WEST Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has hailed the role of big-hitting teammates Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard in inspiring a new generation of exciting batsmen.
For decades the Caribbean has created some of the world’s most exciting stroke players, with the likes of Everton Weekes, Gary Sobers, and, later on, Clive Lloyd, Viv Richards and Brian Lara thrilling crowds with their incredible run-scoring ability.
The likes of Pollard, Gayle, and Andre Russell have fallen very much into that mould and a new generation that includes players like Nicholas Pooran, Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, and Brandon King have followed in their footsteps.
The 37-year-old all-rounder Bravo, one of the T20 cricket’s most devastating wicket-takers in his own right, was quick to commend Pollard and Gayle for passing the torch.
“I think these young guys look up to players like Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, what these guys have done in white-ball cricket,” Bravo told Khaleej Times after leading Delhi Bulls to a win in the Abu Dhabi T10 league on Friday.
“The players from the younger generation now aspire to be like them (Gayle, Pollard) you know. Before them, they had Sir Viv (Richards) or (Brian) Lara and (Shivnarine) Chanderpaul, these players and the likes of Gayle and (Ramnaresh) Sarwan. The young players were looking up to those players,” he added.
“But now because of Pollard, Andre Russell, Gayle, you know, you have seen the likes of Pooran, Hetmyer, Rutherford, and Brandon King.” (Sportsmax)