Bravo Laments Not Getting More Opportunities At The International Level

Dwayne John Bravo, the 35-year-old retired Trinidadian cricketer, has posited the view that he was not given a chance to play more international cricket, and if anything his international career was cut short.

“I could have achieved a lot in international cricket, but it was cut short.  I am happy that I was able to represent the West Indies at the international level.   Not too many people get the opportunity to represent their country,” said Bravo in a press report.

Bravo has played all formats of the game and was a former West Indies captain in the ODI format.

He also played an integral role in the Chennai Super Kings team for many seasons.

Bravo is known as a genuine all-rounder who bats right-handed and bowls right-arm medium-fast pace.

He has also gained reputation as an aggressive batter in the middle order, and for his “at the death” bowling.

Since 2004, Bravo has played 40 Test matches, 164 One Day Internationals and 66 Twenty20 Internationals for the West Indies.

He was a vital member of the West Indies team that won the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 and 2016 ICC World Twenty20 titles.

Bravo has taken his game across the globe playing for teams such as the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League, the Lahore Qalanders in the Pakistan Super League, the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League, the Chittagong Kings in the Bangladesh Premier League, and Kent and Essex in English county cricket.

In 2013, he was named as a franchise player at the launch of the Caribbean Premier League.

On January 31, 2015, Bravo announced his retirement from Test cricket in India, in the aftermath of the West Indies cricket teams’ victory in the 2016 T20 World Cup.

Additionally, in October 2018, Bravo announced his retirement from international cricket but stated that he would continue to play in T20 franchise cricket.

“I am fortunate enough to have been a part of the West Indies set-up for more than 12 years.  I enjoyed every moment of it.  I haven’t achieved much (at international level), having not got too many opportunities, said Bravo.

He further said, “Such is life. There are some things you don’t have control over.  But my career went on, and my brand developed even bigger without playing international cricket because I was able to play around the world and fans welcomed me.”

Bravo fell out of favor with the Windies Board after he infamously captained a Windies team that abandoned the tour of India in 2014 over a wage dispute.

Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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