‘Andre Russell now’s our Chris Gayle, our Brian Lara’ – Dwayne Bravo

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    Nagraj GollapudiNews editor, ESPNcricinfo

      Nagraj Gollapudi is information editor at ESPNcricinfo

    is among the in T20 cricket, and now his West Indies team-mate has likened the Jamaican to “our , our ” in T20Is. Bravo’s reward got here within the wake of Russell’s impactful return in the course of the two-match T20I sequence in Sri Lanka, which was additionally the primary sequence he performed for West Indies since being dominated out of the 2019 World Cup resulting from an harm.West Indies received the sequence 2-Zero with Russell enjoying an enormous hand, scoring 35 off 14 balls and 40 off 14 . The latter was, specifically, a whirlwind knock as Russell packed six sixes so as to add to the 4 he hit within the first match, sufficient to fetch the Participant-of-the-Collection award.”He is the perfect on the planet,” Bravo, who was a part of the West Indies aspect, mentioned in reward of Russell in a chat with Trinidad-based radio station I955 FM on Friday. “It is the identical I used to say of Chris Gayle when Chris Gayle was in his prime – we’re joyful to have him representing us, we did not have to come back up and bowl towards him in a global match. It is the identical with Andre Russell. Andre Russell now’s our Chris Gayle, is our Brian Lara, within the T20 format. He’s the famous person.”The Sri Lanka T20I sequence was Bravo’s second within the West Indies dressing room after he got here out of retirement for the house T20I sequence towards Eire. That sequence was Bravo’s first worldwide project after 2016, the final time he had performed for West Indies.ALSO READ: Regardless of being the defending T20 World Cup champions, West Indies have been inconsistent in a format the place most of their gamers have develop into family names. Final November they misplaced 2-1 to Afghanistan the T20I sequence performed in India. One other 2-1 defeat adopted instantly within the T20I sequence towards India. In January this 12 months, they bounced again within the last recreation of the three-match T20I sequence towards Eire to stage the sequence 1-1 with one recreation washed out. Then they began the Sri Lanka tour shedding the ODI sequence 3-Zero earlier than successful the T20I sequence.In line with Bravo, the staff administration, led by captain and head coach , had acknowledged that there was plenty of work to be achieved with West Indies making ready to defend their title within the T20 World Cup, scheduled for October-November in Australia this 12 months. Bravo mentioned the staff had set itself the larger aim of creating West Indies as soon as once more the “dominant” staff in world cricket.”Previous to that [T20I series in Sri Lanka], we weren’t actually constant as a staff over time in T20 cricket,” Bravo mentioned. “With the 3-Zero loss within the ODI sequence, we T20 guys had a chat amongst ourselves together with the administration and made a pledge that we wish to begin again successful sequence. We mentioned we wished to be again being probably the most dominant staff within the T20 format.”We’ve got produced a few of the greatest gamers on the planet and after we are collectively in the identical staff, we’ve to stamp our authority, and to get the cricketing world to respect West Indies cricket once more and particularly West Indies’ T20 staff. We mentioned, ‘All palms on deck, let’s begin with this Sri Lanka sequence and ensure we ship the message.’ Yeah, that is what we did.”Bravo mentioned the depth of expertise within the West Indies T20 set-up might be gauged from the truth that he, regardless of being probably the most skilled participant within the squad, needed to bat at a place he had by no means batted at beforehand. “When the coach wrote the batting line-up, I used to be all the way down to bat at quantity 9. I mentioned to the fellows, ‘That is the primary time I’ve ever been in a T20 staff and I am all the way down to bat at quantity 9.'”Placing all egos apart, I am proud of that as a result of on the finish of the day, I settle for the very fact guys like Rovman Powell and Fabian Allen and [Shimron] Hetmyer, the expertise and the flexibility they should hit the ball, I am simply joyful to be like that – father-figure, mentor, information, to permit these younger boys to go on the market and showcase their expertise to the world. All of us are on the identical web page, no egos within the dressing room, one widespread aim to simply win cricket video games and dominate.”


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