Windies are not the favourites but are well equipped to lift the World Cup, says Carlos Brathwaite
Brathwaite feels that while they are not favourites to lift the cup, the team is no pushover either.
Published - Mar 22, 2019 9:05 pm | Updated - Mar 23, 2019 11:17 am
Bucked by their impressive performance against England in the home series from earlier this year, a reinvigorated Windies team will start their campaign in the World Cup 2019 as a well-balanced side. Caribbean all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite is of the opinion that if the Windies can “replicate” the remarkable form, having won the ODI rubber 2-2, the unit displayed against England then they can surely be one of the strongest contenders for the title.
This edition of the Cricket World Cup much alike to the 1992 World Cup as all 10 teams will play each other in a Round-Robin setup, and the top four will qualify for the semi-finals. In the light of this format, the hard-hitting Kolkata Knight Riders all-rounder thinks Windies’ still have a chance in the mega tournament.
Brathwaite feels that while they are not favourites to lift the cup, the team is no pushover either. While the World Cup commences on May 30, Windies will take on Pakistan in their opener at Trent Bridge on May 31. Brathwaite, who was roped in by the KKR for Rs 5 crore ahead of IPL 2019, believes that Windies may go all the way in the event.
Brathwaite warns against writing off the Windies Indies
“I don’t want ourselves to be called favourites or underdogs. But we have recently played some great brand of cricket (against England) and if we can replicate that (in England) we will go somewhere close to challenging for the title,” the 30-year-old T20I captain, Carlos Brathwaite was quoted as saying by Sportstar.
“We have been traditionally a good tournament team, so hopefully, we can win the third World Cup. From players’ point of view, we have the belief that we can win and we will play our best cricket. We have to play our best game over nine or something preliminary games and then in the semi-finals and finals. We are keeping our hopes up, we are very positive. We know what we can do but we need to execute our plans. We have full faith that we can lift the trophy,” he added.