All-rounder Dwayne Bravo says that the West Indies are confident of success in the Cricket World Cup, but that getting an early win will be vital to their chances.
They play South Africa in their opening match in Delhi on 24th February and Bravo says he is excited ahead of participating in his second World Cup.
“This is my second World Cup and I’m really excited," he said. "We know that the tournament is going to be really challenging but we fancy our chances. We have been working really hard and there is a great camaraderie in the camp. We are really excited and cannot wait to take the field on Thursday.
“We have to get off with a win and gain momentum. We do not want to be in the middle of the tournament and play catch-up. Every cricket game we play will be very important.
“I have no doubt in mind that we will qualify for the second round and then take it from there. We have some good youngsters, very exciting players and they have a chance to show their ability in the biggest tournament and at the home of cricket, if I may call it that.”
Bravo added that he is confident of beating South Africa, despite the West Indies being rocked by hamstring injuries that ruled Adrian Barath and Carlton Baugh out of the tournament.
“Everyone knows they are one of the teams to watch out for," he added. "At the same time we also know that their record is not so great in the World Cups. That puts a lot of pressure on them. We are not the only ones under pressure. It’s going to be a good match and we are confident we can win against them.
“They have a good team, a well-balanced team, a professional unit. It is a team that plays the game very hard and a team I look up to. But I know our guys are ready, looking forward to this match. I am certainly looking forward to this match in a big way. They are one of the team I do well against and they always bring out the best in me."
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