Lara worked with the team earlier this year on tours to Zimbabwe and South Africa, and the captain said he was a positive influence on the players.
Both sides will begin their campaigns in the new World Test Championship (WTC) cycle in Roseau, Dominica.
India was recently defeated in the WTC final by Australia at the Oval and will look to overcome the disappointment in the Caribbean.
Upon arrival in Barbados, the team, led by Rohit Sharma, met with legendary West Indies all-rounder Sir Garfield Sobers and exchanged pleasantries with him.
Brathwaite said his teammates were looking forward to the games against India and urged spectators in Dominica, the site of the first test, to support the home team.
It’s important to get off to a good start. We’re playing against India, so you know the guys are looking forward to it. Dominica will host the first Test match and we encourage the fans in Dominica to come out and support us – but the guys are looking forward to the first two Test matches of this (WTC) cycle, he added.
The guys (teammates) have put in a good effort in the last three days, and they still have a few days left, and you know we have to (keep) working hard.