Saturday, 4 October 2014

Need to convert starts more often: Bravo

MUMBAI: It's a cross he will always have to bear. Whether he likes it or not, Darren Bravo will continue to be compared with a certain Brian Charles Lara.

The gait, the batting style, the mannerisms...the similarities are just too much to ignore. During an interaction at the Cricket Club of India on Thursday, Bravo admitted it can be tough "at times" to deal with the constant comparison.

"Whenever I step out to bat, everyone is expecting a lot. I can only go out there and try my best. Sometimes my best is going to be 100, 10 or 5. The pressure is always there to perform. I just want to go out there and enjoy. It's very important not to give up a fight and learn from my mistakes," Bravo said.

One of the mistakes he is making is getting out to R Ashwin repeatedly - the Indian off-spinner has taken his wicket five times in Tests. Ahead of a five-ODI, three-Test tour of India, Bravo needs to sort this out.

"I know exactly where I went wrong. He is a very good bowler. At the same time I just need to continue backing myself. I have done well against him in previous games as well. I am not really worried about it. It is important that I get it right in this series."

Bravo's bigger problem, however, is that for all the talent he has, this attractive lefthander should have had far more hundreds to show than just six in 32 Tests and two tons in 76 ODIs. Clearly, he hasn't been able to convert starts well.

"That is something that has been bothering me for quite some time. If I get starts, I give it away . That is something I need to get right and get it right as quickly as possible," he stressed. Bravo,Cricket Club of India,Brian Lara,Brian Charles Lara,Bravo

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