Bravo Blames Batting Performance

Darren Sammy looks on after Shikhar Dhawan plays a shot for India v West Indies
Darren Sammy looks on after Shikhar Dhawan plays a shot for India v West Indies
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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.

© Cricket World 2013


CT 2013 Fixtures

Fixtures & Results

6th June: India v South Africa, Cardiff
IND 331-7 beat RSA 305 by 26 runs: Report
7th June: Pakistan v West Indies, London
WIN 172-8 beat PAK 170 by 2 wickets: Report
8th June: England v Australia, Birmingham
ENG 269-6 beat AUS 221-9 by 48 runs: Report
9th June: New Zealand v Sri Lanka, Cardiff
NZL 139-9 beat SRI 138 by 1 wicket: Report
10th June: Pakistan v South Africa, Birmingham
RSA 234-9 beat PAK 167 by 67 runs: Report
11th June: India v West Indies, London
IND 236-2 beat WIN 233-9 by 8 wickets: Report
12th June: Australia v New Zealand, Birmingham
AUS 243-8 v NZL 51-2 - match abandoned: Report
13th June: England v Sri Lanka, The Oval
SRI 297-3 beat ENG 293-7 by 7 wickets: Report
15th June: India v Pakistan, Birmingham
IND 102-2 beat PAK 165 by 8 wickets: Report
16th June: England v New Zealand, Cardiff
ENG 169 beat NZL 159-8 by 10 runs: Report
17th June: Australia v Sri Lanka, London
SRI 253-8 beat AUS 233 by 20 runs: Report
19th June: Semi-Final, London
ENG 179-3 beat RSA 175 by 7 wickets: Report
20th June: Semi-Final, Cardiff
IND 182-2 beat SRI 181-8 by 8 wickets: Report
23rd June: Final, Birmingham
IND 129-7 beat ENG 124-8 by 5 runs: Report

Champions Trophy History

Previous Winners

1998: South Africa
2000: New Zealand
2002: India/Sri Lanka
2004: West Indies
2006: Australia
2009: Australia