IPL 2013: We will peak at the right time, says Dwayne Bravo

Dwayne Bravo believes its too early to press the panic button and start worrying © AFP

Chennai: Apr 7, 2013

IPL’s most consistent team the Chennai Super Kings were off to a poor start on Saturday as they lost to the Mumbai Indians by 9 runs at home. CSK’s West Indian allrounder Dwayne Bravo believes its too early to press the panic button and start worrying. He firmly believes his side has the ability and the resources to bounce back from the early defeat.

In an interview with iplt20.com, Bravo said, ” It’s the first game and not a good way to start the tournament.
But in a long tournament like this it’s not right to press the panic button yet. History shows that we normally start off slow and then gain momentum. It’s nice to get into the tournament. We have a few newcomers in the team who’re playing for the first time. There were a few guys [Ben Laughlin, Dirk Nannes and Ankit Rajpoot] who made their debuts for CSK.”

“It’s good that they got over with their first game and we’re looking forward to the coming games. We have a few things to work on and as a team we know what to do. We have a good balanced team and I’m not worried,” he added.

Despite the loss, Bravo is confident that his team will continue to be the most feared one in the league thanks to their ability to bounce back from improbable situations.

“It’s a good thing in a way and that’s why the other teams are wary of us. Whenever they come to play against us they bring their A game because they know that when it really matters we really turn it on. We’re able to get over the line from any situation and it’s a proven fact. We would want to win every game that we play but in a long tournament like this it’s impossible to do that.”

Bravo also spoke about added responsibility on his shoulder in the absence of Albie Morkel and Faf du Plessis.

“Yes, definitely [there is pressure]. They’re two top players and it’s difficult to fill their shoes. Albie is one of the cleanest hitters of the ball and Faf had a fantastic season with us last year. Yes, we’re going to miss them both and this is an opportunity for me to stand up and play an even bigger role. I know I have a big part to play for CSK and I’ll try to make the most of the big opportunity.”

Asked if MS Dhoni’s wicket was the turning point in the game against MI, Bravo said, ” Yes. With Mahi [MS Dhoni] there, we had all chances of winning and he was just two hits away from winning the game for us. Unfortunately he hit the ball to the best fielder in the MI team (Kieron Pollard). If it was anyone else, the ball would’ve probably gone for a six. But you have to give due credit to Mahi. He came at a situation where we were really out of the game and singlehandedly brought us back into the game.”

Talking of mini battles with West Indian teammate Kieron Pollard, Bravo said, “We’re best friends and whenever we play against each other that extra competition is always there. We always try to get the better of each other. If you remember, the last season I dismissed him and sent him off and he had that at the back of his mind on Saturday. I knew that his innings would make a big difference in the game. In this format he’s one of the best players in the world. He won it for them. But we will have a match in Mumbai and I look forward to settling the account there.”

Bravo also spoke about entertaining the crowds at Chennai with a few dance moves every now and then.
“Everybody at CSK looks forward to me doing some kind of a jig. It’s something that I started to keep the fans happy. It’s also a part of my style; I enjoy playing the game and being part of this team. I love playing cricket here in Chennai. They’re good people and I like it that I can do things to make them happy and keep them entertained,” he said.
 

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