[www.inewsguyana.com] – Last year Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel left the Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, pitch to a chorus of boos by disappointed home fans who had watched the team lose by seven wickets to Guyana Amazon Warriors after being skittled for 103 runs.
Since then, the Red Steel have not lost at the Tragarete Road venue, and of course, owing to their top spot on the table, Dwayne Bravo’s men are feeling the love.
Bravo admitted after Sunday night’s nine-wicket thumping of St Lucia Zouks at the Oval that he had not forgotten the T&T fans’ reaction last season.
It showed, as the Red Steel captain ensured his team made a lap of the ground in thanks to the crowd after the team won their third straight contest there, following earlier triumphs against Jamaica Tallawahs and the Amazon Warriors.
“I can remember last year, losing in the semi-finals, getting a big boo,” Bravo recalled. “I accept it and I understand the fans were hurting and disappointed at that time, and now we’re getting the love again. Trinidad and Tobago people, they love their cricket, they love their sport and you can’t fault them for anything.”
Bravo had a lot more than just the result to be proud about. They players were excited to have met Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar before the encounter. They’ve also developed a “winning habit”, the all-rounder explained, and he was also heartened by the fact that most of his players have come into form.
Much of the credit, Bravo said, goes to coach Simon Helmot.
“That’s the big difference and that’s the plus we have. The level of professionalism he brings within our group, it’s second to none,” said the West Indies ODI captain. The results, he said, are the culmination of focus and teamwork. (wicricnews)