the cricket board.
Moreover, the loss of big game players like Sunil Narine and Kieron Pollard handed the side a big blow. Certain players made their return to the side after a long gap and it all depended on how the team got back and picked themselves up from the slump.
Now it's been a fairytale ride from there on as the team finds itself in the final of the World T20. It' has also been a boost for the WICB, who saw the U-19 cricket team winning the World Cup this year as well.
West Indies marked a superb collective performance to down hosts India in the semifinals at the Wankhede in Mumbai on Thursday.
What has been the best part of this side is their positive unity and the urge to play fearless cricket. The West Indies players have plied their trade all around the world in domestic T20s and know the format too well.
Their ability to go big while batting and a host of all-rounders, who can bowl anytime, have kept them alive and kicking. Also Wankhede has been a lucky charm for the team, which witnessed a Chris Gayle heroic against England in their opening game, before the stellar show by Lendl Simmons and Andre Russell against India.
The Indian Premier League has been a big factor for these players and the finale against England on Sunday will see a lot of fans turn out for the game cheering for some of their franchise stars.
The experienced Windies outfit need to be lauded for putting all their issues with the WICB aside and come together to conquer the big stage once again.
Majority of the team have come together and chipped in with the goods when required and that showed why the team doesn't over depend on one or two individuals.
The win over India will give the side a lot of confidence and their celebrations after the game gave us an indication on why they love the sport too much and are happy together.
England will be a different opposition then the first game and are on a high of late, but West Indies stars will know they will have to be grounded and repeat a similar performance they had against India.
Sunday will decide whether the Windies team can churn out another magnificent performance and be world champions.