Injured Bravo ruled out of fourth ODI
West Indies today suffered a big blow ahead of their fourth one-day international against India here tomorrow as key batsman Darren Bravo was today ruled out of the crucial match because of left hamstring injury.
"Darren Bravo is out for next game. Like we showed when Shiv (Shivnarine Chanderpaul) missed a Test (third and last Test in Mumbai which ended in a thrilling draw), young (Kieron) Powell came in and took responsibility," West Indies skipper Darren Sammy said at the customary match-eve media conference at the Holkar Stadium today.
Sammy conceded the team will miss the classy left-handed batsman, who hurt his hamstring in third ODI at Ahmedabad, but said it would give an opportunity for someone else to step up and take charge.
"Yes, we will miss Bravo in the line up. But it gives opportunity for someone else to come out and make a name for himself. Our team is definitely improving when we miss guys, the guys would come in and perform," he said.
The visiting captain said he was confident that the 16-run victory over India at Ahmedabad, which kept them in the hunt in the series in which they now trail 1-2, has lifted the morale of the team.
"Morale of the team is good. So far we kept seeing we have been coming close. It's about taking the opportunity and grabbing it and winning. We did it in the last game, so the morale is definitely up some more," he said.
He said the tourists were looking forward to finishing the series on a high after being away from the Caribbean for over two months, with the tour to Bangladesh preceding the current one.
"It's two games left and most of the guys have been away from home for two and a half months. We want to finish on a high. We have to believe we could win. It's an important game for us and hopefully we could win it and take it down to Chennai for the final," he said.