Carlos Brathwaite will lead West Indies in upcoming 4 T20Is against Pakistan    Getty Images
Carlos Brathwaite will lead West Indies in upcoming 4 T20Is against Pakistan Getty Images

West Indies Twenty20 International (T20I) captain and the hero of the Caribbean team s victory in the ICC World T20 2016, Carlos Brathwaite believes putting together a team despite the absence of stars like Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Andre Russell would be an achievement. Claiming that West Indies have both young and experienced players now, he says the team is able to maintain the tag of a side replete with hard-hitters. Brathwaite also spoke about himself and his bad patch, saying that he is now accustomed to the pressure of expectations building on him post the World T20 heroics. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs West Indies 2017, 1st T20I, Preview: World Champions gamble for redemption

Brathwaite told in a press conference before the first T20I against Pakistan, “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. 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. 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,” he added.

Brathwaite was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz, “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],” he said about the team.

“In the series in the UAE, Imad Wasim obviously had some homework done, because he played in the CPL. 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,” Brathwaite opined about the opponents.