Bravo’s presence in Senior role to boost Windies – Digicel Media Release
Returning all rounder, Dwayne Bravo, says that as a senior player his presence in the Windies squad will lift the West Indies team for the remaining three Digicel One Day Internationals against Zimbabwe in St Vincent.
“I am a senior all-rounder and the team has a lot of all rounders and they look up to me. It is a young team and it is natural that when a senior player returns, the younger players will get a boost. The all round ability that I bring will boost the team a lot. The guys won the last game so that too will do their confidence good,” a typically buoyant Bravo noted after the Windies training session at the Arnos Vale Sports Complex on Tuesday afternoon.
Head Coach, Ottis Gibson, on the day prior, said that Bravo’s presence in the team unit immediately lifted the energy level.
“It is good to have Dwayne Bravo back in the team. He has only just come back and already you can feel the energy he brings to the team. He is a very important player and already the players have perked up with him around,” new Head Coach Gibson said.
Coach Gibson is delighted to have the services of Bravo who has been out of cricket for the past seven weeks with a broken thumb.
“He brings a lot of energy – he’s an athletic fielder, very skilful bowler and can win a match for you with the bat. He is a three-dimensional cricketer – batting, bowling and fielding – and certainly strengthens us as a team,” Gibson said.
Bravo said he is enjoying the sharp, focused approach to practice which Gibson favours – as well as the new Head Coach’s understanding of the natural West Indian flare and that he is not trying to stymie it.
The all rounder said he is focused on closing the Digicel Series out some that the Windies can finish with a 4-1 Digicel Series victory after the Windies lost the First Digicel ODI and the Digicel Twenty20.
“The team is strengthened now. I don’t think Zimbabwe is going to have another chance. We’re going to win this Digicel Series and that’s how I feel about it,” the always effervescent Bravo said frankly.
“Those two losses were a wake-up call, it is a time for us to check ourselves. (The Zimbabweans) have come here to beat us and we have to make sure we put a stop to that,” Bravo said of the feisty Zimbabweans who have used a battery of spinners against the Windies batsmen.
Bravo and his younger brother Darren were drafted into the Windies team following the first two Digicel ODI’s in Guyana in place of under-performing Dwayne Smith and Andre Fletcher.
The Third Digicel ODI bowls off at the Arnos Vale Cricket Ground on Wednesday March 10th, followed by the next two games on Friday March 12th and Sunday March 14th.