Sammy hails West Indian wonders
Darren Sammy's West Indies spoiled Sri Lanka's party at the Premadasa Stadium - but were still the toast of Colombo for their countless followers in the Caribbean and beyond.
The Windies' 36-run win looked a highly unlikely outcome for much of the ICC World Twenty20 final, but in the end Marlon Samuels' belligerent 78 from 56 balls turned the match. Samuels pushed his team up to 137 for six - a total which, contrary to expectation, proved far too many for Sri Lanka.
"We can definitely cherish this moment - I will for sure - and we can relive it every day of our lives," said Sammy. "This is the best moment for me in any cricket. This is for the Caribbean people, the West Indies fans all over the world. They've been craving success. It's party time now from Jamaica down to Guyana - and we know how to party."
Even Sammy must have had his doubts when the Windies crawled to 14 for two in the six-over powerplay, after choosing to bat first.
But he said: "God works in mysterious ways - he performs wonders. It is the belief we have in the side. We expected them to give us a fight, and they did, but throughout the last year we've been showing that never-say-die attitude.
"We've not been winning games with it. It's been taking us close, but in this tournament we've won games - and that's every man believing that whoever is out there can do the job. Today it was Marlon Samuels, and in the end every run counted - and then the bowling and fielding display was just brilliant."
In contrast, Mahela Jayawardene had to come to terms with a fourth successive defeat in a world final for Sri Lanka - he also confirmed his resignation as Twenty20 captain afterwards.
Jayawardene will remain available in all formats, but had decided before this tournament began that he would be giving up the Twenty20 captaincy.
He said of the defeat: "It hurts a lot. You want to do something special, personally and for the public as well.
"I'm very disappointed for the fans we couldn't give them what we wanted, but I'm very proud of the boys for the way they played the entire tournament. Marlon took a gamble after the 12th over. He put his hand up and performed, and at that crucial moment we just couldn't control."