Brathwaite keen on cricket’s three formats
DELHI – 2016 ICC Twenty20 World Cup hero Carlos Braithwaite has stated he wants to succeed in all three formats of the game, despite being an instant hit in the shortest format of the game.
The 27-year-old Barbadian shot to worldwide fame last week Sunday when he hit consecutive sixes off the first four balls of the final over of the World T20 to hand West Indies an improbable and dramatic win over a shell-shocked England.
The affable power-hitter, who managed only six runs in his Indian Premier League debut for the Delhi Daredevils on Sunday, said Test cricket still fired him up.
“Personally I do love Test cricket and I enjoy watching the boring parts of Test cricket – a batsman batting out long periods of time and then overcoming that to score a hundred. I take each facet of the game in each format at its best,” Brathwaite said.
“T20 … it is a good spectator sport as well, but then there is Test cricket, where you get to test yourself against the values of the format – like facing a barrage of bouncers and getting past that, taking a few knocks and playing the swinging ball and seeing through a good spell to capitalise and get a hundred.”
Braithwaite explained that the truly talented players were able to adjust their games for each format and said he planned to challenge himself to be listed among them.