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Wednesday, Sep 18, 2019

I can give Rihanna a run for her money: Carlos Brathwaite

A surprise awaited West Indian cricketer Carlos Brathwaite at a Delhi hotel - the staff of Novotel, Aerocity welcomed the cricketer by dancing on his “champions song” as soon as walked into the hotel lobby. Carlos excitedly joined them and showed off his coolest moves.

cricket Updated: Apr 06, 2016 17:44 IST
Abhinav Verma
Abhinav Verma
Hindustan Times
West Indian cricketer Carlos Brathwaite joined the hotel staff and guests in the   champions dance at Novotel Hotel, Aerocity.
West Indian cricketer Carlos Brathwaite joined the hotel staff and guests in the champions dance at Novotel Hotel, Aerocity.(Photo: Waseem Gashroo/HT)

Carlos Brathwaite, the West Indies cricketer, may have surprised everyone when he smashed those four consecutive sixes at the T20 World Cup final at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, but he was in for a surprise in Delhi recently.

As soon as Carlos entered Novotel Hotel, Aerocity, he was welcomed by the staff who started dancing on his Champions Song. Not one to hold back, Carlos joined in the fun and showed off his coolest moves. His enthusiasm even had the guests present at the hotel dancing with him.

Read: Brathwaite’s stunning sixes seal West Indies’ second World T20 title

When complimented for his dancing skills, Carlos told us, “If there was ever a dance-off between me and fellow Caribbean Rihanna, I think it would be a really close call. I could give her a run for her money.” The hotel also gifted Carlos customised stationery — a notepad, a key holder and a letter head along with towels with his name on it.

The Champions song has been sung by Carlos Brathwaite’s teammate, cricketer Dwayne Bravo, in which he has paid tribute to all the Caribbeans who have made it big on the global stage. The “Champions dance” performed by West Indies cricket team has become an Internet sensation during this T2O world cup. The video of the West Indies cricket team dancing in their dressing room right after their victory in the final against England went viral.

Carlos’ teammate Chris Gayle also uploaded his video on Instagram doing the champions dance and has also nominated Virat Kohil, Amitabh Bacchan and South African Cricket AB de Villiers for doing the champions dance.

Accepted your challenge @djbravo47 now I nominate @amitabhbachchan @virat.kohli @abdevilliers17 #Champion

A video posted by KingGayle 👑 (@chrisgayle333) on

Earlier in the day, the Delhi Daredevils team played a one-of-its-kind cricket match at the hotel. Mattresses where laid out in the lobby for the cricketers to dive around and take catches. Among those who were spotted were South African cricketers JP Duminy, Quinton de Kock and Indian cricketers Mohammed Shami and Zaheer Khan.

Watch | Carlos Brathwaite gets a champion’s welcome

First Published: Apr 06, 2016 17:44 IST