Dhaka: Darren Bravo is accustomed and content to have spent his career to date being compared with his cousin Brian Lara.
In trying circumstances at Hove on Monday, he did little to deter those tempted to liken his batsmanship to that of the record-breaking former West Indies captain.
In a match beset by freezing temperatures and plenty of rain, and restricted to just 34 overs spread over three days, Bravo had time to make only an unbeaten 19 from 60 balls in the West Indies` 90 for three.
The left-handed Trinidadian was mostly watchful but did muster three crunching fours on the up past cover, which amounted to the only memorable moments of a desultory fixture.
As preparation for the first Test against England on May 17, the Windies can only hope Northampton serves up something more substantial and useful.
They are due to play England Lions there from Thursday to Sunday, and already the weather forecast is not enticing.
The tourists are crossing their fingers too about the onward progress of Narsingh Deonarine and Assad Fudadin - both delayed by visa issues in Jamaica - and Marlon Samuels, whose whereabouts appear to be a mystery since he concluded his Indian Premier League stint with Pune Warriors last week.
They could at least leave Hove, though, confident key batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul has mere "bruising" to his left hand, having appeared to jar his thumb and index finger while batting on Monday.
Bravo, meanwhile, was satisfied with his own well-being after rain prevented any addition to his unbroken stand of 23 with Chanderpaul.
He had provided a glimpse of the attacking elan which has so many purring those Lara comparisons, and he had defied the elements to claim the time in the middle so prized by batsmen adapting to new conditions.
‘I often seem to be spoken of as ‘the next Brian Lara’, but I can`t really focus on that,’ he said.
‘I just have to go out there and play my natural game every time I bat.’
The end game for Bravo, whose statistics are almost the equal of Lara`s at a relative stage in their careers, is to reach a point where he is known not as an uncanny imitation of someone else but in his own right.
He added: ‘I just have to go out there, believing in myself and continuing to make a name for myself.’
BDST: 1704 HRS, May 08, 2012
Edited by: Manoz Halder, Newsroom Editor
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