Thursday 28 February 2013 

Bravo Pays Tribute To Team-Mates After Series Win

Bravo Pays Tribute To Team-Mates After Series Win
Bravo Pays Tribute To Team-Mates After Series Win
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Prior to the West Indies' clean sweep of Zimbabwe in the One-Day International series, Dwayne Bravo had only captained the men in maroon to victory five times.

He now has a more healthy tally of eight wins leading his side and he has paid tribute to his team for delivering a series of impressive performances that heralded a happy return for international cricket to Grenada.

Last time the island hosted international cricket, Bangladesh were able to beat a West Indies side bereft of top players due to a contract crisis. This time around, with Bravo leading by example in the second game with a career-best haul of six for 43, there were to be no upsets.

"I want to say it was a great team performance which saw us win this series," Bravo said. "I couldn’t have done it without the help of everyone in the dressing room - the players as well as the management staff. We came here to win and to win three games, and that is what we managed to achieve.

"The first thing I said was that I wanted everyone in the team to see themselves as a leader and think like a captain. There is not everything the captain can see, so I leaned on the advice of others in the team. We enjoyed the three games," he added.

"We wanted to win well and entertain the fans at home, so for me it was a personal delight to see the way the fans came out and supported us in every match. We will take this momentum into the T20s in Antigua. Darren Sammy will come back as captain and he has done a great job as captain and we also expect the fans in Antigua to come out and support us in the weekend, afternoon matches."

The crushing 156-run victory in the opening match - in which Dwayne's half-brother Darren registered his maiden ODI century and Johnson Charles hit 130 - coincided with the countdown to the 2013 Champions Trophy reaching 100.

Despite the perfect record in this series, Bravo is aware that the side are far from the finished article and need to continue working hard if they are to repeat their 2004 success in the tournament, coincidentally the last time it was held in England.

"It is always important for us to keep our feet on the ground and recognise there is always room for improvement. We are happy with the result and generally the way we went about our business, but we know there is still work to be done," he said.

With Darren Sammy back as captain for the two Twenty20 Internationals, Bravo returns to the ranks for the matches in Antigua on Saturday and Sunday (2nd and 3rd March).

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