West Indies versatile Carlos brathwaite recently selected five players to watch in the upcoming men’s edition of The Hundred. Brathwaite included the name of England left-arm spinner Jake Lintott and compared him to Leicester City footballer Jamie Vardy due to the challenges they faced in reaching the top.
Carlos Brathwaite will be in action on Day 1 of the men’s tournament when his Manchester Originals side face the Oval Invincibles today.
Writing in a column for the BBC, Brathwaite chose his Manchester Originals teammates Lockie Ferguson and Phil Salt with Glenn Phillips (Welsh Fire), Jake Lintott (Southern Brave) and Saqib Mahmood (Oval Invincibles) as five players to watch in The Hundred.
When it comes to Jake Lintott, Brathwaite made an intriguing comparison to former England international and Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy. The all-rounder from the West Indies said:
“Jake Lintott is a name you might not have heard, but he’s a player who I think can make a huge impact in The Hundred. I consider him to be the Jamie Vardy of cricket. Leicester City footballer, Jake played at the lower levels and had to fight his way through leagues and professional sports. Jake is a left arm wrist spinner, not a common pitcher you’ll find, which is why makes him a real challenge. He’s 28 and this year has been his first full season in the National T20 Blast. “
Carlos Brathwaite and Jake Lintott recently shared a dressing room together for the Birmingham Bears in the T20 Blast.
Carlos Brathwaite explains the secret to success in franchise cricket
The versatile Manchester Originals player highlighted how players do their best when not playing for their place or contract.
Carlos Brathwaite believes teams that let the players have their say and let them enjoy the sport usually end well in the tournament. He added:
“As cricketers, when you’re in an environment to express yourself, it really takes the chains off. When we were kids on the streets we would just laugh, we loved the game and had a passion and a love for it, but when it becomes a Sometimes you play for your place or a contract. The best franchises and teams are the ones that let you remember what it was like to play like a kid on the streets in order to rekindle that passion and love. “
Carlos Brathwaite played a leading role for the West Indies in the last T20 World Cup, where he won the final for his side crushing four consecutive sixes in the final round.
However, the all-rounder now finds himself out of the West Indies national team, having made his last appearance in the T20Is in August 2019. An impressive outing in The Hundred could put the 33-year-old back in the scheme of things for selection.