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ICC World T20 2014: Dwayne Bravo says knock against Pakistan was the best he has batted for a while

Dwayne Bravo was in impressive form for the West Indies © Getty Images
Dwayne Bravo was in impressive form for the West Indies © Getty Images

Mirpur: Apr 2, 2014

Dwayne Bravo’s innings of 46 changed the course of the West Indies innings against Pakistan in ICC World T20 2014 Group 2 game. At one stage, West Indies were 81 for five in the 14th over, when skipper Darren Sammy joined Bravo in the centre. In tandem they smashed the bowling around and powered West Indies to a total of 166. During that onslaught, they took on the likes of Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal, bowlers who are amongst the best in T20 cricket.

Speaking to the media after the victory against the West Indies, Bravo said, “They have some of the better bowlers in world cricket, but it obviously shows that in those situations, they all go for runs at that time. We had nothing to lose, we were under pressure. I told Sammy not to worry about taking on Ajmal, just stay there, keep your eyes on the ball and be powerful enough to get close to the ball to hit it over the ropes. The idea was to get about 135-140.”

When asked about the time when they were under pressure in the middle overs, Bravo said, “We lost two wickets in the first things. At the given time, we were trying to consolidate. But at the same time, whenever we got a boundary, we were trying to get one again. We knew that if we took it to the end in T20 cricket, anything is possible as long as we don’t give up. If you bat 20 overs, you are going to get a decent total. At no time, we let it get the better of us.”

In the last few months, Bravo has been in good form and has scripted a few good knocks for his side. He did not start the ICC World T20 2014 well as he bagged two golden ducks. However, in the game against Australia and the latest one against Pakistan, Bravo has come to the party. When asked whether this is the best he has played in his career, Bravo said, “I am not sure, I have a long way to go in my career. But, this is the best I have batted in a long while to be honest. Coming from the New Zealand series, where I scored my second One-Day International (ODI) hundred, (followed by) the home series against England.”

Although West Indies recorded a big win over Pakistan, their celebrations were nowhere near their expressive outburst against Australia. They were stirred by comments from James Faulkner, who in the lead-up to the game said that he doesn’t “particularly” like the West Indies team.

Speaking about the difference in the intensity of the celebrations, Bravo said, “Australia game was a bit heated for us, I’m sure most of you guys know the reason why. We wanted to prove ourselves and prove a point.”

Bravo concluded by saying that today’s cricketers are looked up to by youngsters and they have to leave behind a good legacy, “At the end of the day, we are all cricketers and we are all human beings. We play this game, we should respect each other. We soon going to finish, but cricket is going to go on. It is important that we leave our legacy not only as West Indian players but cricketers as a whole. We have young players and kids looking up to us. I don’t see the sense in sledging the opposition. That got us going and West Indies is not a team you should upset.  We play very hard, with a smile on our face. We compete fairly.”

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