World T20 2014 March 19, 2014

Bravo wants batting promotion


Dwayne Bravo wants to bat higher in West Indies' order as they aim to defend their World T20 title with Sunday's opener against India looming. Bravo, who hit 43 off 31 balls in the warm-up win over Sri Lanka, believes that a move up will allow him his desired role as the fulcrum of the West Indies' middle-order.

"In this format of the game, I always fancy myself batting higher and as early as possible to give myself that extra time to get set and take the game right down to the end [of the innings]," he said. "Obviously, we have a lot of power-hitters in our line-up but my role is to hold the middle and help us lay a good foundation."

Bravo pointed to Darren Sammy, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons and Andre Russell as the batsmen he would be able to take on the responsibility of big-hitting as he felt his best role was as a "stabiliser" in the team. He praised the openers, Chris Gayle and Dwayne Smith, for relieving the pressure off the middle-order and thinks they will be a key duo, particularly by allowing him to bat freely in the crease.

However, Bravo added that all the batsmen were high on confidence after series win at home against England, followed by warm-up wins against England and Sri Lanka in Bangladesh, and thinks that his team have already adjusted to the World T20 conditions.

"It's good to win these practice games and we're looking forward to Sunday [against India]. We left the Caribbean after winning the series against England with good momentum and after these warm-ups, we feel confident and reassured as these are the conditions we'll be playing the big games in. We expect the conditions to be good for batting. It's a bit on the slower side so try not to be predictable as a bowler.

Bravo also said that while focus would be placed on their spin bowlers, one player who would be a huge asset would be left-arm seamer Krishmar Santokie for his variations, swing and slower-balls. Bravo believed that Santokie, coupled with Samuel Badree and Sunil Narine, was one of their most formidable T20 bowling attacks to date.

West Indies, though, are aware of the dangers of becoming complacent but added that their experience in T20 cricket would counter this, especially as the core of the 2012 title-winning squad was still intact.

"Compared to the last World Cup, this one is harder as it is fewer games and we are in a tough group," he said. "We still have most of our players [from 2012] and we're not going to get ahead of ourselves. But we're playing good cricket and once we continue to show this form, we'll fancy our chances to defend the title. It might be the last World Cup for some of us in this format of the game."

Renaldo Matadeen is a sportswriter and social media manager for ESPN Caribbean. He tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on March 23, 2014, 15:54 GMT

    Russell is one all rounder too much...they need a good batter. Why is smith still in the team?

  • Roy on March 21, 2014, 23:08 GMT

    @ Abiose How easily people forget!!! Samuels, Ramdin, Simmons and Bravo are proper batsman/ cricketer, Bravo is a more consistent allrounder than Sammy in all formats, when youngsters want to learn how to bat they must look at Samuels, the way he moves his front foot and follow through with bat is rear,hard to find that in WI cricket today, the rest with the exception of the above named are all "wanna be baseball hitters" three strikes you out,Sarwan would've been a great pick for this team even Deonarine but selectors want muscles not strategy(BRAINS) besides Sarwan would've been the better caption.

  • Dummy4 on March 21, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    Really,Bravo should be sent home! That's what you get when mediocrity is promoted to captaincy! The w I have gone that way recently! He should be banned and stripped of the captaincy. He should not be in a position to against discriminate Samuels,as Lara was! That was evident in a recent one dayer when he put Samuels to bat after himself,Simmons and Ramdin. I will be very careful in giving the captaincy to a Trinidadian. Pollard is the best and most balanced thinker around right now but,I will be very careful.

  • Abiose on March 21, 2014, 17:05 GMT

    How shallow is our memory. Did you people forget the last tournament finals where Samuels assaulted the world best bowler and brought it home? Who else on this side can counter good spin bowling.... gimme a name!!!

  • charlie on March 21, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    What's the point of a brisk start by Gayle and Smith ,if the next batsman in plays an inordinate amount of dot balls before scoring ,in this format ? This holds true whether it's Samuels or whom ever .The drop in scoring rate is too drastic from three to four and this will evident against the stronger teams .WI must at least rotate the strike better during this period .

  • Muhammad on March 21, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    Bravo deserve what he's demanding.

  • Dummy4 on March 20, 2014, 21:03 GMT

    Samuels and Gayle batted in the super over in last World Cup . Brutal analyst was asleep! Pollard observed that Samuels was the go to player . Stats don't lie. Check the records of Samuels, Simmons and Bravo. And speak the truth.

  • Dummy4 on March 20, 2014, 19:19 GMT

    Sarwan should be in this team instead of Russell he is just a passenger . Sarwan has a lot to offer West Indies cricket and he can rotate the strike like Simmons , he should be the number 3 batsmen , but butts and co have different idea .my team would be Gayle , smith , Sarwan , Samuels , Simmons ,bravo ,ramdin, Sammy ,Narine , badree , Santokie / Rampaul .thats a damn good eleven an squad .batsmen can change as situation calls for but SARS and Simmons can both rotate and different times while the big hitters do their thing , we got a good team and good luck to them .

  • Dummy4 on March 20, 2014, 19:01 GMT

    Brutal analyst is a trini. Simple as that. They will break up anything in the w I to have there way. Like Eric Williams the federation,Brian Lara,theWI team. Don't be surprise to find Brian Lara is behind this Bravo move. The real aim is to be back on the test team. he cannot bat nor bowl. Be is simply a beneficiary of Lara's nepotism. Samuels batted at 3 in the last World Cup and was the best W I batsman! He has a better record than all the Trinidadians. Strike and average combined. Bravo feels he has power now. He should be removed from the o d I captaincy. He is far below the class of Marlon Samuels,a premier batsman. He should ask to bat higher for his I p l team. Ha ha ha!

  • Channan on March 20, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    OK Bravo, you've got it. Open the batting with Gayle. Problem solved.

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