Delhi Daredevils captain Zaheer Khan hopes Carlos Brathwaite can carry his form from the World T20 into the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016, which starts on 9 April in Mumbai. Brathwaite, the hero of the final of the ICC T20 World Cup 2016, has become a household name in India after his four consecutive sixes in the final over helped West Indies win their second World T20 title on 3 April.
A relative unknown player till recently, the 27-year-old was bought for a whooping INR 4.2 crore (£446,400) and the skipper hopes the big-hitting batsman will come in handy for his team.
"Everyone knows that the IPL is all about momentum, every guy's contribution will be crucial. And after his performance in the World Cup final, Brathwaite is coming in with that kind of confidence. I am hopeful he will carry that confidence in the IPL," Zaheer said, as quoted by wisdenindia.com.
While the focus is on Brathwaite following his exploits, Zaheer also spoke about the opportunity to work with youngsters in the Delhi set-up and his happiness post retirement.
"I am looking forward towards working with young energy. That will be visible on the field, these are guys who have been performing consistently in the Indian domestic season. Shreyas Iyer has had a great season, Karun [Nair], [Mohammed] Shami is coming back from injury. Everyone is excited," he said.
"I am very happy with my decision (retirement) and I am sticking to that. I am very happy to see Ashish Nehra do well. In fact he has motivated me quite a lot to get back to training. I was very clear about walking away from international cricket, I am just happy to play this form of cricket. You kind of give it back while guiding the youngsters, this is something I enjoy."
Delhi have not had the best of times in the IPL over the past few seasons and will look to start with a win when they take on Kolkata Knight Riders in their first game at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on 10 April.