The celebratory ‘Champion Dance’ moves which struck a chord with the cricket fans around the world will not be seen again as one of West Indies cricket’s most dynamic all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has decided to hang his boots from the international arena. However, Bravo will continue to play franchise T20 cricket across the world.
After spending 14 glorious years in the coveted Maroon, the Trinidad and Tobago star released an official statement about his retirement from international cricket.
In his retirement statement Bravo, 35, 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.”
After making his international debut against England in 2004 at Georgetown, Bravo represented Windies in 40 Tests, 164 ODIs and 66 T20Is. His last international appearance was more than two years ago, in a T20I against Pakistan in September 2016. In Test cricket, Bravo scored 2,200 runs at an average of 31.42 and took 86 wickets, including his best bowling figures of six for 55. He played his last Test against Sri Lanka in Pallekele before transforming himself into a T20 specialist.
In ODIs, the 35-year old scored 2,968 runs at an average of 25.36 and picked up 199 wickets and his best figures were 6/43. Whereas, in his favourite format – T20 cricket, he cracked 1142 runs at an average of 24.29 and took 52 wickets.
His ability to score at a faster clip, uncanny bowling with an assortment of slower balls, change-ups and his livewire efforts in the field made him a complete package and the most sought-after figure in T20 cricket the world over.
“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,” Bravo said. “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,” the dynamic all-rounder added.