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Thursday, 21 November 2013

We’re more comfortable in ODIs: Dwayne Bravo


As the West Indians begin the second leg of their tour of India, Dwayne Bravo is confident the team will fare significantly better in the ODIs than what they did in the Test series. (Also Read: Preview: India vs West Indies - 1st ODI, Kochi, 2013)
Taking over the team from Test captain Darren Sammy, ODI skipper, Bravo, ahead of the first match in Kochi, said the West Indies team’s strength lies in the shorter formats of cricket.
“We feel most comfortable in the shorter formats. It won’t be easy against India, the world champions and we will have to play very competitive cricket. It is important that we respect their guys but at the same time to know what we are capable of. I don’t think this series will be as one-sided as the Test series was. We have a bunch of guys who believe in themselves,” Bravo told the reporters.
The ODI skipper admitted it took him some effort to regroup the team after the twin innings defeat in Tests but also claimed they are ready for the one-day battle now.
“For a couple of days after the Test series the guys were a bit down but I, as the captain and the senior players had to remind the guys that this is a different format and this form of the game gives us more freedom.
“Some of our players play well with freedom. For instance, someone like a Darren Sammy. He couldn’t click during the Test series but in the ODIs he could be our match-winner. We have players like Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels – these are all players that can change a one-day game singlehandedly. If we play smart cricket we can make this a tight series,” Bravo said.
The Caribbean cricket has been marred in the shadows of controversies and inconsistency over the years. Bravo said it is time to instill the feeling of team spirit, which will bring consistency.
“The last seven-eight years have been up and down for us and we haven’t been consistent at all. Now it’s time for us to be united and lead the team to progress. If we keep changing players it’s a challenge to build that unity. So, it’s important for us to form a group of players and give them ample opportunities,” he said, sighting India’s example.
“India have moved on well after the retirement of legends like Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman. Guys like Dhawan, Vijay and Rohit have come together for India after having played together for India A etc. They know each other and enjoy each other’s company. That is something we need to look at doing as a team. We have the talent and it’s all about togetherness.”


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