Full name Darren Michael Bravo
Born February 6, 1989, Trinidad
Current age 26 years 175 days
Major teams West Indies, Deccan Chargers, Nottinghamshire, Trinidad & Tobago, Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel, Trinidad & Tobago Under-19s, West Indies A, West Indies Under-19s
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast
Fielding position Occasional wicketkeeper
Relation Half-brother - DJ Bravo
|Test debut||Sri Lanka v West Indies at Galle, Nov 15-19, 2010 scorecard|
|Last Test||West Indies v Australia at Kingston, Jun 11-14, 2015 scorecard|
|ODI debut||West Indies v India at Kingston, Jun 26, 2009 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Pakistan v West Indies at Christchurch, Feb 21, 2015 scorecard|
|T20I debut||West Indies v Zimbabwe at Port of Spain, Feb 28, 2010 scorecard|
|Last T20I||West Indies v New Zealand at Roseau, Jul 6, 2014 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Trinidad & Tobago v Leeward Islands at Couva, Jan 20-23, 2007 scorecard|
|Last First-class||West Indies v Australia at Kingston, Jun 11-14, 2015 scorecard|
|List A debut||Trinidad & Tobago v Guyana at Port of Spain, Jan 17, 2007 scorecard|
|Last List A||Pakistan v West Indies at Christchurch, Feb 21, 2015 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Middlesex v Trinidad & Tobago at Coolidge, Oct 27, 2008 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Barbados Tridents v Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel at Port of Spain, Jul 26, 2015 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|9||Red Steel||v Tridents||Port of Spain||26 Jul 2015||T20|
|22||Red Steel||v Amazon||Port of Spain||25 Jul 2015||T20|
|86*||Red Steel||v Tallawahs||Port of Spain||23 Jul 2015||T20|
|3||Red Steel||v Amazon||Providence||21 Jul 2015||T20|
|5||Red Steel||v Tallawahs||Port of Spain||19 Jul 2015||T20|
|40||Red Steel||v Patriots||Port of Spain||18 Jul 2015||T20|
|80*||Red Steel||v Tridents||Port of Spain||16 Jul 2015||T20|
|19*||Red Steel||v Zouks||Port of Spain||14 Jul 2015||T20|
|8||Red Steel||v Patriots||Basseterre||11 Jul 2015||T20|
|0||Red Steel||v Tallawahs||Kingston||9 Jul 2015||T20|
Darren Bravo is living proof that imitation is the best form of flattery and learning. Only he chose to do it with one of the most inimitable masters of the game. To try to imitate is one thing, to pull it off at Test level, to imbibe it so much that it becomes you, is quite another. Brian Lara's cousin and Dwayne Bravo's half-brother, the younger Bravo, used to watch cricket only for Lara. As soon as Lara would get out, Bravo would switch off the TV and go out to bat.
The result was not quite The Prince, but a talented left-hand batsman with the same walk, the same backlift, the same flourish, the same footwork, the same mannerisms. The most incredible part, though, is that none of it seems forced, gratuitous or less than the best that Bravo can do. The man was born to bat this way, right down to the same Lara leap upon reaching a century.
It was that century that eluded Bravo for his first 31 ODIs, nine Tests and four T20Is. The appetite, though, was there. For a stylish and attacking batsman, he is one of the few young stars in world cricket who feel more at home as the length of the format increases. His early century drought might suggest otherwise, but he is a man for long innings, a man who seems to love to bat on and on. His first century arrived in Bangladesh, in his tenth Test, and he made it a big one, falling five short of a double. He scored two more in the series in India immediately after. After 12 Tests his run aggregate and average were identical to that of Lara's after 12. He scored his first ODI century against Zimbabwe in 2013.
Of course Bravo doesn't have to face the quality of bowling Lara did, and he bats a position lower that Lara's No. 3. Like Lara he will soon become the best batsman of a struggling batting line-up. What he does with a team even weaker than the one Lara played in will be Bravo's real test.
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