After a six-day hiatus, Carlos Brathwaite was back giving liftoffs to the cricket ball at the Eden Gardens. Delhi Daredevils mentor Rahul Dravid witnessed it from close. Even some of the KKR players stole a quick glance as the Barbadian made the small boundaries of Eden Gardens look smaller.
Brathwaite hitting his strides is a comforting sight for Delhi Daredevils. The Bajan however is not ready to bask in the glory of recent past, quite sure that the treatment meted out to Ben Stokes at World T20 will be doled out to him too some day in the future. In a different tournament, Brathwaite is braced to reinvent himself for a different team over the next six weeks.
“I believe you always have something to prove. If you are the defending champions, then next year you have to prove that it wasn’t a fluke. If you weren’t doing well before then you have to prove that you are good enough to be here. I don’t want to say that we will take the past and use it as strength but together as a team we are aware that we didn’t have a good recent past,” said the Delhi Daredevils batsman when asked how different will it be to play for a team that has had little IPL success.
Man in demand
Right now, Brathwaite is in demand for his six-hitting ability. And to be able to start off his IPL career at a ground that gave him stardom last Sunday could give him an advantage. Brathwaite, a self-confessed admirer of the ‘boring parts of Test cricket’, however doesn’t agree with that approach. “It can be a disadvantage as well. Though it is the same ground and same fans, at the same time, it is a completely different tournament, different game and a different team with different sets of opposition that deserve respect. We need to react to what is done on the day as opposed to try and live in the past and hope it happens again,” he said.
That said, Brathwaite was also humble enough to admit that he has still got to learn a few things. To him, this IPL will provide an opportunity to play spin better, the knowledge of which he wants to take back to the Caribbean. “I find myself privileged enough to be working along with someone I have idolised all my career and that is Rahul Dravid. We had a couple of chats and it is good to hear from him on what are the areas that I would look to improve on in terms of playing spin,” said Brathwaite.