Stuart Law, West Indies head coach, has said that playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) can help Carlos Brathwaite improve certain aspects in his game after the all-rounder was left out of the One-Day International squad for the series against Pakistan. Brathwaite made only 42 runs in the recently concluded three-match ODI series against England and was largely ineffective with the ball as well.
“From the series against England, Carlos Brathwaite has been left out,” Law said. “I thought the opportunity was there for Carlos to go away and work on a few aspects of his game, namely his fitness and bowling, and getting back to bowling how he wants to bowl,” he added.
Law believes that there is a scope for Brathwaite to work on his fitness, bowling and his skills against spin bowling by working with Delhi Daredevils mentor Rahul Dravid. “It’s just coincided that the IPL is there and we have no cricket after this series and he hasn’t been part of the last Test series,” noted Law. “So the selectors gave him the option of going to the IPL as well, which I think is a good thing. (He’ll) get to talk to guys like Rahul Dravid, learn how to play spin, get plenty of practice, and work on his fitness and bowling.”
Kraigg Brathwaite was the other player who was dropped from the side as he made only 61 runs in the three games against England. Law pointed out that it was the batsman’s inability to force the pace early in the innings during the powerplay that cost him his spot. Having played ten matches in his career so far, the 24-year-old has a strike rate of just 57.55. “We spoke to Kraigg after the last series and we’ve spoken to him since,” Law said. “We’re just looking for a bit more impetus at the top of the order in the first ten-over Powerplay. We need to make a bit more use of those overs, and Kraigg’s aware of that. It’s not like he’s never going to play for the West Indies in ODI cricket again.
“He’s got the opportunity to return to first-class cricket and score runs which he has done, and also a good opportunity for him to get in good nick and feel comfortable about his game before the Test series starts.
Law is now keen on seeing what Chadwick Walton can offer to the side at the top of the order, following his recent run of form. “Chadwick Walton, I saw him for the first time in the flesh in the ODI series, he had an outstanding 50-over tournament. He also scored a hundred in the warm-up against England in St Kitts. So he comes in with form under his belt so I’m looking forward to seeing what he can offer in the first ten overs.”
The former Australian player has now called for his players to be more consistent following the 3-1 loss in the T20I series. “We underachieved during the T20 series,” he observed. “The second game was the one that we threw away. We got in the driver’s seat, got the total down to under a run a ball and unfortunately messed that one up. The fightback began in the third game where Evin Lewis basically took the game on single-handedly. In the last one we made poor decisions in the middle order. Players have got to start performing consistently.”