The Caribbean big-hitter Carlos Brathwaite is all aware of the fact that he will have limited opportunity with the quota of overseas cricketers to make it to the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) playing XI in the IPL 2018.
Brathwaite, who grabbed fame with hitting four consecutive sixes off England’s Ben Stokes in the final over of the 2016 T20 World Cup, said that the SRH has a very successful management team, comprising with the likes of Tom Moody, V.V.S Laxman, and Muthaiah Muralitharan –which ensures the players enjoy the best atmosphere both on and off the field.
He told The Hindu, “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.”
Following the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa, David Warner, who led SRH to the IPL title in 2016, was suspended from the game by Australia, which was the biggest setback for the franchise, but Brathwaite believes that there are many talented players to recover his void for the IPL 2018.
He further added on the same, “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.”
On being asked about his chances in the tournament with Orange Army, Carlos replied, “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. Maybe, 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.”
Brathwaite signed off by saying, “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.”