Dwayne Bravo, the Windies all-rounder, has recently retired from international cricket and his letter was recently made available to the media on Wednesday.
Cricket news: Bravo last played for his country back in 2016 and now decided to retire
Instead of playing for his country in the recent ODI series against India, he is playing in the Super50 Cup for the Trinidad and Tobago. The Super50 is a domestic 50-over tournament played in West Indies.
The 35-year-old last played for his country two years ago in a T20I match against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi. He last played an ODI game against India in 2014.
Bravo has highly increased his reputation as a phenomenal T20 player by playing in various T20 tournaments all across the globe. He played for Chennai Super Kings in their recent winning return to IPL and also won the Caribbean Premier League with Trinbago Knight Riders.
In his retirement statement, Bravo said, “Today I want to confirm to the cricket world that I have officially retired from international cricket in all formats of the game. After 14 years when I made my debut for the West Indies, I still remember that moment 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,” he added.
Bravo played Test match cricket from 2004 to 2010, where he played 40 matches and scored 2,200 runs at an average of 31.42. With the ball he took 86 wickets and his best bowling figures were 6/55.
In limited overs format, he has played 164 ODIs and has scored 2,968 runs at an average of 25.36, and has taken 199 wickets with career-best figures of 6/43.
Bravo’s strong forte was T20I cricket where he played as an exceptional death bowler and can also hit the ball cleanly down the order. He has scored 1,142 runs in T20 cricket at an average of 24.29 and has taken 52 wickets.
His retirement statement also read, “I thank the countless persons who were instrumental to my success, particularly my family and QPCC where I developed my skills at an early age. I thank the many loyal fans who continue to support my journey and who recognize my efforts on and off the field. I am extremely fortunate to have a career that has taken me across the globe into the most prestigious dressing rooms sharing experiences with all the recent legends of this glorious game. I will continue my professional career as a cricketer and entertainer living as a true champion.”
Despite retiring from international arena, Bravo will however continue to ply his trade in T20 leagues such as the IPL, the BBL and the CPL.