Mumbai, Apr 11: Rajasthan Royals' all-rounder has said Dwayne Bravo of Chennai Super Kings is his “Godfather” and Kieron Pollard “is like a brother”. But the brotherly love Pollard will take a backseat as Rajasthan Royals face Mumbai Indians on Wednesday night.
Rajstahan are gearing up to extend their winning run after being successful in two games that they have played so far at home in Jaipur. Both Cooper and Bravo play for Trinidad and Tobago.
The Rahul Dravid-led side will have a tough task when playing away from home. Mumbai are one of the favourites in IPL 5.
Speaking on the eve of the match, Cooper was asked how he would feel facing Pollard on Wednesday.
He said: "I am great friends with Kieron Pollard, he is like a brother to me, Dwayne Bravo is my Godfather. So any day we play each other it is war on cricket field but off the field we have great relationship. We play tomorrow against Mumbai Indians, Kieron Pollard's team, and hopefully we can come on top."
Like every player, Cooper too dreams of playing for the West Indies. He is yet to represent West Indies in any form of the game. But the 23-year-old is making good progress and should be in the team sooner than later.
"Every player's dream is to play for their country and my dream is to play for West Indies. One day I would like to wear that cap and represent West Indies. That is my dream and aim at moment. Right now, I am focussing on IPL. Hopefully, if selected for West Indies, we will take it from there," the all-rounder, who is the joint highest wicket-taker in IPL 5 with seven scalps, said.
Talking about the ongoing West Indies-Australia series, he said: "The West Indies team has been doing pretty well in the last couple of months. Hats off to those guys to show that we can compete against the best."
Cooper comes from a sports family background. He said he once played football but switched to cricket. "My brother Kevin Molina (footballer) plays for Orlando city. He is younger to me and now he is off to Olympics in London. I used to play football. I liked cricket, so (I) switched over to it. My brother played football and my dad liked cricket, so I decided to follow my dad," he said.