Dwayne Bravo, on Wednesday, announced his retirement from international cricket, thus ending his 14-year journey with West Indies.
Dwayne Bravo will not be seen in a West Indies jersey again as he brought down curtains on his international career that began way back in 2004. He made his international debut during an ODI against England in 2004 before making his Test debut in the same year at the iconic Lord’s.
One of the most sought after allrounders in the world at the moment, Bravo, however, will continue to play franchise cricket and first-class cricket.
In his statement, he made it clear that he is retiring for the longevity of his career.
“After 14 years, I still remember that moment when I made my debut for the WI,” stated Bravo. “I received the Maroon cap before walking onto the Lords cricket ground against England in July 2004. The enthusiasm and passion I felt then, I have kept with me throughout my career.
“However, I must accept that for me to preserve my longevity as a professional cricketer, I must do as others before have done, leave the international arena for the next generation of players.”
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Bravo recently made himself available for the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the ongoing Regional Super50 in an attempt to get into the ODI side ahead of the World Cup. Bravo, who does not share an amicable relationship with West Indies Cricket Board, has not played an ODI since 2014.
The WICB had previously made it clear the high-profile names would need to perform in the Super50 to make their case for World Cup inclusion. But despite, Bravo making featuring in the domestic tournament, the WICB ignored him for the ongoing series in India. In fact, they did not include the allrounder in the T20 squad either despite his exploits in franchise cricket across the globe. This year, he helped Chennai Super Kings to the IPL title and successfully led Trinbago Knight Riders to an unprecedented title defence in CPL.
Bravo thus ends his career with just 40 Tests. He scored three centuries and 13 half-tons as a middle order batsman in the longest format of the game. With the ball, he took 86 wickets with two five wicket hauls and a bowling average of 39.83.
He represented West Indies in 164 ODIs, scoring two centuries and 10 half-centuries. He also took 199 wickets at an average of 29.51. His contribution in T20I was even more. In 66 games, he scored four fifties, picked up 52 wickets and helped the Caribbean outfit win two World T20 titles.