MUMBAI, India (CMC): West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has said their warm-up victory over Australia has lifted the team’s confidence ahead of their opening group game of the T20 World Cup today. West Indies defeated Australia by three wickets on Sunday in a nail-biting game in Kolkata, with one ball to spare. The win came after the Windies had lost their first official warm-up match against hosts India. “It (the win) has done a lot to our confidence. We had a two-week camp in Dubai. We won all our games there in Dubai. We came here and lost our first warm-up game against India, and then to win last night definitely puts us in a good place,” said Bravo. “You know Australia is one of the better teams in world cricket, so to beat them always gives you that extra boost and confidence.” Bravo was part of the Darren Sammy side which defeated Sri Lanka to win the T20 World Cup in 2012. “The World Cup is always a great tournament to be in. I am very excited to be part of yet another World Cup. I was lucky enough to win one (World T20 in 2012). We lost in the semi-finals in the last one (World T20 in 2014),” Bravo recalled. “For us as West Indies team, we want to take one game at a time, and want to obviously qualify from our group and take it from there.” His presence, along with T20 specialist Andre Russell and big-hitting Chris Gayle, is expected to enhance the chances of West Indies, already considered a favourite next to host India. “I focus on my bowling a lot because most teams that I play for in T20 cricket rely on my bowling,” said Bravo, after launching a video, ‘Champion’, by Vega Entertainment and Venus Entertainment. “Yes, my batting is important, but they (the teams) rely on my bowling in tough times and in death overs. Variation is key for my success as a bowler.” West Indies play England at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai today.
Man United have signed Ander Herrera (pictured) and Luke Shaw What a rollercoaster 12 months it’s been for Manchester United and the club’s long suffering executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.Fresh from winning a 20th league title, the Red Devils embarked on a new chapter as Sir Alex Ferguson stood down, with David Moyes appointed his successor.What happened next was nothing short of disastrous for the club as poor results and a failure to lure top quality players saw United endure a fallow period, with many making Woodward culpable for the off-pitch failings.However, there is a fresh wave of positivity coming out of Old Trafford this summer, and riding the crest is Woodward, who has done far more this time around than he achieved a year ago.talkSPORT takes a look at his and Man United’s transformation.2013By 19 JulyTransfers: ZeroCommerical deals: FivePartnership with Vietnamese bank BIDV (April)Deal with Japanese company Gloops to be club’s social gaming partner (April)Sponsorship deal with Mexican banking group INVEX (June)Partnership with True to become official mobile partner (July)Partnership with Aeroflot as official air carrier (July)Despite being linked with a raft of players, United failed to announce a single transfer by the middle of July 2013. Instead, the club embarked on recruiting a number of new sponsors as they started a global pre-season tour.After 19 JulyTransfers: One (Marouane Fellaini – £26.5m)Commerical deals: 10Partnership with PepsiCo (July)Financial services partnership with AFB (August)Partnership deal with Bulova to be official timekeeper (August)Sponsorship deal with Federal Tyres (August)Sponsorship deal with Apollo Tyres in UK and India (August)Sponsorship deal with Manda Fermentation to be nutritional supplements partner in Japan (September)Sponsorship deal with Commercial Bank of Qatar and Emirates NBD Bank (September)Deal with Banif Bank (November)Renewed deal with STC to become telecoms sponsor for Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Kuwait (November)Deal with Unilever to be club’s personal care and laundry partner in Southeast Asia (November)With the summer flying past, it was increasingly evident the Red Devils needed to sign players, but instead there were further commercial additions made. The club announced five more partnerships before the end of the transfer window, while in terms of personnel only Maroune Fellaini arrived, with an expected deal for Athletic Bilbao’s Ander Herrera descending into farce leaving United with just one arrival.2014By 19 JulyManager arrival: Louis van GaalTransfers: Two (Luke Shaw – £30m; Ander Herrera – £28.5m)Commerical deals: sixDeal with Aperol to be global spirits partner (January)Deal with Eurofood to become club’s official confectionary partner in five countries across Southeast Asia (March)Deal with Serbian bank Eurobank (April)Sponsorship deal with Cho-A Pharm to become official pharmaceuticals partner in Korea and Vietnam (June)£750m kit deal with Adidas (July)Sponsorship deal with Japanese food grooup Nissin where Nissin and Manchester United branded food products will be produced for sale across the globe (July)While the commercial aspects of the club’s operations have continued unabated, Woodward’s efforts in the transfer market are there for all to see. Following United’s announcement of Louis van Gaal as new boss following the departure of David Moyes, Woodward has played a role in landing two of the club’s long-term transfer targets in the form of Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera, ensuring there will be no repeat of last season’s fiasco.What next?Having clearly learned some tough lessons from last summer, United look likely to add to their recruitment drive, as they continue to be linked with some of the world’s finest players. Potential deals for the likes of Arturo Vidal and Angel Di Maria appear more likely than once perceived and while there will undoubtedly be more commercial deals struck, on the pitch at least United look in much better shape heading into what is an immensely important season.Man United fans, how confident are you heading into the new season? What players would you like to see arrival for the new season? Comment below… 1