India starts favourite for T20Is, says Windies’ Carlos Brathwaite

The Windies captain is keen on a good showing in the three-match series with his “young and exciting” outfit.

File Photo: Carlos Brathwaite (left) hopes to surprise India in the shortest format.   -  Getty Images

Giving host India the “favourite” tag on form West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite said that he is leading a young side which cannot take its sight off the trophy.

“We are not accustomed to the underdog tag, but we are going to take it this time around. We are not ashamed of that. We have a new team and our CPL (Caribbean Premier League) stars are young and are raring to go. Some of them had a taste of it in the ODIs and I personally think we did a lot better than what a lot of people expected to do in that format. We want to create an even bigger surprise in the T20s and come away with the trophy at the end of the series,” Brathwaite said, trying to infuse optimism in his side.

Looking extend the head-to-head count Brathwaite said, “We want at the end of the series it will be 8-2 in our favour.” Despite the absence of Virat Kohli and M.S. Dhoni, the Indian team is quite strong felt the West Indies captain. “Any team has a better chance if they do not play. But, that being said, there are still loads of quality in the Indian side. We would not be disrespecting them or take them lightly just because they are missing the two,” Brathwaite said.