COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, (CMC):
All-rounder Dwayne Bravo has welcomed comments from some pundits who consider West Indies to be among favourites to win the ICC world Twenty20 tournament under way in Sri Lanka.
At least two members of the team have brushed aside the favourites tag, including captain Darren Sammy, who says it means nothing unless players can back it up with strong performances.
Bravo and the rest of the West Indies cricketers will today and tomorrow focus on final preparations for their opening match against Australia on Saturday.
"It's good to come into the tournament and have people show us the kind of respect and admiration to rate us among the top teams," said Bravo, currently number five in the all-rounders ladder of the latest Twenty20 rankings.
"We have come here as a confident team and we believe we can do very well for the people back home."
Meantime, Bravo is confident he can rediscover the form which saw him produce one of the best allround displays in the short history of the tournament.
In 2009, Bravo took four wickets and made a match-winning half-century as the Windies outplayed India at Lord's.
"I would rate that performance as my best in Twenty20 cricket at the international level," said Bravo.
"It is something that I will remember for some time."
In that match, Bravo had two career-best performances after grabbing 4 for 38 and returning with the bat to scorch a magical 66 not out off 36 balls.
His performances helped West Indies reached the semi-finals, their best showing in the ICC World T20.
"I played really well on that day under pressure and set up a good win," Bravo recalled.
"I believe I am at that level in my game. I know I have a big part to play in the team during this tournament and I will look to contribute in all departments."
The West Indies have been drawn in Group B alongside Australia and Ireland and both first-round matches will be at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
Their opening match against the Aussies on Saturday, will be from 7:30 p.m (9 a.m. Jamaica time).
The second match will be against the Irish on Monday, also under lights at 7:30 p.m.