Full name Dwayne John Bravo
Born October 7, 1983, Santa Cruz, Trinidad
Current age 31 years 297 days
Major teams West Indies, Chennai Super Kings, Essex, Kent, Melbourne Renegades, Mumbai Indians, Sydney Sixers, Trinidad & Tobago, Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel, University of West Indies Vice Chancellor's XI, Victoria
Playing role Allrounder
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast
Relation Half-brother - DM Bravo
|Test debut||England v West Indies at Lord's, Jul 22-26, 2004 scorecard|
|Last Test||Sri Lanka v West Indies at Pallekele, Dec 1-5, 2010 scorecard|
|ODI debut||West Indies v England at Georgetown, Apr 18, 2004 scorecard|
|Last ODI||India v West Indies at Dharamsala, Oct 17, 2014 scorecard|
|T20I debut||New Zealand v West Indies at Auckland, Feb 16, 2006 scorecard|
|Last T20I||South Africa v West Indies at Durban, Jan 14, 2015 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Trinidad & Tobago v Combined Campuses and Colleges at Port of Spain, Mar 23-25, 2013 scorecard|
|List A debut||2002|
|Last List A||Guyana v Trinidad & Tobago at Port of Spain, Jan 25, 2015 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||New Zealand v West Indies at Auckland, Feb 16, 2006 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Barbados Tridents v Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel at Port of Spain, Jul 26, 2015 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|29*, 0/39||Red Steel||v Tridents||Port of Spain||26 Jul 2015||T20|
|2/19, 8*||Red Steel||v Amazon||Port of Spain||25 Jul 2015||T20|
|5, 5/23||Red Steel||v Tallawahs||Port of Spain||23 Jul 2015||T20|
|5, 2/22||Red Steel||v Amazon||Providence||21 Jul 2015||T20|
|49*, 2/18||Red Steel||v Tallawahs||Port of Spain||19 Jul 2015||T20|
|8, 3/15||Red Steel||v Patriots||Port of Spain||18 Jul 2015||T20|
|14*, 3/16||Red Steel||v Tridents||Port of Spain||16 Jul 2015||T20|
|14*, 2/27||Red Steel||v Zouks||Port of Spain||14 Jul 2015||T20|
|4/29, 1||Red Steel||v Patriots||Basseterre||11 Jul 2015||T20|
|1/47, 0||Red Steel||v Tallawahs||Kingston||9 Jul 2015||T20|
Dwayne Bravo is that creature long needed by West Indies, an allrounder with plenty of flair and skill both as a batsman and seam bowler. Unfortunately for West Indies, they haven't been able to utilise his services as often as they probably would have liked to: till the end of 2013, more than nine years since his Test debut, he had played only 40 out of West Indies' 81 Tests in the same period. Prioritising IPL over international cricket has led to differences with the board, while injuries have also limited his Test appearances, but as a limited-overs player Bravo remains a key member for West Indies and took over from Darren Sammy as ODI captain in 2013. He held the post till December 2014, when the selectors replaced him with Jason Holder and left him out of the ODI side, two months after he had played a central role in the team pulling out mid-way from a tour to India due to issues with the payment structure in their revised contracts.
As a player, Bravo's skills and self-confidence at the big stage were never in doubt right from the early days in his international career. He made his Test debut at Lord's in July 2004, and took three wickets in the first innings with his medium-paced swingers. He also showed a cool enough temperament to forge a confident start at the crease with the bat. By the end of the series, it was clear that Bravo was a special talent. He scored plenty of runs and claimed a bunch of wickets in four Tests, but nowhere was his ability more evident than in Manchester, where he top-scored for the team, and then restricted England with a six-wicket haul. 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. He was often a rare glimmer of joy among some depressing moments until an ankle injury struck in 2008 and ruled him out for eight months.
Around that time, his value as a Twenty20 player came into focus, and with several such leagues coming - most prominently the IPL - Bravo chose those commitments over the West Indians ones. In 2010, he, along with Kieron Pollard, turned down a WICB central contract which would require him to be available to play for West Indies at all times. Next year, he chose the IPL over a two-Test home series against Pakistan. Between 2011 and 2013, West Indies played 24 Tests but Bravo didn't play any of them.
On the other hand, he became a fixture in the Chennai Super Kings line-up in the IPLs: in the 2013 season, he led the wickets tally with 32. He came back to play for West Indies in the limited-overs games, but the feeling persisted that West Indies were severely under-utilising his talents.
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