CHENNAI: West Indies T20 captain Carlos Brathwaite has admitted that the 0-3 whitewash was indeed “embarrassing”, but said the fight they had shown with limited resources was the “hallmark” for the visitors in the just-concluded series.
India defeated reigning world champions West Indies by six wickets in the final T20 here on Sunday night to clean sweep the three-match series.
“I mean, three-nought looks bad, and it looks embarrassing for me as captain as well. But the performances and fight we gave and the fact that we came together to use our resources to the best of our abilities was the hallmark for this short series for me,” Brathwaite said at the post-match press conference.
“The team morale is up. What we are doing as a group is trying to find the best to use the resources we have. In the first game, we showed our fight, we showed our belief with the ball,” he said.
“In the second game, we were blown away, and in the third game we batted excellently, but the game was taken away from us by a massive partnership. We still fought till the end.”
Brathwaite also heaped praise on young batsman Nicholas Pooran, who smashed a 25-ball 53 on Sunday.
“It wasn’t just about his (Pooran’s) big hitting. He played some reverse scoops and he paced his innings very well. Obviously, the sixes will take the highlight, but let’s not forget how slowly he started. Getting the pace of the wicket, lining up the bowlers and then choosing the right time to strike,” Brathwaite said.
“So massive credit to Nicholas who missed the first game, didn’t get a start in the second but he was always positive and. As a team, we want that performance again from him.”
Brathwaite said West Indies cricket needs its players to put up performances on a consistent basis.
“And, you know, as a team that’s what we have — the ability for players to take the game away from the opposition and play a knock such as that (of Pooran). The challenge for us to do that on a more consistent basis. We know we have 3,4 match-winners in the side who can blow the opposition away,” he said.