West Indies Test opener Kraigg Brathwaite who scored 64 off 163 balls against India in the third Test at St. Lucia says he is slowly improving as a batsman and looking to play towards his strength. The 23-year old’s knock helped West Indies get a decent 225 but they are still at a tough condition to save the match.
Speaking at the end of Day four, Brathwaite said, “I have always been working on different aspects of the game. When I first started off, I had a few things to work on, technical stuff. But now, I’m improving as a batsman. I know my strengths and weakness and just play towards my strengths.”
India at the end of day four scored 157 for losing three wickets, with a lead of 285 runs and Brathwaite believes they will have to bat well to escape defeat.
“India has a very good lead, but tomorrow as batsmen we have got to come and work hard and build partnerships,” he said.
On Day four the host started with 202 for three but Indian bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar wrecked a havoc on their batting line up so they folded up inside paltry 225 runs.
Brhwatwaite praised Bhuvneshwar Kumar. “We think Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled well with the new ball. When he took that new ball it was the key because he took four quick wickets.”
He was asked how West Indies all approach the Day 5, Brathwaite said, “Like I said, they have a decent lead. So obviously we have to see what they do tomorrow in terms of the declaration. We think the pitch is still a good one and in terms of the time we have the key is to assess it as a batting group and decide whether to go for the win or the draw. We will see when the declaration comes, what we will go for.”
The lanky batsman also said that he was not quite surprised as to why he and his off spinning partner Roston Chase were given the bulk of the bowling in India’s second innings saying he would love to get some wickets with the ball. “Don’t really see it as surprising. The only thing was that we were a couple of minutes behind. That was one of the reasons. Unfortunately, we went for too many boundaries but still I think we have a job to do as a team tomorrow,” he said.
“I just do what the captain wants me to do. Back in Sri Lanka, I got six wickets, but right here, we’ve got Roston Chase as a front-line spinner, so for me, if the captain wants me to come and keep it tight or try to get a breakthrough, I try my best.”