The West Indies and CSK all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, who has been blamed by Lalit Modi in of taking cash from a real estate baron during his stint with the Chennai Super Kings in IPL, has denied allegations.
According to a story in Mid-Day, Bravo has said “I just want to make this thing clear to all my fans and people around the world that Dwayne Bravo has always played the game fair, clean and honestly. I love this game a lot and it has given a lot to me in life. I would not do anything to jeopardise my sport or my career by indulging in any wrongful activity. These allegations are untrue. My lawyers are now looking into it.”
In reply to question that whether he will be taking a legal recourse, Bravo said: “I don’t know what I am going to do (at this moment).” It is worthwhile to mention that recently, a confidential email appeared on Twitter in which Modi had written to the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2013 alleging that three CSK players — Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja and Bravo — were bribed in cash and kind.
Thereafter, the ICC had confirmed receiving the email, and then the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday gave a “clean chit” to the three cricketers named. Bravo, meanwhile, is quite eager to help cricket make its maiden appearance at ESPN’s annual awards, thanks to an acrobatic, one-handed catch on the boundary line during the last IPL.
Bravo, who represents Chennai Super Kings, and happens to be one of their most valuable players, took the catch to dismiss Rajasthan Royals’ Shane Watson in Chennai. This particular catch taken by him, was awarded the IPL’s ‘catch of the season’. Reacting to this pleasant development Bravo said “No, I did expect it. I wasn’t aware of any award which was as big as the ESPN. It is like the Oscars for sportspersons. I am the first cricketer ever to be nominated which is great for the game of cricket,”
Bravo, a dedicated and cheerful cricketer, simply admitted the catch was some sort of a fluke. He explained “It was something that just happened. I jumped to stop the ball from going for a six. When I jumped, I realised I had caught the ball. I had to ensure I land properly now. When I landed, it was just a few metres away from the boundary line. It was a combination of speed and acrobatic skills. I do practice such catches. We stand on the boundary rope and it is part of our training,”
Bravo is competing against other nominees like Lionel Messi’s goal against Athletic Bilbao in May and plays from NFL, NBA apart from other sports. The winner will be determined by a public vote.