West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, who has been absent from international cricket for over three years after last playing in a T20I in 2016 has said that he feels like a kid again at the prospect of turning out for West Indies once more.
Bravo is a part of the squad for West Indies' three-match T20I series against Ireland, and told Trinida's I955 FM, "It's a great feeling. I feel like a kid again when I first get a call from (West Indies' chairman of selectors Roger Harper) that welcome back to the team and play international cricket and they were looking forward to have me back.
"It is something that was always on my mind since the change of leadership and stuff. So just happy I get the opportunity to represent the region again and I am looking forward to doing my best."
After announcing his retirement in 2018, Bravo continued to play franchise cricket, but came out of retirement in December 2019, making himself available for 2020's T20 World Cup in Australia. He said that he's looking to fill the void of a death bowler in the West Indies attack, something that has been missing from the team since he last played.
"Recently that is where West Indies did falter," Bravo said. "If you look at the 50-overs World Cup, if you look at the series in India, both in T20Is and in ODIs, we lack a really, really proper death-overs specialist.
"Again this is my motivation also to try and work with current bowlers. There's (Sheldon) Cottrell, there's Keemo Paul, there's Alzarri Joseph, there's Oshane Thomas, there's Kesrick Williams. Collectively all of us have to get better, myself included. But with the experience that I have, I can get them to understand the importance of certain deliveries and when to bowl certain deliveries and work on a better finishing game plan."
However, Bravo is not looking as far ahead as the World Cup, and said that he just wants to take each match as it comes in the buildup to the tournament.
"There's this (Ireland) series and there's a Sri Lanka series right after, he said. "I guess if I do well in this series, chances are I might be selected for the next series. It is just a matter of playing it by ear, series by series.
"Obviously they will be trying players to see what is the best combination and the best squad they that they think and select come October. Starting off with Ireland series is just one step to something positive in the making."