Bravo looking forward to Bangladesh
PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD - West Indies and Trinidad and Tobago batsman Darren Bravo is happy with his current form with the bat wants to keep improving his game ahead of the regional team's tour to Bangladesh next month.
Bravo was last Saturday named in the West Indies 15-man squad for Bangladesh, which will see the regional team face the hosts in two Tests, five One-day Internationals and one Twenty20 International from November 3 to December 12.
"I have been working very hard on my game and all different aspects of it so I guess it has paid off so far. I just need to continue performing and keep working," Bravo told the Express after returning from the Champions League Twenty20 last week with the T&T team.
The 23-year-old left-hander, who scored his maiden Test century against Bangladesh last year, is looking forward to the series, especially having missed the New Zealand tour of the West Indies earlier this year, having picked up during the West Indies tour of England in June.
Bravo was back to full fitness for the ICC Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka which was won by the West Indies who defeated Sri Lanka by 36 runs in the final.
Speaking about the West Indies' ICC World T20 title, Bravo said he was really happy to be part of the winning team.
"It was fantastic to win the World Cup. We set our goals before we left the Caribbean that we wanted to win the World Cup. I thought the guys showed great character," said Bravo.
"We gel nicely together and we help out each other. We had fantastic support from back home and we just went out there and executed well, and I am really happy to be part of that wonderful team," he added.
Bravo did not see much action in the World Cup, playing just two matches: one against Ireland, which was washed out and one against New Zealand, which the regional side eventually won in a one-over eliminator.
He did have two solid knocks for T&T in the Champions League T20 qualifiers, hitting 45 in a losing cause against Yorkshire and 54 not out in an abandoned match against Uva Next.
"I just went out there and backed myself and had some good performances at the end of the day. Unfortunately it did not pay any dividends because we were knocked out," Bravo said of his recent innings.
He also insisted: "It is very important for us to bounce back as a team.
"That is how the game goes sometimes. We tried our best and obviously it was not the best start after losing three wickets in the power play, but I thought (Denesh) Ramdin and I played pretty well.
"But having said that ,we all knew that as long as we lost the game (against Yorkshire) we were out, so the guys tried their best and we went out there to give 100 per cent, and at the end of the day we did not come out victorious," said Bravo.
"We have to learn from our mistakes and keep working together as a team," he added.
West Indies Squad: Darren Sammy (captain), Denesh Ramdin (vice-captain), Tino Best, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Narsingh Deonarine, Kirk Edwards, Assad Fudadin, Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Veerasammy Permaul, Kieran Powell, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels.