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Dwayne Bravo

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NameDwayne Bravo
BornOctober 07, 1983
Santa Cruz, Trinidad
Age34 years 109 days
TeamsMumbai Indians, Windies, Essex, Victoria, Chennai Super Kings, Sydney Sixers, Chittagong Kings, Trinidad and Tobago, Trinbago Knight Riders, Melbourne Renegades, Dolphins, Cape Cobras, Lahore Qalandars, Gujarat Lions, Surrey, Dhaka Dynamites, Pretoria Mavericks, Comilla Victorians
NicknameJohnny
Bat StyleRight Handed Bat
Bowl StyleRight-arm fast-medium
Batting Statistics
TestODIT20IIPL
Mat4016466106
Inn711415983
Runs2200296811421262
Avg31.4325.3724.322.95
SR48.682.31116.53126.33
HS1131126670
NO1241228
100s32
50s131044
4s26924067103
6s21584948
Bowling Statistics
TestODIT20IIPL
Mth4016466106
Inn6115056103
Balls6466651110422017
Runs3426587414702755
Wkt8619952122
BBI55 / 643 / 628 / 422 / 4
BBM84 / 643 / 628 / 422 / 4
Eco3.185.418.468.2
Avg39.8429.5228.2722.58
5W21
10W
Profile
A typical Caribbean cricketer, Dwayne Bravo, is full of life and passion on the field. He made his Test debut at Lord's in July 2004 and immediately made a mark with his swing bowling claiming three wickets. He finished the Test series with a fine all-round performance at Old Trafford - where he took 6 for 55 - his best bowling performance in a Test innings - after making a classy 77 earlier in the match. After the end of the series, he was recognized as a genuine all-round talent of the kind that West Indies badly needed.

Bravo bats with typical West Indian flair with lovely shots all round the wicket. He clips balls on the legs with the sort of lazy elegance that would make VVS Laxman proud. He is very wristy and that gives him enough time to manipulate the ball into gaps against the spinners. He is elegance personified when he uses his feet to get to the pitch of the ball against the spinners, lofting them all the way into the stands. He made his maiden Test ton against South Africa in April 2004-05 at Antigua, scoring 107 and in November 2005, scored a brilliant 113 against Australia at Hobart after coming in when his side was in trouble, which wowed the Aussie crowd and gave proof of his immense natural talent.

Bravo possesses a deadly slower yorker, which has bamboozled many a batsman, dipping in at the last moment after initially appearing to be a juicy full toss. He has taken many wickets with this delivery, and embarked on his trademark 'Helicopter' celebration, where he runs with arms akimbo all around the stadium. Bravo also has a mean conventional yorker, and he is the man the West Indies turn to for their death overs most of the time. He is an exceptional fielder, comfortable at any position, and has taken some stunning catches in the outfield

Injuries have laid Bravo low often in his career, and an ankle injury ruled him out for eight months starting in 2008. He was deemed by the West Indian selectors not fit enough to stand the rigours of Test cricket, whereby they selected him for the ODI leg of the England tour in the first half of 2009. The Test series clashed with the IPL, and Bravo, who was turning out for the Mumbai Indians, having been bought by them for USD 300,000, stayed on at the IPL and continued to play for his franchise. This led some people to question his commitment, but as he often reiterated, he was fit and willing to play, but the Board had not selected him.

Bravo was one of several senior players who went on strike against the WICB in late 2009, but returned when the strike ended to score a sparkling Test hundred against Australia at Adelaide. He was also the leading wicket taker during the inaugural Champions League T20 in India.

Sadly, Bravo was ruled out of the 2011 World cup due to another knee injury when he slipped at the wicket while bowling. He was rested for four weeks and could not participate further in the tournament. However, a change of fortunes was overdue when he was picked up by Chennai Super Kings during the 2011 auctions. In the last 3 years, he has become one of their top performing players since then. In 2012, he amassed 461 runs in the season at an average of 46 off a strike rate of 140. He was also the team's leading wicket taker with 19 scalps. In the 2013 edition, he took 32 wickets at an average of 15.0 to win the Purple Cap and also displaced Albie Morkel to become the Super King's leading wicket taker.

Before the Champions Trophy 2013, Bravo was handed over the job of ODI captaincy. In his first series against Zimbabwe, he bagged records like registering the best bowling figures in an ODI match as a captain in a bilateral series as well registering the best bowling average and bowling strike rate as a captain in a bilateral series.

However, things went topsy-turvy for the all-rounder when as the captain of the team, he stood-up for the players who were adamant on a strike with regards to payment issues. He received plenty of support from his teammates and that eventually resulted in the cancellation of the India tour mid-way through the One Day International series. This enraged the home board who slapped a massive compensation suit from the West Indies Cricket Board.

Taken aback by the posturing from the players, the West Indies hit back by excluding Bravo from their plans for the 2015 World Cup and since then hasn't been considered for the national team in Tests as well as ODIs. Bravo remains a pivotal candidate for franchises across various Twenty20 leagues. A more than decent batsman, an useful bowler - especially in the death overs and an electric fielder - Bravo offers a complete package - factors that makes one a complete all-rounder in the real sense.

Bravo has played across continents, from Asia to Australia, from England to South Africa and has also led his home franchise, the Port-of-Spain based Trinbago Knight Riders with aplomb. On the international scene, Bravo has been a part of two T20 WC winning West Indies teams and is expected to make a comeback soon as West Indies look to qualify for the 2019 World Cup.
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