CPL 2020: Dwayne Bravo Becomes First Bowler To Claim 500 T20 Wickets
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CPL 2020: Dwayne Bravo Becomes First Bowler To Claim 500 T20 Wickets

Dwayne Bravo
Dwayne Bravo. Getty

The 36-year-old West Indies cricketer Dwayne Bravo created history on Wednesday (26th August) as he became the first bowler to claim 500 wickets in T20 career.

The right-arm medium pacer Dwayne Bravo created this history during the 13th game of the CPL 2020 between his team Trinbago Knight Riders and St Lucia Zouks at Queen’s Park Oval (Port of Spain). In the first innings of the match, Bravo completed his 500th T20 wicket after picking up his first wicket of the match by dismissing the Zouks opener Rahkeem Cornwall (18). On his fourth ball of the match (4th over of the innings), Bravo took that special wicket after Colin Munro successfully took the low and difficult catch.

It was also his 100th wicket in CPL career. With that wicket, Bravo became the first bowler in CPL history to claim 100 wickets.

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Dwayne Bravo (Photo by Randy Brooks – CPL T20 via Getty Images)

Dwayne Bravo was also the first bowler to claim 300 and 400 T20 wickets

It was the 459th T20 match for Bravo. Before this match, he was one wicket away from 500 T20 wickets and he achieved this remarkable feat after claiming the first wicket in this match. Earlier, Bravo was also the first player to complete 300 and 400 T20 wickets in April 2016 (during IPL 2016) and December 2017 (during Big Bash League 2017/18) respectively.

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Dwayne Bravo completed his 300 T20 wickets during his service for Gujarat Lions in the IPL 2016 (Image Courtesy: BCCI)

First to reach every 100th T20 wicket

Stats Player Year
100th wicket Dirk Nannes 2010
200th wicket Dirk Nannes 2013
300th wicket Dwayne Bravo 2016
400th wicket Dwayne Bravo 2017
500th wicket Dwayne Bravo 2020

While Bravo became the first player to claim the 500 T20 wickets, we are still waiting to see the second bowler to claim 400 wickets in T20 history. Veteran Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga is in the second position in most T20 wickets as he has taken 390 wickets in 295 T20 matches.

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Lasith Malinga in10 wickets away to complete his 400 T20 wickets (Image Credit: Google)

Top 10 most wicket-takers in T20 cricket history

Player Matches Wickets
Dwayne Bravo 459 501
Lasith Malinga 295 390
Sunil Narine 339 383
Imran Tahir 295 374
Sohail Tanvir 339 356
Shakib Al Hasan 308 354
Shahid Afridi 317 339
Rashid Khan 215 301
Wahab Riaz 252 296
Andre Russell 325 294

Coming back to this T20 match, Dwayne Bravo got another wicket as he bowled Roston Chase (7) cheaply in his next over. He finished the game with the incredible bowling figures of 3-0-7-2. At the end of his 459th T20 match, Bravo has taken 501 T20 wickets. While his team Trinbago Knight Riders won that rain-curtailed match by six wickets (DLS method), Bravo won the Player of the Match award for his impressive bowling performance.

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