Happy Birthday Dwayne Bravo: A Look at 5 Best Performances by The Charismatic West Indies All-Rounder
Former West Indies All-rounder Dwayne Bravo turns 36th on Monday. Born on October 7, 1983, the Trinidad and Tobago born cricketer is a fantastic bowler and an explosive batsman, which makes him a great asset on any side. Bravo is a regular face in T20 leagues around the world and thus, is a global superstar. The cricketer is the nephew of Caribbean great Brian Lara. So it's safe to say that he was born with cricket in his veins. Bravo carried Lara’s legacy forward and made a prominent mark in the cricketing world. Along, with his ability with the ball and the willow, Bravo also has a flamboyant nature and never fails to entertain fans with his celebrations on the field.
The charismatic all-rounder made his international debut in April 2004 and is still going strong. Bravo is one of the players who proved their mettle in all forms of the game with both ball and bat. Known for his spectacular performances in the T20 format, Bravo has 2200 runs and 86 wickets in Test matches. In ODIs, the veteran has registered 2968 runs and 199 wickets. While in the shortest format of the game, the all-rounder featured in 66 matches in which he took 1142 runs and claimed 52 wickets. Talking about Bravo’s performance on the cricket, let’s check out five best performances by the flamboyant all-rounder on the cricket field.
77 and 6/55 Against England in Manchester
The T20 superstar was at his premium best when West Indies faced England in the third Test of 2004 Tour. Batting first, the right-handed batsman came in at number six and toiled the hosts to all the parts of the ground. Bravo wasn’t done tormenting the Englishmen as he claimed six wickets with the ball as well. However, West Indies’ batting line-up collapsed in the second innings and eventually lost the match by seven wickets.
4/38 and 66* Against India at Lords
The Mecca of cricket Lords witnessed a Dwayne Bravo special as the all-rounder took India by storm in the 2009 T20 World Cup. In the first innings, the right-arm bowler delivered a brilliant spell and dismissed four Indian batsmen. The defending champions were restricted to just 153 runs. Bravo continued his stellar form with the bat as well and scored 66 runs, which led West Indies to a seven-wicket victory.
106 Against New Zealand in Hamilton
The swashbuckling batsman was at his premium best in the 5th ODI of West Indies’s 2014 Tour of New Zealand. Leading the team, Bravo came into bat at number five and went after the Kiwi bowlers from the word go. Bravo demolished the hosts and brought up a scintillating century. Courtesy Bravo’s carnage, West Indies piled up 364 runs in the first innings and later won the match by 203 runs.
68 Against Mumbai Indians in Mumbai
The opening match of IPL 2018 saw a blistering innings by Dwayne Bravo. Chasing a target of 166, Chennai Super Kings were reeling at 75/5 when the all-rounder came in to bat. The dasher played fearlessly against the potent Mumbai bowlers and scored a well-compiled half-century. Moreover, the batsman smashed Jasprit Bumrah for three sixes in the 19th over and brought CSK back into the match. Bravo was dismissed in the last over but his team crossed the hurdle by one-wicket.
4/22 Against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali
Bravo shone on his Gujarat Lions debut in IPL 2016 and bowled an exceptional spell against Kings XI Punjab in their own den. The right-arm bowler stunned the Punjab batsmen with his exceptional deliveries and claimed four wickets in the first innings. Punjab were restricted to 161 runs in the first innings. The total didn’t prove to be enough in front of Gujarat batsmen and they comfortably chased the target with five wickets in hand.
So, these were some highlight performances of Dwayne Bravo’s cricketing career. Bravo’s international career was affected by some rifts with the West Indies cricket board and he last donned the West Indies jersey in 2016. The all-rounder announced international retirement in October 2018 but still continues to entertain the fans in T20 leagues around the world.