In honour of: ‘The Champion’ Dwayne Bravo

By Ricardo Chambers August 26, 2020
Dwayne Bravo and some of his many successes. Dwayne Bravo and some of his many successes.

Congratulations to Dwayne Bravo on becoming the first bowler to reach 500 wickets in all Twenty20 cricket.

It truly is a phenomenal achievement.

There is no doubt that Bravo is a special cricketer whose strengths are well aligned with the requirements of the game’s shortest format.

His exploits span far and wide, having played for 21 different teams, played alongside 400 different teammates, against over 1200 opponents and dismissed 312 different batsmen.

It’s safe to say that when it comes to the T20 format, Bravo has seen it all.

A measure of his quality and longevity is how far he is ahead of the next best wicket-taker.

As of August 26, he has 501 wickets, over 100 more than Lasith Malinga who is widely considered the best ever in the T20 format.

It is important to point out that it has taken Bravo 459 matches to achieve this milestone.

That is 120 matches more than Sunil Narine who is the next most capped player in the top 10 of T20 wicket-takers.

Bravo’s average of 24.58 and economy rate of 8.24 runs per over are also not as strong as the others in the top 10.

But what those statistics don’t tell you is how impactful Bravo has been in T20 leagues across the world.

His ability to bowl at different stages of an innings and especially at the death are standout features of his game.

He can also influence games with bat and is always a live wire in the field, often helping to change games with moments of fielding brilliance.

All this makes the Trinidadian a must have for any T20 tournament.

When he dismissed Rahkeem Cornwall to reach his 500th wicket, it was also his 100th in the Caribbean Premier League, CPL, making him the first player to reach that milestone.

He has twice been the top wicket-taker in an IPL season while at the international level he is the most successful bowler for West Indies at the T20 World Cup.

Let us not forget that he has played on both World T20 championship-winning teams for the West Indies and has also won titles, most notably in the IPL and CPL.

In his own words, contributing to title successes are even more significant that his personal milestones.

“What I enjoy the most is whenever I play in tournaments, apart from taking wickets, I win trophies so that for me is more important than me achieving these personal stuff,” Said Bravo after passing the 500-wicket mark during a CPL encounter against St Lucia Zouks.

“I think along with [Kieron] Pollard, [Andre] Russell, I think we win most T20 tournaments in the world and that is what we play for.”

At 36 years old, we are not entirely sure how much longer Bravo will be around, but for now, he still looks fit, strong and vibrant.

Helping West Indies to a third World T20 title if the tournament goes ahead in 2021 could also be a goal of his, and maybe, reaching 600 wickets in the format is another target he could chase.

But for now, we celebrate with DJ Bravo, and salute him as one of the greatest champions of the T20 game.

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