Apart from being a vital cog in the Mumbai Indians’ set-up since the IPL’s inception, all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has played Twenty20 cricket across the globe. In an exclusive interview with the Hindustan Times, the Caribbean player reveals his bond with MI, Brian Lara and Sachin Tendulkar and his passion for singing. Excerpts:
How would you differentiate between the Stanford T20, the IPL, the Big Bash and the Champions League?
They all are different in their own way, but the IPL, to me, is a lot harder. It’s the hardest in terms of demand, it has the toughest opponents, it has so many quality international cricketers and we are surrounded by a lot of talented Indian cricketers. So, for me, it is the toughest among all these T20 tournaments. And, it’s a tournament you really enjoy and you want to be a part of it. There is not much pressure to perform and the crowd coming to support is unbelievable.
Does the addition of two teams augur well for you?
(Am) Not really concerned about it. I believe I am a Mumbai Indian at heart and they think the same way, so I am not really thinking about it.
Who do you think is a better all-rounder, Shane Watson or Dwayne Bravo?
Difficult question. I think it’s Watson and I am very happy with the progress he has shown. He has had a fantastic season. I will give him the nudge because he opens the batting in Test cricket and I don’t have to do that. That’s not an easy job to do, so hats off to him.
Who is a better mentor, Sachin Tendulkar or Brian Lara?
You’re putting me in a spot… Lara is my mentor right from childhood and he always will be. And Brian used to tell me about how he admired Sachin Tendulkar. And, now I am playing with him. So, I am very happy to be part of his team. I am happy and privileged to have played with both Tendulkar and Lara.
Mumbai Indians or Trinidad and Tobago?
Of course T&T. It’s my country. Mumbai Indians come second, T&T come first and the West Indies third.
Your favourite off-field activity?
Tell us something about your band back home?
It’s just a band that all of us back home in the West Indies formed. Myself, my younger brother (Daren), Richard, our analyst, our masseur, Suleiman Benn, Chris Gayle we all do some fun. Whenever we go to a hotel and see a band playing, we go there and take over. But it’s all for fun. Nothing serious.