The newly appointed West Indies T20 captain Carlos Brathwaite credited the senior members of his side for easing him into his new role.
Talking to reporters ahead of West Indies’ two-match T20I series against India in Florida, Brathwaite said the seniors, including Darren Sammy, his predecessor, gave him great confidence.
“I’m very excited. It’s a very big honour to captain West Indies,” he said on Friday (August 26). “As mentioned in my previous interviews, I got a great boost of confidence from Darren Sammy, who is not with us. The senior guys who are in the team gave me great confidence as well. I know I have a great bunch of guys to play with and I hope it will be a series win for us.”
The series sees the return of West Indies’ T20 specialists including Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine and Dwayne Bravo. Brathwaite rejected suggestions that they would be rusty given that they didn’t play in the recently concluded Test series.
“In the team meeting yesterday we were talking about finding ways to win,” said Brathwaite. “So hopefully we can find a way to win and make the people of the Caribbean proud. It’s a little harsh to say that they have not been playing cricket, they have been involved with Caribbean Premier League which concluded just less than a month ago. So it’s just a matter of giving it our best shot and coming out on top these two games.”
Like Indian coach Anil Kumble and his Indian counterpart MS Dhoni, Brathwaite too was impressed with the facilities at Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill and expected a high scoring series.
“I had a close look at the wickets and if they are anything like the practice wickets, then we will have two belters producing scores in excess of 180-200,” he predicted. “By all reports, CPL was a fantastic success. Everyone had positive things to say about the quality of the pitches and the outfield, and hopefully, that will continue and I’m looking forward to that. “
The West Indies skipper also said that dealing with a partisan crowd that is expected to support India will not be an issue for his side.
“We just won the World T20 in India, we played India and beat them in the semis. It’s not foreign to us,” he explained. “The most important thing is what happens when we cross that line. I know people back in the Caribbean will be supporting us and we want to fly the flag high, go out there and give our 110% and when we come off, regardless of the result, we want to be able to say we brought smiles on the faces of the West Indian public.”