On Monday (May 29), Chennai Super Kings (CSK) created history by beating Gujarat Titans (GT) in the final of the 16th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) by five wickets. The MS Dhoni-led side was crowned as champions for the fifth time and with this, equaled Mumbai Indians’ record for the most IPL trophies.
After the all-important final, an ecstatic CSK bowling coach Dwyane Bravo, who had played major roles as a player during CSK’s other successful campaigns in the past, penned down a post on his Instagram. Bravo was released by the Chennai-based franchise ahead of IPL 2023, and after it, he announced his retirement from the IPL. CSK played their first tournament without the services of the 39-year-old since 2011.
“Where do I begin! A year ago when I decided to announce my retirement from IPL cricket it was a sad moment but at the same time I was grateful for a successful IPL career. As fate would have it I received a phone call from @chennaiipl captain @mahi7781 and head coach Stephen Fleming @stephen_fleming_ who invited me to be a part of the coaching staff.
“I had no doubt in my mind that this was the direction I wanted to take my new cricketing career,” Bravo wrote on Instagram.
The West Indian is the second-highest wicket-taker in IPL history. After plying his trade for the Mumbai Indians in the first three seasons, the Caribbean star was signed by Yellow Jersey ahead of the 2011 IPL.
In 161 IPL matches, Bravo has scored 1560 runs at a strike rate of 129.57, scalping 183 wickets at an economy of 17.05. He has the best bowling figure of 4/22, while with the bat, an unbeaten 70 runs was his highest score.
Gouri Das is a cricket writer at FirstSportz. Despite always being a sporty kid, she disliked being inactive in one place for a long time to watch a match. But after the Ind vs Pak match of the 2016 Asia Cup, she rather got glued to the TV screen. That year she watched the major cricket tournaments, WWE matches, and the Olympics (especially Usain Bolt's races). After reading about the big names in tennis and becoming an ardent follower, she dreams of visiting Wimbledon one day.
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