Pakistan in West Indies 2017 March 26, 2017

Brathwaite lets go of pressure of expectation

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Carlos Brathwaite: 'You'll fail more times than you perform, I think I've come to grips with that' Ryan Pierse / © IDI/Getty Images

Carlos Brathwaite. Remember the name?

By the time West Indies' upcoming T20I series against Pakistan is done, it will be a year since that evening in Kolkata, when Brathwaite slammed four sixes in the final over to snatch the World T20 title from England. Since then he has been named T20I captain, and the expectations have hardly died down. Brathwaite said he had learnt how to deal with that pressure.

"Family and friends have been sticking close, but the pressure has increased from outside. But it's just a matter of understanding it won't happen every day," Brathwaite said, on the eve of the first of four T20Is against Pakistan. "You'll fail more times than you perform, I think I've come to grips with that. I've begun to level my own expectations, which probably were more than the expectations of others."

Pakistan's tour of West Indies, which has three ODIs and three Tests after the T20Is, begins less than six months since the two teams met in the UAE. In that series, West Indies were swept 6-0 in the limited-overs formats, and could not put together a win till the final game on tour, a dead-rubber Test in Sharjah. But Twenty20 is West Indies' best format, and Brathwaite is confident they have the right combination of youth and experience to challenge Pakistan in home conditions.

"Not having Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russell and still being able to put together the team we've selected is massive for any international team. One thing we've always been able to boast of is power hitters, and we have four or five one after the other. And we have that perfect mix of experience and youth as well.

"We have Rovman Powell; Jonathan Carter just came into the fold … Then there's the elder statesmen, though he's only 28 [29], Kieron Pollard, he's a T20 veteran. We have Marlon Samuels and Lendl Simmons, who've been touring all over the world and playing with success. So take that blend of youth and experience and as well as powerful hitters coming on at the backend of the T20 innings, capitalising on the last 10 overs anywhere in the world against any team in the world [and you know we can challenge any team]."

One thing he is counting on, Brathwaite said, is having some of his players offer inside information on the Pakistan team, after their time at the Pakistan Super League; Pollard, Samuels, Sunil Narine and Samuel Badree featured in the PSL, which ended earlier this month.

"In the series in the UAE, Imad Wasim obviously had some homework done, because he played in the Caribbean Premier League," Brathwaite said. "So hopefully our guys can bring back their homework and assess their learnings in PSL, and use it hopefully as well as Imad did against us in the UAE. We'll see if it translates onto the field."

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  • michael on March 26, 2017, 19:02 GMT

    @mekkayel. Samuels was unfortunately given out to a ball missing leg stump by at least 5 cm. Walton unlucky with umpire's call which could also have been not out. If you were following my suggested picks which were based on good recent form. you would have seen Gayle (picked up form at tail end of PSL), Smith (coax out of retirement), Darren B (forgive), Samuels / Rovman / Fletcher (as batsman), Pollard, Sammy (superb in PSL as captain and finisher), keeper (score from # 7-11 not essential in most matches so Ramdin in preference to Walton whose 4 in first 5 international innings reminded me of an Audi 0000), Narine, Badree, Bishoo, Kesrick. No Brathwaite nor Holder. I mentioned IPL because WICB are doing injustice to both Holder and Brathwaite by giving them the captaincy and not letting them grow into proper all rounders without extra burden. In any T20 game either side can win. Sammy Ramdin combination was successful in 68 % of their last 22 games compared to 25 % after dropping

  • Josiah on March 26, 2017, 18:19 GMT

    @mncg1 and what's this I see about IPL? these so called IPL stars that were in the top 7 all failed miserably today. having an IPL contract does not make you a good international player for heavens sake Dwayne smith played since 2008!

  • Steve on March 26, 2017, 16:26 GMT

    Carlos Brathwaite. Remember the name? No, because I don't remember any worthwhile performance from this name since the T20 WC final. I also think I don't need to put in that extra effort to remember the name as I am not expecting any compelling performances in future either.

  • michael on March 26, 2017, 14:57 GMT

    @keepcalm. You picked up on my sarcasm aimed at METMAN aka PUNDIT in previous forum. This is the rant of a poor performer trying to justify his selection. I posted several times that he and Holder were given the captaincy too early when they should be focusing on developing their core batting and bowling skills. Holder did not attract a bid in IPL this year and if Carlos keep this up he will head down the same path. At this time it is a Bajan selector Browne who is doing his fellow countrymen grave injustices and Adams / Law should act.

  •   cricfan24062130 on March 26, 2017, 13:18 GMT

    Carlos should try to improve his own game rather than depending on other keen members and concerning his self with power hitters. Power hitters don't win all the games.

  • Muhammad Ammar on March 26, 2017, 10:14 GMT

    Batting is the department, Pak is always lacking behind. Imad Wasim, the so called batting all rounder, has hardly performed with bat in ODIs, T20is and PSL. A lot it needed from him in batting department. Happy return to Kamran and Shahzad. At least, Shahzad can stay longer from here. Best of luck.

  • Olivier on March 26, 2017, 7:13 GMT

    Ummm the best players are supposed to perform more than they fail Carlos; that's what makes them good. You've failed about 95% of the time in your international career that's why people are angry at you. If you came off just 30-40% of the time, people would probably back you somewhat but you've made one performance and then failed in every other facet since. Not to mention you're keeping out a good young allrounder in Rovman Powell who has already proven he can bat better than you and is more than handy with the ball. You are useless with both facets and your fielding due to your size is average at best. Don't see how you're captain either, even Holder is better. Carlos lost a t20 series 3-0 to Pakistan last time, a team that couldn't even qualify for the quarter finals of the world t20 with 5 out of 7 batsman completely incapable of hitting a 6. Either you make a quick 40 odd here or take a bag of wickets otherwise you should go. If you're goign to have a good team, can't have tourist

  • michael on March 26, 2017, 7:03 GMT

    Truthfully said Captain Carlos! Batting average of 14 tells it all. Failed 7 out of 9 T20I innings to date. Only 1 score above 25 in 22 ODI innings at average 13.5. How does this get selected for WI team?

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