Bravo: Losing Gayle is disastrous

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West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo did not even try to put on a stoic face about losing batsman Chris Gayle for the rest of the India series, saying it was the 'worst' possible thing to happen to them.

West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo did not even try to put on a stoic face about losing batsman Chris Gayle for the rest of the India series, saying it was the 'worst' possible thing to happen to them.

Gayle tore his hamstring while being run out in the first ODI in Kochi, and was ruled out of the rest of the three-match series, and possibly for the Tests against New Zealand. The Windies lost the match by six wickets, failing to defend a paltry 211.

The skipper said: "Losing Chris (Gayle) is the worst to happen to us on the tour. He is our best player. He is no longer available for the series and that is a big blow for us.

"Psychologically, also it is not good for us. Before we landed in India, we lost Kieron Pollard and now we lost Chris and they are two of our best players."

Bravo refused to blame Gayle's injury, or the pitch, for his side's poor batting effort, saying both sides had to play on the same track and India were far superior, with Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli putting on a century stand.

He added: "The pitch is the same for both the teams. I think we lost the momentum. The India bowlers are good and they have applied themselves well. 211 was not a good enough total for a team to win an ODI.

"Our batters did not perform to our expectations. We have to work on our batting."

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