London, June 7: Describing himself as an "attacking captain", West Indies' new skipper Dwayne Bravo has said he will bank on a host of former leaders in the squad in his new role at the Champions Trophy 2013. And also he revealed that he has learnt a lot about captaincy from Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara and Stephen Fleming.
Bravo, who took charge as West Indies skipper for the tournament, will face up to Pakistan in their Group B opener here at The Oval on Friday.
When asked about challenges as captain, Bravo said he has had good record in the past.
"Captaincy history in terms of records is good, in terms of winning. Most of the years I was captain, I won. But like I said, I'm new to this format. I don't have much experience as a captain, but I've been around the game a long time, and I have a lot of captains on my team. Chris Gayle a former captain, Ramnaresh Sarwan, and Denesh Ramdin, and Darren Sammy, so there are a lot of players in the dressing room that I can get information from and I'll be looking forward to their assistance at all times," Bravo said ahead of the opening game.
Bravo said that being with former captains like Tendulkar, Lara and Fleming had helped him. He said it was never his dream to captain the side but his only ambition was to represent West Indies.
Bravo played with Tendulkar in IPL with Mumbai Indians and with Fleming as coach of Chennai Super Kings, he was part of the franchise.
"To be honest, it was never my dream. My dream was to play for West Indies and do well for West Indies team. My coach once told me it was my destiny to captain the West Indies team, and now that the opportunity has come, I'm really thankful and appreciate it. I know this job is not an easy job, but it's an honor to be a West Indies captain for all the greats that have played the game and all the former captains. So it's a good achievement for me personally.
"Like I said, I'm young, I'm a young captain, and I'll be looking forward to all the help from all the senior players. Like I said, I've been around a long time. I've been in dressing rooms with Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara and Stephen Fleming, so those are players and former players that I learned a lot from, and definitely hope their experience will rub off on me. Hopefully I'll have success like them also."
On asked to describing himself as a captain, the all-rounder said: "Well respected captain, lead from the front. Also in terms of being on the field, I am an attacking captain by nature. I like to attack. I like to look for wickets. I read the game a lot and I'm very pro active. So you will see some strangely played in my system, strange moves, but sometimes if it does work, I look like a genius, but if it doesn't, then you guys are going to have a go at me."
"But, yeah, I think I'm the type of person that trusts my instincts and believes in my decision that I make and I will stand by it. I have the right team, the right players to do the job that I ask for, so hopefully things can work in our way."