ICC World T20: Chris Gayle is our leader, our hero; we all look up to him, says Dwayne Bravo

Bravo feels that in slam bang version of the game, variations is key to his success as a death bowler.

Updated: Mar 14, 2016, 23:32 PM IST
ICC World T20: Chris Gayle is our leader, our hero; we all look up to him, says Dwayne Bravo

New Delhi: Ahead of the ICC World T20, West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo on Monday said that swashbuckling opener Chris Gayle is the leader of the pack.

"Chris enjoys playing for the West Indies team and we enjoy having Chris as a team mate. He is our leader, he is our hero. We all look up to him," Bravo told PTI.

Bravo, an all-rounder, feels that in slam bang version of the game, variations is key to his success as a death bowler.

"I focus on my bowing a lot because most teams that I play for in T20 cricket rely on my bowling. Yes my batting is important but they (the teams) rely on my bowling in the tough times and in death overs. Variation is key for my success. As a bowler,” added Bravo.

West Indies, who have a bunch of match-winners at their disposal, are one of the favorites to win the coveted tourney.

Bravo, 32, who is a crucial cog in the West Indies team, said that his team is eyeing a semifinal berth from their group, which also has Sri Lanka, South Africa, England and Afghanistan.

"The World Cup is always a great tournament to be in. I am very excited to be part of yet another World Cup. I was lucky enough to win one (World T20 in 2012). We lost in the semifinals in the last one (World T20 in 2014).

"For us as West Indies team we want to take one game at a time and want to obviously qualify from our group and take it from there," he said.

Bravo asserted that beating Australia in the tight warm-up game on Sunday was a morale booster victory ahead of the start of the tournament.

“It (the win) has done a lot to our confidence. We had a two-week camp in Dubai, we won all our games there in Dubai. We came here and lost our first warm-up game against India and then to win last night, definitely puts us in a good place. You know Australia is one of the better teams in world cricket. So to beat them always give you that extra boost and confidence."