Bravos not bothered
Trinidadian brothers dismiss critics’ comments
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad –– Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel’s Dwayne Bravo and Darren Bravo have dismissed their critics following their success in the Hero Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 on Sunday night.
After coming under fire after his team’s third defeat of the season against the St Lucia Zouks at the Queen’s Park Oval, Dwayne finished the tournament with the most wickets and was named the hero of the Tournament after his team defeated the Barbados Tridents to lift their first CPL title.
He said the Red Steel’s performance proved that they were the best side in this year’s competition despite many not giving them a chance after a slow start to the season which saw them rooted to the bottom of the standings before arriving to Trinidad for the back end of the season.
“It was a great tournament and a great feeling to be champions. Yes we started off slow in the tournament and a lot of people did not give us a chance but we had faith and this victory goes out to the Almighty God because He is who pulled us through,” Bravo told the media following the win.
“I have nothing to say to my critics. It’s fine. I have been here playing at the highest level for 11 years and more often than not I deliver. So to my critics, let them keep coming, I am a champion,” said Dwayne.
“To get to the final was very difficult and challenging and this proves to ourselves and our critics that we are the best team in this tournament and no one can take this away from us for the next 12 months,” he added.
He also noted that his younger brother Darren had a big role to play in turning things around for the T&T-based franchise.
“I just want to enjoy my cricket. I am happy for my younger brother who had a good tournament with the bat. He turned this tournament around for us where the bat is concerned,” the Red Steel skipper explained.
He noted that he wasn’t trying to make a statement to the West Indies selectors for dropping him for the World Cup earlier this year: “For me, any cricket I play, I always want to perform and do my best. I am available to play for West Indies, whether they want me or not is up to them.”
Meanwhile, Darren admitted that he did not have the kind of performances that he would have liked in the early stages of the tournament but kept the faith and was rewarded.
“I did not perform the way I wanted to in the early stages of the tournament but when I came back home everyone believed in me and supported me through my bad patch,” he said.
“I was not really taking on the critics, I knew in the back of my mind that I was one good shot away from being my best and after I hit Shannon Gabriel for six I knew a great performance was just around the corner for me and my team, so it is a great feeling. I am very happy and it was a tremendous effort by everyone,” he added.