West Indies in India 2013-14 November 20, 2013

West Indies need to play smart cricket in ODIs - Bravo

ESPNcricinfo staff

Dwayne Bravo, West Indies' ODI captain, wants his team to be "skillful and smart" as they take on India in a three-match series, starting with the first ODI in Kochi on November 21.

In spite of the 2-0 rout in the Test series, Bravo was confident that his bowlers could challenge the India batsmen in what he expects will be a high-scoring series.

"Their previous series [against Australia] was a run feast. But these are different conditions, different venues, and we have a different bowling attack," Bravo said. "Our bowlers are similar to the Indian bowlers. We have Ravi Rampaul, Sunil Narine, Jason Holder. I think we expect this will be a high-scoring series and the team that bowls better will win the series, so it's up to us as bowlers to try and get things right."

According to Bravo, pace was unlikely to help the bowlers too much in Indian conditions. Instead, he urged his bowlers to focus on skills.

"This will require more skills, not too much pace, as we saw with the Australians - most of their bowlers delivered at 140 kph and they were not successful. My advice to my team will be to be skillful and smart."

Bravo also hoped that the change in formats would allow players like Darren Sammy and Chris Gayle to hit form. Gayle scored 97 runs in four innings during the Tests at an average of 24.25, while Sammy could only muster 25 from four innings and was wicketless in the series.

"I think one-day and Twenty20 cricket give you more freedom," Bravo said. "Darren Sammy did not do well in the Tests, but he could be our match-winner in the ODIs, playing the role that Kieron Pollard has played for us. Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels could also find their feet here.

"It has been a while since we played a Test series, so coming to India was never going to be easy, even Australia came here and lost 4-0 in a Test series. This will be an opportunity for the players to express themselves, but they still have to be smart. There are 300 balls in every innings and, as long as they play smart, we will have a good series."

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • dummy4fb on November 21, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    I really think the West Indies have things back-to-front with their DI and test thinking. Add Shillingford to those selected for the ODI team instead of Permaul, Replace Deonarine with Edwards and Charles with Powell and that's your test team - Gayle, Powell/Edwards, Bravo, Chanderpaul, Samuels, Bravo, Ramdin (or any reliable option), Holder, Shillingford, Narine, Rampaul. That to me is a god test team.

  • kip1 on November 21, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    I wanna hear what the world has to say now. sammy isn't the captain. so who gets the blame now

  • panoop22 on November 21, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    Where on earth is Mr. Dwayne Smith. He was in such good form during the IPL but Westindies never considered his in their national team!

  • panoop22 on November 21, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    Bravo should bat at no. 7 and sammy at 8, if WI is really looking to win..Bring back Pollard and take out Sammy

  • satishchandar on November 21, 2013, 3:25 GMT

    Yes.. Being smart is what Aussies and Indians showed in recent ODI series.. The tracks were condusive to batting but the way they scored the runs mattered.. Take your own time and don't panic even if score is 150-2 at 30 over mark.. With 5 overs of power play and one extra fielder inside, you an always back yourself to score 200 in last 20 in the current T20 era. Pick the right time and right bowlers to attack.. Being smart is all about how you pace your innings and pick your moment to attack. Like MSD said, you need to stay in right position and balance when you hit the big shots..

  • InsideHedge on November 20, 2013, 23:34 GMT

    Weather looks naff for this game, might be the respite WI is looking for.

  • TAJY on November 20, 2013, 22:03 GMT

    Of course WI need to play smarter. But I haven't seen WI players play smart in a long long time. Smarts is the one thing letting WI down. The players just are not very cricket savvy. They know how to hit the ball out of the park, and they know how to bowl fast, they are as athletic as they come, but where they fail is always the intellectual aspect of the game.

  • dummy4fb on November 20, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    ODIs are very much different to Test matches and therefore I am looking forward to an improved performance from the West Indies players. In terms of result at the end of the Series, difficult to predict although India starts off as clear favourites to win. However, a couple of bad Umpiring decisions, unnecessary run outs, drop catches, etc etc can play a major part in the outcome of the Series. We must also remembers that cricket is a game of lots of uncertainties.

  • rayinto on November 20, 2013, 20:35 GMT

    Where is Pollard and Russel? The proble is West indies are playing captains who themselves dont qualify as players in the team. Now they have a playing position called captain instead of bowlwe, batsman etc.

  • rayinto on November 20, 2013, 20:32 GMT

    Waiting for Sammy to get form? So Bravo still intends to Play Sammy! Be a man - drop Sammy!

  • No featured comments at the moment.