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‘Want to win it for Tevin’

Ravichandran Ashwin, who picked up four wickets for 11, in Dhaka, on Sunday

Dhaka: The West Indies players want to win the World T20 for Tevin Robertson, who died in a car crash on Saturday. A member of the Trinidad &Tobago under-19 team, Robertson was driving on a highway near Gasparillo, in southern Trinidad when the accident happened.

“Condolences to his family... Tevin was a very friendly, polite and a young player coming around the national team. It’s very sad,” said Dwayne Bravo on Sunday.

“Yesterday as we were watching the England versus South Africa game, we got the news through a text message and were in a shock. We can’t actually believe that a life has gone just like that. We are all sad that we can’t be at home for his funeral. It’s a sad loss.

“He’s the second cricketer in two years that we’ve lost in an accident after Runako Morton. It’s a life gone too soon… We had him in our prayers this morning, and if we win this event, we will dedicate it to him,” remarked Bravo, who’s also from Trinidad & Tobago.

The West Indies are focused on their match against Pakistan on Tuesday, a virtual quarter final that will decide the other semi-finalist from Group 2. India have already made the semis.

Bravo said the victory against Australia is a thing of the past. “It’s always good to win games especially against opponents you respect a lot. It’s always nice to finish the games that run so close. It shows that you have fighting spirit and a never-say-die attitude. We just look to get better and better every game.”

He agreed with Darren Sammy who said the team hasn’t played to potential. “I don’t think any team has played to potential. We want to have a look at the things we can improve on and analyse our strengths and weaknesses… We enjoyed our victory against Australia, but the Pakistan game is the most important for us. We need to win that game and get to the semi-final first,” Bravo made the team’s priorities clear.

He ruled out any lack of passion or intensity after such an emotional victory against Australia. “The intensity will always be there. That wasn’t the semi-final or final. The game against Pakistan is important for both the teams. I know it will be a nail-biting game. Come that game, we will be aware of what exactly we need to do. This is a very tough group and the group of death. We need to play well.”

But how long did the party last on Friday? “Not long... We did some stuff in the dressing room. It was an exciting game for us. We were really pumped up for that game. We are pumped up for all the games, but that game was more special for us. We enjoyed the victory and celebrated in the dressing room.”

Bravo ruled out any lingering bad blood between the two teams after Friday’s victory. “We have met in the hotel lobby... Obviously that happened on the field. Today morning, I was having a chat with Haddin, Finch and Warner about the Big Bash League. Speaking for myself, we are all good friends off the cricket field. I play a lot with them in the Big Bash.

“That game was really heated. We really needed to win. We were better placed in the group, but the comments before the game played up a bit, but what happens on the field stays there,” he said.

“We are all professional cricketers. They want to win and they will do whatever it takes to try and get a win. Sometimes, we use it for motivation and some other teams retaliate. We try and prepare well and be expressive on the field.

“At the hotel, we see each other, meet and have a quick chat. We may not be best of friends or go out for dinner. We play together for the Big Bash and the IPL and some of them come and play in the Caribbean Premier League too. With all these leagues in the world, you end up developing a better relationship.”