March 25, 2007

World Cup 2007

Bravo, well done

Andrew McGlashan
Dwayne Bravo performs his aeroplane celebration, West Indies v Ireland, Group D, Kingston, March 23, 2007
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Cricket has taken a backseat this week, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future, but the matches have gone and the players have thrilled the crowds. What this World Cup now needs is a 'good' story, and there would be non better than the home nation claiming the trophy. So far it has gone to plan, three wins out of three for West Indies and into the Super Eights with two points. One of their key players is the allrounder Dwayne Bravo, someone who has a long and impressive future ahead of him. In The Observer he gives a long interview to James Root about his childhood, his early career and his dreams.

Cricket is, and always has been, Bravo's obsession, although this is not unusual for a young West Indian. He has used what he calls his God-gifted talent to attain every one of his goals to date. 'I have always played cricket, no matter what,' he says. 'If I had a piece of stick or an orange in my hand I would always play. I loved shadow batting. I used to pick my own team. I would pick a West Indies team - in the days of Desmond Haynes, Richie Richardson, Carl Hooper and those guys - and an England team and they would compete against each other.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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