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Harsh Kalan in Kolkata 27 May 2013 - 03:58am IST

Bowling at the death helped me: Bravo

Purple Cap winner found his groove while bowling in latter stages

The Chennai Super Kings may have lost the IPL 2013 final to the Mumbai Indians, but they still can take heart in the fact that two of their own won both the Purple and Orange Caps. While Michael Hussey’s exploits at the top of the order helped CSK on the batting front, it was Dwayne Bravo’s wicket-taking form that deflated many an opposition line-ups.

The newly appointed West Indies ODI captain was on song throughout the tournament and ended up claiming a staggering 32 wickets this season. He duly won the Purple Cap for his efforts.

In an exclusive chat with IPLT20.com, Bravo mentioned how bowling in death overs gave him the freedom to change his pace and use more variations this year.

Here are excerpts from his interview:

What did you do different this year when it came to bowling?

This year what I did different was bowl more overs at the death. I have to give credit to Mahi (MS Dhoni) for having faith in me. I always love the challenge of bowling in the latter stages of the game when batsmen tend to go for it. So, I change the pace and use variations. I am happy that I was able to produce results with the ball for the team at crucial moments.

Along with taking wickets, you have become popular for your unique celebrations and dances as well.

The celebrations and dances are all for the fans. We are entertainers, and we come here to give the fans their money’s worth. I like having fun on the field. All of us West Indians, we tend to enjoy our cricket. That is part of our culture.

You squared off against Kieron Pollard four times this season. You two compatriots seem to have a special rivalry brewing.

I always love playing against Pollard. He is one of the best players in the world along with Gayle and Dhoni in this format of the game. So, there is a great competition between us and we never back down. I enjoy that competition we have. And it is great that he is part of a good side now. And credit to him the way he played in the final and in this IPL. 

Apart from Pollard, even other West Indians seem to have struck form during this IPL. This must please you as the West Indies ODI captain.

All the West Indians did well this season. Darren Sammy, he came in late and still did well. Then there is of course Chris Gayle and Sunil Narine. It is a good tournament for us West Indians, and we hope to continue doing well and are looking forward to the next IPL. Right now, it is good to have so many West Indians in form ahead of the Champions Trophy. The shorter formats really suit us. And we just hope to come together as a team and try and bring these individual talents together and hope they perform the same way.

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