Darren Bravo overview

Darren Michael Bravo was born on 6th February 1989 in Trinidad. The 31-year-old Bravo is the younger half-brother of fellow West Indian cricket player Dwayne Bravo and Darren Bravo's mother is the first cousin of legendary West Indian batsman Brian Lara.

Darren Bravo is one of the burning examples that how replication does help learning. Darren used to imitate the only movements in his childhood his cricketing hero Brian Lara did on the crease and the field. Darren Bravo used to watch cricket for Brian Lara. Once Lara got out Darren used to switch off the TV and went outside with a bat. Bravo also bats at the number three position as Lara did. The only dissimilarity one can find between Darren Bravo and Lara is that Daren loves to stick to the crease. Darren Bravo, that is why called the man for long innings by his fellow players in the team. Darren Bravo's name is also decorated with another landmark as he is the first batsman to have scored a century in a Day/Night Test match. He scored 116 in the Test. Along with the bat, Darren Bravo also bowls medium pace and occasionally stands behind the wicket also.

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 200 50 4s 6s
Test 56 102 4 3538 218 36.1 7886 44.86 8 1 17 405 41
ODI 112 108 11 2902 124 29.92 4132 70.23 3 0 18 239 68
T20 20 18 1 340 43 20.0 317 107.26 0 0 0 28 13
IPL 1 1 1 6 6 0.0 5 20.0 0 0 0 1 0

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI BBM Econ Avg SR 5W 10W
Test 56 1 6 2 0 0/2 0/2 2.0 0.0 0.0 0 0

Early signs

It is quite difficult to attain such a level of performance with the bat for Darren Bravo what Lara achieved. Still Darren Bravo, a left-handed batsman used to try to imbibe the same style of the walk down the crease, the typical back-lift and the bat swing, the same effort to flourish in the off-side, the attempt of the similar footwork while and the same mannerism on the crease and the field. The result did not come naturally as Darren Bravo did not learn the batting technique methodically. He gained all in his batting was natural. That might have been the reason Bravo's start in domestic cricket was a failure. Making debut for Trinidad & Tobago in 2007 Bravo scored only seven runs in a one-day match against Guyana. Just three days later Bravo began his journey in the first-class cricket against the Leeward Islands scoring only eight runs and in the very next match, he also failed to score. Bravo was finally dumped and he was not seen in any match in that season. Bravo returned to mainstream cricket in the TCL under-19 cricket championship and bounced back being the leading scorer in the tournament with 419 runs at an average of 59.85. Then he took part in the under-19 World Cup. In all the five matches for West Indies, he struck 165 runs although he was as usual struggling to get runs in the domestic season. His performance gained a rhythm in the next season in 2008-09 with one patient 97 against Barbados where Bravo stuck to the crease till the end, batting for 330 minutes! Later in January Bravo had registered his maiden first-class century against the Windward Islands. He scored 105 hitting 13 fours and a six. Bravo has played in 101 first-class matches so far and scored 5986 runs including a double (218) at the average of 36.27.

ODI Career

Darren Bravo made his debut in One-Day International (ODI) against India in Kingstown in 2009. He scored 19 runs, but off 16 deliveries in the match. In the ODI Darren Bravo has scored 2902 runs in 113 matches. He has scored three centuries while his highest score has been 124.

Test career

Darren Bravo got his maiden Test call in 2010 in the team's Sri Lanka tour. On his debut at Galle Darren Bravo struck a patient 58 off 159 deliveries. But that Test at Galle had the only hero. That was Chris Gayle who struck 333, helping West Indies to score a mammoth 580 in the first innings. The Test was drawn. But Darren Bravo had ultimately an impressive show in his maiden Test series as he finished at an average of 68.66. The left-handed elegant batsman also guided his country to another important draw in 2013-14 with a marvelous as well as courageous 218 against in the first Test against New Zealand at Dunedin. In the innings, Darren Bravo was on the crease for around 10 hours! Darren Bravo has taken part in 55 Tests and scored 3527 runs with eight centuries and 17 fifties.

IPL career

Darren Bravo had an opportunity to participate in the Indian premier league (IPL). He was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL auction in 2012. Still, he missed the competition as West Indies had toured Australia at the same time.

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