With West Indian ODI captain Dwayne Bravo now in their midst, the Sunfoil Dolphins are looking forward to their return to Sahara Stadium Kingsmead in Durban on Wednesday when they take on the Chevrolet Warriors in their second match of the 2014/15 RAM SLAM T20 Challenge.
Having jetted in on Monday evening, Bravo had little time to acquaint himself with his new surrounding before meeting his new team mates on Tuesday morning and enjoying a good first training session under the guidance of Dolphins head coach Lance Klusener.
“It is a pleasure to be here and I’d like to thank all those involved in getting me over here for this tournament,” Bravo told reporters at his first press conference in Dolphins colours at the Suncoast Towers on Monday. “It’s good to be here, I’m fit and I’m excited to get the ball rolling tomorrow.”
“I felt welcome and at home at training this morning. I’ve played in a lot of teams around the world and I want to make [Durban] my home as well.
“I have an opportunity to play with a very good team; a young team, and it’s also great to have the opportunity to share the change room with one of the best all-rounders of his time in Lance [Klusener]. It’s a great opportunity for me to learn from him as well,” he added.
Bravo faced up to the Dolphins at the recent Oppo Champions League T20 in India for the first time and liked what he saw there while Klusener is looking forward to the balance Bravo brings to the Dolphins squad having lost the likes of Kyle Abbott and David Miller to the Proteas.
“The game between the Dolphins and the Chennai Super Kings was a great game; high scoring from both teams and it was a game that stood out in my mind so I’m looking forward to playing for the Dolphins,” said Bravo. “It’s not an easy tournament though; it will test my skills and I’m looking forward to being involved.”
“Having Dwayne with us benefits us two fold. Firstly on the field he brings great experience and fills the all-rounder role while he also brings great leadership to our teams – probably one of the youngest teams in the competition,” added Klusener.
President of the KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union, Fa-eez Jaffer also extended his welcome to the international star.
“I think I speak for both the KZNCU and the Dolphins Pty Ltd when I say I believe it is quite a coup for us to have Dwayne with us for the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge.
“He brings a lot of experience with him as adds depth and balance to our squad and hopefully our youngsters can learn from him while he’s here,” said Jaffer.
Bravo’s inclusion in the Durban side’s squad is the only change to the one that travelled to Johannesburg for Sunday’s opener against the bizhub Highveld Lions with Wednesday’s clash against the Warriors at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead set to get underway at 18h00. Tickets can be purchased via www.ticketpros.co.za or at the gate.
Sunfoil Dolphins squad:
Morne Van Wyk, Cameron Delport, Cody Chetty, Khayelihle Zondo, Vaughn Van Jaarsveld, Jonathan Vandiar, Dwayne Bravo, Sibonelo Makhanya, Robert Frylinck, Keshav Maharaj, Daryn Dupavillon, Prenelan Subrayen, Craig Alexander, Rabian Engelbrecht, Lance Klusener (Head Coach), Rivash Gobind (Assistant Coach), Brett Edwards (Physiotherapist)