The West Indies Twenty20 skipper Carlos Brathwaite revealed he has learned to handle the pressure situation quite well after his heroics with the bat in T20 World Cup against England last year which further had served as a great lesson for him in the early days of his international cricket.
On April 3, 2016, the 28-year-old all-rounder Brathwaite became the centre of attention when he smoked four consecutive sixes off England all-rounder Ben Stokes at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, to clinch the coveted T20 title in a dramatic fashion.
While talking on the eve of the first T20I of the four-match series Brathwaite expressed the number of failures would surmount the number of performances and one has to accept the reality.
“You’ll fail more times than you perform, I think I’ve come to grips with that. I’ve begun to level my own expectations, which probably were more than the expectations of others,” Brathwaite was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.com.
Braithwaite led WI is gearing up to play four-match T20 series against Pakistan which is scheduled on Sunday (March 26) at Kensington Oval in Barbados.
“One thing we’ve always been able to boast of is power hitters, and we have four or five one after the other. And we have that perfect mix of experience and youth as well,” Brathwaite revealed.
As the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) had a tough time with its national players, Braithwaite was assigned a national duty to lead the T20I side.
“Family and friends have been sticking close, but the pressure has increased from outside. But it’s just a matter of understanding it won’t happen every day,” Brathwaite remarked.
West Indies would like to give their hundred percent after losing six limited over games against Pakistan which were comprised off three ODIs and three T20Is respectively in September-October last year in the United Arab Emirates.
However, missing out on several senior players, the hosts would rely on the young aggressive crop of cricketers against the Green Shirts as they have the mixture of youth and experience.
“Not having Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russell and still being able to put together the team we’ve selected is massive for any international team,” Brathwaite added.
However, Brathwaite has praised young all-rounder Rovman Powell for his recent performance during the Caribbean Premier League where he amassed 228 runs.
“We have Rovman Powell; Jonathan Carter just came into the fold. Then there’s the elder statesmen, though he’s only 28 , Kieron Pollard, he’s a T20 veteran,” Brathwaite further added.
After several West Indies players participated in the recently concluded Pakistan Super League, Braithwaite is hopeful that their insights would help the hosts as they have had done their homework in a bid to deliver against visitors.
“We have Marlon Samuels and Lendl Simmons, who’ve been touring all over the world and playing with success. So take that blend of youth and experience and as well as powerful hitters coming on at the backend of the T20 innings,” Brathwaite concluded.
Brathwaite has played 23 ODIs, 13 T20Is and three Tests for West Indies since making his debut in 2011.