West Indies batsman Darren Bravo ruled out of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015
Updated - Feb 28, 2015 1:50 pm
Darren Bravo ruled out of World Cup: West Indies’ middle order batsman, Darren Bravo, has been ruled out of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 after failing to recover from a hamstring injury, the West Indies players’ association said in a statement.
“Darren Bravo has been ruled out of the World Cup and will be replaced in the West Indies squad. Get well soon @DMBravo46#cwc15,”tweeted the West Indies Players Association (WIPA).
Darren Bravo ruled out of World Cup http://t.co/gKpu1UMgPY
— WIPA (@wiplayers) February 27, 2015
The 26-year-old left-hander suffered the injury when a powerful throw from Pakistan’s Younis Khan hit him on the side of the helmet as he scrambled through for a quick single during his side’s second Pool B encounter against Pakistan at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch last Saturday and had to retire hurt after scoring 49 runs off 78 balls. Bravo did not take the field again as West Indies went on to win by 150 runs.
The injury ruled him out of his side’s next two group games against Zimbabwe and South Africa, but he was expected to recover in time for the match against India at Perth on March 6th.
However, a source within the team on Thursday revealed that Bravo was still being unable to run and he was taking longer time than expected to recover from the injury.
He had a mixed tour with scores of 0 and 43 in the warm-up matches in Sydney, before being run out without facing a ball in the opening group stage game against Ireland which West Indies lost by four wickets.
Bravo was returning to action after missing the recent tour of South Africa for “personal reasons”.
The middle-order batsman has played 87 ODIs for his country ever since making his debut in June 2009, and has scored 2220 runs at an average of 32.64. He was part of the squad that reached the quarter-finals of the 2011 World Cup held in the Indian subcontinent, and scored 139 runs in 7 matches in that tournament.
Darren Bravo will be replaced by Johnson Charles in the world cup 2015 squad.
West Indies won two successive matches against Pakistan and Zimbabwe after going down to Ireland in their first game but capitulated badly in their game against South Africa, suffering a record, 257-run defeat. Bravo did not play in that game.