Although Trinidad and Tobago scraped to a one-run win over the Antigua Hawksbills in their Caribbean Twenty20 match at Queen’s Park Oval on Sunday night, skipper Dwayne Bravo said he always had confidence in Delorn Johnson to deliver.
“To be honest, I never panicked and when I gave Johnson the ball, a lot of people probably thought it should have been Fidel Edwards after the first ball went for six but I had a lot of faith in him,” Bravo told the media following the win.
Up to the final over, Johnson had bowled one over for 12 runs as the Hawksbills made a good start to the chase of a revised target of 134 to win off 15 overs.
Edwards had bowled two overs for 13 runs up to that point.
“In our last two games he (Johnson) was our best bowler and he has a lot of variations and different balls in terms of slower ball, short balls, he can bowl full, wide and yorkers and then Edwards is fast-paced yorkers, so with an Australian at the wicket, I believed he would have been more comfortable facing Edwards in terms of using his pace.
“I think it was a tactical judgment on my behalf to let the slower bowler, the one with more variations, bowl the last over,” the skipper explained.
“When the first ball went for six, I did not panic. Two balls and eight runs, I said to him “this ball, the fifth ball is the most important ball” and I asked him to bowl a wide yorker which he did and hence the reason why I had so much faith in him because he has so many variations and I trust that under pressure situations, he can deliver,” Bravo added.
And although pleased with the way his team have bounced back to win their previous two matches to revive their campaign, Bravo said there is still a long way to go and called on his team to remain focused as they head to Jamaica for their final two preliminary games.
About the victory he said: “It is not how we win, once we get over the line that is more important.
“The momentum changed for us and we have two more games in Jamaica and hopefully we can win those two to make it into the semifinals and then come back home and have a good semi.
“It was good. Whether we win by one or 50, a win is a win and after losing our first three games, to come back and show character and fight to win back to back games, it is a great team effort. Well done to all the guys.”
The captain insisted that the entire team deserved credit for the turn-around saying they “delivered under pressure.”
“Our last two games were pressure games and it was like finals for us and for the guy to come out and perform after three losses it shows that the team has a lot of character and fight and that the guys are hungry for success,” he said.
“These two wins make us feel very comfortable as a team and the confidence is there despite how we win and I am seeing good signs.
“Our batsmen are starting to get runs at the right time. You look at (Ross) Taylor and (Adrian) Barath, my brother (Darren Bravo) and myself tonight. All the key batters are starting to get among the runs.
“We have not been bowled out in the last two games and we scored 150-plus in those games so it is good signs and we go to Jamaica with confidence.
“But we are not going to take any team for granted. All teams are equal. All teams are good.
“The Zouks are going to be hungry just as us and as long as we play smart and with that fight an hunger, I know we are going to do well in those two games up the road,” he concluded.