West Indies news November 26, 2011

Lara tips Darren Bravo for greatness

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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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  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas 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.

  • 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.

  • on November 28, 2011, 1:39 GMT

    @maximum6

    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.

  • 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".

  • Metman 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.

  • aclarity 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.

  • Ammdex-tro 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.

  • Mayfield 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.

  • 2.14istherunrate 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!!!

  • 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....

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas 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.

  • 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.

  • on November 28, 2011, 1:39 GMT

    @maximum6

    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.

  • 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".

  • Metman 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.

  • aclarity 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.

  • Ammdex-tro 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.

  • Mayfield 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.

  • 2.14istherunrate 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!!!

  • 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....

  • Rakim on November 27, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    He has a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG road to even become shadow of Lara. Lara is the greatest batsman of my era :p, along with Anwar,Inzi, Gilchrist, Hyden, Ponting, Dravid and Amla heheh

  • Ramesh_Joseph on November 27, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    Darren Bravo is a good batsman..but great?? I think it is too early. So many batsmen have flattered to decive

  • on November 27, 2011, 11:41 GMT

    great young players coming up for WI for the future i agree but do not push out ur experence players . ithink WI NEED new leadership and fired all these new bozos that destroying the game

  • on November 27, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    WI never had a problem with it's bowling attack, as long as I can remember. We have bowlers & bowling all-rounders in galore. It is our batting that has caused us the most problems. Now we have Bravo jr. Without a doubt a star of the future. Once he keeps his foot on the ground as he rises. The guy is a quality player & if the can give us half of Lara's runs under the guidance of Sammy & Gibson WI will be in business.

  • Sinhaya on November 27, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    GREAT WORK BRAVO! LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU SCORE HEAVILY AGAINST AUSTRALIA AND ENGLAND!

  • on November 27, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    carbon copy of great lara.

  • landl47 on November 27, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    Bravo looks a fine young player. I'm always curious, though, when hearing that a batsman is going to be targeted. What does that mean, exactly? That other sides will be trying extra hard to get him out? Shouldn't they be trying extra hard to get everyone out, all the time? The phrase implies that the fielding side is doing something unusual; what is it, and why wouldn't they be doing it anyway?

  • JustIPL on November 27, 2011, 4:35 GMT

    Bravo has not faced stronger teams so far. He has been amongst runs against India and Bangladesh and these two teams have not been very good in tests in recent times. Bangladesh got whitewashed by re-entering zimbabwe and India had that famous whitewash in England. So, Mr. Lara is jumping to conclusions. If he is making the statement based on Bravo against Indian spin then no player can claim greatness without having faced Pakistan spin attack.

  • NBRADEE on November 27, 2011, 0:09 GMT

    "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..." Nothing more truthful has been said about the Windies in a long time, and this is from a man that knows a thing or two! We have no real infrastructure, very little methodology in employing contracts, and a grooming system that is consistently infantile in ensuring promising players can continually play and do so without injuries. This last Mumbai Test reminds of the drawn Test in the last Aussie series in Australia, when the lack of a fit Taylor was the difference between Australia drawing the game and the Windies winning it. Sammy's injury was the difference in the game this time. Moreover, second innings batting collapses are almost inherent with the Windies, and team management and the players seem unable to move beyond that. Lara is now a prophet!!!

  • cric_freak88 on November 26, 2011, 23:45 GMT

    the future of WI batting looks really promising to me , they handled indian attack on indian tracks really well , especially with ashwin and ojha bowling the way they were !

    but bowling to me still is weak ! edwards and roach are really over rated at times .. they jus bowl quick and think of themselves as the roberts and ambrose ..

  • vparisa on November 26, 2011, 22:30 GMT

    Bravo is a brilliant player!! One thing different from Lara is that Lara had a poor record against India. Bravo seems to do well against India.

  • zshanto on November 26, 2011, 22:13 GMT

    Bravo is on his way to become a great batsman for future . Still lot more to learn and keep going bravo .Best wishes and hopefully he will show the same touch in ODI cricket .you have the ability which does not have in most of the cricket nation players . You are one of the raw talent gift . What you need is do not lose your confident ,consistent and temparment .

  • on November 26, 2011, 19:24 GMT

    Many good comments made. I just want to add that I want the WI administrator to REALLY put CRICKET first and relax their egos!!

  • on November 26, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    well said, lets hope its the same in the future.

  • pinhead9810 on November 26, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    I agree with Brian Lara. Bravo is on the way to greatness. He his one of the few players to watch for the future.

  • on November 26, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    I have no comparison with the great Lara, he was in his own class, Bravo is just an impersonator, but so was sehwag when he came into the Indian team. If bravo can be half as Sehwag, he would have done great service to his country and good justice to his whatever talent he has.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 26, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    Darren Bravo is indeed going to be a future Great. No doubts about it. Only thing is, can he have his feet grounded while scaling the peaks? Hope he does. What a batsman!

  • Tim40621 on November 26, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    the only thing thats not similar between Lara and Bravo is there names.....he is a spliting image in his game and looks.

  • cricchic on November 26, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    I definitely see the comparison in batting even the celebration when he got to his 100 mark... Bravo have really come into his own.. I for one is excited to see how his career progresses...

  • ezzyjojo on November 26, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    @jonesy2 What do you mean he bats nothing like lara? Man he looks as sablime playing shots, defending and posing for the camera as lara. lol

    I really want Lara to sit with the CEO of WI cricket to listen to what he has to say and i dont believe that the CEO is to swell headed to listen to him. But I guard against the view that many take that if their point of view is not heeded then thats the reason that t hings are going wrong. There are many ways to arive at a correct answer sometimes. GO WI

  • on November 26, 2011, 13:31 GMT

    Must be in the genes, Brian!! Let's hope Dwayne can recover fitness and form.

  • on November 26, 2011, 12:05 GMT

    WELL DONE DAREN BRAVO !! I WOULD SAY BRAVO TO BRAVO !! LAHORE PAKISTAN

  • mrhamilton on November 26, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    i agree west indies cricket is on the up in terms of raw new talent. I think players like gayle, dino bravo and taylor need to be discarded for good and that way half the problem with the administrators will be over. The administration needs to be overhauled wholesale with michael holding bought in to oversee things. If this young batting line up can be allowed to grow and sammy allowed to stay as captain, and roach and edwards and rampaul and bishoo harnessed this is an effectiive west indian team in the making

  • Percy_Fender on November 26, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    He is certainly poised for greatness. Having watched him closely, the comparison with Brian Lara notwithstanding, I feel he will be able to combat anything that the Australians,South Africans or the Englismen can dish out because he has a lot of time to play his stroke.More importantly he has a wise cricketing head on his young cricketing shoulders.He plays spin and pace with equal ease and has a big appetite for tall scores. All points that greats have. There are others from West Indies also but at this stage Darren Bravo seems way ahead of all of them.Now that he has 3 hundereds in his fledgling career, he should score many more. Brian Lara is spot on in his observation that Darren Bravo--- not insignificantly having the same initials as Don Bradman --- is poised for greatness.

  • jonesy2 on November 26, 2011, 5:56 GMT

    good thing you didnt put any pressure on him lara. i dont see the comparisons, bravo bats nothing like lara, he just looks like him. very promising player though. obviously

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  • jonesy2 on November 26, 2011, 5:56 GMT

    good thing you didnt put any pressure on him lara. i dont see the comparisons, bravo bats nothing like lara, he just looks like him. very promising player though. obviously

  • Percy_Fender on November 26, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    He is certainly poised for greatness. Having watched him closely, the comparison with Brian Lara notwithstanding, I feel he will be able to combat anything that the Australians,South Africans or the Englismen can dish out because he has a lot of time to play his stroke.More importantly he has a wise cricketing head on his young cricketing shoulders.He plays spin and pace with equal ease and has a big appetite for tall scores. All points that greats have. There are others from West Indies also but at this stage Darren Bravo seems way ahead of all of them.Now that he has 3 hundereds in his fledgling career, he should score many more. Brian Lara is spot on in his observation that Darren Bravo--- not insignificantly having the same initials as Don Bradman --- is poised for greatness.

  • mrhamilton on November 26, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    i agree west indies cricket is on the up in terms of raw new talent. I think players like gayle, dino bravo and taylor need to be discarded for good and that way half the problem with the administrators will be over. The administration needs to be overhauled wholesale with michael holding bought in to oversee things. If this young batting line up can be allowed to grow and sammy allowed to stay as captain, and roach and edwards and rampaul and bishoo harnessed this is an effectiive west indian team in the making

  • on November 26, 2011, 12:05 GMT

    WELL DONE DAREN BRAVO !! I WOULD SAY BRAVO TO BRAVO !! LAHORE PAKISTAN

  • on November 26, 2011, 13:31 GMT

    Must be in the genes, Brian!! Let's hope Dwayne can recover fitness and form.

  • ezzyjojo on November 26, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    @jonesy2 What do you mean he bats nothing like lara? Man he looks as sablime playing shots, defending and posing for the camera as lara. lol

    I really want Lara to sit with the CEO of WI cricket to listen to what he has to say and i dont believe that the CEO is to swell headed to listen to him. But I guard against the view that many take that if their point of view is not heeded then thats the reason that t hings are going wrong. There are many ways to arive at a correct answer sometimes. GO WI

  • cricchic on November 26, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    I definitely see the comparison in batting even the celebration when he got to his 100 mark... Bravo have really come into his own.. I for one is excited to see how his career progresses...

  • Tim40621 on November 26, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    the only thing thats not similar between Lara and Bravo is there names.....he is a spliting image in his game and looks.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 26, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    Darren Bravo is indeed going to be a future Great. No doubts about it. Only thing is, can he have his feet grounded while scaling the peaks? Hope he does. What a batsman!

  • on November 26, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    I have no comparison with the great Lara, he was in his own class, Bravo is just an impersonator, but so was sehwag when he came into the Indian team. If bravo can be half as Sehwag, he would have done great service to his country and good justice to his whatever talent he has.