Overnight rain deprives Windies of batting practice
Port of Spain, (Trinidad): Rain in the last few days hampered the West Indies in their practice session at the Queen`s Park Oval, the venue of the first three limited overs matches against India starting Saturday, and they had to sweat it out at the indoor facilities.
As West Indies players trooped in Queen`s Park Oval for an intense training session, they were disappointed to learn that rains of last few days had rendered the practice pitches unfit to use.
The squad was left with no option but to train at Bryan Davis Indoor Nets but batting coach, yesteryear`s great Desmond Haynes, wasn`t ready to come to terms with the situation at the venue which will host a Twenty20 International and the first two ODIs of the series.
Haynes sought out 22-year-old Darren Bravo, who is seen as next Brian Lara in this part of the world but had not done well against off-spinners in his young career, for a batting tutorial on the least-damaged pitch with a little mat rolled over the surface.
Haynes threw down his off-spinners for considerable length to the youngster as he made him drive, cut, sweep and more importantly use his feet against the tossed up deliveries.
As Bravo honed up his skills, there was a sensational mirror-image of Lara presented to the bystanders.
The same languid gait, the same nipping of left glove to the groin as he awaited the delivery, the same uncoiling of electric body movement as he struck it.
The fielding session of the West Indian team was eye-catching and certainly designed for a sharp output within the inside ring.