Author: Abhishek Rajan
Dwayne Bravo has been brought back into the West Indies T20I squad after he came out of retirement last year.
Bravo is a part of the West Indies squad which has been announced for the three-match T20I series against Ireland.
The veteran all-rounder has replaced the West Indies Test captain Jason Holder who has been given a break.
Holder is one of those players who feature in all three formats of the game for West Indies and his workload has been really high in the last 12 to 18 months.
Bravo is a like-for-like replacement for Holder as he is also someone who bats lower down the order at no. 7 and can bowl his full quota of overs.
However, Bravo offers West Indies a death bowling option. Holder, on the other hand, is a new ball bowler who relies more on his ability to move the ball in the air and off the pitch, rather than his variations.
Bravo last played international cricket in September 2016 against Pakistan. He has, however, been around the cricketing circuit, featuring in the T20 leagues on a regular basis.
The 36-year old has been a vital cog in the Chennai Super Kings’ line-up in the IPL since they have returned to the tournament after serving their ban.
Bravo’s utility as a T20 player can’t be matched by too many all-rounders around the world. The reason why he had decided to retire from international cricket prematurely was because of his issues with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).
However, with Kieron Pollard being instated as the captain of West Indies in ODI and T20I cricket, Bravo is back in the scene again.
Bravo has played 66 T20 internationals for West Indies so far and has scored 1142 runs at a batting average of 24.29. He has also got 52 wickets to his name, averaging 28.26 with the ball.
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