Earlier in the month, all the eight Indian T20 League franchises released their retention list ahead of the upcoming season of the league and to no one’s surprise, Team Chennai went on to retain the services of Dwayne Bravo for yet another year. It was pretty much an expected move that Bravo will wear the yellow of Chennai for at least one more year.
He still remains as the core member of the squad and one of MS Dhoni’s confidants. The team relies on his all-round ability and if he remains injury-free this season then Chennai will for sure be title contenders once again. Here are all the possible reasons why Team Chennai trusted and retained Dwayne Bravo for Indian T20 League 2021.
There’s no doubt that Dwayne Bravo is the T20 G.O.A.T of our sport. He has the most experience in the format and is the only bowler to pick up 500 wickets in T20 cricket. He was underused with the bat in the previous season and this season could be the year when he unleashes with the bat for one last time. He is electric on the field as well and his acrobatic efforts on the boundary line have become a routine thing for fans to watch in the Indian T20 League.
In the Indian T20 League, Team Chennai along with Team Mumbai are known for the loyalty they show towards their players and the support staff. Chennai more than any team are incredibly loyal to the players who have done well for the franchise in the previous seasons. MS Dhoni has always believed in the abilities of Bravo and the Champion has delivered some title-winning seasons for the team.
BRAVO IS STILL THE CHAMPION
Dwayne Bravo might be 37 years old now but still, the Champion seems to have plenty of cricket left within him. Leagues across the world want Bravo to don their jersey and lead them to the trophy. Last season in the Indian T20 League, Bravo missed half of the season due to an injury and the team were missing his all-round abilities on the park. It marked the first season when Chennai missed out on making it to the playoffs of the league and Bravo’s absence was a big reason for it.
Dwayne Bravo’s record in different leagues is fantastic. In 2019, he led Maratha Arabians to the Abu Dhabi T10 League and in 2020, he was a part of the most successful team the Caribbean Premier League has ever seen as Trinbago Knight Riders went undefeated in the competition. In the 471 T20s he has played in his career, he has managed to lift 16 major trophies in various leagues across the globe. This gives you the indication of his indispensable role in the format and how finding someone of Bravo’s ability and experience is next to impossible in world cricket.
Read: Five of the Greatest IPL Performances by Dwayne Bravo
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