Bangladesh v West Indies, 2nd Test, Mirpur, 3rd day October 31, 2011

Thought it best to attack - Bravo

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Darren Bravo, the West Indies batsman who reached his maiden Test century off the last ball of the third day in Mirpur, has said he was not anxious to achieve the landmark before stumps. Bravo cut the final delivery from Suhrawadi Shuvo through point, a shot that fetched him two runs to complete his first hundred in 18 innings.

"I actually wanted to wait for the right ball to get my first Test century," Bravo said. "It was a back of a length delivery and I thought I played it well. I thought it went for four so I started to celebrate before reaching the hundred but nevertheless, I'm happy."

Earlier in the day Bravo had counterattacked after West Indies had lost their openers, Kraigg Brathwaite and Kieran Powell, cheaply. "I thought attack was the best form of defence. I went out and backed my ability, [it was] great that it paid off in the end.

"I knew there was something special for me around the corner. I was always keeping the faith and [it feels] nice to capitalise on my hard work."

Bravo's 151-run partnership for the third wicket with Kirk Edwards helped West Indies take firm control of the second Test, securing a lead of 331 with seven wickets in hand and two days remaining. He ended the day on 100 off 165 balls with two sixes. It is said that Bravo's batting style evokes memories of Brian Lara and he paid tribute to his "role model" after the century.

"I look up to Lara a lot," Bravo said. "As a kid growing up, I would look at him batting and when he got out I would turn off the TV to go outside and play. To be quite honest, though, this is my natural way of batting. I just go outside and express myself. I've heard this question over and over. When I'm performing, nobody sees it as a burden but as soon as I'm failing, the burden question pops up."

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  • Coraline_Jones on November 1, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    Keep making centuries Bravo... it gives me glimpses of Great Lara. I love 2 watch u becoz u bat like him. Now start playing like him. U know he is a legend, u need to be the same one day. keep working hard. kudos on maiden century.

  • on November 1, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    I am a big fan of West Indies, but I dont know why WI selection comm is making fun of themselves by omitting Gayle and keeping Darren Sammy.He is a worthless player and he is not only playing Test matches but also captaining the side. Andre russle should replace him as a bowler and some one else should be made captain. Darren sammy dont have the capacity to play even t20 matches

  • on November 1, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    congrats bravo on maiden test ton. hope u have a long & successful career. wI will win this test match.

  • maddy20 on November 1, 2011, 7:03 GMT

    A doubleton against Bangladesh is a false dawn. The real test awaits across the Bangladeshi border in 4 days time!

  • on November 1, 2011, 1:02 GMT

    Well done Bravo on your maiden test ton. I just want to say to people such as Daivney Thomas that West Indies Never lost to Bangladesh with players he chose to call so call superstar. Daivney Thomas I can see why you can back Sammy and Gibbson because you have problem with great players.

  • on October 31, 2011, 23:58 GMT

    Congrats Darren keep up the good work. Always trust yr ability. Trust WI win this one.

  • Silloh on October 31, 2011, 23:50 GMT

    Well done Bravo ! You are far off from being Lara , not that you have claimed to be close. So let the bat do the talking and strive to be consistently good. Value your wicket and let bowlers earn such. Too many young batsmen fail in their concentration around the 20 run mark . You have the potential to be a great batsman a great all round cricketer.

  • RandyOZ on October 31, 2011, 22:22 GMT

    I really hope this next crop of young lads: D.Bravo, Simmons, Braithwaite, Edwards, Bishoo, can lift the WI out of the doldrums and back to the upper echelons of cricket!

  • manlid on October 31, 2011, 22:09 GMT

    CONGRATS BRAVO. THIS IS A PERFECT PRACTICE FOR THE TOUGHER TEST IN INDIA.

  • on October 31, 2011, 20:26 GMT

    I unfortunately slept through this innings. I have not been one of Bravo's bigger fans. I felt he was overrated and not ready for the big time. His footwork has not been good, neither batting or fielding. He has talent but needs some serious work on his fielding and I hope his batting continues to improve.

    West Indies need more innings like this from young Bravo.

  • Coraline_Jones on November 1, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    Keep making centuries Bravo... it gives me glimpses of Great Lara. I love 2 watch u becoz u bat like him. Now start playing like him. U know he is a legend, u need to be the same one day. keep working hard. kudos on maiden century.

  • on November 1, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    I am a big fan of West Indies, but I dont know why WI selection comm is making fun of themselves by omitting Gayle and keeping Darren Sammy.He is a worthless player and he is not only playing Test matches but also captaining the side. Andre russle should replace him as a bowler and some one else should be made captain. Darren sammy dont have the capacity to play even t20 matches

  • on November 1, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    congrats bravo on maiden test ton. hope u have a long & successful career. wI will win this test match.

  • maddy20 on November 1, 2011, 7:03 GMT

    A doubleton against Bangladesh is a false dawn. The real test awaits across the Bangladeshi border in 4 days time!

  • on November 1, 2011, 1:02 GMT

    Well done Bravo on your maiden test ton. I just want to say to people such as Daivney Thomas that West Indies Never lost to Bangladesh with players he chose to call so call superstar. Daivney Thomas I can see why you can back Sammy and Gibbson because you have problem with great players.

  • on October 31, 2011, 23:58 GMT

    Congrats Darren keep up the good work. Always trust yr ability. Trust WI win this one.

  • Silloh on October 31, 2011, 23:50 GMT

    Well done Bravo ! You are far off from being Lara , not that you have claimed to be close. So let the bat do the talking and strive to be consistently good. Value your wicket and let bowlers earn such. Too many young batsmen fail in their concentration around the 20 run mark . You have the potential to be a great batsman a great all round cricketer.

  • RandyOZ on October 31, 2011, 22:22 GMT

    I really hope this next crop of young lads: D.Bravo, Simmons, Braithwaite, Edwards, Bishoo, can lift the WI out of the doldrums and back to the upper echelons of cricket!

  • manlid on October 31, 2011, 22:09 GMT

    CONGRATS BRAVO. THIS IS A PERFECT PRACTICE FOR THE TOUGHER TEST IN INDIA.

  • on October 31, 2011, 20:26 GMT

    I unfortunately slept through this innings. I have not been one of Bravo's bigger fans. I felt he was overrated and not ready for the big time. His footwork has not been good, neither batting or fielding. He has talent but needs some serious work on his fielding and I hope his batting continues to improve.

    West Indies need more innings like this from young Bravo.

  • Rahulbose on October 31, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    Watching him bat reminds me of Lara. Hope he continues to play well and keeps the Caribbean batting Legacy alive in cricket. We have already lost the great WI fast bowlers.

  • on October 31, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    about time, just keep working on the basics you will do well

  • on October 31, 2011, 17:05 GMT

    well done young bravo much more is expected ....keep on batting

  • on October 31, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    congratulations dm bravo...keep improving for when you take on india!!

  • on October 31, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    Great jod Darren! I was looking forward to this for a long time. Now that your shackels are broken, let us see many more 100's. You stepped up in a time when we needed you. We miss all the Trinidadian front line players in the Super 50 but happy that you all could contribute to the WI team. A nother 100 runs and we could win this test match.

  • on October 31, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    I am happy see that of young bravo, I was wandering when it's was going to happen, finally he broke free. Well done youngest I am anticipating many, many more. Well done West Indies, also the top order did very, very well. This what I was hoping to see happen, the result of the rebuilding process, if this result manifest it self in India, west indies can be the great power house it once were. Without the so call great players who are not presently in west Indies squad, we are playing well. Leave the system, leave the present coach, leave the present captain,we are going to well with them. GO WEST INDIES!

  • Cool_Jeeves on October 31, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    Warren, with a century against Bangladesh to begin with, he looks to be the next Tendulkar, rather than Lara...

  • on October 31, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    I remarked to my dwife when bravo got LBW in the first innings that he was no longer using his feet and getting to the pitch of the ball, and that he was doing too much "poking!" Seems as though hea heard me very clearly! I rejoice with him, for I know that he has the talent! Blessings on you and all the youngsters in the west Indies team1 I still say that Russell should be in that mix! He can provide useful runs, and bowls at the stumps, something that Roach should strive to do more often, and pitch up the ball with the bouncer being used as a surprise! There is also need for a spinner, and I suggest the St. Lucian youngster, Mathurin or Nikita Miller! The fielding can go up a notch as well! I am a West Indian, and always will be!

  • on October 31, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    He has kept improving this is only the beginning for this young man

  • indianzen on October 31, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    I am expecting a good challenge at least this time from WI to India, having played in some bangla sub continental pitches, they should do well unlike Washed out England...

  • on October 31, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    Huge boost in confidence for a man with tons of natural talent. Hopefully the start of great things for Lara the second.

  • cricchic on October 31, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    Good job DM Bravo, this was long time coming, looking forward for a double hundred.

  • chesumsne on October 31, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    Well done Bravo. Keep on working hard. The efforts do pay off in the long run. First your fielding has improved in this match, now you manage to score your maiden test century. Never become complacent and keep fighting for the Windies with passion. You have a long future ahead of you...

  • on October 31, 2011, 13:43 GMT

    Congrats Lara....amm I mean Bravo,great knock mate....now to target India.

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  • on October 31, 2011, 13:43 GMT

    Congrats Lara....amm I mean Bravo,great knock mate....now to target India.

  • chesumsne on October 31, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    Well done Bravo. Keep on working hard. The efforts do pay off in the long run. First your fielding has improved in this match, now you manage to score your maiden test century. Never become complacent and keep fighting for the Windies with passion. You have a long future ahead of you...

  • cricchic on October 31, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    Good job DM Bravo, this was long time coming, looking forward for a double hundred.

  • on October 31, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    Huge boost in confidence for a man with tons of natural talent. Hopefully the start of great things for Lara the second.

  • indianzen on October 31, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    I am expecting a good challenge at least this time from WI to India, having played in some bangla sub continental pitches, they should do well unlike Washed out England...

  • on October 31, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    He has kept improving this is only the beginning for this young man

  • on October 31, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    I remarked to my dwife when bravo got LBW in the first innings that he was no longer using his feet and getting to the pitch of the ball, and that he was doing too much "poking!" Seems as though hea heard me very clearly! I rejoice with him, for I know that he has the talent! Blessings on you and all the youngsters in the west Indies team1 I still say that Russell should be in that mix! He can provide useful runs, and bowls at the stumps, something that Roach should strive to do more often, and pitch up the ball with the bouncer being used as a surprise! There is also need for a spinner, and I suggest the St. Lucian youngster, Mathurin or Nikita Miller! The fielding can go up a notch as well! I am a West Indian, and always will be!

  • Cool_Jeeves on October 31, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    Warren, with a century against Bangladesh to begin with, he looks to be the next Tendulkar, rather than Lara...

  • on October 31, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    I am happy see that of young bravo, I was wandering when it's was going to happen, finally he broke free. Well done youngest I am anticipating many, many more. Well done West Indies, also the top order did very, very well. This what I was hoping to see happen, the result of the rebuilding process, if this result manifest it self in India, west indies can be the great power house it once were. Without the so call great players who are not presently in west Indies squad, we are playing well. Leave the system, leave the present coach, leave the present captain,we are going to well with them. GO WEST INDIES!

  • on October 31, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    Great jod Darren! I was looking forward to this for a long time. Now that your shackels are broken, let us see many more 100's. You stepped up in a time when we needed you. We miss all the Trinidadian front line players in the Super 50 but happy that you all could contribute to the WI team. A nother 100 runs and we could win this test match.