Dwayne Bravo has been not only a great friend to MS Dhoni but also Dhoni’s go-to man under pressure, plying his trade for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Dwayne Bravo is a hugely experienced player when it comes to T20 format and his combination with MS Dhoni has elevated CSK to even greater heights. Ahead of another IPL season, the Caribbean all-rounder lavished praises on MS Dhoni.
MS Dhoni very recently retired from international cricket after donning the national colours for 15 years. Not only did the 39-year old hung up his boots as one of India’s greatest match-winners but also one of the best captains. Under his leadership, the men in blue captured all three ICC trophies in 2007, 2011, and 2013. Dhoni’s 350 ODIs yielded over 10000 runs at 50.57, having played his final in July 2019.
Dwayne Bravo reckons that MS Dhoni is one of the best in the business; however, respects his decision to walk away from international cricket. Bravo stated that as cricket lovers, fans would have loved to see more of him, but players have to stop sometime. The 36-year old added that MS Dhoni hardly panicked and soaked all the pressure, giving the players confidence and self-belief.
“As cricket lovers, we would have loved to see him play for as long as possible but the reality is we have to stop some time. But there’s still the IPL and he is very much there. As a player, he used to absorb so much pressure and never panicked. Dhoni always gives players the belief and confidence which is the hallmark of any great captain,” Bravo told Times of India.
I wish I could have bowled more to him in international cricket: Dwayne Bravo
Dwayne Bravo went on to recollect the T20 match in 2016 between India and the West Indies in Florida as the medium pace bowler had to defend six in the final over against the skipper.
While the Trinidad&Tobago all-rounder succeeded in a high-scoring thriller, Bravo admitted feeling the pressure as he was up against the best finisher in the world. The veteran felt elated to help the Carribeans win that game and wished he could have bowled more to MS Dhoni.
“I only had to defend six runs in that over and I was bowling to the best finisher in the game. Dhoni is a very difficult opponent to bowl to, so it was a great achievement for me to stop him from getting those runs. I wish I could have bowled more to him in international cricket because I always liked bowling to the best,” the 36-year old added.