Bravo injury a big loss but we`re still strong: WI coach
New Delhi: West Indies coach Ottis Gibson on Saturday described the ruling out of all-rounder Dwayne Bravo from the World Cup due to injury a big loss for his side but said even without him they were ready to prove that they were not just also rans.
"It`s a big setback, a big blow for us. Dwayne is our vice-captain and one of the key members of our team. He brings a lot of energy to the dressing room, a lot of positives to batting and fielding. He was in good form and getting injured in such a way, it`s really sad. One can`t do much with these injury situations," Gibson said ahead of West Indies` Group B clash against the Netherlands here on Monday.
"We will miss him big time but we expect the team to overcome the blow and believe in themselves. We are still a big team. We have got history behind us. We still believe we have got much left in us and we are ready to prove that on this big stage," he said.
Bravo twisted his left knee during West Indies` opening World Cup match against South Africa at Feroze Shah Kotla stadium when he tried to stop a ball in his follow through.
The MRI revealed a sprain on his anterior cruciate ligament and a tear of the knee cartilage.
The team management has already applied for replacements of opener Adrian Barath and wicketkeeper/batsman Carlton Baugh who were injured before the tournament and Gibson said they will apply for a substitute for Bravo also.
"We have yet not decided on Bravo`s replacement. We are still working on that aspect. We wish to soon have his replacement," Gibson added.
Gibson said his side were not taking the Netherlands lightly after the ICC associate nation put up a tough fight against England by scoring 292 after batting first.
"Every game in World Cup is going to be tough. I would not like to call the associate nations minnows. One should call them lesser known teams. As far as the Netherlands are concerned, I expect those guys to come hard on us. They were beaten by England but showed lot of promise against them. They were full of energy."