Experienced Bravo hopes to mentor new generation of Windies death bowlers

By Sports Desk January 14, 2020
Windies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo. Windies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo.

Recently recalled Windies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo is confident of providing part of the solution needed for the team regarding its noted lack of quality in the fast bowling department.  

The 36-year-old was recently recalled for the team’s upcoming series against Ireland after being out of international action for four years.  During the time, however, the all-rounder has enhanced his reputation as one of the sport’s premier death bowlers.

Chairman of selectors Roger Harper admitted that a primary reason for Bravo’s inclusion is geared towards bolstering the team’s death bowling.

"Death bowling is an art," Bravo said in a recent espncricinfo interview.

"Not many people around the world have really nailed death bowling to the T. If you ask anyone in world cricket to name five death bowlers in the last decade, definitely my name will come along with Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah, Mitchell Starc,” he added.

"It is not an easy time of the game, that's why it is called death. A special skill is required to bowl in those situations. Most times, if you have the ball in the death overs, and you don't win the game, everyone turns to you, and says, "okay, it is because of the last over.”

With the team’s struggles containing batsmen during the middle and death overs, often on full display, as it was at the ICC World Cup, Bravo hopes to serve as a mentor to a new generation of West Indies bowlers.

“My motivation also to try and work with current bowlers. There's [Sheldon] Cottrell, there's Keemo Paul, there's Alzarri Joseph, there's Oshane Thomas, there's Kesrick Williams. Collectively all of us have to get better, myself included. But with the experience that I have, I can get them to understand the importance of certain deliveries and when to bowl certain deliveries and work on a better finishing game plan."

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    Schedule

    Match 1: March 7, 2020

    India Legends vs West Indies Legends

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    Match 2: March 8, 2020

    Australia Legends vs Sri Lanka Legends

    Wankhede (Mumbai)

     

    Match 3: March 10, 2020

    India Legends vs Sri Lanka Legends

    DY Patil (Navi Mumbai)

     

    Match 4: March 11, 2020

    West Indies Legends vs South Africa Legends

    DY Patil (Navi Mumbai)

     

    Match 5: March 13, 2020

    South Africa Legends vs Sri Lanka Legends

    DY Patil (Navi Mumbai)

     

    Match 6: March 14, 2020

    India Legends vs South Africa Legends

    MCA Stadium (Pune)

     

    Match 7: March 16, 2020

    Australia Legends vs West Indies Legends

    MCA Stadium (Pune)

     

    Match 8: March 17, 2020

    West Indies Legends vs Sri Lanka Legends

    MCA Stadium (Pune)

     

    Match 9: March 19, 2020

    Australia Legends vs South Africa Legends

    DY Patil (Navi Mumbai)

     

    Match 10: March 20, 2020

    India Legends vs Australia Legends

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    Match 11: March 22, 2020

    FINAL (TBC vs TBC)

    Brabourne Stadium (CCI, Mumbai)

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