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KOLKATA---West Indies batsman
Darren Bravo said he valued the
half-century he scored against
Uttar Pradesh on Thursday in Indi-
afor one important reason.
Bravo was one of the four West
Indies left-handers that crossed the
50-run threshold, as the visitors
piled up 333 for four in their first
innings when bad light stopped play
half-hour after the scheduled close
with 11 overs remaining on the
opening day of the three-day match
at the Jadavpur University Com-
He scored 61, Kieran Powell made
64, Narsingh Deonarine was not
out on 83 and veteran Shivnarine
Chanderpaul led them all with an
"This was my first competitive
match facing a red cricket ball since
I had eye surgery earlier this year,
so it was very good to spend some
time out in the middle," said Bravo.
"I wanted to bat a bit longer,
spend more time in the middle, but
tomorrow is another day and I will
just have to go into the nets and
make sure that my game is in the
right way before the first Test."
He added: "Early on, I was not
timing the ball the way I would have
liked, but the longer I spent at the
crease, I started to hit the ball nicely
and this gave me a whole lot of con-
"I m a confident player and I am
sure this series will be a special one
for me and for West Indies, so I am
keeping my fingers crossed that all
West Indies head coach Ottis Gib-
son said the previous day that his
side had to make wise use of the
only opportunity they had prior to
the first Test against India, starting
next Wednesday at the nearby Eden
It was a message clearly not lost
on Bravo and his fellow protagonists,
as they revelled in idyllic conditions
to warm up for higher intensity tus-
sles with Mahendra Singh Dhoni s
"We will have to make it do," he
said. "This is all we have. Hopefully,
we can capitalise on whatever
opportunities are there. It will also
be important for us to head to the
nets and top up our game, so we
don t want to make the one match
an excuse. We need to make the
best of it.
"I think this is a fantastic venue.
The outfield is very fast and you get
value for your shots. It was also very
good to see the fans come out to
support the cricket. It is a wonderful
venue and, hopefully, we will come
again to this ground in the future."
Bravo is one of several players
that recently visited India to play
some form of the game. He was a
member of the Trinidad & Tobago
side that reached the semi-finals of
the lucrative Champions League
He said this had helped him to
cope with the slow pitch which at
times offered inconsistent bounce.
"The pitch is a bit slow and the
ball stopped a bit when it was
pitched back-of-a-length, so it is
important that you assess the pitch
quickly and then try to execute the
game plan that the coach has set
out for the team," he said.
"It was good that a lot of us have
spent time playing in India recently.
It was different formats and different
players, but it is always good to per-
form and it is always good to use
the experience that you acquire
when you spend time in the middle.
We are looking forward to the Test
series. It is going to be huge."
(Courtesy WICB web site)
KOLKATA---West Indies left-arm
spinner Veerasammy Permaul has
outlined a simple plan for bowling
on the tour of India.
Permaul grabbed 2-61 from 17
overs, as the Windies bowlers gained
a bit of confidence before an Uttar
Pradesh fight-back in their three-
day, tour match yesterday at the
Jadavpur University Complex.
He removed Mohammad Kaif and
Arish Alam cheaply, as UP reached
206 for five, replying to the Windies
first innings total of 466, when bad
light stopped play about 25 minutes
before the rescheduled close with 12
over remaining on the second day of
three in the match
"This pitch was flatter than what
we had when I visited last month
with the West Indies A-Team," said
Permaul. "But I ve learnt here in
India, you have to be much more
patient and bowl more consistent
lines and lengths, allowing the bats-
men to make the mistake.
"I think we are pretty happy with
the way things have gone so far. We
have to bowl with discipline and the
outfield is pretty, so you are getting
value for your strokes. I think this is
a four runs-an-over ground, so we
have not done too badly at the end
of the day."
The 24-year-old Permaul has come
through the ranks and benefitted
from a stint at the Sagicor West Indies
High Performance Centre, being a
member of the first training squad.
Recently, he returned to the HPC
base at the Cave Hill campus of the
University of the West Indies in Bar-
bados to attend a spin bowling clinic
with Pakistan legend Saqlain Mush-
"Everybody knows Saqlain was a
great bowler," he said. "I try to learn
all that I could---but due to the A-
Team tour that occurred around the
same time, I did not have a chance
to get as much as I would have liked.
But I still gained as much as I could
during the time I spent with him.
He said: "The work on my vari-
ations is coming along well. I would
like to learn how to bowl the "doosra",
but it will take time. I have to practice
it more and hopefully in time to come
I will be able to learn it. . .but I m
not working on anything special for
Permaul also plans to do some
more learning in India: "Definitely,
I will watch the way the Indian spin-
ners bowl and try to pick up a few
things from them...There is no one
in particular I will watch more, it s
just all about learning from seeing
what others do, but I have learnt a
lot from spending a lot of time
watching Daniel Vettori from New
On prospect of bowling to mighty
Indian batting: "It will definitely be
a challenge for me, if given the oppor-
tunity---but I am still looking forward
to it and testing myself against them."
on tour of India
Bravo sets sights
on successful tour
Darren Bravo in the nets working on his batting.
"I think we are pretty happy with the way things have gone so far. We
have to bowl with discipline and the outfield is pretty, so you are
getting value for your strokes. I think this is a four runs-an-over
ground, so we have not done too badly at the end of the day."
WEST INDIES LEFT-ARM SPINNER VEERASAMMY PERMAUL
during a practice
session, last week.
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