Dwayne Bravo has undoubtedly been one of the most consistent performers in an otherwise erratic West Indies squad. No matter the format, Bravo has regularly delivered with the bat and ball, and has inspired his teammates with some ridiculous efforts in the field.
2004 was a big year for the exciting all-rounder, who made both his ODI and Test debuts against England. His first taste of international cricket came against England, where Bravo picked up two wickets in a narrow loss at Guyana. His Test debut was dominated by twin centuries by Michael Vaughan in England’s crushing win at Lord’s. Bravo picked up three wickets in the first innings and contributed 44 with the bat. The third match of the series was one of his finest moments, as Bravo scored a fluent 77 with the bat, and then produced a career best spell of bowling to finish with 6/55.
The following year saw Bravo excel in the Test arena, as he went on to score a pair of composed centuries. After making 107 against South Africa, Bravo continued to shine with an elegant 113 in Hobart. The hot streak continued, this time with the ball, as Bravo tore through Australia’s batting line-up in Adelaide to finish with another six wicket haul. The scintillating spell of bowling included a freakish caught and bowled to remove Shane Warne, which saw the all-rounder dive full stretch to his left to claim the one-handed grab.
Bravo possesses solid statistics for a 40 Test veteran, but hasn’t played a five-dayer since the washed out draw against Sri Lanka in 2010. A total of 2200 runs and 86 wickets bodes well for his career, but the emergence of other exciting prospects has seen him miss out on recent selection. The enigmatic West Indian will most be remembered for his bouncer in 2007 that dislodged Kevin Pietersen’s helmet, leading to one of the most bizarre hit wicket dismissals you will ever see.
Bravo’s ODI form has remained constant throughout his career. 2006/07 was his standout year, as the all-rounder registered the only century of his career (112) against England. Although he doesn’t average as many as other elite cricketers, Bravo has managed to thrill crowds with his exciting batting technique and his ability to score freely. His slower balls remain some of the hardest to pick in world cricket.
Like many West Indian cricketers, Bravo has enjoyed a prolific T20 career. His charismatic demeanour fits in perfectly with the limited over vibe, as does his playing style. After playing three seasons with the Mumbai Indians, Bravo moved to the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL. His performances justified the big money offered by his new franchise, as Bravo scored 461 runs and took 15 wickets during the tournament.
Australian fans would have seen Bravo excel for the Bushrangers in the earlier years of the domestic T20 competition. His huge hitting guided his side to a terrific run chase against the NSW Blues at the MCG, while his incredible athleticism to save a certain six is considered the turning point in the Sydney Sixers’ tournament winning season.