Carlos Brathwaite is set to ply his trade for Sunrisers Hyderabad in this season’s IPL.
The youngster came into prominence after guiding West Indies to World Cup win in 2016. He hit four sixes in the final over to take his team to their second world cup win.
However, he still believes he has a lot to learn as a cricketer as well as a person. The big West Indian is in Hyderabad and getting ready to play an active role in the franchise this season.
Speaking exclusively to The Hindu, Carlos Brathwaite believes Sunrisers Hyderabad have a strong management team. The franchise have the likes of Tom Moody, VVS Laxman and Muttiah Muralitharan in their management group. All three had worked relentlessly over the years and helped the side to become one of the best in the league.
“Obviously, since the core team is almost the same, I am looking forward to the guys who have been IPL champions and great performers. Willing to pick up a few new things about the game itself,” Brathwaite said.
Sunrisers can cover up for Warner
The team had dealt a massive blow when they realised David Warner was banned from playing this year. The Aussie was involved in ball tampering scandal which resulted in a 12-month ban by Cricket Australia.
But Brathwaite believes the quality in the side would definitely help the franchise to overcome the loss. He also believes he might not get to play all the games in the league, as SRH contains some massive foreign stars on their roster.
“But, it is such a strong unit that his absence will be covered. It is a question of putting the quality available on paper right out there on the field,” he said.
“I don’t think I will probably play all the games because of the quota of overseas cricketers in the playing eleven. For any team, balance is the key. May be, I may play some games later on, come down as a seamer, not early in the innings for sure, who can take wickets which should be a bonus and score quick runs,” he said.
Brathwaite also believes Sunrisers strength is their bowling. Their ability to restrict opposition teams to chasable scores has been the feature for SRH success over the years.
“Sunrisers is known for closing out the innings, and the current line-up is virtually an Indian attack comprising [Bhuveneshwar} Bhuvi, [Siddharth] Kaul and Sandeep [Sharma]. Bowling in death overs has been its biggest strength,” Brathwaite said.
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