Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Bravo three times as motivated

West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo is playing this year’s ICC World Twenty20 with special motivation. He is dedicating his performances in the tournament to his two children and his mother. It is the reason why he changed his number from 47 to three.

Explaining the change Bravo said: “I was blessed with the birth of my second child…Dwayne Bravo Junior was born on the October 3.”

Bravo said his daughter was born on August 3.

“My mom was born on the third as well. I just decided that in this special tournament I am going to dedicate this number three to them,” he added.

Yesterday, Bravo starred with bat and ball as West Indies registered victory by 33 runs over Sri Lanka in their second official warm-up ahead of the tournament

He said the victories yesterday and on Tuesday against England will give the team confidence ahead of the start of the tournament. But Bravo insisted the side will not get carried away by their recent good performances.

“It is two practice games, it is good to get wins under our belt. We expect the conditions to be good for batting. (The warm-up games are about) getting used to conditions, seeing what works and what doesn’t work, so by Sunday we can give a better showing,” he added.

About the competition in the tournament, Bravo said: “This one (ICC World T20 tournament) is harder. There are less games, and we are in a very tough group and it is only the top two teams qualify. But we still have most of our players. That is important, so we will remember what we did the last time to win.

“We are coming to defend our title and we are not going to get ahead of ourselves or get arrogant about it, but at the same time we are playing good cricket, so as long as we continue to show good form I think we fancy our chances of defending it. We look forward to the challenges,” he added.