Bravo wants to be at his best before the start of the ICC World Twenty20
West Indies batsman Darren Bravo has revealed that he has fully recovered from the groin injury he sustained halfway through an ODI series against England in June, but stated that he still has to work on his general fitness before making his return.
Speaking exclusively to the Trinidad Express, Bravo said: “I am 100% fit, but there is still work to be done on my endurance and fitness, but I am pain-free at this point in time. I am happy I went through the tough period and now I am looking forward to getting back on the field and performing.”
Bravo has been selected in the West Indies 15-man squad for the upcoming International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20 later this month in Sri Lanka, and is training extra hard to ensure that he is fully fit before the start of the tournament.
“I have been working extremely hard, waking up at 5.30 in the morning and doing my physical fitness and stuff like that, so things are looking up for me. I am working here at the Queen’s Park Oval [in Trinidad] with the likes of my brother [Dwayne Bravo], [first-class player] Justin Guillen and [Kieron] Pollard every evening, so I am going to bounce back and perform to the best of ability,” Bravo added.
Even though he was sidelined for the recent series against New Zealand, Bravo stated that he was extremely impressed how convincingly the West Indies won, and that the team showcased the same sort of cricket during the World Twenty20.
“It was difficult lying on my bed and looking at the series, but I am really happy for the guys. They really went out there and played to their true potential. It was a good feeling to see Chris Gayle back and performing and Marlon Samuels having a wonderful season. It is good to see the experienced guys doing well and helping the younger players on the team. It was good to see Sunil Narine breaking into the Test team and doing extremely well. It is a great feeling to see the team playing good cricket at this point in time,” Bravo said.
Bravo returned to playing competitive cricket recently, playing Twenty20 cricket at the 50 Cricket Festival in Trinidad.
Talking about the festival, Bravo said: “It was good getting back on the playing field and getting a knock out in the middle, I am actually excited about that.”