Darren Bravo Biography
Almost everything about Darren Bravo is reminiscent of his cousin Brian Lara. The walk to the crease, the high back-lift, the flamboyance in the effortless shots invokes memories of the legend. When Bravo turned up for the West Indies at the ICC under-19 World Cup 2008, the world took notice of the resemblance; a year down the line, he joined his half-brother Dwayne in the home ODI series against India.
While Bravo has shown his brilliance and natural talent on many occasions, he has not exactly lived up to the West Indian dream of a second Lara. His Test record makes a good read, though one expects more from a player of his calibre.
He scored three fifties in four innings in his debut Test series in Sri Lanka in 2010. He had a successful outing in India in 2011, scoring two tons in three Tests. The comparison with Lara became stronger when he shared identical Test figures with him at the end of 12 Tests — 941 runs at 47.05. Bravo has managed to maintain his average above 40 with some decent performances over the years.
Though he was a part of the side that won the ICC World T20 2012 in Sri Lanka, he is not considered a T20 player, but he has cemented his place in the ODI side. He was picked by Deccan Chargers in 2012, but could not turn up due to international commitments.
Bravo’s finest innings came against New Zealand at Dunedin, where he batted close to ten hours to score 218 and eventually save the Test after West Indies had followed-on upon conceding a 396-run lead.
Nishad Pai Vaidya