Dwayne Bravo, West Indies all-rounder, has asserted that a player should be judged via his performances on the field and not by his age. The Chennai Super Kings stalwart added that players on the wrong side of 30 have gotten better in their skill sets in T20 cricket due to their experience, shrugging the long-held notion that the shorter format of the game is only for youngsters.
The likes of Chris Gayle, Shoaib Malik, Imran Tahir, and Dwayne Bravo have all defied age, performing brilliantly for their franchises all over the world and as Bravo said, it is probably a myth that T20 cricket is only meant for youngsters.
Bravo is currently representing the Trinbago Knight Riders in the Caribbean Premier League, where he recently became the first bowler in the history of T20 cricket to effect 500 dismissals.
”Anyone who challenges or questions our age – I don’t think anyone of us, our performance has dipped or dropped because of our age. As a matter of fact, most of us even perform just as good or even better. Age is just a number. Don’t judge a player by his age, but judge him by his performance and his ability to continue to play.” Dwayne Bravo told ESPNCricinfo.
Dwayne Bravo focussed on performing an all-rounder’s role for CSK in IPL 2020
Bravo will once again be a crucial part of the Chennai Super Kings set-up in the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League. The tw0-time IPL winner, with his precocious death-bowling skills and ability to tonk the ball in the closing stages of the game, could once again prove to be the MVP [Most Valuable Player] of the competition.
But, Dwayne Bravo is not really focussed on getting the MVP award. His sole focus currently is to consistently contribute with both bat and ball to pave way for CSK’s success in the upcoming edition.
“I am not interested [in] the Most Valuable Player [award] in the IPL. I am interested in being able to contribute to my team Chennai Super Kings’ success. Being as someone who bats at No. 7 and bowl near the death [and] back-end of the innings, it is hard to be the MVP. I want to be a player that contributes with bat and ball and in the field for his team to win cricket games.” he reckoned.
The 13th edition of the cash-rich Indian Premier League will kickstart from September 19 in the United Arab Emirates.