Ahead of the Qualifier 2 against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Bravo stated the importance of winning the ICC WT20 in April © AFP
Ahead of the Qualifier 2 against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Bravo stated the importance of winning the ICC WT20 in April © AFP

Dwayne Bravo, one of West Indies’ top-performer over the years and currently playing for Gujarat Lions, stated that his team wanted to remind the world that they are the best team in the shortest format of the game by winning the ICC World T20 2016 in India in April. The West Indian all-rounder, Bravo believes that his team doesn’t get much respect for being a great T20 team and they made a simple reminder to the world by winning the coveted trophy twice. West Indies became the first team to win the T20 World Cup two times after beating England by 4 wickets at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.  FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Gujarat Lions vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2016, Qualifier 2 at Delhi

According to cricbuzz.com, ahead of Qualifier 2 between Gujarat Lions and Sunrisers Hyderabad, Bravo told that people call him ‘DJ’ after his ‘Champion’ track’s success. “My name is Dwayne John Bravo and because I am involved with music now, a lot of people think I’m actually a DJ. But I’m not a DJ, it’s my name”, added the joyful all-rounder from the Caribbean. He also stated that music and sports unite people around the world and since he enjoys both, he becomes a crowd favourite in subcontinent and beyond. He added that he is a people’s person and enjoys making people happy.  READ: Smith expects SA, WI to fear Starc

Bravo remains a finisher for his teams with both bat and ball in the death overs and talking about his different strategies while chasing or defending a total, he said, “If I’m batting, I would look to get a boundary off the first ball and If I’m bowling, then I’ll try and make sure the first ball doesn’t go for a boundary. The first ball is very crucial in either scenario. Also the last ball as well, but first is more important.”

When asked about the mental aspect of approaching such a situation, Bravo clearly responded, “Just go through the process and watch the ball. Stay as still as possible, look for my scoring areas and try to execute it. Have a look at the field placings to have an idea of what the bowler is going to bowl and then play accordingly. With the ball, I just try and execute my yorkers depending on who is batting and set my field accordingly.”

Sharing his thoughts on the state of affairs of West Indies’ cricket, he stated the importance of winning the ICC World T20 and told that they have always produced legends and heroes but their mismanagement in running the sport, hurts them. “We have heroes. Yes, we had Lara, Chanderpaul now we have Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, myself, Sunil Narine are all heroes back home and in India as well. They are all players who have done well for West Indies cricket and we’re still young in our careers and have a long way to go with a lot to achieve. Young players do look up to guys like Gayle. I think our cricket is not managed properly so we might find that players are losing interest.”

West Indies cricketers have always favourites among spectators around the world. Whether or not the board takes it upon themselves to turn the tide or not will determine the future of the sport in the country. But for now, their current triumph have turned their pain into power.