Dwayne Bravo

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Not to be confused with Darren Bravo.
Dwayne Bravo
Dwayne Bravo 2010.jpg
Personal information
Full name Dwayne James John Bravo
Born (1983-10-07) 7 October 1983 (age 31)
Santa Cruz, Trinidad and Tobago
Nickname Johnny
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm medium fast
Role All rounder, West Indies ODI captain
Relations DM Bravo (brother)
International information
National side
Test debut 22 July 2004 v England
Last Test 5 December 2010 v Sri Lanka
ODI debut 18 April 2004 v England
Last ODI 11 October 2014 v India
Domestic team information
Years Team
2002–present Trinidad and Tobago (squad no. 47)
2006 Kent (squad no. 47)
2008–2010 Mumbai Indians (squad no. 47)
2009–2011 Victoria
2010 Essex (squad no. 47)
2011–present Chennai Super Kings
2011–2012 Sydney Sixers
2012– Chittagong Kings
2014– Melbourne Renegades
2013-present Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel (Captain) (squad no.47)
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs FC LA
Matches 40 147 100 198
Runs scored 2,200 2,495 5,302 3,368
Batting average 31.42 23.99 30.64 23.06
100s/50s 3/13 2/8 8/30 1/11
Top score 113 112* 197 112*
Balls bowled 6,466 5,805 11,025 7,460
Wickets 86 173 177 224
Bowling average 39.83 30.13 33.43 29.25
5 wickets in innings 2 1 7 2
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 6/55 6/43 6/11 6/46
Catches/stumpings 41/– 60/– 89/– 88/–
Source: ESPNCricinfo, 28 November 2013

Dwayne James John Bravo (born 7 October 1983) is a West Indian cricketer. A genuine all-rounder, Bravo is an right-handed batsman and a right-arm medium-fast bowler. He is known for his death bowling and aggressive middle order batting.

He was a key member of the West Indies team that won the 2012 ICC World Twenty20.

Bravo plays for the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League. Bravo is Chennai Super Kings's leading wicket taker. Bravo also plays for the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League, and the Chittagong Kings in the Bangladesh Premier League.

He was named as a franchise player at the launch of the Caribbean Premier League for the 2013 tournament.[1]

On the 31st of January 2015, Bravo announced his retirement from test cricket.[2]

Debuts[edit]

Bravo made his first-class debut for Trinidad and Tobago against Barbados in 2002, opening the innings and scoring 15 and 16 but not bowling. He scored his maiden first-class century a month later and was included in the West Indies A squad for their tour of England in 2002. In early 2003 he scored another century but it was a spell of bowling in which he took 6–11 against the Windward Islands that brought him to prominence as an all-rounder.

Bravo made his One Day International debut against England in their 2003/04 tour of the Caribbean, in a match in which he failed to bat but took 2–31 with the ball. In the West Indies tour of England in 2004 Bravo made his Test debut when he was selected for the First Test at Lord's in which he scored 44 and 10 and took three wickets. He finished the Test series with 68 wickets and a total of 220 runs with his most impressive performance at Old Trafford in a match in which he was the top scorer in the first innings with 77 followed by a 8 for 37 performance with the ball. The latter remains his best bowling figures in Test cricket.

Controversy[edit]

During a Test series against South Africa in 2005, Bravo scored his maiden century – 107 before getting out to Mark Boucher – in the fourth Test in Antigua, but that was overshadowed when he accused South African Graeme Smith of directing a racist comment at him. At the subsequent hearing no evidence could be found and charges were dropped against Smith, who immediately demanded an apology from Bravo.[3] Bravo, backed by the West Indies Cricket Board, refused to do so and received a hail of criticism from an indignant South African press while finding support at home as a human rights campaigner.

In 2014, during a tour of India, Bravo was spokesman for the players during players strike which resulted in the tour being cancelled half way. He was later omitted from the West Indies World Cup squad for the 2015 World Cup.

2005–06[edit]

On the West Indies tour of Australia in 2005, Bravo was controversially not picked for the first Test at Brisbane in which the West Indies were beaten convincingly. He was recalled for the second Test in Hobart and made a superb 113, after coming in at a very difficult stage for the West Indies. His innings lifted the West Indies and helped them regain some pride, forcing the Australians to bat for a second time in the match. In the third and final match of the series at Adelaide, he bowled a superb spell in the Australians first innings taking 6 for 84.

In West Indies tour of New Zealand in early 2006 Bravo strained his left side in the Twenty20 game at the start of the tour and was unable to bowl but still played in all three tests as a specialist batsman. His selection showed how far he had come in the previous two years and how crucial he had become to the West Indies team.[4]

2006–07[edit]

After a disappointing series in India Bravo returned to top form in the ICC Champions Trophy 2006 when he took 7 wickets at an average of 27.57 and scored 164 runs at an average of 41 although most of the runs were scored in a dead rubber with England in which he made his first ever ODI century scoring a majestic 112 not out as part of a second wicket stand of 174 with Chris Gayle. His bowling contained some lethal slower-paced yorkers with which he dismissed Michael Clarke and Chris Read.

Bravo had a disappointing 2007 World Cup scoring 129 runs at an average of 21.50 and although he took 13 wickets at 27.76 his economy rate was 5.56. Against South Africa he conceded 69 runs off 7 overs including 18 off his first over.

During the Third Test against England at Old Trafford on 9 June 2007, Bravo acted as an emergency wicket-keeper in place of Denesh Ramdin who had gone off for treatment after being hit on the head with the ball. In the same Test he took the wicket of England batsman Kevin Pietersen with a bouncer which struck the batsman's helmet knocking the helmet off of his head onto the stumps and dislodging the bails causing Pietersen to be given out hit wicket.

Indian Premier League[edit]

Dwayne Bravo played for the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League for the first three seasons. He was picked up by the Chennai Super Kings during 2011 IPL Auctions.

He was one of the top performing players in the 2012 IPL playing for Chennai Super Kings scoring 461 runs at an average of 57 off a strike rate of 178. He was also the team's highest wicket taker with 19 wickets.

He also performed well in the 2013 IPL playing for Chennai Super Kings, taking 32 wickets at an average of 9.15 to win the Purple Cap and overthrow Albie Morkel to become Chennai Super Kings's leading wicket taker.

During IPL 2014 he sustained a shoulder injury in the first match against Kings XI Punjab and has been subsequently ruled out of the remaining matches. He launched his single music Chalo Chalo in Chennai on 3rd May 2015.[5]

He performed well in the 2015 IPL playing for Chennai Super Kings, taking 26 wickets and winning the purple cap for a second time. He is the only man who has won 2 purple caps.

ICC World Cup and World T20[edit]

Dwayne Bravo played in all of West Indies games at the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies.

He was ruled out from the World Cup 2011 in India due to the knee injury when he slipped at the wicket while bowling to South African batsman on 24 February at Delhi. He was rested for four weeks and could not participate further in the tournament.[6]

He played in all of West Indies games at the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, which the West Indies won. He played most of the tournament as a batsman as injury prevented him from bowling.

Bravo was controversially left out of the West Indies squad for the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Test centuries[edit]

The following table gives a summary of the Test centuries scored by Dwayne Bravo.

  • The column title Match refers to the Match number of the player's career
Test centuries of Dwayne Bravo
Runs Match Against City/country Venue Year
1 107 13  South Africa St John's, Antigua Antigua Recreation Ground 2005
2 113 15  Australia Hobart, Australia Bellerive Oval 2005
3 104 33  Australia Adelaide, Australia Adelaide Oval 2009

ODI centuries[edit]

The following table gives a summary of the ODI centuries scored by Dwayne Bravo.

  • The column title Match refers to the Match number of the player's career
Dwayne Bravo's One Day International centuries
No. Score Match Against City Venue Year
1 112* 54  England Ahmedabad Sardar Patel Stadium 2006
2 106 154  New Zealand Hamilton Seddon Park 2014


Records[edit]

  • During Zimbabwe's tour to West Indies in 2013, Bravo was made the captain and in the due course he bagged the following records:
    • He holds the record for the world's best bowling figures in an ODI match as a captain in a bilateral series[7]
    • he holds the record for the world's best bowling average(runs conceded per wicket taken) and bowling strike rate(number of balls bowled to take a wicket) as a captain in a bilateral series(among those who have taken 10 or more wickets in the same series)[8]
    • Shares the record along with another five cricketers to take a five-wicket haul in an ODI match as a captain in a bilateral series.

Filmography[edit]

2013 Ula Special appearance Tamil Filming

He also sung a song "Yenda" from "Ula" movie, composed by Saajan Madhav south indian music director @chennai.

Awards[edit]

Runner up for the 2015 ESPY Award for best play.

ODI awards[edit]

Man of the Match award[edit]

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance
1 England Trent Bridge, Nottingham 27 June 2004 10-2-26-3; DNB
2 India Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain 26 May 2006 5-0-32-3; 61* (62 balls: 3x4, 1x6)
3 India Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain 28 May 2006 62* (44 balls: 4x4); 9-0-45-0
4 Sri Lanka Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain 10 April 2008 10-1-32-4, 1 catch; 36 (37 balls: 3x4, 2x6)
5 England Kensington Oval, Bridgetown 27 March 2009 7-1-19-4, 1 catch; DNB
6 Zimbabwe Arnos Vale Stadium, Kingstown 12 March 2010 9-2-21-4; 6 (8 balls: 1x4)
7 Zimbabwe National Cricket Stadium, St. George's 24 February 2013 10-1-43-6; 0 (2 balls)

T20I awards[edit]

Man of the Match award[edit]

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance
1 India Lord's Cricket Ground, London 12 June 2009 4-0-38-4; 66* (36 balls: 4x4, 3x6)

Notes[edit]

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