Full name Dwayne John Bravo
Born October 7, 1983, Santa Cruz, Trinidad
Playing role Allrounder
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
There are hardly any players within the era who are celebrated within the way that Dwayne Bravo has been. Of course, the revolution of T20 cricket, the IPL especially , played a serious role in it but the West Indian’s flair and personality are peerless to be honest. A street-smart cricketer with both bat and ball, Bravo was also an astonishing fielder. of these meant that he was one among the simplest sought-after names in T20 Leagues. He was made for white-ball cricket thanks to his versatile skills. Bravo could bowl as a standard seam bowler but particularly excelled within the slog overs of the innings where was priceless for his side.
As a batsman, he was underrated but continued to contribute whenever needed although it had been as a bowler and fielder that Bravo took rapid strides at his peak. His multi-dimensional skills gave him lucrative offers from T20 leagues which led to him preferring those to international cricket. the problems with the Windies board didn’t help his cause either. Despite all this, he played white-ball cricket for the Caribbean side consistently till late 2014 when as captain, he initiated a pullout of the team, midway during their ODI tour of India. He was sacked as captain and also overlooked within the format ever since. His T20 fame meant that he did still play within the shortest format for the West Indies .
It was the IPL that established the brand of Bravo within the T20 format. After a moderate start within the tournament with Mumbai, the shift to Chennai did the trick for the all-rounder. He went on to become one among the most faces of the franchise along side skipper MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina. His persona matched the franchise’s fan base and he was one among the vital cogs of Chennai’s success. the celebrity saw him getting massive offers from the opposite leagues also and he soon became a sensation within the format, often being among the foremost wanted names at the player auctions. Chennai’s association with him got a replacement lease of life after the club retained him with the right-to-match-card at the 2018 auctions. This was after the franchise’s two-year exile during which Bravo represented Gujarat.
While most of Bravo’s stardom comes from his exploits in franchise leagues, his international performances were also quite valuable. He shone quite few times in Tests, both with bat and ball, stamping his class as a real all-rounder. From his international debut in 2004 till 2008, he had a very blast in national colors but the T20 caravan derailed things thereafter. Constant pay disputes with the Board pushed him to pursue the cash-rich leagues which also gave him immense fame. Bravo quit from Tests in early 2015 although he had virtually exited the format much earlier, having not played the format since 2010.
Bravo may be a free-wheeling T20 cricketer lately and is relishing his favorite format. Despite a couple of injuries in late 2016 and early 2017, he has returned to peak fitness and as shown within the 2017-18 BBL season, he still has enough fuel within the tank, a minimum of for T20s. aside from his skills, the entertainment he provides through his antics makes him a complete entertainer. there’s little question that Bravo remains an important name within the format and this might be true for subsequent few years also . In early 2020, Bravo earned a surprise recall to the West Indies T20I side with it being a World Cup year and another T20 World Cup scheduled in 2021. His powers have waned a touch since 2018-19 but he still has the experience which makes him an asset to possess in T20s.
BATTING & FIELDING STATS