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Windies all-rounder staying focused in shutdown

Published:Sunday | March 29, 2020 | 12:37 AM
Bravo
Bravo

West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo continues to adhere to a strict fitness regime despite inactivity caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which has shut down sporting activities across the world.

The 36-year-old Trinidadian should have flown out to India last week to participate in the Indian Premier League, but Bravo and all sportsmen across the region and the world have been grounded due to COVID-19.

With no cricket to play, Bravo says he still puts in work to keep fit as he waits with bated breath the day when he and his fellow professionals can grace the field once again.

“Every day, I have my trainer come to the house and we go through our fitness routine,” said Bravo.

Bravo has put out videos on his Instagram account showing him running and stretching in his garage.

The all-rounder says he has not been doing any technical work in the nets but he has been doing his best with the extra time.

STAYING POSITIVE

“I have pretty much been staying indoors because with the restrictions currently in place we can’t train together as a group, but I have been spending a lot of time with my kids and just staying positive until we can go out and play cricket again.”

Just this year, Bravo made a return to international cricket with the West Indies in a T20 series against Ireland, and the all-rounder says his return has been good so far, and he can’t wait to get back out on the pitch.

“It’s always a pleasure for me to represent the West Indies, and in that first series against Ireland, I felt like I was making my debut.”

The Trinidadian said he was motivated to come back and play for the West Indies as he believes the regional side has a talented bunch that can go on to do big things.

“It’s great to be playing with this young, talented bunch of guys. When you look around and you see the likes of Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Brandon King and Fabian Allen, it motivates me to want to continue, and I am willing to share my knowledge to help the team in whatever way possible,” added Bravo.

The talented all-rounder has also been keeping himself busy in the recording studio as he has just released a new song titled We Not Giving Up, in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

– L. A.