Less than an hour after landing at King Shaka International Airport on Monday evening, West Indian ODI captain Dwayne Bravo was already talking about his excitement of being in South Africa once more and his eagerness to contribute in a big way to the Sunfoil Dolphins RAM SLAM T20 Challenge campaign.
“Its good to have had a safe flight and to finally be here!” Bravo said with typical West Indian enthusiasm.
“Its been a while since I’ve come to South Africa; it’s a beautiful place to play cricket so making the decision to come here and be a part of this tournament and this team was an easy one for me!
“This is my first time in the SLAM so I’m looking forward to it and to having a good time with the Dolphins,” he added.
Having missed Sunday’s opener against the bizhub Highveld Lions in which his fellow West Indian team mate Chris Gayle clinched four important wickets and notched up a telling half century, Bravo is looking forward to putting on a good display for the crowd in Wednesday’s clash with the Chevrolet Warriors at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead.
“I feel bad that I wasn’t able to play the first game to try and help my team.
“Obviously playing against Chris (Gayle) would have been a great game for us; we always have a good rivalry between us but at the same time I’m here now and I look forward to the remainder of the tournament!
“I’m looking forward to the game on Wednesday; I hope all the fans come out in their numbers and support the team,” encouraged Bravo.
The Calypso King may not have spent any time in South Africa’s domestic T20 campaign previously but he did get a brief insight into the Dolphins setup and their abilities in India a few weeks ago and he hopes this insight together with his experience will see him have a positive influence on his new team mates.
“I had the opportunity to play against the Dolphins back when I was with the Chennai Super Kings in the Champions League and they’re a team not surrounded with many international stars but they’re a team that play well together and that’s the most important thing!
“I’m going to try and do everything in my power to do something special so that the fans will remember who Dwayne Bravo is; try bring my flair, experience and all-round ability to this bunch of talented young men and a very good coach as well.
“I’m excited!” he added “This is a new setup for me so it’s a learning curve as well but at the same time I’m going to have some fun and the most important thing is to try and do well and make the team win!” he added definitively.
The Sunfoil Dolphins take on the Chevrolet Warriors in their RAM SLAM T20 Challenge clash at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on Wednesday 5 November. Play gets underway at 18h00 and fans can purchase their tickets through www.ticketpros.co.za or at the gate.