Ambrose has had great influence on us: Windies all-rounder Braithwaite

Kolkata, March 8 (IANS) West Indies all-rounder Carlos Braithwaite on Tuesday said bowling coach and legendary pacer Curtly Ambrose has had a huge influence on the Caribbean cricket side.

“Ambrose has been influential, you see he is a legend. Now it is up to us to find out his thought process, so far it has been great. He has had a huge impact,” Braithwaite told the press here in an open media session.

The 27-year-old who has been picked up by the Delhi Daredevils for Rs.4.20 crore for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) said his main focus in on the World Twenty 20 now.

“The World Cup is of prime importance now. But yes it feels good to be selected for the Indian Premier League (IPL). I want to be an impact player for DD,” he said.

One-Day International (ODI) skipper Jason Holder said it won’t be difficult for T20I captain Darren Sammy to gel the unit even though they have not played much cricket together.

“Shouldn’t be difficult. The best thing about us now is that we have guys who have either played together or against each other in the T20 leagues. We understand each other well, we have had a very good camp in Dubai, won all four games there so we are all set for this tournament,” he said.

Wicket-keeper Dinesh Ramdin opined: “Most of them have been playing the leagues all over the world. And when we come too our team I believe the camaraderie is good. We play India then Australia which will be great and then may be we can go all the way as with each passing game our confidence will grow.”

Asked what will be his role in the outfit, Ramdin said: “My job will be to pull the batting order together as we have power hitters before and after me, so it is a very important role that I will have to play if we are to win the tournament.

My experience here will be very crucial. So I will try and bring my experience of One-Day and T20s into the tournament and help other teammates.”

Holder said he is still trying to find his feet in international cricket but praised his teammates who have helped him in his journey.

“I have known these people for some time now, so I just try to communicate and get the job done. I am still pretty young and finding my feet. There have been so many players helping me in my journey so it has been good and I hope to continue it that way,” he said.

Leg-spinner Samuel Badri believes camaraderie off the field is going to help when they go out into the field of play in the tournament.

“Camaraderie off the field is just as important as on it. When we were in Dubai we were in the beach and also had a desert safari for having our unity back. And Holder is the funniest of us all,” he said.

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