India Vs West Indies: Confidence Is Always High With Gayle And Pollard In Team, Says Carlos Brathwaite
West Indies T20 skipper Carlos Brathwaite has expressed his delight over the comeback of big names in the team for the one-off T20I against India on Sunday (July 9).
The inclusion of Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard and Samuel Badree in the T20 team has given a formidable look to the West Indies team which was blown away by India in the recently concluded One-Day International series. Jason Holder & Co. had managed to pull off one win but they were no match for the Men in Blue in the entire series which they lost by 3-1.
Speaking on the eve of the match, Brathwaite said that the reigning World T20 champions are confident going into the game.
“Confidence is always high. You don’t see Kieron Pollard, Marlon Samuels and Chris Gayle sulking or low on confidence. They always think we can win whatever the situation and that rubs off well,” Brathwaite said.
“It is always nice to get the big boys back, nice vibe in the dressing room. With all the boys coming in, we have jokes around, we have fun. We always know where to draw the line. They are all mature guys. Me as the captain, am always trying to keep the dressing room as happy as I can as long as the boys express themselves at the park. Looking forward to a good performance tomorrow,” added the player whose four consecutive sixes had sealed a second World T20 title for the West Indies last year.
After the thrashing received in the ODI series, West Indies have an enormous task in front of them if they are to turn the tables in the upcoming match. But Brathwaite was not thinking too much about India and said that his team was just focusing on its game.
“We have to concentrate on us. It is not about them but us trying to take ourselves to the highest gear as best and as quickly as possible,” he said.
The skipper further said that the rift with West Indies board over contracts and pay dispute is a thing of past and they signed the contract because they wanted to play for the national team.
“We signed the contract because we wanted to be here, we wanted to represent West Indies and we wanted to play. So it is just to go there and show on the field our good performance,” he said.
With so many West Indians plying their trades in the Indian Premier League, it is no secret that the players from either side know a thing or two about each other but Brathwaite felt it could be a double-edged sword before saying that the friendship would take the back seat once the players step on the field.
“It can help us, it can help them as well. So wouldn’t be any trade secrets lost between the two teams but yeah we are good friends off the field. But once you cross the line, you come to represent your country and friendships don’t happen out in the park. We get to the park, there is war, it is country vs country,” he said.
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