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

Thought it best to attack - Bravo

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October 31, 2011

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Darren Bravo takes off for a run, Bangladesh v West Indies, 2nd Test, Mirpur, 3rd day, October 31, 2011
Darren Bravo: "I actually wanted to wait for the right ball to get my first Test century." © Associated Press
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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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Posted by 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.

Posted by   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

Posted by   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.

Posted by 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!

Posted by   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.

Posted by   on (October 31, 2011, 23:58 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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!

Posted by manlid on (October 31, 2011, 22:09 GMT)

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

Posted by   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.

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