Bravo puts COVID-19 concerns ahead of playing IPL, Always a joy to play for West Indies
West Indies allrounder and Chennai Super Kings star player Dwayne Bravo said that he is more curious in seeing the back of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) than he is about playing franchise cricket (IPL nad T20 Leagues) at the moment. Earlier he says that the selectors of the West Indies do not trust me as Mahendra Singh Dhoni has. IPL team Chennai Super Kings (CSK) all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has said that he wants to do something special for his team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Dwayne Bravo says:
There are so many people away from their own families, can’t see them, and people losing their lives and jobs. This is more than just playing the IPL tournament. I would like to see the world get back at ease. At the end of the day, it is something no one has control over. Whether IPL plays or not, I don’t have control over it. The world will have to wait and see whenever international borders open back. IPL is one thing, but you can’t fly. So, for example, I love Jamaica but I can’t even come to Jamaica now, so I’m more concerned about people’s lives coming back to normal. So it’s not about playing IPL, it’s about people being able to fly again.
We are looking forward to it just like every other World Cup. I guess the difference with this one is that other World Cups people in different parts of the world seemed to kind of write off West Indies and don’t see them as favorites. We have proven ourselves on two different occasions, so I think the one in Australia, some people will give us a tag of favorites because of what we’ve done in the past. We don’t take it lightly; we’ll play to our strong points. It’s our strongest format and we’ll go out there to try to defend our title.
When you have someone who can bowl 140 plus kilometer per hour consistently, he’s (Andre Russell) one of the cleanest hitters of a cricket ball, brilliant in the field, so he is a complete player. T20 cricket is designed for someone like Russell, like myself, Pollard, and that’s why we have so much success. If you look at the last two, three years, Russell has definitely separated himself from everyone else, including the likes of Ben Stokes and these guys.
Always a joy to play for West Indies. At the end of the day, it’s our childhood dream as professional cricketers to represent the West Indies and the Caribbean people. My second stint, obviously, I come back as a more senior player, a more mature player all-round. I see myself as a father figure to this group of players. We had to send a strong message to the world, not only to the Sri Lanka team. We had to send the message that a West Indies team at full strength is not a joke team. The rest of the world now has to sit up and start respecting West Indies again.