West Indies talismanic batsman Shamarh Brooks will be expected to deliver when the Caribbean side take on hosts England in the first Test on July 8 in Southampton.
Earlier, Indian batting legend Rahul Dravid had heaped praises on Brooks who has played just three Tests so far, recalls West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite. It was back when West Indies A played India A in England in England and Brooks scored two blistering knocks of 122 and 91.
Dravid told Brathwaite how highly he rated Brooks. ”If they have a bad start Brooks is very dependable. He can soak up the pressure and transfer that pressure once the ball gets older and the spinners come on. Brooks is very driven to get some big scores on this tour and I expect him to be the breakout star,” he told in an interview.
Brathwaite also opined that Brooks will play a key role in the team during the upcoming Test series against England despite his limited experience.
“Dravid made a note of him and said he was destined for big things. Dravid is my idol and for him to endorse Brooks just cemented what I have known about him growing up,” he added.
Brathwaite also feels that West Indies skipper Jason Holder’s impact as an all-rounder has not been appreciated enough in international cricket and reckons that the first Test will be a battle between him and newly appointed English Test skipper Ben Stokes.
Brathwaite put Holder on top of his list of players who has scored 229 runs and took seven wickets in two Tests against England in 2019 at home though he has never scored a Test fifty in England.
For Brathwaite, Roston Chase, Raymon Reifer or Rahkeem Cornwall will be instrumental in shaping West Indies’ fate in the series.