Dwayne Bravo retires from international cricket

West Indies’ Kieron Pollard bats as his teammate Dwayne Bravo looks on during a practice session in Kingstown, St. Vincent.
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West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo announced on Wednesday his retirement from international cricket.

But the 35-year-old player said he will continue to play Twenty20 franchise cricket around the world.

“Today I want to confirm to the cricket world that I have officially retired from international cricket in all formats of the game,” said Bravo in a statement.

“After 14 years, when I made my debut for the West Indies, I still remember that moment I received the maroon cap before walking onto the Lord’s Cricket Ground against England in July 2004,” he added. “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,” Bravo continued.

According to Outlook India, Bravo is regarded as “one of the most gifted all-rounders the game has seen.”

Bravo made his international debut in 2004, and played 40 Tests, 164 ODIs and 66 Twenty20Is.

He last played an international match, a Twenty20I match, more than two years ago, against Pakistan in September 2016.

Outlook India said Bravo last played Test cricket in 2010, “then became one of the many so-called West Indian mercenaries plying their trades in various Twenty20 leagues around the world.”

Bravo was an integral part of the MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

“The 35-year-old was effective with both bat and balls, and cab win matches single-handedly,” Outlook India said. “He can score quick runs, and was devastatingly deceptive with his slower deliveries.

“He last played an ODI match four years ago against India, in that infamous series, which witnessed the windows leave mid-tour,” it added.

In an illustrious career, Outlook India said Bravo scored 2200 runs, at an average of 31.42, in Tests, with three centuries, and took 86 wickets at 39.83.

In ODIs, Outlook India said Bravo scored 2,968 runs at 25.36, with a strike-rate of 82.30, while also taking 199 wickets at 29.51.

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