I will adapt according to requirements of Delhi Daredevils - Carlos Brathwaite
Brathwaite was picked by the Delhi Daredevils in the IPL auction and his performance in the final of the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 has vaulted him to overnight stardom.
Brathwaite struck four consecutive sixes in the 20th over of the chase against England in the final as West Indies went on to win their second World T20 title.
Though Brathwaite was largely seen batting in the lower order for the West Indies in his limited overs career, he is ready to adapt to any role that is handed to him by the team management of Delhi Daredevils.
“I will bat wherever the team requires and if the team decides that they need to use me at a particular number then I need to adapt to that position and do the best I can for my team.
“If the situation asks me to bat in the same way that I do for the West Indies then I also need to adapt to that and do what I need to do.
“It is about adapting all the time to make sure that the Daredevils come out on top in each and every game.”
Delhi Daredevils have had a rather dismal outing in the previous three seasons of the IPL, having finished ninth, eighth and seventh in the 2013, 2014 and the 2015 editions of the tournament respectively.
Acknowledging Delhi Daredevils’ ordinary performance in the recent seasons, Brathwaite stated that the team wants to prove a point in the ongoing edition of the IPL.
“I honestly 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.”
Former Indian captain and legendary batsman Rahul Dravid is currently the mentor of the Delhi Daredevils, a role he previously served with the now suspended Rajasthan Royals franchise.
Terming the chance of working along with Dravid in the dressing room as a privilege, Brathwaite wants to learn the art of playing spin bowling from the 43-year-old.
“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 as a person and as a player on what are the areas that I would look to improve on in terms of playing spin and I spoke to Rahul about.
“I hope that at the end of six weeks I go back to the West Indies with better understanding of how to play spin bowling, how to rotate it, how to score off it and how to take that knowledge from the IPL back to the West Indies.”
On 10th April, Delhi Daredevils will begin their campaign in the 2016 IPL with a game against Kolkata Knight Riders at the iconic Eden Gardens.
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