Some great players who are household names have been the most valuable players for their teams in major ICC finals. But none can claim to have won it in as dramatic and as sensational circumstances as Carlos Brathwaite.
The magnitude of Carlos Brathwaite's achievement might take some days and plenty of perspective to truly set in. With 19 runs required off the last over, one would imagine that the odds were in favour of the bowling team considering all the pressure and expectations that come with a chase in a major final. Ben Stokes, who until then was one of the best English players on the park, was to bowl the over. What then happened perhaps has no precedent in cricket, certainly not at this level and not in a situation with so much at stake. The 27-year old Brathwaite clobbered the first four balls of the over for four massive sixes and finished the game with 2 balls to spare. The ease and authority with which he did it almost made it seem as if the West Indies were just delaying the chase for a grand finish like this. In the ecstasy of his miraculous batting achievement, it must not be forgotten that Brathwaite finished with hugely impressive figures of 3 for 23 in his 4 overs while bowling. His wickets included the key scalps of Joe Root and Jos Buttler.
For pulling off one of the most stunning passages of cricket ever and overall contribution, Carlos Brathwaite is our Xtreme Player of the Match.