Dwayne Bravo’s wicket-taking ability in closures when the pressure on the bowlers peaks is music to the ears of Chennai Super Kings teammates and fans. Proud of his fitness and reflexes at 38, the all-rounder is ready to put outfielders to the test by stealing sharp singles and retains the power to deliver big shots like any other slog hitter -overs. The responsibility on the muscular shoulders is enormous, he is up for the task.
The West Indians’ smiling show so far in IPL 2022 is one of the few happy stories to emerge from the CSK camp. Wearing the flamboyant yellow jersey, Bravo is among the experienced hands who should rise to the occasion, regardless of age or adversity, in a team of champions struggling to avoid a free fall. He is one of the leaders in the field, supposed to be the deliverer when it comes to designing winning situations.
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CSK are in a phase of transition as a bowling unit, Bravo have proven value for money by taking 16 wickets in nine appearances this season already and are among the top 10 bowlers to take wickets in 2022. feeling good, I’m happy to be competing with a younger generation and the new stars of IPL,” said the two-time Purple Cap winner, passing 170 scalps of slinger Lasith Malinga in the list of top wicket takers. of IPL.
The West Indian’s bowling, after soaring, can be described as a bewildering mix of slower deliveries coming at the batter from different angles, at varying paces. Six different balls in one can only keep wary hitters at the crease, treating each delivery on merit. Three wickets for 20 runs in four overs against Kolkata Knight Riders at Wankhede Stadium was an example of the surprise package he is.
In Game 1 for CSK, he fired Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana and Sam Billings to play a part in his side’s paltry 133-point defense against a powerful rival batting line-up. Each wicket was a celebration for the bowler, with the left hand remaining on the hip and the right hand swinging, with one finger raised to notify the dismissal. KKR chased the target with ease as the defending champions faced the first of many defeats.
The West Indian and MS Dhoni form the backbone of the team, dipping in experience to rise and perform when things stray from the team’s game plan. Bravo and the CSK captain (recovered by Ravindra Jadeja after six defeats in eight games) feed off each other’s energy, clearly relishing every opportunity to assess their agility and acumen against the rival teams’ young players . The two veterans stand out in a format that is supposed to be worn by the youth.
The rapport between Bravo and Dhoni, in-form at 40, is visible amid the anxiety of match situations. The former received a pat from his captain for an effort on the field, the latter caused CSK’s second-oldest player in IPL 2022 to run quickly between the wickets. In mutual respect, each challenges the other. Dhoni controls his emotions, his Trinidad teammate is a funster on the ropes. Bravo creates a feeling of joy after a catch or a dismissal… giving T20 fans something to celebrate, beyond the action in the middle.
The bowler’s mind keeps spinning away amidst the frolic, the easy smile hides a hard-nosed pro ready to perform at every opportunity…. with the ball, stick in hand or in the field. For teammates ready to learn, advice is relayed to the player under pressure, complete with a smile. The thirst to catch rivals by surprise with a stinging blow can always be expected from Bravo, one of the most successful crowd-shooters IPL franchise bought for Rs 4.40 crore in 2022.
Three seasons with the Mumbai Indians gave him the chance to team up with Malinga (second-best wicket taker in IPL history with 170 kills), then a move in 2011 to team Dhoni was the start of a flourishing career for Polyvalent de Trinidad. Gujarat Lions secured his services when CSK was suspended, he returned to the blazing yellows under Dhoni in 2018. Bravo’s feat of 32 wickets in one season (2013) remained a benchmark for bowlers, until until Harshal Patel equalizes the feat in 2021.
The all-rounder has few equals on entertainment quotient, making him a fan favorite in stadiums amid match excitement. Music is part of the life of the former West Indies captain and T20 national team player until 2021. A multiple World Cup winner in ICC tournaments, singing alongside cricket made him famous as DJ Bravo for the song ‘Champion’, created after WI emerged as winners of the 2016 T20 World Cup, beating England for the title at Eden Gardens.
Flair for capturing popular dance moves in India, make sure the cameras follow him. Bravo thrives on attention and gives back via trademark dance mixes on the pitch to emotional fans at CSK and beyond.
Movies and mentorship could happen in the future for this cricketer singer. For now, a roar from the stands after he lands another wicket will be music to his ears. For kids watching him and trying to copy his dance moves, the joy of competition, the thirst for wickets and the fitness routine at 38 may be more useful as markers in cricketing careers.
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