KOLKATA, India (CMC):In the space of just four deliveries on Sunday, West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite banished bitter memories that had haunted him for the last five years.Playing in his Twenty20 International debut against Bangladesh in Dhaka back in October 2011, a 23-year-old Brathwaite conceded 14 runs off the penultimate over with the hosts needing 22 off the two last overs, in pursuit of 133.With eight runs left off the final over, Bangladesh got home off the fifth delivery, to deal West Indies a three-wicket defeat and claim victory in the one-off T20 game.DEBUT IN BANGLADESH”I remember my debut in Bangladesh when I didn’t come through for the team and we lost and I made it my business to say Carlos Brathwaite will develop to be a match-winner.”Brathwaite became an instant hero at Eden Gardens as he blasted West Indies to a four-wicket win and to the capture of the 2016 Twenty20 World Cup.With the Windies needing 19 off the last six balls, Brathwaite clattered sixes off the first four deliveries in a stunning finish.”It’s better than a dream. Initially, the plan was just to get bat on ball and run as hard as possible. We knew we couldn’t waste any balls and that was just the first plan,” Brathwaite said afterwards.”Fortunately, I got the first couple of away, that kind of settled the nerves a bit. Then after the third one I knew that all I had to do was get bat on ball on the fourth one and we were world champions. Fortunately, all four went for sixes and here we are, world champions, a treble for West Indies cricket.”Brathwaite finished on 34 not out off 10 deliveries, in an exhilarating 54-run stand with Man-of-the-Match Marlon Samuels, who was unbeaten on 85 off 66 balls at the end.”It’s one of those out-of-body experiences. As a young man you dream of winning a World Cup – probably just winning a game – and to be able to do it among all these legends in T20 cricket, to be able to do it for the people of the Caribbean (is special).” he explained.Brathwaite had earlier contributed with the ball, taking three for 23 as West Indies restricted England to 155 for nine off their 20 overs.
What’s your happiest Christmas memory in Donegal?Listening to Jim Reeves on a record player on Christmas Eve with my mother.What has been Donegal’s proudest moment in recent years?Getting proper recognition through the promotion of the Wild Atlantic Way. And the due recognition that followed in the National Geographic – Coolest place on the Planet.If you found a magic wand that allowed you to grant one wish, what would it be? To go back to the All Ireland Senior Soccer Final in 1989 and come on as sub and score two hat-tricks.For the record, I came on as sub in that game and we were defeated 5 – 0.What is your favourite Donegal-made product?Mc Nutt’s Tweed.Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why? Seamus Coleman. A brilliant footballer. Modest. Inspiring. Resilient.What has been the biggest compliment you’ve ever received?The time I arrived in a suit at the Downings Family Resource Centre when I overheard someone saying “quickly there’s someone coming” to which Grainne Shevlin replied “sure it’s only Joe!”Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?Neil Gallagher.What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?Olde Glen Bar.What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?Sure where would you be going!?What is the biggest challenge facing Donegal people today?The continued global acceleration of cities and ‘brain drain’ of a talented and educated workforce.What is your favourite food that you associate with Donegal?Donegal scallops.Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?Naw, not really.Do you have a favourite local band?‘The Lost’ and ‘In Their Thousands’If you had a million euro to improve something in Donegal what would it be?You don’t have enough space on your website for the list of people and projects I’d like to see a million quid spent on.Where’s the most unusual place you’ve logged on to Donegal Daily?On board a United Nations helicopter in South Lebanon.Is there anything about Donegal that you are very proud of?The native Irish speakers who continue to pass on our ‘Teanga Dhúchais’ go dtí an céad glúin eile.What is the most rewarding thing about what you do?Trying to help people when they’re in bother.My Donegal with Minister for Education Joe McHugh was last modified: December 26th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Education MinisterJoe McHughMY DONEGAL Education Minister Joe McHugh impressed many when he went back to school to learn Irish after being named Junior Minister for the Gaeltacht. Since then he has risen through the ranks to become a front bench politician. From Carrigart, here he reveals all he loves about Donegal and why music star Jim Reeves is a real Christmas memory for him.What is your favourite place in Donegal and why?The top of Muckish Great taking in the spectacular view of Sheephaven Bay on a clear day. If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?A longer weekend!Who is the one person that you look up to and why?My father. He always encouraged me to stay the course with my education – especially when I wanted to go to London in the 1980s. My bags were packed!