Dwayne Bravo is one of the most entertaining players in the World. He is a regular member of top franchises in all the major T20 leagues across the globe. He brings the Caribbean swagger with the way he bats but in recent years, he is making headlines more for his bowling. The Trinidad born cricketer was the first bowler to end two IPL seasons as the leading wicket-taker. He won the purple cap for this feat in 2013 & 15 editions. In his illustrious IPL career, he played in 124 matches and took 140 wickets at an average of 23.45 and strike-rate of 16.75 with 4/22 being his best bowling performance.
This year also he already made a mark by picking three crucial wickets in Chennai Super Kings second league stage match win against the Delhi Capitals. He didn’t started off well and conceded 17 runs in his first over. But used all his experience to perfection and very early realized that his slower deliveries won’t work on a slowish Kotla pitch and went back to traditional seam bowling and bowled straight and halted DC’s charge.
First he got rid-off dangerous Rishabh Pant, who’s already whacking it all around the park with some atrocious shots. Next he removed Colin Ingram, who is recognized by many as one of the best T20 batsman in all the cricketing circuits. Later he scalped Shikhar Dhawan also, who is playing an anchor role until then. These three wickets changed the course of the match and Delhi eventually ended with just 147 runs and yielded only 29 runs in the last five overs and later finished things off by scoring the winning runs. This is one of many Bravo’s brilliant bowling performances which helped CSK to emerge victorious.
We don’t plan. We don’t have team meetings. We just turn up, go with the flow on any given day. So yeah we just watch the situation and adjust and adapt quickly. That’s where the experience comes in.” – DJ Bravo at post match press conference after DC v CSK match in Delhi.
Bravo’s IPL career economy of 8.39 was bit on a higher side, but considering he bowls mostly in the death overs it can be negotiated. And more importantly it won’t be an issue as long as he picks wickets at crucial stages of the matche like he did couple of days ago against DC. May be sometimes he can be too predictable with his slower deceptions as we seen in the 2012 IPL final against KKR where he conceded 49 runs in 3.4 overs. But over the years, with age & time, he gained a lot of experience which is an asset in any sport.
Being lead by MS Dhoni is an another advantage for Bravo. Dhoni’s apt field placements also played a huge role in Bravo’s success in IPL for the CSK team. With his experience and self-beleif, as the season progresses, we can expect more such brilliances from Bravo with the ball and in between surely there will be an awestrucking innings with the bat like the one against Mumbai Indians in the last year’s season opener at Wankhede stadium.