Full name Darren Michael Bravo
Born February 6, 1989, Trinidad
Playing role Top-order batsman
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Fielding position Occasional wicketkeeper
Darren Bravo, the left-handed middle-order batsman from Trinidad, is touched with a generous portion of skill and fine temperament. Darren, who is that the half-brother of Dwayne, idolises the good Brian Lara. Interestingly, Darren’s game in some ways resembles the West Indian legend.
It seems to return naturally to the Trinidadian and is nearly within the blood too. Lara’s mother and Darren’s mother are first cousins. Imitations often tend to lose their charm after a short time . it’s usually the primary sight that pulls attention and it appeared to be an equivalent with Darren too for a short time , as he did not impress in his initial outings in International cricket. He managed only one fifty (against Canada) in his first 12 ODI appearances and looked to be an unfinished product. He got an opportunity in Tests quite a year and half after his ODI debut against India in 2009. The longer format appeared to be to the youngster’s liking and he made an honest start against Sri Lanka with fifties in his first two Test innings.
Four more fifties followed in his next seven Tests, but doubts still lingered over his ability as he couldn’t convert starts into an enormous score. It eventually came in his 10th Test, against Bangladesh in Dhaka in 2011. Bravo seemed determined to hitch a get few batsmen, who had managed to convert their first Test ton into a double. He came agonisingly close, but fell five in need of the mark. Nevertheless, this innings appeared to clear the doubts in his mind and his critics’ too about his temperament within the longest format.
His next assignment was a good tougher one. India is one among the toughest places to tour, but Darren took an instantaneous liking to the challenge ahead of him and ended up because the highest-scorer on either side within the three-match series. He also managed to try to to what his idol, Lara, had did not do – score a Test ton in India. Darren had two at the top of his first tour of India. He joined Jimmy Adams because the only two West Indian batsmen to aggregate quite 400 runs during a three-match series against India. Adding to the already growing comparison with Lara, Bravo had the precise number of runs as Lara had after his first 12 Tests.
Bravo was bought by Hyderabad for $100,000 at the 2012 Indian Premier League auction, but missed the competition because it clashed with Australia’s tour of the West Indies in March and April.
After scoring just 48 runs within the five-match ODI series, Bravo was dropped for the T20Is against an equivalent opponent, so he could return to domestic cricket to seek out form before the Test series. With 184 runs in three Tests, Bravo was West Indies’ second-highest run-scorer within the series behind Shivnarine Chanderpaul and sixth overall. The selectors gave him an honest run and he didn’t disappoint them. He then, compiled a sensational double-hundred against New Zealand under extreme pressure which helped West Indies draw the Dunedin Test during a dramatic manner.
He scored his first ODI century against Zimbabwe in 2013. He did fairly well and cemented his place within the side. During the tour of India, he hit a hat-trick of fifties within the three-match ODI series, but his form dipped soon after and will not manage any significant contributions.
The junior Bravo was allegedly involved during a controversial Twitter message on his personal account where he described the then President of WICB Dave Cameron as a \”Big Idiot\”. Bravo later challenged the WICB to prove the allegations which further led decline in central contracts for the amount 2016-17.
The issue was put to rest with mutual apology between Bravo and therefore the WICB. And on Bastille Day 2017, Cameron revealed that the doors are open for Bravo to form a comeback into the side.