Carlos Brathwaite, remember the name? Yes, the same West Indian all-rounder who helped his side lift the World T20 last year in India by smashing four sixes in a row in the last over against England in final. Brathwaite is currently plying his trade in the Big Bash League for Synder Thunder.
And what has brought him in the news is his bat. The T20 star will be using a green coloured bat against Adelaide Strikers on Wednesday. Brathwaite was earlier supposed to use the green bat against city rivals Sydney Sixers on Saturday but chasing a paltry target of 100 runs Thunder’s crossed the line with eight wickets to spare. Interestingly, his green bat matches the Sydney Thunder’s lime-green kit.
Earlier, Brathwaite’s West Indian and Thunder teammate Andre Russell used a black bat which was banned by Cricket Australia (CA) as it left dark spots on the ball. Russell, however, was later cleared to use the modified black bat with a laminate cover over it, thus protecting the ball. Unfortunately, Russell’s Big Bash campaign was cut short following a hamstring injury and was replaced by Brathwaite for the remaining season. Also Check- Peter Nevill hit by Brad Hodge’s bat on face during Big Bash League match, watch video
It is reported that CA representative observed the condition of balls after Brathwaite smashed them during Thunder’s practice session. Apparently, the bat was cleared for use in BBL matches.
“Russell brought the black bat, and I’m just trying to bring some Caribbean flair and have a green bat,” Brathwaite was quoted as saying by The Sydney Morning Herald.
“The crowds enjoy the colour, the crowds enjoy the dancing, we play for them. Once they’re happy and if we perform and we win, it’s happy days, cricket is a winner,” he added. Also Read- Brendon McCullum’s one-match Big Bash League ban slammed
It will be interesting to see what impact Brathwaite leaves with his green bat if he gets a chance to go out in the middle.