West Indies v Zimbabwe, 3rd ODI, Grenada February 27, 2013

'Wanted to bat till the end' - Darren Bravo

ESPNcricinfo staff

Darren Bravo, who scored his maiden ODI century in the first ODI, played yet another match-winning innings in the third that earned him the man-of-the-series award. Bravo came into the crease at the fall of Ramnaresh Sarwan in the 12th over and stayed unbeaten on 72 as West Indies won by five wickets.

"Today was the ideal opportunity for me and I went out there with that one goal in mind," Bravo said. "I just wanted to bat to the end and I knew if I was there at the end we would win the match and win the series 3-0."

Bravo overcame his indifferent form during the limited-overs series in Australia with an unbeaten 72-ball century in the first match of the series. Although he failed in the second, his innings in the third match took him to the second position the run charts for the series.

"In the first match I played really well and got my first hundred. In the second match Sarwan did the job by batting through to the end and he got a great hundred. Today we lost a few quick wickets and key wickets as well, so it was a matter of me buckling down and looking to take it all the way to the finish."

Although, West Indies took the series 3-0, Bravo said the wins didn't come easy as Zimbabwe "never sat back and surrendered - so we had to make sure we played well and played smart against them." In the absence of Chris Gayle, Bravo, who has been in the ODI set up since 2009, had extra responsibility of steering the innings in these matches. He said he would look to repeat the success he has had with the new approach in the future.

"After coming back from Australia, where we didn't do very well, it was just a matter of me believing in myself and looking to make the most of the opportunities," he said. "I went out and backed myself and looked to execute the game plan. It was a matter of understanding the situation and doing what was required for the team.

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  • Dummy4 on March 1, 2013, 2:21 GMT

    @spinking..really dont understand why u still compared bangladesh with zimbabwe. man growww up tht day is over. now bangladesh team is a good side. get some upgrade knowledge about worldwide cricket

  • Dummy4 on February 28, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    @ Wesley Curwin Boynes ... Dear Look B.Lara's Record when he played around 50+ ODI's ....His Strike Rate (in that era) was among the Top 5 and His Bating avg was almost 50.... On other side Daren Bravo have a Modest avg of 29.5 (even Zim Captain B.Taylor's ODI avg is 34+ and high score is 145*) ... Daren have talent like Hooper and so many other WI past players but Dareen need to justify with hsi talent and improve Batimng avg and strike rate..Scoring 1 Hundred in 53 ODi's (even after 100 next Inings Duck)..it should not satisfy him..Hooper I felt was a Right Handed Lara but never Jusitifed with his talent.

  • Dummy4 on February 27, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    @spinkingKK What utter nonsense are you speaking? He has 2 centuries against India scored in India, the same India that thrashed Aussies this week. He also has 8 half centuries against SL, Aussie, Pak an India i don't think you can call that struggling against higher opposition. He scored 225 runs @ an average of 75 with a Strike rate of 150 in the Caribbean T20 so stop talking rubbish an get your facts straight!!!!!

  • Dummy4 on February 27, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    Hassan, the guy scored a century in 72 balls in the first ODI. Is that two slow??? He was the1st or 2nd top run scorer in the recently held Caribbean T20....please take another look at his strike rate.

  • KISH on February 27, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    This guy is very comfortable with Bangladesh and Zimbabwe and talks like he played a master class, after scoring some runs. Put him against anyone higher, he just struggles. Still, West Indies fans and board thinks that he is their next Lara. Look alike alright. But, no where close when it comes to the fight. Darren plays Test matches like T20, ODI's like test matches and T20's like ODI's. But, I sincerely hope that he doesn't read my pos, because he will get discouraged. As a young man, he should up his game when playing against the bests. West Indies cricket need players who can take up the fight agaist the bests of the world.

  • Dummy4 on February 27, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    It's easy to feel good against easy opposition. This team needs a plan against the big guns - Australia, India, South Africa and England. Against teams like Zimbabwe, the West Indies seem to forget their weaknesses: A lightweight bowling attack, brittle batting attack, an unbalanced team filled with too many all rounders who are not really great at any one thing. So, unless the West Indies developes some really powerful specialists like Curtly and Viv and some other legends, then this team will be forever doomed to be a "second tier" team along with Pakistan and Sri Lanka and the Kiwis. Sorry, but it had to be said.

  • Dummy4 on February 27, 2013, 8:14 GMT

    He is not suitable for T20 and ODI's....he is extremely slow startedr and in modern day ODI's he is Unfit .. unless he increase his strike rate as wel as abting average.

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