NEW DELHI –– Barbados and West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite is enjoying life in Delhi.
His Delhi Daredevils franchise, consistent cellar-dwellers over the past three seasons, has surprised all and sundry with their consistent show in this year’s season nine of the Indian Premier League. And they have done it with a very young line-up.
Over the weekend Brathwaite who won the Man-of-the-Match award in his last match against the Kolkata Knight Riders but missed out on selection for today’s game against the Gujarat Lions, said his team now had a “fun dressing room” and it was helping them play well this year.
On Saturday Brathwaite marked his return to the side after missing two games, with a crucial 34 off 11 balls and three important wickets.
“I won’t talk about the past since I was not there but this year there is lot of stress on processes and solid preparations. It’s a fun dressing room. Then players are good friends off the field and that unites them on the field under pressure,” Brathwaite said.
He also stressed that he was not dropped from the side in previous games.
“It’s horses for courses. Imran Tahir did not play today but it’s not that he was dropped. I was not dropped. Only thing is that only four foreign players can play but still the one who is missing out gives same support to the team.”
Brathwaite also said that Feroz Shah Kotla track’s changed nature suited his batting style.
“Then the pitch was true. But Karun Nair and Sam Billings allowed me to bat where I wanted to bat. They laid the foundation,” he said of their 105-run stand for the fourth-wicket which helped them post 186 for 8 after being 32 for 3 in 5 overs.
Brathwaite also said that he did not put himself under pressure and it was not possible to get big shots every time he came to the crease.
“It does not happen everyday,” he said when reminded of his breathtaking ten-ball 34 that helped West Indies win the ICC World T20.