Bravo?s new world
To overcome his lean patch, Dwayne Bravo has sought the services of the legendary West Indian Clive Lloyd, writes G Krishnan.india Updated: Oct 18, 2006 00:20 IST
West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo played a prominent role in West Indies’ 4-1 ODI series win over the visiting Indians in May this year.
He posted his only two half-centuries in his career in the fourth and fifth matches as the Caribbeans sealed victory.
However, after those two knocks, Bravo has hit a lean patch, hardly troubling the scorers except for a knock of 37 not out against India in Malaysia last month. He is yet to display his wares in the ongoing Champions Trophy.
To smoothen some rough edges in his batting, Bravo spent a good amount of time with the legendary West Indian Clive Lloyd at the team’s practice session at the Wankhede stadium on Monday.
A confused Bravo sat next to Lloyd while the others were having their net sessions. Lloyd, touring with the team in the capacity of a West Indies Cricket Board member and Chairman of the Cricket Committee to assist the team with his expertise, had a chat with the 23-year-old Trinidadian.
Lloyd demonstrated the various technical details of a batsman like positioning the body, the feet movements, hand-eye coordination, the back-lift and the stance.
After the nets session was over and as the rest of Bravo's team-mates headed for a fielding session, Bravo was watched closely by Lloyd at a practice pitch, with the left-handed Guyanese shouting encouraging words while also checking out if he was ok.
“How are you feeling,” Lloyd checked with Bravo after the right-hander handsomely pulled a local bowler. “Are you alright?” asked the Super Cat.
After satisfying himself, Bravo came back to the dressing room feeling good. “I am feeling a lot better” he told one of his team-mates.
“I was working on some technical faults in my batting,” Bravo told Hindustan Times. “I am feeling good now after working with Lloyd.”
That was not enough. Even as his team-mates, tired after a long work out, engaged themselves in some refreshments, Bravo went for one more session at the nets, with left-arm medium-pacer Ian Bradshaw bowling at him.