CPL 2018: Winning captain Dwayne Bravo credits Trinbago Knight Riders depth
Trinbago Knight Riders captain Dwayne Bravo credited the team's depth. (CPL via Getty Images).

Dwayne Bravo, captain of the Trinbago Knight Riders team that claimed the 2018 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) on Monday with an eight-wicket win over Guyana Amazon Warriors at Tarouba, has hailed the squad’s depth as key to their third CPL title.

“I think in a tournament like this you expect to lose some games, but the good thing is that we have benefited from those losses,” said Bravo, “And we had the best depth in the tournament. We are three-time champions, and credit goes to my entire squad.”

Putting TKR on course for victory in the final was pace bowler Ali Khan who bowled Cameron Delport first ball of the game, and left-arm spinner Khary Pierre with 3/29. Pierre, in his 12th T20 game, Ronchi, Chadwick Walton and Sherfane Rutherford as Guyana struggled to get partnerships going. Fawad Khan, who took three wickets to put Trinbago into the final, took 1/29 in four overs.

“Ali Khan set the tone for us, and Ronchi did give them a good start, but I knew wickets would stop the runs,” said Bravo. “Pierre showed courage, Fawad showed class. Very happy for the team. I can’t express what I feel for these bunch of guys. I think Trinidad and Tobago to be proud of us. We discussed that they rely on [Chris] Green and [Imran] Tahir a lot, so I told my coach not to bring any left-handed opener.”

Chasing 150, Trinbago were blasted to victory thanks largely to an unbeaten 68 off 39 balls from Colin Munro who was named Player of the Series for his 567 runs, the most in any CPL season. “I think on these surfaces, you can’t go from ball one,” said the New Zealand. “I tried to get my way in and myself set, and then capitalise at the end. Every team were going to try and beat us, so we had to be strong. Khary came back so strong after being dropped for the semi-final. There’s a few more supporters here for me than at home. It gives you the extra motivation to get one step better.”

Pierre was named Man of the Match for his three wickets. “Very happy with my performance. I backed myself today, and went with the mindset that I will be the man tonight,” he said.