Bravo rues inability to take early wickets
After a gut-wrenching loss to India in the Group B encounter of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013, West Indies will have to will face South Africa in a must win game.
After failing to set a competitive target at the Kennington Oval they were also not able to make early dents in the Indian line-up and were outplayed by the MS Dhoni-led side.
Analysing the eight-wicket loss, WI captain Dwayne Bravo said, “If we had got wickets with the new ball it may have put some pressure on the middle-order, definitely that would have maybe made a big difference in the game. But, you know, we bowled a bit too wide. The balls weren't doing as much as in the previous game, so we as a bowling unit, all of us did not actually adapt to the surface quickly enough and allowed the Indian batsmen to get off to a flying start. And defending a small total against a strong batting lineup is going to be difficult if we don't get wickets with the new ball.”
“We've got to give credit to the way Shikhar Dhawan batted. He did very well to score an international hundred, along with Rohit Sharma. It was difficult but, like I said, if we had picked up wickets early with the new ball, then it would have been a different ball game.”
Reflecting on his team’s batting performance, he said, “We got off to a very good start. Even though we lost Chris Gayle early, Johnson Charles and young Darren Bravo reconstructed the innings. But we lost our way again in the middle where we kept losing wickets. And that's a bit of a concern to us, not only in this game, but also in the previous games. We really have to try and the batsmen have to take more responsibility to bat the bulk of the overs in order to get good totals so our bowlers can actually defend.”
“We lost our way in the middle. Yes, they bowled well also, but I think more so most of us played bad shots at the wrong time and allowed India to actually dominate the game,” he added.
Speaking about former WI captain Darren Sammy’s innings that helped his team post a respectable total, Bravo said, “He had to get an opportunity, and he did very well. It was the right situation for him, and he played his natural game.”
“I think Sammy is a very competitive person, and he came out there and gave his hundred per cent. Hopefully, he can recover from the slight injury that he got, so that we can pick our best 11 to play the next game.”
Speaking about Darren Bravo’s laboured innings, he said, “Yeah, today, this innings to me was one of his worst innings, and we’re aware of it. We've already spoken to him. Batting on top of the order, we expect a bit more from him, but at the same time, while he stayed in there, we kept losing wickets. So it also makes his job a lot more difficult.”
Appreciating Ravindra Jadeja’s performance that took the game away from WI, Dwayne Bravo said, “Jadeja is a very good cricketer. A very good all-round cricketer. He's relenting in the field. He comes in the lower-order and gets runs when needed. A left-arm orthodox is always handy to have on a team. He keeps it very simple. He bowls wicket to wicket. He has a very good arm ball. He is being led by one of the greatest captains that has ever played the game. And he listens. (...) my advice to him would be to just keep it simple and do what he has to do. Today was his day and you have to give credit to him. He bowled wicket to wicket.”
“I think the IPL has transformed the Indian batsman and given them that self‑belief of coming on and going overseas, being positive, playing short balls, batting more positively. So, I think it's good. Hopefully all of us can actually continue and learn from each other,” he added.
Speaking about the must win game against South Africa, he said, “Those games are some of the best games to play, to be honest, where the destiny is in our own hands, and it's important we forget what happened today. We still have, if we win the next game, we're on to the next round. If we lose, we go home. So, I think we are aware of that. We just have to, like I said, improve on our mistakes we made in this game, and look forward to the next game.”