Kingsmead has a new son in Dwayne Bravo

2014-11-12 00:00

HE’S already played three games, two of those at home, and it seems the Kingsmead faithful have adopted a new son.

Dwayne Bravo must feel he has been with the Dolphins for a few seasons already, such is the reception he receives whenever he takes the field.

Loyal Kingsmead fans have identified him as a key player and fighter in the team’s quest to reclaim the Ram Slam Challenge T20 trophy. Whenever he walks out to bat, hearty cheers welcome him to the crease, and when he lights up the arena with dashing batting, bowling or an incredible catch — as happened against the Titans last Sunday — the crowd roars.

It’s been many a season since an overseas professional was accepted with such enthusiasm in Durban and the West Indian all-rounder is warming to the occasion. “I’m fitting in well. The set-up at the Dolphins is relaxed and chilled, but there is a high standard of cricket played,” he said.

“I’m happy to be part of it and want to contribute to the team’s success. Reaching the play-off and getting into the final is my goal for the team.”

Bravo is impressed with the standard of the Ram Slam Challenge competition. “It’s a big tournament and every game is important,” he said. “Myself and the other West Indian players involved with the opposition franchises are here to share our experience and contribute to the competition and our teams.”

Looking at the current Dolphins team doing battle in the Ram Slam Challenge, Bravo is impressed with the batting and was happy to see the bowlers do the business in the last match against the Titans.

“It’s a balanced side and it was great to see the spinners get results last Sunday,” he said.

“Having two spinners in the match-day side has become the norm in T20 cricket. Most sides go with this as the spinners get wickets, slow the scoring and encourage batsmen to play their strokes.”

Last Friday’s eight-wicket loss to the Cobras in Cape Town was, according to Bravo, one of those days. “The format of T20 cricket allows for plans to go wrong. We were in a good position when batting and a few quick wickets turned it all upside down,” he said. “It happens in T20 cricket but credit to the players for coming back strongly two days later and improving so well.

“We are still searching for that perfect game and it’s great to see the attitude in the team. They want to do well and at Monday’s optional practise, just about everyone pitched up.”

Whatever Bravo accomplishes in the Dolphins colours, one legacy he will leave behind is the dancing culture he has brought to Kingsmead.

“I celebrate a wicket or catch with a dance and was quite surprised to see the guys doing it in my first game,” he said.

“I enjoy fielding and our job as players is to entertain. Play fair, honest and hard while giving people their money’s worth.”

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