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Bravo lauds Windies must-win attitude, says maintaining it biggest test

Last updated on: October 10, 2014 18:21 IST

 

Dwayne Bravo celebrates after bowling Suresh Raina in the first ODI at Kochi. Photograph: BCCI

Captain Dwayne Bravo had an embargo regarding questions on his team’s dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board, but the all-rounder spoke up, saying the team stuck together in difficult times and maintained a "must-win attitude".

"The good thing is that the team is sticking together and supporting each other well. We have a must-win attitude in the team, which is great to see," said Bravo, when asked how tough it is to lead the side in the midst of off-field controversies.

"Our support staff also brings in tremendous positive energy to the dressing room. It is good to have legends like Clive Lloyd, Curtly Ambrose or Richie Richardson in the dressing room.

"Curtly adds a different dimension to our team. The players really respect him and look up to him. I have grown up watching these legends and it is good to have them around where players can go to them and get some advice," Bravo told reporters, ahead of the second ODI between India and West Indies in Delhi.

West Indies media manager Philip Spooner had earlier requested reporters to strictly restrict their questions to "cricket and tomorrow's match".

Asked how it felt to beat a strong Indian side in their own backyard and win the first ODI so convincingly without the services Chris Gayle and Sunil Narine, Bravo replied, "It is a great feeling to go 1-0 up against the World champions, especially without guys like Chris and Narine.

"There have been times when we have started well but not finished to our potential. We have set ourselves a standard; now that we have got a good start, we have to make sure we maintain it. This is going to be our biggest test."

Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramadin and Sulieman Benn celebrate the dismissal of Shikhar Dhawan in the Kochi ODI. Photograph: BCCI

Bravo complimented his players for excelling in all departments of the game in the first ODI at Kochi.

"That was our best all-round game we have played in a long time. As a captain and as a group, you always ask your players to take up responsibility. You want one of the top four to try and bat deep into the innings and get a hundred.

"Samuels coming back into the team and scoring a hundred was great. Denesh Ramdin played his part as well and Dwayne Smith got a quick 46, which helped us put a good total on the board. We backed ourselves to defend it and it was an all-round performance at the end of the day. But we can't stop there... need to repeat it," insisted the skipper.

Asked if the West Indies, as a team, are getting into the groove with the World Cup four months away, Bravo said he did not want to look too far ahead.

"World Cup is still a long way to go. Playing against one of the better teams in the world gives us an opportunity to see where we are as a team. At the moment, we are here in India and the focus is on this tour. We want to see how we play in the next four games and how we can do as an ODI team.

"We can't think about what happens four months hence. Before that we have a tour of South Africa coming up, and that will be tough as well. So we need to just focus on the present."

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