Darren Bravo

West Indies
Age
February 6, 1989 (32 years)
Role
Batsman
Birth Place
Trinidad
Batting Style
Left Handed
Nationality
West Indies
Bowling Style
Right-arm medium fast

Darren Bravo, a left-handed stylish top and middle-order batsman from Trinidad and Tobago, had people making comparisons with another great West Indian, Brian Lara. He seemed stylish and skilled with a good temperament but somehow, that has not been reflected in the numbers he has achieved in international cricket.

ICC Rankings

Test ODI T20I
Batting
93
-
-
Bowling
-
-
-

Team played

West Indies, Nottinghamshire, West Indies A, West Indies Inv XI, Kolkata Knight Riders, Deccan Chargers, Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies Under-19, West Indies Cricket Board President XI, Trinbago Knight Riders, Cumilla Warriors, West Indians, Bangla Tigers, Multan Sultans, Winnipeg Hawks

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 50 4s 6s
ODI
124
117
16
3167
124
31.36
4468
70.88
4
20
253
81
T20I
21
18
1
343
43*
20.18
321
106.85
0
0
28
13
Test
54
98
4
3491
218
37.14
7800
44.76
8
17
398
40
IPL
1
1
1
6
6*
-
5
120
0
0
1
0

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI Econ Avg SR 4W 5W 10W
ODI
124
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
T20I
21
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
Test
54
1
6
2
0
-
2
-
-
0
0
0
IPL
1
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0

The longer the format, the better he performed. Darren Bravo seemed perfect for Tests but looked abysmal – out of place even – in the T20Is. He has had some success in ODIs as well, but one cannot say that the player’s performance has been in line with the promise he showed.

Test Career

Darren Bravo, a stylish left-handed batsman, took a while to make a debut in Test cricket for the West Indies. He made his Test debut a year and a half after his ODI debut as a result of his poor performance in the limited-overs format.

Darren Bravo made the debut against Sri Lanka in November 2010 at Galle. In a game where Chris Gayle pummeled 333, Darren Bravo got a fifty (58) in the first innings of the drawn Test match staying at the crease for more than 3 hours. Darren Bravo scored 5 more half-centuries in the next 8 Tests, however, the centuries were missing. He finally got to his maiden Test century against Bangladesh at Dhaka in his 10th Test195 Runs with 12 fours and 5 sixes. With this innings, he seemed to have cemented the place in the team.

On the tough tour to India in 2011, Darren Bravo outscored everyone, including the Indians, and emerged the top run-getter with a couple of centuries. In the series, he became only the second West Indian after Jimmy Adams to score more than 400 runs in a 3-match Test series.

After the success of the first couple of years where Darren Bravo averaged quite high – 68.66 in 2010 and 49.94 in 2011 – his form got worse as he never reached even 40 a year in the following 6-year period of Test cricket. He did not play Test cricket in 2017 and 2018.

Bravo’s highest score in Tests came against New Zealand in 2013 at Dunedin in a match-saving effort after the West Indies were asked to follow on. Overall, so far in Test cricket, Darren Bravo has scored 3506 runs in 54 Tests at an average of 37.69.

ODI Career

Darren Bravo began his first-class career in 2007 for Trinidad and Tobago and within two years he was playing his first ODI for the West Indies. He made the debut against India in 2009 at Kingston, however, scored just 8 in a losing cause.

This was to be a start of an unpromising stint in ODI, at least for the early years of Darren Bravo’s career. He made just a single half-century, that too against Canada, in his first 12 ODI appearances. Such form also endangered his chances in Test cricket.

Darren Bravo’s maiden ODI century came against Zimbabwe in 2013 – almost 4 years after the ODI debut. He did cement his place in the side after that and also had a good tour of India in November 2013 where he scored a hat trick of half-centuries. However, the dip in limited-overs form meant he was in and out of the side more often.

Bravo’s highest ODI score – 124 with 7 fours and 8 sixes – came against Bangladesh in 2014 in a winning cause. Overall, in ODIs played so far, Bravo has scored 2902 run in 113 matches at an average of 30 – much lower than a batsman of his calibre should have.

T20I Career

The West Indies have always been a good team in the shortest format of the game. It’s difficult to break into the side with many explosive batsmen already lined up. Yet, Darren Bravo, a more technical batsman, made the T20I debut against Zimbabwe in February 2010 and scored a first-ball duck in a paltry chase of 106 runs. The West Indies went on to win the game.

Darren Bravo often missed out on T20I matches in order to be fit and ready to play the longer formats of the game. He was being sparingly used in the T20Is and, thus, he has played just 20 international T20 in 10 years since debut – he played no T20Is in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Darren Bravo played only one T20I World Cup for the West Indies squad in Sri Lanka in 2012 and scored 16 runs in a solitary innings against New Zealand.

Bravo has no centuries or half-centuries in T20Is. His highest score of 43 not out in 37 deliveries – a rather slow innings considering the format and the circumstances – was made in a losing cause against India in Chennai. Overall, in 20 T20Is played so far, Darren Bravo has scored 340 runs at an average of 20. Clearly, he is more suitable for the longer formats of the game.

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