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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  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY Abhiramb 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!

  • POSTED BY Abhiramb 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!

  • POSTED BY Anil_Koshy 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.

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist 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.

  • POSTED BY Isaac_7 on | December 8, 2011, 2:41 GMT

    simple solution. drop danza hyatt.play 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

  • POSTED BY Silloh 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.

  • POSTED BY Metman 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,..you 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.

  • POSTED BY 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 !!

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY Abhiramb 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!

  • POSTED BY Abhiramb 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!

  • POSTED BY Anil_Koshy 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.

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist 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.

  • POSTED BY Isaac_7 on | December 8, 2011, 2:41 GMT

    simple solution. drop danza hyatt.play 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

  • POSTED BY Silloh 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.

  • POSTED BY Metman 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,..you 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.

  • POSTED BY 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 !!

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2011, 19:13 GMT

    Give Jason Mohamed an opportunity!!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2011, 18:51 GMT

    The comments made by certain individuals on this site contradict the true spirit and respect for each other shown by both sets of players of India and the WI during play and at the end of the game. They treat each other with mutual respect. Why can't we the supporters do the same??

  • POSTED BY CandidIndian on | December 7, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    muhamadumair and getsetgopk-Can you tell me which major test series or tournament Pakistan has won in last 5 years on the basis of which you guys are making comments full of arrogance. India did win in test series England,WI and NZ, won at Perth and Durban with so called mediocre bowling attack,They won CB series in Aus, Asia cup in SL and WC at home, what has Pak team done with so called great bowlers which you guys hype so much?India lost to Eng recently ,but that was one off series , while for Pak every tour has been a disaster .In Asia cup over-hyped bowlers of Pakistan could not defend score of 267 on a difficult pitch in SL,while in World cup semis so called medicore Indian attack defended score of 260 successfully.You guys could not beat WI in WI, just look at the last 5 year stats of your team and you will know where you guys stand,got the reality check?LOL.

  • POSTED BY Silloh on | December 7, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    Godfrey .. yes I too share your concerns fo these young players breaking down with hamstring challenges. WICB needs to manage that carefully. In addition, they need to monitor carefully as far as possible what these guys eat . If in doubt, they should be referred to Messrs Courtney Walsh or Usaine Bolt out of Jamaica - West Indies. The positive though , it provides a golden opportunity for another youngster in waiting to show case his talent. WICB needs to find another Dennis Waithe who was responsible for fitness to the max for our great players of the past. But, West Indies victory man for the next game !

  • POSTED BY L.P.Grace on | December 7, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    How can anyone complain with Sammy's captaincy? A VERY mediocre WI team just BEAT trhe world champs and have been surprisingly copetitive.

  • POSTED BY simonviller on | December 7, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    Some people here just write a lot of things without checking out the facts and some just write because they hate certain individuals ,like Sammy . Here is a captain making comments ,as he should, about his team and it's players ,to have someone attack him for doing so . Is it because he performed at the right time with the bat to beat your team ? What's cock'y about his comments ? Do you want to put words in his mouth ? Address your own team affairs and leave W.Indies' , will you !

  • POSTED BY zico123 on | December 7, 2011, 15:26 GMT

    West Indies team is really improving, if they can get Cris Gayle back into the team, then will be definitely become a very strong side

  • POSTED BY cricchic on | December 7, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    There a re plenty of batsmen to replace Bravo.. Bharat, Powell, Jason Mohamed..Although I would go with Bharat..he needs to step up...Has not given us a good start for the 1st 2 games...

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    I am a bit concerned with the amount of injuries our young players r encountering. Injuries at the wrong time can negatively impact on teams' performance, as in the case of Z Khan & India. India attack look an ordinary one without ZK. Such is the negativity of injuries. Walsh broke down once in his entire career. We need to seriously look at our physical fitness programme. Is it the amt of cricket or that we don't build them strong anymore? What do u think?

  • POSTED BY CandidIndian on | December 7, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    WI would have missed Bravo more if he missed tests, in ODIs they can manage without him i think. sugars-Shivering out of your skins?One victory after so many losses and cockiness returns.After winning 4 test series in a row against WI and quite a few ODI series ,shivering is out of question.Shivering is a term attached to bowlers like Ambrose, Walsh,Holding,,Roberts , not Sammy.

  • POSTED BY g.narsimha on | December 7, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    YAVAID,I Think BISHOO& SUNIL are better than WARNE,SHAQLAIN etc as SACHIN used to thrash them left & right all over the cricketing world .

  • POSTED BY g.narsimha on | December 7, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    GET SET GO PK Yes you have rightly said, as PAKs s all yesteryears batsman earned greatnes on feasting INDIAs medocre bowling including JAVED MIANDAD to india specific SALIM MALIK, SAEEDANWAR, so relax & concentrate on your teams great perforamance against BD which is one of the present days strongest team on earth. How ever i am at the loss to understand how could your great team could not defeat this WI team with mediocre playerslike BRAVO,SAMUELBISHOO& SAMY etc in WINDEES,How could your greate bowlers fail to contain these mediocre batsman to win a SERIES IN WI which is still elusive to yourgreat team .

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    It is of terrible concern about The duplicate prospect of BrianLara,BRAVO.We wish him speedy recovery!Hope he would be fit at Chennai to entertain us in a big way.All the Best Bravo! Sreedharan

  • POSTED BY go_pk_go on | December 7, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    @getsetgopk: Very true, in front of this pathetic bowling attack, every batsman looks like a future lara ... lolz

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2011, 13:10 GMT

    sammy should stop talking and resign or start pulling his weigt, at least he can try catch the ball and stop dropping all those catches.he can't bat and bowl so please do not drop the catches.make some kind of contribution and stop talking

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    West Indies played one specialist batsman less in the last game and got a pretty decent score, in which Sammy contributed 41. So what exactly is the 'balance of the team'? I must admit that I also thought he was an odd choice for captain, but to my mind he has surpassed expectations. Now I think that too many people are hating on him rather blindly!

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    I have noticed that the West Indies were in their best match winning scenarios when they were a batsman short....in one of the tests Chanderpaul was out and they brought Powell in, they made 500+ in that innings and the last ODI they played the extra bowler and left Barath out and they won that one....if the trend continues Bravo should not be missed. I think Barath should be able to fill his role as he is the next best batsman on tour....maybe Jason Mohammed can be given a look in.

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    we need shiv even more now. who stabling de middle order ,powell,sammy, ramdindey is only one time flukes. we need gale an sars back now.

  • POSTED BY WICric101 on | December 7, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    Sugars Sammy brings unity to the team HA! when has sammy ever consistently perform to deserve a place on the team or to much less to captain it. I say whoever can hold a permanent spot on the team(deserve it) should be captain. Anyone with support of peers can lead...

  • POSTED BY Sautrik on | December 7, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    @getsetgopk this bowling you critisise is hardly experienced, where not many have had more than ten matches. this bowling, which you call mediocre, was the reason india whitewashed england 5-0. and not their batting. ... and just saying... india won the WC semi-finals because of their bowling and not their batting... now would you say the batting line up they were up against was mediocre?

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    Bravo is a big loss, his consistency and aggressiveness will be sorely missed. Regarding Darren Sammy, I put together the best test and ODI sides for each nation regularly, and Sammy has NEVER been in my best Windies XI. Although his stats are reasonable, he just doesn't bring enough to the side with bat or ball ON THEIR OWN, and I have personally always considered Dwayne Bravo to be a far superior all-rounder. Also, I am delighted to see Irfan Pathan back. If Darren Sammy was the sort of all-rounder Pathan was at his peak (and I believe is still capable of) his place in the side would be unquestionable.

  • POSTED BY WICric101 on | December 7, 2011, 12:03 GMT

    Good opp. for J Mohammed to show his worth, hope he gets opp.

  • POSTED BY Percy_Fender on | December 7, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    Darren Bravo is a future great. Let us not make any mistake about it. It is sad that he has got injured at a time when he could have made a big difference to the resurgence of the Carribeans. It is such a pity that some comment makers see greatness only after a great's career is over. I take this opportunity to wish Irfan Pathan the very best provided he is in the final XI. He started off as a potential champion but ran out of luck and people who wanted him down. Now is his chance to set the record straight.

  • POSTED BY sugars on | December 7, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    @raj bud are you forgetting shiv was already the west indies captain and the team was just as inconsistant altho they had gayle ,bravo,lara ,sarwan etc.. u guys need to come better.. theres something about sammy that have you guys shivering out off your skins..sammy has brought to the westindies team something his predecessors couldn't..(UNITY) now let the ,man continue to do his thing and lay off sammy

  • POSTED BY couchpundit on | December 7, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    @getsetgopk - > wait till sachin comes back to play last 2 ODI's and struggle again "Sunil Naraine" to make him a better bowler. He already has helped bishoo to be a better bowler.

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  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | December 7, 2011, 11:04 GMT

    A little known player like Darren Bravo is being tipped off for greatness by Lara just because he hammered a few mediocre bowlers? well done India bowlers, the day when Indian bowlers turn Darren Sammy into the greatest batting all rounder of all time is not that far away or so it seems.

  • POSTED BY VVS_a_class_act on | December 7, 2011, 11:00 GMT

    Big loss to Windies.....

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2011, 11:00 GMT

    dARREN BRAVO INJURY HAS BEEN BIG SET BACK FOR THIS MORRAALY HIGH WEST INDIES

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    when sammy,ramdhin need to retired,make simmo shiv the captain,w.i will rise,bring gayle,darren nad see the results

  • POSTED BY Sachit1979 on | December 7, 2011, 10:22 GMT

    Big blow for Windies at this very crucial stage of ODI . He had been their only consistent batsman so far who was in great form. Keiron Powell showed great character in last test match. I think he should be tried out as possible replacement.

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2011, 10:21 GMT

    Darren Sammy has to go he is off setting the balance of the team

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2011, 10:20 GMT

    A big loss to West Indies ahead of a very crucial match.He looks by for the best best batsman in WI lineup.Lets hope that Andrian Barath will do good in placeof him.For India it will be a big test for Irfan Pathan.Wating to see him action after long time.

  • POSTED BY PiyushD on | December 7, 2011, 10:02 GMT

    With all apreciation to WI team, India suffering badly due to failure of PP,Viru,GG,Raina. Its almost half the team that is out of form.But this takes nothing away from WI who have played much better than England.

  • POSTED BY smudgeon on | December 7, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    Shame, Bravo has really come good! Oh well, at least it's nothing too serious.

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    :O :( sad for him.....he is really an upcomming star....hope he is fit soon!

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | December 7, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    WI even depleted.. Their best and in form player ll be missed for sure..

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  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | December 7, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    WI even depleted.. Their best and in form player ll be missed for sure..

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    :O :( sad for him.....he is really an upcomming star....hope he is fit soon!

  • POSTED BY smudgeon on | December 7, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    Shame, Bravo has really come good! Oh well, at least it's nothing too serious.

  • POSTED BY PiyushD on | December 7, 2011, 10:02 GMT

    With all apreciation to WI team, India suffering badly due to failure of PP,Viru,GG,Raina. Its almost half the team that is out of form.But this takes nothing away from WI who have played much better than England.

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2011, 10:20 GMT

    A big loss to West Indies ahead of a very crucial match.He looks by for the best best batsman in WI lineup.Lets hope that Andrian Barath will do good in placeof him.For India it will be a big test for Irfan Pathan.Wating to see him action after long time.

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2011, 10:21 GMT

    Darren Sammy has to go he is off setting the balance of the team

  • POSTED BY Sachit1979 on | December 7, 2011, 10:22 GMT

    Big blow for Windies at this very crucial stage of ODI . He had been their only consistent batsman so far who was in great form. Keiron Powell showed great character in last test match. I think he should be tried out as possible replacement.

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    when sammy,ramdhin need to retired,make simmo shiv the captain,w.i will rise,bring gayle,darren nad see the results

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2011, 11:00 GMT

    dARREN BRAVO INJURY HAS BEEN BIG SET BACK FOR THIS MORRAALY HIGH WEST INDIES

  • POSTED BY VVS_a_class_act on | December 7, 2011, 11:00 GMT

    Big loss to Windies.....