Bravo ready for return to Eden
KOLKATA, India – Darren Bravo is looking for a happy return to Eden Gardens when he lines up for West Indies against India in the 1st Test. The left-hander made a brilliant 136 when he played at the historic venue two years ago and says he is look to better that performance.
Back then the West Indies failed in the first innings but rebounded to make 463 in the second innings. Bravo’s knock was the backbone of that innings which spanned 127 overs. He shared in two major partnerships. He added 108 for the fourth wicket with Shiv Chanderpaul and 132 for the fifth wicket with Marlon Samuels.
“This is one of the great venues in world cricket and I enjoyed it the first time I played here two years ago. I felt I batted well and made a good hundred in the second knock,” Bravo told WICB Media.
“Now, we are back here and I’m really excited about this match. It’s a big match for us.
“The last time they made a big score in the first innings and we sort of got rolled over quite easy when we batted. I remember Desmond Haynes speaking to us when we batted and he told us to be confident and play it naturally.”
Back then Bravo hit 88 runs in boundaries – 16 fours and four sixes. He faced 230 balls and batted for five hours. Bravom has an impressive Test record of 1.649 run at an average of 44.5 per innings in 23 matches. He has scored four tons and eight half-centuries.
“I went out and played it as it came. The pitch was really good for batting and I made the most of the opportunity,” the 24-year-old said.
“This time around the pitch also looks to be a good one so I will again look to make the most of the opportunity.”