They say talent runs in the family. Just look at the Waugh twins, the Marsh brothers and even the Pattinsons. What happens, then, when you mix the first cousin of Brian Lara, with the half-brother of Dwayne Bravo?
Darren Bravo’s poise at the crease has brought about comparisons to the greatest West Indian batsman of all time; Brian Lara. It helps when you are first cousins, but a lot of the credit must go to the almost 24 year old batsman.
The youngster has belied his age, and is already considered a veteran in the team. A 49 match first-class career saw him average nearly 40, and eventually forced selectors to give him a go in the ODI team. Batting at number six, Bravo hit his first two balls to the boundary in an entertaining knock of 19. It was a spirited run chase by the Windies, who fell 20 runs short in their pursuit of India’s daunting 339.
His T20 debut in 2010 was less spectacular, with Bravo falling for a golden duck. It was a humbling defeat, as the team failed to chase down a meagre 105. Worst of all, they still had three wickets in hand.
Bravo entered the Test series against Sri Lanka full of confidence after another impressive first-class season. He looked an accomplished batsman in his first series, hitting three polished half-centuries on his way to an average of 68.66.
Incredibly, it took the brilliant Bravo 45 international matches to notch his maiden ton. Finally, in the second Test against Bangladesh, he smashed a 195 that justified the hype. 2011 continued to be a prolific year for the top-order player, with Bravo hitting another two centuries in India. The first ton led to a rare win on foreign soil, while his 166 in Mumbai helped salvage a draw.
A disappointing home series against Australia threatened to derail his 2012 campaign, but Bravo picked himself up off the canvas to silence his critics with a century against Bangladesh. His 127 was dwarfed by the efforts of Chanderpaul and Samuels, but it once again highlighted his ability to produce big innings.
Darren Bravo enters the Australian tour in imperious form, after leading Trinidad & Tobago to their second consecutive Caribbean T20 League title. Scores of 52*, 65* and 82* took his team to the final, where they were far too strong for Guyana.