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Thursday, 28 November 2013

Lost great chance to win series in India - Dwayne Bravo


West Indies finished their forgettable India tour with yet another loss, a five-wicket drubbing in the third ODI in Kanpur. With that, they conceded the series 2-1 to India. After the game, West Indies captain, Dwayne Bravo, listed out the flaws and some positives in his team’s performance during the ODI series. (Also Read: Stats Highlights: India vs West Indies - 3rd ODI, Kanpur, 2013)
“The average score on this wicket is 230-235 but we did really well to get 260-plus. But the wicket did get better to bat in the afternoon the strong Indian line-up got a very good start. We were outplayed with the bat and we need to give credit where it is due,” Bravo said.  (Also Read: Report: India vs West Indies - 3rd ODI, Kanpur, 2013)
“At times we were inconsistent with the ball and we paid for it. We did a lot of things right but unfortunately just didn’t win the game. We are disappointed because this was our best opportunity to win a series in India. We just have to regroup and keep believing.”
Despite the loss, there was a marked improvement in Windies’ batting performance in the match. Kieron Powell and Marlon Samuels, in particular, showed lot of maturity and patience before getting out in their seventies.
“Samuels and Powell had a fantastic partnership (117 runs) but unfortunately none of them could carry on to score a big one. Samuels got out to a good ball from Ashwin, which was the turning point. I would have loved our batsmen to consolidate on their starts but as long as they keep showing signs of form, I am sure the big score will follow,” he said, before reiterating his batsmen pick a thing or two from the Indian batsmen.
Referring to Shikhar Dhawan’s match-winning century, Bravo said, “The difference between us and India is that our batsmen get starts and get out whereas one or two Indian batsmen always bat through to either set a big target or until India wins. That’s what our batsmen need to learn. The talent is there and now we just have to get our attitude and mindset right.”
The West Indies skipper didn’t spare himself from the criticism, admitting the lack of runs from his bat had a great effect on the team’s defeat.
“I had a very bad series and I have to improve my performance as the captain of the team. One of my roles in the team is to finish off games and if I had done that today, I’d have put my team in a very good position. But in this series I let my team down. However, I will not let that get better of me and try to come as an improved player in the next series,” he said.


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