One hundred and thirty-two (132) runs. That’s all Royal Challengers Bangalore needed yesterday.
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Manohar: Expect great things from Bravo
Manager of the national cricket team Manohar Ramsaran says that batsman Darren Bravo is in great spirits and ready to deliver big runs for T&T in the upcoming Nagico Super50 cricket tournament which bowls off on Thursday at the Queen’s Park Oval, St Clair.
Bravo left the West Indies tour of New Zealand during the early stages of the limited overs series, citing personal reasons for his departure. He returned home and was given time away from the game to deal with his situation and now he is ready for cricket again, according to Ramsaran.
“Darren is in great spirits and this tells me that he is ready for the game again and will deliver big runs for T&T in the upcoming tournament,” said Ramsaran.
“He has been a great performer for this country and it is good to see that he is back with us and ready to deliver.”
The former Sports Minister said the team spirit was very good and with the arrival back home of skipper Dwayne Bravo, things are looking good going into this tournament.
“Dwayne is back home and he was actually skippering the team during the washed out game against the Windwards on Sunday. He has brought this togetherness with him and the team is gelling nicely.
“The players all want to do well for their country. They know that with the home advantage fans would expect us to do very well in this tournament so they are looking to get their focus right and get it early going into game one.”
T&T will play their first game on Sunday against Barbados at the Queen’s Park Oval starting at 1.30 pm.
Meanwhile, at the moment 12 of the 14 man squad is available to play. Sunil Narine is still in South Africa playing their domestic T20 tournament, while Ravi Rampaul is still not 100 per cent recovered from his hand injury. According to Ramsaran, he will be ready for the opening match.
“Ravi saw the WICB doctor Anil Gopiesingh and he stated that he will be ready for selection come Sunday. We are going to give him the required rest over the next few days, so that he increases his chances of being fully recovered in time for Sunday.”
The T&T players will have a training session at the National Cricket Centre (NCC) this morning from 9.30 am, as they continue their preparations.
The tournament gets off in earnest on Thursday with the defending champions Windward Islands taking on Jamaica from 1.30 pm at the Oval.