Bravo: Attack was my best option
Mirpur, Bangladesh, CMC – Darren Bravo was relieved to make the breakthrough and score his maiden Test hundred for West Indies in the second Test against Bangladesh on Monday.
The left-handed was undefeated on an even 100 that lifted West Indies to 207 for three in their second innings and an overall lead of 331 on the third day at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium.
“I thought attack was the best form of defence,” said the 22-year-old from Santa Cruz, Trinidad. “I went out and backed my ability. I played well and it paid off in the end. I was not getting a lot of runs in this series, but I never lost faith.
“I knew there was something special for me around the corner. I was always keeping the faith and it feels nice to capitalise on the hard work I have been putting in.”
Bravo reached the milestone from the final ball of the day, cutting Suhrawadi Shuvo square for two.
On reaching the landmark, he jumped for joy and celebrated on the outfield, as he lived up to his early promise, reaching triple figures for the first time in his 18 Test innings.
“As I got closer to the century, I was very careful,” he said. “I actually wanted to wait for the right ball to get my first Test century.
“It was a back of a length delivery and I thought I played it well. I thought it went for four, so I started to celebrate before reaching the hundred.”
“I’m happy, every batsman dreams of a Test hundred and I’m very happy to reach this landmark. I just went out and played my natural game and hit the balls as they came down to me.”
As always, Bravo had to field the question about the comparisons with his hero, West Indies batting legend Brian Lara.
“I look up to Lara a lot,” he said. “As a kid growing up, I would look at him batting and when he got out I would turn off the TV to go outside and play.
“To be quite honest, though, this is my natural way of batting. I just go outside and express myself. I’ve heard this question over and over. When I’m performing, nobody sees it as a burden, but as soon as I’m failing, the burden question pops up.”
Bravo added 151 with Kirk Edwards for the third wicket to put West Indies in a near unstoppable position in the match with two days play remaining.
Edwards looked set to follow up his first innings 121 with another hundred before Shuvo dismissed him for 86 in the final hour.
Bravo said building on this platform will essential, as West Indies seek to put themselves in a winning position.
“It’s not really about me looking for a double hundred or anything like that,” he said. “I will come back [on Tuesday] and go out there and do my best for the team, which is the most important thing for me.
“We will discuss plans, but at this stage we will look to continue going and set Bangladesh a big target.”
He said: “There was not too much turn in the pitch. Maybe one or two balls did turn, but the ball came on well onto the bat. I don’t see too much deterioration in the pitch.”