A ‘hearbroken’ Brathwaite says, ‘I thought I had enough bat on it’
Three years after stripping the limelight by a rampaging show in the World T20 that entitled West Indies the prestigious crown, Carlos Brathwaite yield another uncanny hundred that took the sinking Caribbean team almost plundering New Zealand at the Old Trafford on Saturday.
What looked like to be comfortable win for the Kiwis were down to lose 7 in 167 and wicket number 8 at the score of 211, Brathwaite hoisted three consecutive sixes and then reached to his maiden limited over ton.
A short of a length ball from Jimmy Neesham made Brathwaite craving to clear the fences when West Indies needed another six runs to win but a few inches inside the boundary rope, Trent Boult plucked the ball flying out in the air and it was all done.
“Obviously, I’m devastated not to get over the line,” said the Barbadian.
“I thought it had enough bat on it. I was willing it to go up and up and up but that was one of the best fielders in the world out there,”
Brathwaite added, his 101 runs required just 82 deliveries, the innings that included five sixes and nine fours.
“It’s a game of margins. One or two yards more, we would have been victorious tonight,” he said.
Windies captain Jason Holder also did not forget to pour praise words to the 30-year old Barbadian.
He said, “We wouldn’t have gone down to the penultimate if it wasn’t for Carlos as well. He’s been playing excellently well up to that point. It’s just one of those things.”
“His work ethic is really good. He’s not one to shy away from his responsibilities. And he puts in a really good effort into his preparation. The knock that he played today is not surprising to me,” he said.
Almost every member of the New Zealand camp made it a point to shake hands with Carlos Brathwaite.
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