The Windies talisman all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite has issued a warning to the other participating teams of the forthcoming ICC World Cup 2019. Brathwaite has stated that one should not write them off. In fact, Windies’ T20I skipper believes the Carribean Nation has always been a good tournament side.
Furthermore, Brathwaite said he neither wants the team to be called a favourite nor the underdogs. In fact, the Windies have played some sublime cricket in the recent past as they had equalled the five-match series against the number one ODI side, England by 2-2. Subsequently, it is expected that the Windies will go on to surprise a few teams in the ODI showpiece.
The Windies can surprise other teams.
Thus, the Windies will like to continue their good show going in the quadrennial event in English conditions.
“I don’t want ourselves to be called favourites or underdogs. But we have recently played some great brand of cricket (against England) and if we can replicate that (in England) we will go somewhere close to challenging for the title,” the 30-year-old said as quoted by PTI.
“We have been traditionally a good tournament team, so hopefully, we can win the third World Cup. From players point of view, we have the belief that we can win and we will play our best cricket,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Windies will have to be at the top of their game in the upcoming tournament. They have the firepower in their side but they would need to be consistent in the coveted tourney. Meanwhile, they will not like to jump the gun and would aim to take one game at a time.
Windies will be a side to watch out for.
“We have to play our best game over nine or something preliminary games and then in the semi-finals and finals. In fact, we are keeping our hopes up, we are very positive. We know what we can do but we need to execute our plans. We have full faith that we can lift the trophy.”
Meanwhile, Carlos Brathwaite was all praise for Andre Russell, who is going to be the X-factor for the two-times champions. Brathwaite wants to keep learning from his teammate.
“He is probably the best all-rounder in the world in this format. I will continue to learn from him.”
On the other hand, Carlos Brathwaite had attracted the eyeballs when he had smashed four sixes in the final over against Ben Stokes, to help his side win the 2016 T20 World Cup.
“I have contributed to wins in the past which haven’t made as big headlines as the World T20 final contribution.”
Meanwhile, Carlos Brathwaite will play for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the coming season of the IPL. The all-rounder was bought for a whopping price of INR 5 Crores. KKR will catapult their season against Sunrisers Hyderabad at Eden Gardens on 24th March.