West Indies news November 26, 2011

Lara tips Darren Bravo for greatness

ESPNcricinfo staff

Brian Lara has tipped West Indies batsman Darren Bravo for greatness but also warned him that he will now be targeted by teams. Bravo, who is frequently compared to Lara for the way he bats, has scored three centuries in his previous four Tests - one in Bangladesh and two in India - and Lara said there would be more.

"We haven't won any Test matches in India but I still believe that the young players have done a great job," Lara said. "[Kraigg] Brathwaite, [Adrian] Barath, [Kirk] Edwards and Bravo, of course, they don't even have 50 Test matches between them but they all look very good. Bravo seems to go from strength to strength. It took a bit of time before he got his first hundred, but now he's had a taste of it and he's going to carry on.

"He's got to understand now that a lot of the opposition will start looking at him - the Australians, the English - because he's now a recognised player, and he will come under a bit of pressure. Hopefully, he has the maturity to come out of it."

Bravo's 136 against India at Eden Gardens gave him the same run aggregate and average as Lara had after 12 Tests (941 runs at 47.05). He nearly equalled Lara's score of 167 in his 13th Test, but fell for 166 in Mumbai. Lara, who is the fifth-highest scorer in Tests, said Bravo would be "one of the great players."

Lara was optimistic about the talent of young cricketers in the Caribbean but said the challenge would be for players to stay positive despite West Indies not winning often. "The infrastructure for our cricket is very poor and there's nothing to build on. I still believe that what we're seeing out in the middle is raw talent. I don't believe they're getting what is necessary to harness their talent.

"You're seeing some of the best young players in the world. Hopefully they will hold up under the pressure because it's hard: you're playing cricket, you're not winning, and you've got to make a career for yourself at the same time. Until I see a few things done, administration and infrastructure-wise, I still believe we're going to have those sporadic performances where we're going to beat the best in the world, but it's not going to be on a consistent basis."

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  • Srinivas on November 28, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    @Deroy Chand, so you are saying let's kick WI Cricket down when it is going on the righ track. Yes, Andre Russell is talented as hell. But why should Sammy, the leader, step down? He repeatedly threw punches over and above his weight. He is is worth his weight in Gold. It's refreshing to see his never die attitude and trying to encourage his young comrades and the young comrades respecting him well. Give credit where it is due mate. From an Indian.

  • Dummy4 on November 28, 2011, 2:42 GMT

    Well said Ganesh Vedo Basil and Ammdex and i agree we need new leadership and get these bozos out and put the right people to see our cricket back to the top.This is just the preformance of raw talent and has nothing to do with the coach or mananagement so they the admin of WIcricket should not take praise for this team.we have some very young talented cricketer in the Caribbean and i think we will do well in the near future.We need to fired the board executives,coach and captain and give the right people to govern our cricket.We have lost a lot of support and sponser because of this current board and coach and we need to get the support back so WI cricket can trive again.Sammy should also step down and make way for the young and talented allrounder Andre Russel.

  • Dummy4 on November 28, 2011, 1:39 GMT


    Darren Bravo is Lara's cousin (related to Lara through his mother) and Dwayne's half brother ( Same father, different mother). They are all from the same village in Trinidad.

  • Dummy4 on November 28, 2011, 0:19 GMT

    Our infrastructure and Admin of the players is what we need to work on most urgently. Think about it folks, Lara knows what he's talking about. Maybe he wasn't without some duplicity in his challenges with the administrators of the WI game, but the fact remains once the head is sick, there will be problems no matter how much raw talent we produce in the 'Body".

  • Michael on November 27, 2011, 23:52 GMT

    Bernard Julien was touted as the next Gary Sobers back then too, only by trinis though !If the Indians had taken their chances,would Lara be singing the same tune ? Looks promising though,...let's see how he fares against SA,Aus,England.Hope he doesn't turn out to be as self centred as Lara,although I noticed some of that towards the end of the first day's play.

  • Jack on November 27, 2011, 23:01 GMT

    Once again it is abundantly clear that WI selectors should Go Young. The next to be axed is Samuels if his scoring is so poor. Lovely to watch but horrible on the books. WI would have won all three matches if Russel were in for Samuels and Narine for Rampaul in the 2nd test and for Fidel Edwards in the 3rd test.

    By the way, it is high time that the selectors realize that Fidel does not have the physical strength to be at his best in consecutive tests when the rest period between tests is so short. He should play alternate tests. This would give Russel, Roach, Pascal and Gabriel opportunities. We need to plan and use our resources better.

  • Ahmed on November 27, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    Darren Bravo is almost a carbon copy of Brian Lara. I can see great things coming from him. But as a fan of WI cricket, I must say they need players like Gayle, Sarwan and Chanderpaul around to lead these youngsters. The top five in that third test were Barath, Brathwaite, Edwards, Bravo and Powell - all very young, and they don't have a leader.

  • H on November 27, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    Kudos to Bravo and I hope Brathwaite, Barath, Powell and Simmons are given the opportunity to blossom. These young batsmen have the talent, all they need is the experience. How does one get experience? The only way you get experience is through working, and that's what these young batsmen need. We do not need to go back. We need to move forward with a young cadre of committed and disciplined cricketers. Only then will WI fortunes change. As the saying goes, if you keep doing the same things, you will get the same results.

  • Michael on November 27, 2011, 15:40 GMT

    He is pure Lara except his onside play is not yet developed very far. His timing is exquisite as any around and some of his shots unbelievable. i have difficulty believing he is not related to Lara rather than Dwayne Bravo. Anyway his is flattery of the great man in the grandest manner, his imitation being almost perfect. But please-no triple or quadruple tons off English attack, please. Save them for Australia!!!

  • Dummy4 on November 27, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    Now this is what i would term as words of the wise . . . It took a great batsman like Lara to beat Australia all by himself , and as he said..its raw talent .nothing else....

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