West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo was unable to break through in the red-ball format despite boasting an abundance of talent. Looking back on his career, Bravo criticized the West Indies Cricket Board’s administration for his shortened Test and ODI career.
Bravo voiced his regret over not being able to fulfill his promise in the ODI and Test forms for his country. In a conversation with Samuel Badree on Windies Cricket’s YouTube channel, Bravo opened up about how politics with the management shortened his Test and ODI career.
“When it comes to me, politics played a big part in my career. When I started playing Test cricket, that was my dream. It is the ultimate for any young cricketer. I had my moments in Test cricket. I would have loved to play longer. But I believe that my Test career was stopped short. At 26, I feel that at that time, I still had a lot to offer. Because of circumstances beyond my control, I was not able to continue my Test career,” said Dwayne Bravo.
Bravo also expressed sorrow for not being able to attain the 200-wicket mark in one-day international cricket. Bravo, with 199 wickets, would have become the third West Indian bowler to reach 200 ODI wickets, joining Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh in the legendary list.
“The only regret I have is that I was just one wicket away to become the third West Indian ever to take 200 ODI wickets. Again, that was taken away from me,” added Dwayne Bravo.
Bravo has played in 40 Tests and 167 One-Day Internationals for the West Indies, taking 86 and 199 wickets respectively. He has also amassed 2200 and 2968 runs in both forms, positioning him among the superstars of West Indies cricket. He played his last Test against Sri Lanka in 2010 and his last ODI against India in 2014.
Dwayne Bravo to retire from T20Is after T20 World Cup 2021
After the conclusion of the recent T20Is series against Pakistan, Dwayne Bravo announced that it was his last T20I match on home soil and will retire after the T20 World Cup 2021.
Bravo had earlier declared his retirement from all forms of cricket in October of last year. However, in December 2019, he came out of retirement to play T20I cricket.
Bravo has always been a fierce competitor for West Indies since the beginning of his career. His two World Cup victories, one on his birthday in 2012 against Sri Lanka and the other in 2016 against England are the pinnacle of his T20I career.
He has succeeded as a dexterous right-arm seam bowler, taking 76 wickets in 85 appearances to lead the West Indies in wicket-taking charts in T20Is.