Cricket news - The story behind 'Remember the Name'

Four balls.

Carlos Brathwaite and Ben Stokes have come a long way since those four balls in the 2016 T20 WC final, which has left an indelible mark in cricketing folklore - recognized as much by the heroics of the batsman and the unfathomable misery of the bowler, as by the voice that called the action. After the fourth ball disappeared into the stands at the Eden Gardens, a voice overflowing with passion echoed through living rooms across the world - "Carlos Brathwaite - Remember the Name".

"The West Indies came into the tournament with a little bit of infraction between themselves and the administration. It was almost as if they felt under siege. I sort of picked up on that too. It was a period of my life when I was a little bit of an angry man," explains Ian Bishop, who called the action, in an exclusive chat with Harsha Bhogle on Cricbuzz in Conversation, outlining the backdrop of West Indies' dramatic triumph. "I felt, at times, that the West Indies weren't getting the type of respect they deserved in that format. With Pollard, Narine and co. missing, I was wondering how deep they could go. The deeper they got into the tournament, I thought to myself 'Wow, this is really good.'"

"At one point during the contest (final), I thought that the West Indies were way behind and that they're probably not going to do this. Wickets were falling and the tempo wasn't going, so I wouldn't be ashamed to say that I was starting to lose faith at one point."

The story behind "the line"

"I was always a big fan of Carlos Brathwaite. Remember that Carlos had scored two Test half-centuries in three innings, so I admired his potential," recalled Bishop. "On the day before the final I was asked about the players to look forward to, and Carlos immediately came to my mind because was bowling well. People forget he picked up three wickets in that final, and that he could be a finisher.

"And I said to this guy, 'Remember this name. Remember Carlos Brathwaite.'

"It was a hunch. I didn't know it'd play out like that. On the night [in the commentary box] when David Lloyd handed over to me, I didn't ask him for this - I respect rules, I don't try to hog the limelight, and I hate encroaching - I kick myself when I talk over a live delivery and I wasn't supposed to," said Bishop, torn between the eagerness to call the action and respecting the rules of the mic. "When Carlos hit the first six, I thought 'Wow this is possible'. Second, third and naturally at the end, my exuberance came out because I've known Carlos and it was personal to me that the West Indies managed to win for the secondtime."

The Tendulkar connection

Harsha Bhogle, however, sees the bigger picture and credits karma for the iconic line with which Bishop is now associated.

"I think good things happen to good people," said Bhogle. Bishop was on air with Harsha Bhogle during Sachin Tendulkar's last moments in international cricket at the Wankhede. Bishop, who was supposed to call the action, however, handed the mic over to Bhogle to voice one of the most iconic moments in Indian cricket. "What you did that day meant a lot to me personally as a broadcaster."

"I just felt it was the right thing to do. You knew intricately more about the person who was being serenaded and celebrated," responded Bishop, recalling the events of 16th November 2013. "I don't like the sound of my own voice. I hate it, in fact. So whenever there's the opportunity to stay quiet, I stay quiet."

You can watch Ian Bishop's full conversation with Harsha Bhogle here: Part 1 and Part 2