Calcutta (The Telegraph): West Indies rode on the pyrotechnics of opener Chris Gayle and the guile of off-spinner Sunil Narine to win the two-match Twenty20 series against New Zealand.
Dwayne Bravo said the form of Gayle and Narine will hold the key to the West Indies’ success against the Black Caps in the five-match one-day International series, which starts at the Sabina Park on Thursday.
“It’s good to see the problem between the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and Gayle is solved and he is able to represent the West Indies again."
“All of us respect Gayle and we are happy to have him in our set-up. He is in great form and so is Narine… We hope that they will carry their form in the one-day format of the game as well,” Bravo said.
We must look to repeat performance: Gayle
The West Indies vice-captain said that though they won the T20 series 2-0, they will not start as the favourites in the ODI series.
“I don’t think we are the favourites. New Zealand have a good team. The two sides are ranked one away from each other, so we can anticipate a good series. We are not taking any team lightly. We have to concentrate on our performance. We want to improve as a team and move up on a team,” Bravo said.
Bravo said that he is enjoying his time on the international stage.
The effervescent all-rounder played a brilliant innings on Sunday with a stunning 35 not out off 11 balls — including four massive sixes. Speaking about his form, Bravo said: “I’m enjoying my cricket and I’m relaxed and happy. Since I took the break and came back, you can see a huge difference in my performances.”