Dwayne Bravo: A Champion Cricketer and Dancer
No one can look at the international career of Dwayne Bravo and say that he was a failure. He played a significant part in the only global successes that the West Indies have enjoyed since their 1970s and 1980s heyday— the 2004 Champions Trophy and the T20 World Cup in 2012 and 2016. But he played his last Test when he was just 27 and was eased out of the ODI side just a few days after turning 31.
In an era when the West Indies players and administrators frequently clashed, Bravo was one of those to pay a heavy price, often overlooked for selection even though his skills were never in doubt. He was good enough to score a Test century against Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne, and his changes of pace and other variations fetched him nearly 200 ODI wickets. But at a time when players from the Caribbean were relatively poorly paid, Bravo joined the band of cricketers who preferred to focus on T20 leagues around the world.
In the game’s shortest format, his legacy is unmatched. Bravo has won the Indian T20 League 3 times with Chennai, though it annoyed him greatly that his 2 finest seasons with the ball (2013 and 2015) saw the team fall at the final hurdle. Despite lacking the fearsome pace of those he grew up watching as a kid, Bravo is by far the most successful bowler in T20 history. Add in close to 7,000 runs in the format and it’s not hard to see why the Chennai team opted to spend ₹4.4 crores to bring him back to the fold before the 2022 season.
The Mumbai team was the first to take a chance on him in the Indian T20 League and he helped them to their first final in 2010. But it’s in the Chennai team's yellow jersey that he performed his most stunning feats, winning the Purple Cap twice along the way. For the West Indies, he played his part in two T20 World Cup wins, stitching together valuable partnerships with Marlon Samuels in both the 2012 and 2016 finals. In the second game, he took 3 wickets, though his contribution was eclipsed by the stunning batting of Samuels and Carlos Brathwaite.
Bravo retired from international cricket after the T20 World Cup in the UAE in 2021. He will be 39 later this year, but his 14 wickets during the Indian T20 League in 2021, along with his blistering lower-order hitting, suggest that he could be a force for a couple more seasons. And where there’s Bravo, music and dance will never be far away.
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Dwayne Bravo’s Personal Details
- Dwayne John Bravo
- Date of Birth
- 7th October, 1983
- Santa Cruz, Trinidad
- Batting Style
- Right-handed batter
- Bowling Style
- Right-arm medium-fast
- Playing Role
- Major Teams Played For
- West Indies, Mumbai team, Chennai team
Dwayne Bravo’s Current Rankings
Dwayne Bravo Career Summary
- Bowling Average
- Bowling SR
- 113 vs. AUS
- 112* vs. ENG
- 66* vs. IND
Dwayne Bravo - Key Skills and Strengths
It’s tempting to wonder just what Bravo might have achieved if West Indies cricket had better administration. At his best, he was a genuine all-rounder, with his batting good enough to make 3 Test centuries, including one against mighty Australia. He came within a whisker of achieving the rare double of 3000 runs and 200 wickets in ODIs. He took over 350 international wickets. Though he wasn’t the quickest, there were few more clever bowlers. His slower balls confused more than one generation of batters and his cool-headedness under pressure made him invaluable as a death-overs bowler.
Dwayne Bravo’s Awards and Achievements
Though he represented the West Indies cricket team long after its years of dominance, Bravo was an integral part of their modern-day successes in white-ball cricket. And though his Test career was over at 27, he showed enough quality in the longest format to score 3 centuries and take nearly 100 wickets.
Here are some of Bravo’s biggest achievements in international cricket:
Along with Chris Gayle, Bravo won the ICC Champions Trophy (2004) and the T20 World Cup (2012 and 2016) with the West Indies, the team’s only successes in the modern era.
With 571 wickets, Bravo is the only player to have crossed the 500-wicket mark in the T20 format.
Only Kieron Pollard (581) has played more T20 matches than Bravo’s 522.
Bravo was the first player to win the Purple Cap in the Indian T20 League twice (2013 and 2015).
His tally of 32 wickets in the Indian T20 League in 2013 is still a record, though Harshal Patel equalled it in 2021 while playing 3 fewer matches.
Dwayne Bravo’s Indian T20 League Journey
Bravo spent his first 3 seasons in the Indian T20 League with the Mumbai team, playing 30 matches across those years. But it was only with the move to the Chennai team before the 2011 season that he began to show off his true potential.
A fringe player in their title win in 2011, he had his best years with the ball in 2013 and 2015, when they were runners-up. Signed again in 2018 when the franchise returned after a 2-year ban, he took 14 wickets and scored 141 runs in another victorious campaign. Though he wasn’t retained after the 2021 triumph, the Chennai Team recruited him again at the auction that preceded the 2022 season.
- Bowling Average
- Bowling Strike rate
- Indian T20 League
- 70 vs. Punjab
Dwayne Bravo: FAQs
Bravo made a special appearance in Ula, a Tamil movie. Like Akon, the Caribbean singer Bravo took a liking to the veshti, a traditional Indian garment used to wrap around the lower body.
Champion, which became a big hit in India. The players thought up a Champions dance too.
He is the half-brother of Darren Bravo, whose grandfather was the brother of Brian Lara’s mother.
Bravo was signed by the Gujarat team, but he didn’t play a single game for them in 2016 and 2017
Deepika Padukone and Katrina Kaif.
MS Dhoni, under whose captaincy he will soon begin a 10th season in the Chennai team’s colours.