Preview 3rd Colonial Medical Insurance ODI
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada – West Indies batsman Darren Bravo spoke to members of the media ahead of the third Colonial Medical Insurance One-Day International against England. Monday’s match will be his 100th ODI and will be the 99th ODI between the two teams. It also marks a return to international cricket at the Grenada National Stadium. First ball is […]
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada – West Indies batsman Darren Bravo spoke to members of the media ahead of the third Colonial Medical Insurance One-Day International against England. Monday’s match will be his 100th ODI and will be the 99th ODI between the two teams. It also marks a return to international cricket at the Grenada National Stadium. First ball is 9:30am (8:30am Jamaica Time/1:30pm GMT).
The left-hander made his debut just under a decade ago. In his 99 appearances he has batted 96 times with 2,716 runs. He has a good track record in Grenada with 232 runs at an average of 58 – his a best score here of 100 not out off just 71 balls against Zimbabwe on February 22, 2013.
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“It’s a great feeling indeed to achieve 100 games … have to wait and see if I’m selected tomorrow … but hopefully I can contribute to a winning cause here in Grenada. Everyone is good … all fit and healthy and ready to go,” Bravo said.
“So far in the ODI Series I feel I’m playing pretty well. In the first game I had a particular plan which I executed really well. In the second game, we lost a couple of wickets so someone had to consolidate and I thought I did that pretty well. Unfortunately, I got out but Hetty [Shimron Hetmyer] and myself had a plan to take the score to 200 by the 40th over and try to get to 300 by the 50th. We were communicating nicely. He went on to get another One-Day hundered and was playing well. He put us in a good position. The guys did well. Cottrell was exceptional, the captain led from the front, Bishoo created chances … it was a total team effort.”
Bravo said he was happy to make any contribution to the team’s success. So far in the series he scored 40 and 25 and featured in vital partnerships. He also welcomed the return of Chris Gayle who scored 135 – his 24th century and 50 – his 50th half century.
“He’s definitely a hero…not even a hero; he’s a legend if you look at the stats he’s achieved a lot at international level. He’s a special player. We’re really happy to have him. He’s getting on a bit in age but he’s still striking the ball nicely so that is the most important thing,” Bravo added.
“And in the dressing room he’s always giving information. If you remember before the start of the game, he was chatting at nine in the evening with Nicholas Pooran about batting and stuff. He’s helping all the youngsters. We’re happy to have him. Hopefully he’ll get another 100 tomorrow.”
Colonial Medical Insurance ODI Series Schedule
1st Colonial Medical Insurance ODI – Wednesday, February 20
Kensington Oval, Barbados – England won by six wickets
2nd Colonial Medical Insurance ODI – Friday, February 22
Kensington Oval, Barbados – West Indies won by 26 runs
3rd Colonial Medical Insurance ODI – Monday, February 25
Grenada National Stadium, Grenada
4th Colonial Medical Insurance ODI – Wednesday, February 27
Grenada National Stadium, Grenada
5th Colonial Medical Insurance ODI– Saturday, March 2
Daren Sammy Cricket Ground, Saint Lucia