Lara, Hooper in tears as Windies conquers fortress Gabba after 27 years

The sensational bowler, Shamar Joseph spearhead the final wicket to seal West Indies' victory.

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The cricket world witnessed an unbelievable day as West Indies emerged victorious in the second Test match against Australia on Sunday.  A young, inexperienced West Indies squad conquered the Gabba, toppling the mighty Australians with a nail-biting eight-run victory. This epic comeback win, their first on Aussie soil in 27 years, resonated beyond the field. Even some of the Australian fans celebrated the West Indies win prompting emotional outpourings from the cricket fraternity.

Tears and cheers in West Indies Camp

The sensational bowler, Shamar Joseph spearhead the final wicket to seal the victory. West Indies' legendary batsman Brian Lara was on the commentary panel for Fox Cricket when West Indies dismissed the last Australian batter. He was in tears as the players celebrated, "Unbelievable!" he exclaimed, voice thick with pride. "Young, written off... this West Indies team and West Indies cricket can stand tall today. Today is a big day for West Indies cricket,” the legendary batter said.

Lara's former teammate and fellow skipper, Carl Hooper was seen breaking down in the dressing room after Shamar Joseph dismissed Josh Hazlewood for a ball duck. The video went viral quickly, where Hooper can be seen walking around in the dressing room, holding his head in his hands and wiping his tears after the victory. Ian Bishop, another legendery bolwer of the  West Indies' golden era, took to Twitter and shaered numorus post on the carismatic win. These men were the architects of the last West Indies triumph on Australian soil in 1997 and knew the true significance of this moment.

Former Cricketers Hails Young Guns

West Indies' legendary batter, Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo, modern-day heroes who straddled Test and T20 stardom, joined the celebration on Instagram. Kieron Pollard and Nicholas Pooran, white-ball champions, added their voices, with Pooran hailing Joseph as "unreal" and Pollard applauding the "teamwork."

Has Shamar Joseph Secured the Resurgence of West Indies Cricket?

This victory arrived like a beacon of hope amidst a recent dip in West Indies cricket fortunes.  West Indies' failure to qualify for the World Cup 2023 cast a shadow on its future but the Gabba triumph reinsured a potential resurgence. At the heart of this revival stood Shamar Joseph, the 24-year-old Guyanese who, after dismissing Steve Smith off his first Test delivery in Adelaide, delivered a fiery spell at the Gabba and ensured West Indies' win on his shoulder. He dismissed seven Australian batters. Cummins-men had been cruising towards the victory target of 216 early on day four of the pink ball test, until an injured Joseph, playing his first test series, returned to the field. 

Shamar Joseph Inspires Generations to Come 

News of his heroics even reached the International League T20, where the Dubai Capitals announced that they would secure the services of Joseph. This young phenom, like the team he represents, is on the rise, and the echoes of the Gabba triumph will inspire the West Indies faithful for years to come.