Braithwaite hits IPL Jackpot

West Indies’ Shimron Hetmyer bats during the third and last Twenty20 international cricket match between India and West Indies in Chennai, India, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018.
Associated Press / Aijaz Rahi, File

West Indies Twenty20 Captain Carlos Braithwaite attracted the highest price for a West Indies player at the recent Indian Premier League (IPL).

Braithwaite, 30, was picked up by Kolkata Knight Riders for US$709,000 after the two-time champions won a bidding war with King XI Punjab.

Big-hitting Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran also landed contracts worth US$596,000, with 21-year-old Hetmyer going to Royal Challengers Bangalore and Pooran, 23, heading to Kings XI Punjab.

They were among six West Indies players snapped up in the recent draft, with all-rounders Sherfane Rutherford and Keemo Paul, along with fast bowler Oshane Thomas, also finding buyers.

Overall, West Indies players represented six of the 20 overseas players bought in the auction.

West Indies stars Andre Russell and Sunil Narine were signed up by KKR.

The explosive West Indies opener Chris Gayle has been picked by Kings XI.

Ironically, Braithwaite has had a tough time in the recent IPL. He played only four matches last season for Sunrisers Hyderabad and in 2017, managed only two matches for Delhi Daredevil.

He is best remembered for his exploits during the 2016 Twenty20 World Cup when he smashed sixes of the first four balls of the final over against England, to win West Indies second title.

The IPL bowls off on March 29 until May 19.

West Indies’ Carlos Braithwaite walks off the field after he was caught out during a Twenty20 international cricket match against Bangladesh, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018, in Lauderhill, Fla.
Associated Press / Lynne Sladky, File

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