IN Test cricket for West Indies in 2011, Trinidadian Darren Bravo and Guyanese Devendra Bishoo racked up the most runs and most wickets, respectively, as Jamaican Marlon Samuels waxed as an all-rounder.
Meanwhile, despite mounting pressures, captain Darren Sammy held his own with both ball and bat, bagging 30 wickets and scoring 325 runs this year.
Twenty-two-year-old Bravo scored 949 runs from 20 innings, at an average of 49.94. The left-hand batsman hit three half-centuries and three centuries, including a career-best 195. Not out only once, Bravo was caught 11 times and given out lbw five times.
Though Bravo has performed creditably, he has yet to cop a man-of-the-match performance in Tests.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul (646 runs), Kirk Edwards (595 runs), Samuels (416 runs) and Sammy (325 runs) round out the top five in most runs for West Indians in 2011.
Twenty-seven-year-old Edwards of Barbados topped the batting average for the year with 54.09, eclipsing Chanderpaul’s 53.83, Bravo’s 49.94, Samuels’ 32.00 and Adrian Barath’s 27.80.
Bishoo, 26, snared 39 wickets with his leg spins, besting Fidel Edwards (32 wickets), Ravi Rampaul (31 wickets), Sammy (30 wickets) and Samuels (12 wickets).
Twenty-five of Bishoo’s victims were out caught, seven lbw, four clean bowled and three stumped during the year.
In the field, captain Sammy was outstanding with 18 catches, highlighted by four catches one in one innings against Bangladesh in October at the Shere Bangla Stadium.
Barath held nine catches from nine innings, while Bishoo had seven from 19 innings, with both taking three catches in one innings this year.
Samuels took five catches, with Chanderpaul and Bravo holding onto four each in 2011.
In the critical area of partnerships, Edwards and Bravo were tops. They put on the highest stand of 164 runs for the third wicket against India at Mumbai on November 22, while Edwards and Chanderpaul came together for 161 runs for the fourth wicket against India at Rouseau on July 6.
Bravo and 21-year-old Kieran Powell of Nevis shared in a fourth-wicket stand of 160 against India at Mumbai, with Edwards and Bravo coming good again with 151 in a third-wicket alliance against Bangladesh on October 29.
As the seventh best of nine Test teams, West Indies have little to cheer about. They won only two of 10 Test matches this year, while drawing four and losing four.
A team total of 590 against India at Mumbai in November was encouraging, as was Bravo’s 949 runs this year. It was bettered only by India’s Rahul Dravid, 1,135 runs and England’s Ian Bell, 950 runs.
Only Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal (50 wickets) and India’s Ishant Sharma (41 wickets) took more wickets than Bishoo (39) in 2011.
The West Indies will host Australia in March to April 2012, and travel to England in May to June next year.
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