Kolkata: Nov 17, 2011
West Indies centurion Darren Bravo, who led a strong fightback in the second innings of the second Test against India, said batting with senior pro Shivnarine Chanderpaul gave him a lot of confidence.
"I played my natural game as much as possible. Luckily the big hits came off. I am happy with my performance. Batting with Chanderpaul gave me a lot of confidence," he said.
Bravo slammed 230-ball 136 in their second innings while following on but his efforts went in vain as West Indies slumped to an innings and 15-run defeat.
"It is obviously a sad feeling because it (century) was not enough. Making India bat again was an uphill task but we have our heads high with our performance in the second innings," he said.
The victory in second successive Test means India now have an unassailable 2-0 lead and Bravo felt it would be difficult to stop the hosts even in the third Test in Mumbai, starting on November 22.
"I think it is difficult, but we will play with a lot of pride, lot of passion. We know what went wrong with our performance in the first match and here, so obviously our preparations will be better.
"Hopefully if not a victory, it will be a great chance for us as a team to come out and counter them," he said.
The 12 Test matches old Bravo said that he did not change anything about his game before the Kolkata Test but worked on his concentration.
"I don't think my batting has changed in any sort of way, I worked on my concentration a lot more. I remembered something my brother told me. He said, 'when you get the first century, the second and third will come much easier than the first one'.
"That is something that I kept very close to me.
Hopefully, I can continue with the performances for the West Indies.
"Before this Test match, I played with my bat along the pad in the nets (to avoid lbw). I have been trying to get my bat as much in front of the pad. As a batsman there has been improvement. It is important to keep improving and play my natural game," explained Bravo.
On West Indies' second innings when they put up a much improved show than their 153 all out in 48 overs in the first innings, Bravo said they played more freely.
"Wicket did not change that much. In the second innings we decided to come together as a team, play our strokes, express ourselves in the best possible way. The guys played pretty well.
"It was good to see Adrian (Barath) and Kirk (Edwards) bat well at the top of the order and Marlon Samuels later. It is good to know that it is not just Chanderpaul we can depend on to get big scores," he insisted.
Bravo said that they were working with their batting coach (Desmond Haynes) so that they do not lose wickets in cluster.
"When we bat well, we have a big partnership. But when we lose one wicket, we lose a couple more. We are working on that with our batting coach and will try to improve that as soon as possible."(PTI)