Bravo injury a big loss but we''re still strong team: WI coach

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Sabi Hussain

New Delhi, Feb 26 (PTI) West Indies coach Ottis Gibsontoday described the ruling out of all-rounder Dwayne Bravofrom the World Cup due to injury a big loss for his side butsaid even without him they were ready to prove that they werenot just also rans.

"It''s a big setback, a big blow for us. Dwayne is ourvice-captain and one of the key members of our team. He bringsa lot of energy to the dressing room, a lot of positives tobatting and fielding. He was in good form and getting injuredin such a way, it''s really sad. One can''t do much with theseinjury situations," Gibson said ahead of West Indies'' Group Bclash against the Netherlands here on Monday.

"We will miss him big time but we expect the team toovercome the blow and believe in themselves. We are still abig team. We have got history behind us. We still believe wehave got much left in us and we are ready to prove that onthis big stage," he said.

Bravo twisted his left knee during West Indies'' openingWorld Cup match against South Africa at Feroze Shah Kotlastadium when he tried to stop a ball in his follow through.

The MRI revealed a sprain on his anterior cruciateligament and a tear of the knee cartilage.

The team management has already applied for replacementsof opener Adrian Barath and wicketkeeper/batsman Carlton Baughwho were injured before the tournament and Gibson said theywill apply for a substitute for Bravo also.

"We have yet not decided on Bravo''s replacement. We arestill working on that aspect. We wish to soon have hisreplacement," Gibson added.

Gibson said his side were not taking the Netherlandslightly after the ICC associate nation put up a tough fightagainst England by scoring 292 after batting first.

"Every game in World Cup is going to be tough. I wouldnot like to call the associate nations minnows. One shouldcall them lesser known teams. As far as the Netherlands areconcerned, I expect those guys to come hard on us. They werebeaten by England but showed lot of promise against them. Theywere full of energy." PTI SHN PDS

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