The West Indies player, Carlos Brathwaite said that he will always be proud of his amazing 101 valiant runs that made the team very close to the victory only to lose the thriller match of the World Cup by five runs to New Zealand. West Indies slipped off to scoring 245 runs for nine runs in the chase of 292 runs scored by the New Zealand team at the Manchester’s Old Trafford. Carlos on the other hand came out as a fierce player scoring 101 runs against 82 balls faced by him.
This centurion knock was decorated with five sixes and nine fours but fell down to the bowling attack of James Neesham. “Obviously bitter sweet. For me personally, for my confidence. As a result of all the hard work I’ve been putting in it’s finally good that it comes to fruition. Obviously devastated not to get over the line, but also giving thanks for the performance. Even getting the team into the position we got into before I got out,” said Brathwaite.
Give credit to the lower order
West Indies came out strong with Chris Gayle hitting 87 runs and ShimronHetmyer scoring 54 runs before handling the pitch to forthcoming batsmen who slipped for 164 runs for seven. Braithwaite while batting the lower order kept the spirits of his team alive. “Give credit to the lower order. Everyone believed we could get over the line. Obviously heartbreaking to get so close but not get over the line (but) there were some positives. The fight that the lower order showed was commendable.” Said Braithwaite.
The New Zealanders are some of the best people in the world
Braithwaite on the other hand, said that he was in despair when the Kane Williamson led team embraced the victory against their squad. “The New Zealanders are some of the best people in the world. Fortunate to have shared a dressing room or play against and socialise with them in franchise tournaments. Good friends with a few of them. Good sportsmanship on their behalf. I appreciated the mutual respect the opposition had,” said Braithwaite.