The Trinbago Knight Riders showed they are a formidable squad, not just a starting XI, as Kieron Pollard rested both himself and Sunil Narine from an experimental lineup that was still far too good for St Kitts & Nevis Patriots. Lendl Simmons found form, Sikandar Raza and Pravin Tambe were excellent with the ball, and the Patriots are all but out of Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) semi-final contention.

On many a Sunday, I realize that people have looked at the stories they've seen throughout the week with different lenses. I have my own personal take on some of these issues and I will share them with you. Welcome to #INCASEYOUMISSEDIT

 1. Best of luck ladies! Stay safe!

The West Indies Women are set to face England in five Vitality International T20 matches at the Incora County Ground, Derby in September. I commend Cricket West Indies for ensuring our women cricketers are afforded an equal opportunity to play the sport they love despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

CWI have agreed to follow the strict medical protocols that were implemented for the West Indies Men’s tour to England earlier this year. The players and staff will remain in a bio-secure environment for the duration of the tour, with all matches being played behind closed doors.

In an interview with Windies captain Stefanie Taylor regarding the restart of cricket she said, “I’m excited for the restart because we’ve been away for a long time. Barring injury, this is probably the longest I have been away from the game. I know the rest of the team are also excited to get back out on the field.”

When asked about the biosecure measures put in place Stefanie said, “I am confident with the bio-secure environment. I saw how well it worked for the last two series in England and knowing we’ll have the same level of biosecurity, I’m comfortable with the protocols in place.”

Another Windies player that I contacted regarding the restart of women’s cricket Britney Cooper said, “It’s always a privilege to be selected for West Indies. I am looking forward to this series since we’ve been away for so long. Also, it’s an opportunity to restart since we didn’t have the best World Cup earlier this year.”

I am incredibly pleased with the efforts of CWI to ensure our Windies women play competitive cricket despite the ongoing pandemic. Best of luck ladies and most importantly stay safe.

 2. Continue blazing a trail Bravo. Congratulations!

Dwayne Bravo has always been one of my favourite cricketers because of his efforts on the field. There is something special about having Bravo in your team that gives you confidence that you can turn any match around no matter the situation. I enjoy the energy that he brings to the sport and the fact that in each game he gives his 100 per cent. Congratulations Champion, on becoming the first bowler to take 500 wickets in all Twenty20 cricket.

Bravo has played for 21 different teams, played alongside 400 different teammates, against over 1200 opponents and dismissed 312 different batsmen. He has now achieved a new milestone 500 wickets, over 100 more than Lasith Malinga.

What I find most intriguing about Bravo is the impact that he has in T20s. His ability to bowl at different stages of an innings, especially at the death overs is incredible. The Trinidadian is the type of player that can change a game with both bat and ball. However, we cannot fail to mention his fielding brilliance. I celebrate you, champion, keep blazing your trail!

3. The postponement of the NBA games- A powerful statement.

Since the restart of the NBA, the players have continued to bring attention to the Black Lives Matter movement. They have shared their own stories. They continue to wear “Black Lives Matter” T-shirts. They have locked arms and kneeled during the anthem. However, after the latest shooting of an unarmed black man, Jacob Blake, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the players did the most meaningful thing they could do: they refused to play.

By refusing to play the players made a profound statement. They withheld the only thing many fans and many Americans see when they look at them: their talent. They called on authorities to take accountability for what was taking place. The main question being asked now is, “Will the authorities finally listen to the pleas of these players and create change?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West Indies all-rounder, Dwayne Bravo, has cautioned against judging a cricketer’s ability and capability to make valuable contributions to teams just based on their age alone.

The much-travelled 36-year-old T20 specialist made history earlier this week after capturing his 500th wicket in the format while competing in the Caribbean Premier League for Trinbago Knight Riders.  As far as the CPL goes, the historic achievement marked his 100th in the competition.

In 12-years, Bravo has played for numerous T20 franchises around the world, including playing a major role in two T20 World Cup titles for the West Indies.  Though not quite at the absolute top of his game these days, he remains an impact player for any team he represents.  With pressure often placed on players to retire, once they approach 40, Bravo has insisted he feels in great shape.

”Anyone who challenges or questions our age – I don’t think anyone of us, our performance has dipped or dropped because of our age,” Bravo recently told EspnCricinfo.

“As a matter of fact, most of us even perform just as good or even better. Age is just a number. Don’t judge a player by his age but judge him by his performance and his ability to continue to play.”

The likes of Chris Gayle, Shoaib Malik, Imran Tahir, and Bravo have all defied age, performing brilliantly for their franchises all over the world.

 

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

When Dwayne Bravo had Rahkeem Cornwall caught at cover during the Trinbago Knight Rider’s win over the St Lucia Zouks, history was created and although the magnitude of reaching 500 wickets in T20 cricket was not lost on the West Indies all-rounder, he has his sights firmly set on more.

Darren Bravo eased the Trinbago Knight Riders past the St Lucia Zouks in a DLS adjusted chase to keep their 100% Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2020 record intact, on a day where his elder brother made history. DJ Bravo became the first bowler to reach 500 T20 wickets, and 100 Hero CPL wickets to boot as the Knight Riders showed that, even without Sunil Narine, they are a formidable team.

Dwayne Bravo became the first player to take 500 Twenty20 wickets when he claimed the scalp of Rahkeem Cornwall on Wednesday.

Bravo brought up the landmark while playing for Trinbago Knight Riders in a Caribbean Premier League match against St Lucia Zouks.

He had a helping hand from Colin Munro, quite literally as he took a fine low catch after Cornwall miscued an attempted drive off a full delivery outside off stump.

Former Windies captain Bravo, who came out of T20 international retirement last December, has accumulated his incredible haul while playing for 23 different sides across 14 years.

Lasith Malinga is Bravo's nearest challenger on 390 T20 wickets.

Bravo memorably took 3-37 in the Windies' dramatic T20 World Cup final win over England in 2016.

Sunil Narine’s whirlwind 50 and miserly 2 for 19 saw Trinbago Knight Riders kick off the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2020 in style, easing past Guyana Amazon Warriors in the tournament opener, at Tarouba, despite Shimron Hetmyer’s unbeaten 63 off just 44 balls.

West Indies players account for the lions share of those considered the best to ever play the game as SportsMax completed its Ultimate XI T20 team ahead of the start of the Hero Caribbean Premier League on Tuesday.

A combination of a panel of experts, the SportsMax Zone, and fans who voted online called fanalysts completed voting on the SportsMax Ultimate XI team with a final discussion on three impact players.

The final six players from which the three were chosen were West Indians

Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, and Andre Russell, Australian Shane Watson, Pakistani Shahid Afridi, and Indian Yuvraj Singh.

The panel, made up of cricket commentator and broadcast journalist, Fazeer Mohammed, cricket umpire Chris Taylor, and statistician, Zaheer Clarke, picked an all-West Indian cast as their impact players, in complete agreement with the SportsMax Zone and Fanalysts.

There was one dissenting voice among the panellists with Fazeer deciding on Shane Watson over Kieron Pollard, however, Clarke and Taylor’s votes were enough to overrule him.

With all parties, the Zone, the panel, and fanalysts in agreement, the final list of the greatest T20 team of all time is complete.

The openers are Chris Gayle and David warner, the middle-order, batsmen 3-5 are Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the bowlers are Sunil Narine, Rashid Khan and Lasith Malinga, while the impact players are Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Powell and Andre Russell.

The Ultimate XI T20 team is made up of five West Indians in Gayle, Narine, Bravo, Pollard, and Russell, while Kohli and Dhoni make up the Indian contingent. Then there is the South African representation in de Villiers, one Australian in Warner, a Sri Lankan in Malinga, and the Afghan Rashid.

West Indian players have made a big impact on the T20 game the world over and a panel of experts deciding on the final list of impact players to be discussed as part of a SportsMax Ultimate XI.

The panel, which makes up 40% of overall votes towards the decision in coming up with a final XI, picked Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, and Andre Russell to be part of a list of six for a final discussion on Monday.

The discussions take place on the SportsMax Zone at 5pm Jamaica time and 6pm in the Eastern Caribbean.

When the votes are all tallied, the SportsMax Zone will have contributed 25% of them, while fans have an input too, there’s counting for 35%.

The panel, today, had to pick from among 12 short listed as the best impact players the T20 game has ever seen.

That list of 12 read; Shane Watson (Australia), Shahid Afridi (Pakistan), Bravo, Russell, Pollard, Jos Buttler (England), Imad Wasim (Pakistan), Ben Stokes (England), Colin Munro (New Zealand), Yuvraj Singh (India), Daniel Vettori (New Zealand), and Daren Sammy (West Indies).

When the cuts were made, Sammy, Imad, Buttler, Vettori, Munro, and Stokes, were deemed just a little off the pace.

So, for final discussion on Monday, Watson, Afridi, Bravo, Russell, Pollard, and Yuvraj will be the men being considered.

But the panel’s list is not final and fans, called fanalysts, can still sway the outcome of who makes the SportsMax Ultimate XI, no matter what the panel decides.

To do that, to have your say, vote by clicking here or going to SportsMax.tv and just clicking on the Ultimate XI tab at the top of the screen.

SportsMax.tv has also built a list of profiles where Fanalysts can go to have a look at the careers of the players who have made the SportsMax Ultimate XI shortlist just in case you want to learn a little more about them before making your choice. To take a look at those players click here.

The injury to Dwayne Bravo that kept him out of the 2019 edition of the Hero Caribbean Premier League and saw Kieron Pollard replace him as captain of the Trinbago Knight Riders may have been fortuitous.

Pollard had big shoes to fill, as Bravo had led the TKR to back-to-back titles in 2017 and 2018.

The big West Indies captain, the most experienced T20 player in the history of the format, lost to eventual champions Barbados Tridents in the second qualifier for the competition’s final in 2019.

Still, he has retained his position as skipper in the team and has the blessing of his predecessor.

CEO of the TKR, Venky Mysore, revealed recently that Bravo, though very successful as captain of the team, had, for a long time, wanted to pass the baton, but he had delayed the action.

"The champion DJ Bravo has been coming to me year after year and asking me to give someone else the captaincy because he wants to just concentrate on playing and enjoying the game,” said Mysore.

Bravo, who recently came out of international retirement, has also played under Pollard for the West Indies and has lauded his approach to captaincy.

“I always told him not until I am ready and that time has come and he is very happy to play under Pollard,” said Mysore.

The TKR will open the CPL season against last year’s beaten finalists, the Guyana Amazon Warriors on August 18.

“Pollard was kind enough to accept the position to lead the team at the tournament. He said if we wanted him to do it he will and we said that we will be delighted to have him as captain again,” said Mysore.

Dwayne Bravo's skills and self-confidence on the big stage made him a match-winner in T20 cricket. Dangerous with the bat and cunning with the ball, Bravo proved his worth wherever he plied his trade.

He hit 107 against South Africa in April 2004-05 at Antigua to bring up his maiden century and in November 2005, scored a magnificent 113 against Australia at Hobart. He dazzled in the ODI series against India in May 2006, bamboozling the batsmen with his slower ones and chipping in with match-winning contributions with the bat.

He grew as a player in the limited-overs format in the 2006-07 season with a fluent unbeaten 112, his maiden ODI ton, against England in the Champions Trophy and achieved his best career figures, 4 for 39, against India in the last game before the World Cup.

His value as a Twenty20 player came into focus in the IPL, especially for the Chennai Super Kings for whom he became a fixture. In the 2013 season, he led the wickets tally with 32.

He was the first bowler to take 400 wickets in the format and is about to become the first to take 500 wickets, currently boasting an impressive haul of 497 T20 wickets.

 

T20I Career – West Indies (Batting)

Mat        Inns        NO         Runs      HS          Ave        BF           SR           100        50           4s           6s              

71           60           12         1151       66*        23.97     988        116.49          0          4            67          50          

 

T20 Career (Batting)

Mat        Inns        NO         Runs       HS          Ave        BF           SR           100        50           4s           6s              

455        367        103          6307        70*        23.89     4973      126.82          0         20          410         301       

 

 

T20I Career – West Indies (Bowling)

Mat        Inns        Balls       Runs      Wkts      BBI        BBM      Ave      Econ      SR       4w       5w      10w

71           61           1151      1600          59        4/28       4/28     27.11     8.34      19.5       2          0         0

 

T20 Career (Bowling)      

Mat        Inns       Balls      Runs      Wkts      BBI        BBM      Ave      Econ      SR        4w        5w       10w

455         436        8869      12191       497       5/23       5/23     24.52     8.24       17.8       9          2           0

 

Career highlights            

  • Most wickets in all T20 cricket (497)
  • Leading WI wicket-taker at T20 WC (25)
  • Secured 59 T20I wickets at 27.12
  • 2x IPL Purple Cap winner for most wickets 2013 & 2015
  • Made 1151 T20I runs at average of 23.98
  • 6307 T20 runs at an average of 23.89

 On many a Sunday, I realize that people have looked at the stories they've seen throughout the week with different lenses. I have my own personal take on some of these issues and I will share them with you. Welcome to #INCASEYOUMISSEDIT

  

Mental exhaustion or not enough effort on the field?

  England beat the West Indies by 269 runs and took the series 2-1 to reclaim the Wisden Trophy forever. Windies captain Jason Holder, speaking at the end of the third Test, said, “It’s been challenging, it’s been really challenging, mentally some of the guys are a bit worn out.”

Though I agree it is difficult to play any sport during a pandemic and acknowledge the upheaval, surrounding social injustice issues, taking place, to simply attribute the Windies poor result to these issues is unacceptable. I agree the current climate is different than what anyone has ever experienced before but the Windies loss was brought about by a lack of team effort on the field.

Holder went on to say, “It could be this way for a little while, so we’ve got to find ways to make it work. Hopefully, things could ease up throughout the world and probably guys can get out of the hotel a little bit more, but it has been challenging for sure.”

 Each match was played behind closed doors with players unable to feed off the crowd’s energy.  While I agree that the conditions in which they played were not ideal, as professional athletes they knew the job at hand was to retain the Wisden trophy and play smart cricket. 

The Windies made a great start to their tour with a win, at the Rose Bowl, but England found form in Manchester. The shortcomings of the Windies batsmen in English conditions were exposed numerous times. They conceded first-innings leads of 182 in the second test and 172 in the series decider. The most discouraging factor was the batsmen's inability to capitalize on the numerous starts that they got as a few of the batsmen did make half-centuries. The key difference between both squads was when England got opportunities, they went big, for example, Ben Stokes and Dom Sibley.

England’s bowlers were fresh and eager throughout and that ensured their dominance of the series. A key factor in England’s success was the class of bowlers that were available to choose from as well as the effective rotation of those bowlers. It was useful that none of England’s bowlers bowled in more than two matches – not even Ben Stokes and Dom Bess, who played every game but were not required to bowl.  In the case of the Windies, our bowlers were overworked and two of our key bowlers most notably, Shannon Gabriel and Jason Holder, were struggling with niggles.

Though the mental strain of being away from their families and playing the game during the pandemic may have affected the Windies players’ performance, I don’t believe is it the main reason they lost the series.

 

Arsenal has aced the recipe for FA Cup success

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is hoping the FA Cup victory on Saturday will convince captain Pierre Emerick Aubameyang to stay at the club after they beat Chelsea 2-1. The Gunners captain scored twice to seal the win, taking his team to a 14th FA Cup success. Aubameyang has less than a year left on his contract and his future at the club has been a topic of discussion.

On Saturday, when Aubameyang dropped the trophy before raising it above his head, Arteta joked, “He needs more experience with trophies, we can get him more used to that.” Chelsea’s manager Frank Lampard also commended Aubameyang on his match-winning performance. The North Londoners have now landed a spot in UEFA’s second-tier competition next season. 

This triumph has rectified some of the problems Arsenal had this season, especially after finishing 8th in the Premier League.

 

 The TKR captaincy fits Polly

Kieron Pollard will continue to lead the Trinbago Knight Riders for CPL 2020. Last year, Pollard replaced Dwayne Bravo as captain after he was ruled out with a finger injury.  The decision was a beneficial one and a team with a fit Bravo and Pollard can yield success.

Bravo, who led the team to three CPL titles previously, expressed to the owner that he would rather focus on his game, while Pollard leads the team. I think it is a perfect fit for the team as Pollard and Bravo are great friends and a healthy Bravo with Pollard at the helm puts TKR in a position to win another CPL title.

Pollard has scored 1759 runs in 70 matches, at a strike rate of 148.56. He is the 6th highest run-scorer in the history of the tournament. With the ball, Bravo is the leading wicket-taker with 97 scalps in 69 games. Together both players can use their individual achievements and personalities to get the best of the unit as they seek a 4th CPL title.

By the time Dwayne Bravo had scored his first One-Day International ton in 2006, his credentials as a bonified allrounder with real talent and skill had already been understood world over.

His batting has always suggested there was more there but it was his bowling that showed an incomparable depth. He has left many batsman swinging for the fences with full slower deliveries that inexplicably drop from the sky leaving them half-way through a shot and nowhere near the pitch of the ball.

Bravo’s statistics as an international cricketer, though, have been watered down by, injuries, controversy, and the lure of T20 Leagues with deep pockets.

This has meant intermittent international cricket for Bravo, and possibly a place among the great allrounders of the game from the region.

That said, Bravo is still playing and on the cusp of producing figures any allrounder would be proud of.

With a best of 6-43, Bravo has taken 199 wickets in ODI cricket at an average of 29.51 and with a strike rate of 32.7. He only averages 25 with the bat and has two centuries and 10 half-centuries to his name.

If there is anywhere his game has not lived up to its true potential, it is there with the bat. In the field, Bravo is also a lightning rod for brilliant moments. He is fast over the outfield and athletic. He is also a safe pair of hands anywhere on the field and will run you out if you take a chance to him.

 

Career Statistics

Full name: Dwayne John Bravo

Born: October 7, 1983, Santa Cruz, Trinidad

Major teams: West Indies, Carib Beer XI, Chennai Super Kings, Chittagong Kings, Comilla Victorians, Dhaka Dynamites, DJ Bravo's XI, Dolphins, Essex, Gujarat Lions, ICC World XI, Kent, Lahore Qalandars, Maratha Arabians, Melbourne Renegades, Melbourne Stars, Middlesex, Mumbai Indians, Paarl Rocks, Peshawar Zalmi, Quetta Gladiators, RR Sarwan's XI, SC Joseph's XI, Shell Cricket Academy Invitation XI, Surrey, Sydney Sixers, Trinbago Knight Riders, Trinidad & Tobago, Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel, Trinidad & Tobago XI, University of West Indies Vice Chancellor's XI, UWI Vice Chancellor's Celebrity XI, UWI Vice Chancellor's XI, Victoria, West Indies A, West Indies Board President's XI, West Indies Board XI, Winnipeg Hawks

Playing role: Allrounder

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm medium

 

ODI Career (batting): West Indies (2004-2014)

Mat    Inns    NO     Runs     HS      Ave       BF       SR      100s    50s     4s      6s      Ct

164     141      24     2968      112*   25.36     3606   82.30      2       10      240     58      73      

 

ODI Career (bowling): West Indies (2004-2014)

Mat    Inns    Balls   Runs          Wkts   BBI     BBM          Ave    Econ   SR          4w     5w     10w

164    150    6511 5874          199    6/43 6/43          29.51 5.41   32.7          6       1       0

 

 

Career Highlights

  • In 164 ODI’s, he scored 2,968 runs at an average of 25.36
  • Picked up 199 wickets at an average of 29.52
  • 1 of 3 players to have 1000 runs and 50 wickets in each format of the game

Dwayne Bravo has been out of international cricket for a while and when he returned most recently for the West Indies, he looked rusty.

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