He may not have been the most consistent of performers with the bat, but when Carlos Brathwaite hits the ball, it stays hit. No ground in the world is too big for the West Indies power-hitter.
Brathwaite’s prowess with the bat was on display again this Monday (September 6) in St Kitts where he produced a valiant half-century in a difficult situation.
Walking into bat at No.7 with Jamaica Tallawahs suffering a horrendous collapse against Trinbago Knight Riders in CPL 2021, slipping to 15/5 inside the powerplay, Braithwaite smashed a highly impressive 58 off 40 deliveries.
His knock featuring seven fours and two maximums, Carlos Brathwaite allowed his team to gain some form of respectability to their score, eventually finishing with a reasonably competitive 144/7.
Carlos Brathwaite slams a no-look six in CPL 2021
Carlos Brathwaite helped his team recover from a position of great vulnerability and post a decent total on the board.
From 15/5, Brathwaite and Imad Wasim (42) stitched a fine partnership of 89 runs for the sixth wicket.
Towards the end of his resurrection stand with Wasim, Brathwaite produced the most elegant of no-look sixes one could see on a cricket field.
Brathwaite ‘remember the name’ with a no-look six pic.twitter.com/BcnbzS4hP1
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Facing TKR pacer Ravi Rampaul at the start of the 16th over, the attacking right-hand batsman got underneath the pacer’s attempted yorker and timed it to perfection over long-on.
But it wasn’t so much the crisp nature of the stroke that caught the eye as it was the nonchalance with which Brathwaite hit it.
Once he went with his beautiful downswing and the ball touched the middle of the bat, Brathwaite knew where the ball was heading and just trusted his power and timing to do the rest.
The better didn’t even look up while the delivery from Rampaul sailed over the wide long-on region for another maximum.
However, despite Carlos Brathwaite’s fighting knock that aided their recovery, the collapse suffered at the start of the innings came back to haunt the Tallawahs.
The Knight Riders reached the 145-run target in 17.1 overs with seven wickets intact.