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by Manuj Sharma Sunday 25 October 2015
West Indies batsman, Kraigg Brathwaite, who was the unlikely hero with the ball for his team against Sri Lanka on the third day of the second Test, iterated that he always backed his bowling capabilities.
Brathwaite was introduced when Sri Lanka were at 144 for four and he picked up six wickets for just 29 runs from 11.3 overs.
Asserting that he always trusted his abilities with the ball, Brathwaite also lauded Jermaine Blackwood, who was involved in four out of the six dismissals.
“I always had belief in my bowling.
“I was just backing myself to get the breakthrough.
“My job was to keep it as straight as possible.
“I take my bowling quite seriously.
“Jermaine Blackwood did a good job taking five catches.
“I am very happy with my performance with the ball.”
When Brathwaite was introduced, Milinda Siriwardana was going about playing his shots in an aggressive fashion.
However, the 29-year-old was felled by Brathwaite while trying to sweep a delivery, only to top edge it down to the fielder at slips.
Revealing his idea behind the fall of Siriwardana’s wicket, Brathwaite revealed that he tried to bowl as straight as possible on the off stump line.
“Well he played two reverse sweeps.
“So we moved around the field and put a short third man.
“The main thing was the captain wanted me to keep it tight and I tried to stay on the off stump as much as possible.
“In the end, he tried to sweep and top edged it.”
Prior to the second Test, Brathwaite had only three first-class wickets and no List A wickets to his name, but his impressive performance in this match will surely be a new chapter in his career.
The 22-year-old also disclosed that he asked Jason Holder to give him a chance and the captain entrusted him with the ball on the condition that he keeps bowling tight lines.
“I like to bowl,” said Brathwaite.
“I was always asking for a bowl, telling that I could get the breakthrough.
“It came to a point where he (Jason Holder) said he would give me.
“He wanted me to keep it tight and I said I would do that.
“I told him I will get wickets, I believed I could do that and I got them.”
Brathwaite is also hopeful of being taken more seriously for his bowling capabilities after producing the second best figures by a West Indies bowler against Sri Lanka.
The first ever Test wicket for Brathwaite came in 2011 against India where he dismissed a well set Rahul Dravid by castling him on 119.
Despite having taken a six wicket haul, Brathwaite opined that he will always hold the Dravid dismissal close to his heart.
“Nothing can get bigger than (the wicket of) Rahul Dravid.
“That was my first Test wicket.
“And at that point, he was one of the best batsmen in the world.
“I will treasure Rahul Dravid’s wicket.”
At the end of the second day, Brathwaite felt that the West Indies batsmen can chase a score close to 200 runs.
With Sri Lanka setting a target of 244 runs, West Indies will not have an easy task on a pitch that will only get better for the spinners on the fourth day.
Despite the uphill task on the hand, Brathwaite is confident that if the batsmen can be patient and build important partnerships, West Indies will be able to win the game.
“I believe that now as a batting unit, we can do the job.
“Patience will be the key.
“We have to stay positive.
“If we build partnerships, we shall win the game.”
The entire third session of the third day was washed out due to rain with West Indies still needing 224 runs to win the Test and square the series.
© Cricket World 2015