Darren Bravo shows signs of greatness

West Indies’ cricketer Kirk Edwards bats during the third Test cricket match against India in Mumbai, India, last month.
AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade
AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade

Trinidad and Tobago and West Indies batsman Darren Bravo has already shown the cricket world that he has the potential for big innings, bringing in lots of runs for the West Indies. The left-hander took a while before he scored his first Test century but after he stroked the three figures, he followed that up with other huge innings and he has ben very consistent in Test and One-day internationals.

Spinners Continue To Give Windies Batsmen Problems

Almost all of the West Indies batsmen are having problems with all forms of spin bowlers. When India played the West Indies recently, particularly in the Test matches spinners Pragyan Ojha and Ravichandran Ashwin totally wrecked the West Indies.

Head Coach Ottis Gibson has a major task ahead in ensuring that his batsmen get in the nets and learn how to defend and score from the spinners.

The West Indies were bowled out in one of the Test matches for 134 runs in 57.2 overs with the spinners taking all the wickets. Ojha took 6 for 47 from 27 overs, and Ashwin picked up 4 for 34 from 15.2 overs after taking 5 wickets in the first innings.

Technique Must Be Developed

Some techniques must be developed by West Indies batsmen to score runs from the spinners. The top- and middle- orders have too many problems defending against the spinners. Coach Gibson must see the need for much more work to be done in the nets at practice sessions to combat the spinners.

Fielding And Catching Must Be Improved

Too many catches were spilled during the India series in both Tests and One-day Internationals and that has caused a major setback for the West Indies. Separate special net practice session should take place for taking catches. Attention must be prompt for these sessions because of the number of catches that were spilled during the series with India. Prolonged sessions are needed for the players to get this aspect in order.

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