Dwayne Bravo | Wicket-taker extraordinaire

July 19, 2019

In December 2017, Windies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo became the first person to take 400 wickets in T20 cricket.

Turning out for the Melbourne Renegades in Australia's Big Bash League, Bravo returned figures of five for 28 against the Hobart Hurricanes and was named the Man of the Match as the Renegades registered an emphatic seven-wicket victory.

Widely regarded as one of the best T20 cricketers, Bravo's 'death bowling' has propelled several teams to domestic T20 titles, including the Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League in 2019, the Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2018, and the Trinbago Knight Riders in the Caribbean Premier League in 2015, 2017 and 2018.

Playing for the Windies, the Trinidadian has scored more than 1,000 runs and taken 52 wickets and was a key player in the regional side winning T20 World Cup titles in 2012 and 2014.

Bravo, who has 490 T20 wickets from 450 matches, was also the first to 300 wickets back in 2016 and could become the first to 500, such is his incredible legacy.

He got his best T20 figures of five for 23 in the Caribbean Premier League in 2015.

No mug with the bat, Bravo has accumulated a solid 6,298 runs at an impressive strike rate of 126.82 throughout his career.

Few will forget his whirlwind 37 runs off just 11 balls while batting for the Trinbago Knight Riders, hitting five consecutive sixes off Alzarri Joseph of the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots to spur his team on to 199 for 4 from their 20 overs.

Those who witnessed it will also remember his 11-ball 36 runs against the Jamaica Tallawahs in Florida to propel the Knight Riders to an improbable win over the Tallawahs that same year.

A star in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Bravo was also one of the top performing players in the 2012 for Chennai Super Kings scoring 461 runs at an average of 57 off a strike rate of 178.

He was also outstanding in the 2013 IPL season 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.

No story about Dwayne Bravo would ever be complete without mention of his amazing prowess in the field. Many of the catches that he has taken for club, country, and region have been nothing short of spectacular.

A photograph by Getty Images' Matthew Lewis in 2014 that captured of Bravo fully extended while taking a catch to dismiss Australia's James Faulkner at the Shere Bangla National Stadium during the ICC World T20 was named the Wisden-MCC Photograph of the Year.

In truth, many of Bravo's catches would have been award-winning efforts.

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