Windies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has announced his retirement from international cricket, fourteen years after making his debut in 2014.
Meanwhile, Bravo announced his retirement from all formats of the international game on October 24, via a press statement. One of the world’s most sought after T20 all-rounders, the 35-year-old will continue his first-class career.
“After 14 years, I still remember that moment when I made my debut for the WI,” stated Dwayne Bravo. “I received the Maroon cap before walking onto the Lords cricket ground against England in July 2004. The enthusiasm and passion I felt then, I have kept with me throughout my career.
“However, I must accept that for me to preserve my longevity as a professional cricketer, I must do as others before have done, leave the international arena for the next generation of players,” he added.
However, two months ago, reportedly Dwayne Bravo admitted that he wants to come back in the 50-over squad eyeing 2019 World Cup.
And, towards that end, he turned out for the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the ongoing Regional Super50, alongside Darren Bravo and Kieron Pollard.
Meanwhile, all three cricketers have had their differences with the Windies Cricket Board (WICB) over the years but Pollard and Dwayne Bravo continued to entertain fans all over the world, due to their skills in the T20 arena.
However, despite leading the Chennai Super Kings to the prestigious IPL title and subsequently guiding the Trinbago Knight Riders to the title defence in this calendar year, the Windies management did not select the elder Bravo on its T20 team to tour India—let alone to its 50-over side.
Dwayne Bravo represented Windies in just 40 Tests returning of three centuries and 13 half-tons with an average of 31.42. He took 86 wickets with two five-wicket hauls and a bowling average of 39.83. Furthermore, he gained popularity for his skills in white ball cricket bagging 199 wickets in 164 games at an average of 29.51.
Bravo represented the West Indies 66 times with four half-centuries and a batting average of 24.29 along with 52 wickets and a bowling average of 28.26. However, Dwayne Bravo will still continue to entertain his fans as he will continue playing in the T20 franchise leagues all round the world.