West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo today said Sachin Tendulkar's leadership and the contributions from domestic cricketers have played a major role in Mumbai Indians' good display in this year's Indian Premier League.
"We have some good, young local players and they have contributed
very well. They have played a big part in the team's success so far. Obviously our captain (Tendulkar) has been leading us from the front. He's been a top run-scorer. And his ability to lead - I think that is great also," said Bravo.
MI have made a great start with six wins from seven games.
Bravo said he has been impressed by the progress made by young Jharkhand batsman Saurabh Tiwary in one year's time. "This is his second year, I first saw him in South Africa (in last year's IPL). Now I think he has come a long way and I'm very very happy," the 26-year-old Trinidadian said.
Stating he has been impressed by another young player, Ambati Rayudu, Bravo said the youngsters in the team not only are oozing with talent but also possess the right outlook.
"I am impressed with Rayudu too. I have seen a brief stint of him. They all have lot of talent and ability and the right attitude too. Once you have the right attitude and hunger for success, I think you will do well," he said.
Bravo felt the Mumbai franchise has also come to grips with the way to go about in the tournament this season. "In the first year of IPL a lot of teams did not know what to expect, did not know how to play the tournament. It was the first time all of us played together for the first time.
"IPL 2 was in a different country and conditions came into play, In IPL 3 I think a lot of hard work has been put in by the management staff," he explained.
Conceding he could have performed better on the field since joining the team late because of his commitments in the West Indies, Bravo said he was happy that the team was on a roll.
"Well I would love to do a bit more. Most importantly the team is winning and once the team is winning I'm comfortable. When I left home that was my aim, to make sure we have a better outing for ourselves in IPL 3. So far we have been going good and hope to continue the form," he said.
Bravo, who has played 34 Tests and 102 ODIs, viewed the IPL as crucial for players from different countries to not only pick up some form but also inputs about rival players ahead of the upcoming World T20 Cup in the West Indies.
"There is opportunity where you can pick up some fault in other players and try and pass on the message back home to your teammates. There's opportunity for players to pick up form as well going into the the World Twenty20," he said.