Cricket AM: Darren Bravo on being related to West Indies legends

Last Updated: 29/06/13 4:01pm

Ever wondered what it's like to take orders from your brother and play in the shadow of your hero and one of your country's sporting legends?

Darren Bravo is a rapidly rising star for the West Indies and is in the team that opened their Champions Trophy campaign with a comfortable win over Pakistan.

Bravo was joined by team-mate Tino Best on Saturday's Cricket AM to reveal a few thoughts on the squad, what it takes to be a quick bowler and also the joy and pressure of being in a famous cricketing family.

"People ask me if I do weight but it's all in the mind and how hungry you are and that's how you want to be remembered"

Tino Best

Darren, aged 24, is the baby Bravo compared to half-brother and current Windies skipper Dwayne (five years older) and said: "Dwayne's a genuine leader and I look up to him and I respect him.

"I'm really happy for him and most of the guys on the team respect him. He's always given his all and it's great to have him as a brother and a role model and I just want to keep encouraging him to do his best."

There must be something in the water in Santa Cruz in Trinidad and Tobago where all the Bravos nurtured their cricket skills, as well as another Windies star Brian Lara who is Darren's cousin.

Lara, who retired from the international stage in 2007, said about Darren recently: "Driving through the village in Santa Cruz, I would stop and see him with one hand holding his shorts up and the other with a bat in it. There are some similarities between how he approaches his game and how I did. I am sure he will be a world class player."

Bravo added: "Every time I saw Brian in the newspaper I always cut it out and stick it on my bedroom wall. The wall was covered. I never used to look at any other batsman and every time I saw him play on TV I'd always pick up a bat and go outside to play. He's a role model and I look up to him a lot. I'm happy to know him and share a beautiful relationship with him."

While Darren grabs the headlines with the blade, it is the ball that makes Best an explosive and thrilling performer.

Tino, whose uncle Carlisle Best hooked his first scoring shot in Test cricket for six off Ian Botham in Jamaica in 1986, was asked by Sarah-Jane on Cricket AM what the secret was to fast bowling.

"I love bowling quick," the 31-year-old said. "It's all about desire. I love Test cricket more than anything. I like to bowl two innings and 15-16 overs a day.

"That's four spells a day and ice and hot baths at the end of a Test match. I feel 50 years-old at the end of the match but Test cricket tests your skills, temperament and your desire to bowl quick.

"People ask me if I do weights but it's all in the mind and how hungry you are and that's how you want to be remembered. I might not get 300 wickets but people will remember you for your heart and give it your all."