Bravo Blames Batting Performance
West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo has blamed his team's batting performance for their eight-wicket thrashing at the hands of India in their second ICC Champions Trophy 2013 match on Tuesday (11th June).
"We deserved to be on a losing side because we didn't bat properly, we have to be honest with ourselves," said Bravo.
"Our batsmen have to take the blame for this. Another 25 runs could have made a difference if the tail batted smarter."
Bravo added:"Most of us played bad shots at the wrong time and I am part of that too."
West Indies play South Africa in their final group match in Cardiff on Thursday (14th June). The winner will qualify as the second team from group B with India.
“It’s important we forget what happened today. If we win the next game we go to the next round, if we lose we go home. We are aware of that; we just have to improve on our mistakes that we made, and look forward to the next game.
“South Africa are a good team and well respected. We’ll turn up on Friday ready to play, it’s like a final for us; we need to win that game.
“It’s very possible; I have the right team to turn around before Friday. It will be a very big fighting game, which is great for the tournament,” said Bravo.
The West Indies skipper praised Darren Sammy’s batting performance for his unbeaten 56 off 35 balls. Sammy, who didn’t represent the West Indies in the first match against Pakistan, made the team yesterday after vice-captain Denesh Ramdin was suspended for two matches.
“It’s good that he came into the team, he got the opportunity and he did very well. It was the right situation for him and he played his natural game.
“He comes out and gives it his 100% at all times, whenever we play for West Indies. It’s not that we had anything to prove, I’m happy for him.
“Hopefully he’ll recover from the slight injury he got, so we can pick our best 11 to play our next game,” said Bravo.
Bravo is looking for an improved batting display from the middle-order in Friday’s clash with South Africa.
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