Mumbai, Nov 20: As Windies prepare for the third and final test against India to be played at Mumbai starting next tuesday, all eyes will be on the latest sensation Darren Bravo who scored a fine century
at Eden Gardens in the second test.
Darren Bravo played a magnificent knock of 136 which included 16 boundaries and 4 sixes. Played with grit and flamboyance, Bravo helped the visitors pose a decent score with pride, in the second innings of the Eden Test which they lost by an innings and 15 runs. Bravo's knock of 136 was the highlight of the West Indies' innings as it showed signs of another legend in the making.
If we closely have a look at the youngster's batting style, it reminds one of West Indies legend Brian Lara. People started commenting on Bravo's trigger movements even before he made his International debut.
In fact, both the players have a similar style, batting stance as their trigger movements, the way they drive the ball, all appear to be similar. Statistics suggest that, after 12 tests, the number of runs they have scored also seems to match as Bravo has scored 941 runs with an average of 47.05 with 22 innings from 12 tests. While Brian Lara, also had scored 941 runs at an average of 47.05 after 12 tests since his debut.
Though the difference being the number of balls faced by both individuals as Lara has reached that total with comparitively less number of deliveries giving him an edge with the strike rate.
Data also shows that Darren Bravo, has been scoring runs at a similar pace as Brian Lara. It also reveals that Bravo strike rate is slightly higher than Lara in the limited overs format when compared to the Tests.
Though both of them have scored almost 490 odd runs from boundaries, the methods they have used to acquire those runs are quite different. Lara has 119 boundaries and 3 sixes in the 12 tests he has played at the start of his career while Bravo at this phase, has scored 97 boundaries and 17 sixes.
This comparison holds good for the limited overs format too, as they share a similar average. Though Brian Lara takes an upper hand with an average of 34.17 slightly better than Darren Bravo who has an average of 31.54.
After 31 One dayers, Brian Lara had scored 991 runs with a strike rate of 67.18 while Darren Bravo has scored 757 runs with an amazing strike rate of 72.71 better than the legendary cricketer. But Lara managed to increase the strike rate to 79.51 towards the end of his cricketing career, in a span of 16 years.
His century at Eden Gardens is even more special as Brian Lara does not possess one, moreover he would envy Bravo as he has not played at Eden Gardens.
With an impressive record at the start of his career, Darren Bravo seems to be the future prospect Windies are looking out for. If Bravo flourishes in the years to come, survives for a couple of years, he can contribute to West Indies cricket and the game of cricket.