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Darren Bravo - West Indies Cricket Team

Darren Bravo – West Indies Cricket Team

Darren Bravo knows that his batting style has been constantly compared with Brian Lara. Still he says, “Knowing what Brian has achieved, I do not see any comparison. I bat my natural way. I am Darren Bravo.” The match-winning innings of 86 in the last ODI against India was an important effort for him.

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“I was not picked for the second and the third ODIs. So I had to make this game count.”

He also mentioned that senior batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan supported and encouraged him to stay at the wicket and use his wit and not sheer strength. “He told me to build my innings, said runs would come later.”

Bravo was very optimistic about the three Test series against India. “I should be there in the Test team. I like to spend time at the crease. Test cricket suits my game.”

He added the West Indies pace was quite strong and the Indian batting line-up can face difficulties by their attack in the Test series. “Kemar Roach is bowling well and Ravi Rampaul can be fast too. If Fidel Edwards is fit then it will be a very good pace attack.”

On his rash stroke that led to his dismissal at a critical phase of the chase, India skipper Suresh Raina admits that he needs to spend time in the middle. He has batted well in the first two games. After that he had had a rush of blood in my innings. But there can be no excuse and he has played a couple of bad shots.

He further added, “Hopefully I will have a couple of good sessions ahead of the first Test with my coach and the senior cricketers. Rohit and Virat batted well here today. You saw that.”

Coach Duncan Fletcher was praising Raina as he led a young Indian side at the age of 24 and was also impressed with Virat Kohli’s batting.

About Kohli he said, “He is a very good player. He went through a phase when he was hard on himself and didn’t get runs. Today he showed that he could apply his mind under pressure. His innings was outstanding.”

Fletcher also said the Indian bowlers were exceptional as they improved with every performance. “Ishant’s one particular spell was encouraging and he bowled with good pace and line. Munaf and Praveen produced some good spells. Among the spinners, Mishra pulled us back regularly. Ashwin bowled very well. Harbhajan put up a good performance.”

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