If you don’t stand for something, you fall for everything: Braithwaite
Windies skipper Carlos Braithwaite has insisted that he has no regrets for arguing with the umpires and feels it was not wrong to fight for what was rightfully theirs.
Windies won the final T20I and the series comfortably in the end, but it wasn’t looking too easy when Bangladesh were off to a flyer and one after another wrong decisions were going in favor of the hosts.
Seeing the umpires making blunder one after another, Braithwaite completely lost his temper when Liton Das was dismissed, but umpire called a no-ball which was clearly a legal ball. After discussing with the umpires and the match officials for almost 15 minutes, nothing went in favor of the Windies skipper as the umpires stayed with their decision.
However, the T20 champions completely changed the scenario of the game in the very next over by picking up two wickets in two balls and with aggression and dedications, the visitors thrashed Bangladesh to win the match by 50 runs.
In the post-match press conference, Braithwaite said that he’s ready to face any punishment if given, but has no regrets for taking a stand for the team.
“As captain, I had to take call for the team. I had to make a stance not just for myself or the team but for West Indies cricket. We haven’t been getting favourable calls or 50/50s since I have been playing cricket. I think it showed that when we played a passionate game by doing the right things, then things happen for us, we need the officials to give what is rightfully ours.”
“Again, I am not saying the officials are cheating because I think they are professionals. However, I can just call what I see. If we are seeing we are not getting the rub of the green, the 50-50s, then as captain of the ship I will say that.”
Braithwaite also revealed how he managed his side to forget everything that happened and keep fighting for the win.
“I must commend the match referee. After we had some stern words, it was resolved. We worked too hard for my team to walk off the field or forfeit the game or series. The decision was to stay on, fight on and finish the game. But I also asked the match referee for five minutes that our team can get their head around playing a cricket game, forget the debacle that has just happened, get past the event and let us just finish the remaining 16 overs. Thankfully it was allowed. It gave me the opportunity to speak to my teammates. It was us versus everyone else.”
“I was the only person who spoke in that huddle and then everyone started to chime in, everyone said we have to win this game, we have to fight for this. And then you can see what happened afterwards. The first overs were Jekyll and the last 10 or so were Hyde. It was big from the inexperienced group of guys, and I think we can keep them together, teach them how to be professionals, I think we will do well in cricket,” Braithwaite concluded.
After all the controversies and going through all the wrong decisions, the Caribbeans experienced a happy ending to the tour in the end.