India v West Indies, 4th ODI, Indore December 7, 2011

Darren Bravo ruled out with hamstring injury

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Darren Bravo, the West Indies batsman, has been ruled out of the fourth ODI against India in Indore because of a hamstring injury. Bravo injured his left hamstring in the previous game in Ahmedabad and had to retire during his innings.

"Darren Bravo is out for the next game," Darren Sammy, the West Indies captain, said on the eve of the match. "Like we showed when Shiv [Shivnarine Chanderpaul] missed a Test [in Mumbai], young [Kieron] Powell came in and took responsibility."

Bravo has been an important part of West Indies' batting line-up. He scored centuries in the Tests in Kolkata and Mumbai and made 60, 13 and 26* in the first three one-dayers. West Indies trail 1-2 in the five-match series and need to win at the Holkar Stadium to keep the contest alive.

"Yes, we will miss Bravo in the line-up. But it gives an opportunity for someone else to come out and make a name for himself. Our team is definitely improving; when we miss guys, the guys come in and perform."

West Indies won the third ODI at Motera - their first victory on the tour of India - to prevent the hosts from taking the series with two games to spare.

Sammy said the 16-run victory had boosted the confidence of his team, which had competed but fallen short in the first two matches.

"The team's morale is good, we've been coming close. It's about taking the opportunity, grabbing it and winning," Sammy said. "We did it in the last game, so the morale is definitely up some more."

"It's two games left and most of the guys have been away from home for two and a half months. We want to finish on a high. We have to believe we can win. It's an important game for us and hopefully we can win it and take it down to Chennai for the final."

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  • Dummy4 on December 8, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    My Wi Squad is C.Gayle,W.Perkins,M.Samuels,Darren Bravo,K.Pollard,A.Russel,C.Barnwell,D.Sammy,R.Rampaul,K.Roach,S.Naraine.

  • Dummy4 on December 8, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    Really sad.I'm a big fan of him.Hope he recovers soon.And I suggest Windies drop Denzel Hyatt who is worse than a club player and play both Barath and Powell.Saw both of them in the recent series.

  • Abhi on December 8, 2011, 4:54 GMT

    I am a huge fan of West Indies cricket and I hope their board is able to resolve all issues and put together their best team in all formats of the game. Cricket would be far more interesting if West Indies goes back to its days of glory!

  • Abhi on December 8, 2011, 4:45 GMT

    I guess when Sammy says, "It's about taking the opportunity, grabbing it " - he is talking of himself catching in the slips! :-). He has been a great help to India with those dropped catches!

  • Anil on December 8, 2011, 3:40 GMT

    Great to see West Indies playing as a team, they will come up well in future, they have good fast bowlers like Edwards, Roach and Rampaul, good spinners like Bishoo and Surnaraine, a fit Dwayne Bravo will add a lot of balance to the side.

  • Basil on December 8, 2011, 2:50 GMT

    Didn't Sammy score 41 off 17 balls? How many players are capable of that? ...outside of a powerplay too... . Way too many haters here.

  • Isaac on December 8, 2011, 2:41 GMT

    simple solution. drop danza both barath n powell Simmo,Barath,Powell,Marlon,Ramdin,Pollard,Sammy,Russell,Ravi,Narine,Roach. Batting a bit thin, but that will hav 2 make do. would hav loved som1 like Sarwan or Kirk 2 com in the team now n sure up the middle order but the youngsters are getting their chances

  • Hollis on December 8, 2011, 0:03 GMT

    In support of Jason Mohammed to replace Bravo for the match. Powell is also a good candidate but I believe Mohammed is more geared towards the fify overs game. Bharat needs to rest his hamstring and do some reflection on his batting over the last few games. Certainly not rising to his true potential.

  • Michael on December 7, 2011, 22:41 GMT

    Didn't remember Barath ....instead of opening with Powell as I had mentiioned in a comment that was not posted.....Barath needs to be brought back to open with Simmons,with Hyatt at 3 and Samuels at 4.Do not send Ramdin at 5,place him at no.10 to guide Roach and Narine. Sammy and Gibson need to read the game,and rearrange Sammy,Pollard,Russell and Rampaul,depending on the situation .Open the bowling with Samuels and a pacer.....and bowl the pacers in 3 over spells.If Narine is the trump card,spread out his overs more..a 2 here ,a 3 down the line,then a 1 and the final 4 depending on the situation.Narine should bowl with either Roach or Rampaul at ALL times at the other end.Sammy and Gibson, need to confused the Indians,who will be more competitive with Pathan's presence.Hey ! almost forgot,send them in if you win the toss.

  • Dummy4 on December 7, 2011, 19:55 GMT

    Everyone seem to be talking about the balance of the West Indies team like that is the reason the team is not winning consistently. The West Indies team have not been winning for the last 15 years, bring Sammy in as captain, all of the sudden, he is upsetting the balance of the team. The reason we are not winning is because the guys are not applying themselves at the crease and we are not scoring enough runs. Simple as that !!

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