Home > News >

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.”

ICC World T20 2014 schedule: Match time table with venue details

ICC World T20 2014 Points Table and Team Standings

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 20, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Kolkata

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Dubai

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (19:00 IST)   at Cuttack

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 24, 2014 (03:00 IST)   at Mount Maunganui

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014 (09:00 IST)   at Dhaka

More

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 21, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 6 wkts

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 17, 2014  at Dharamsala

India won by 59 runs

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 14, 2014  at Visakhapatnam

Match cancelled

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 12, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Australia won by 1 run

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 11, 2014  at Delhi

India won by 48 runs

Photos

India vs West Indies 4th ODI at Dharamsala

Videos

AB de Villiers speaks ahead of New Zealand ODIs

South Africa vs New Zealand 2014: 5 memorable matches

Yasir Shah: The new spinning sensation for Pakistan

Virat Kohli takes wicket with the first (0th?) ball of his T20I career

Kevin Pietersen’s autobiography — a litany of complaints with a few redeeming patches

Banning West Indian players in IPL can affect the ‘Brand value’ of the event – Will BCCI take this gamble?

Australia Australia tour of UAE 2014 BCCI India India vs West Indies India vs West Indies 2014 New Zealand Pakistan Salaam Cricket South Africa West Indies West Indies cancel India tour 2014 West Indies tour of India 2014 West Indies vs India West Indies vs India 2014

ICC World Cup 2015: Hagely Oval gets ICC accreditation

Rohit Sharma to make comeback, Manoj Tiwary to lead in practice match against Sri Lanka

India vs Sri Lanka 2014: Venues for 5 ODIs announced

MS Dhoni rested, Virat Kohli to lead in first 3 India vs Sri Lanka ODIs

India suspend bilateral cricket ties with West Indies

India vs Sri Lanka 2014: MS Dhoni gets much-needed break ahead of Australia tour

Virat Kohli becomes fastest to 20 ODI hundreds

A Pakistan all-time XI: A galaxy of captains

James Neesham can provide more impetus to New Zealand’s weakened batting up the order

Virender Sehwag turns 36: Five most memorable innings of the Nawab of Najafgarh

Fan of the Day

Gautam Singh

Gautam Singh

474 Posts | 5 Fans

Video Highlights Mohammed Yousuf drops catch after watching a girl in bikini

Rohit Sharma to make comeback, Manoj Tiwary to lead in practice match against Sri Lanka

ICC World Cup 2015: Hagely Oval gets ICC accreditation

अफ्रीकी संघ ने भारत से चिकित्सकीय मदद मांगी

कैंसर जांच अभियान की शुरुआत: मोदी

Box Cricket League 2014: Natasa Stankovic joins Aly Goni’s team

Bhopal A Prayer For Rain trailer: Kal Penn, Martin Sheen and Rajpal Yadav tell the harrowing tale of Bhopal Gas Tragedy!

Happy New Year: Shah Rukh Khan hurts knee during promotions in Delhi

Abhishek Bachchan: I am very secure as an artiste

Apple Q4 2014 earnings: 39.3 million iPhones, 12.3 million iPads, and 5.5 million Macs sold

5 tips to keep in mind while shopping online

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here