All-rounder Dwayne Bravo announced his retirement from international cricket on Wednesday (October 24). The 35-year-old, who last represented the Windies in September 2016, played a total of 270 internationals (40 Tests, 164 ODIs, 66 T20Is) between 2004 and 2016 and was the star performer in each of their two World T20 triumphs in 2012 and 2016.
“Today I want to confirm to the cricket world that I have officially retired from international cricket in all formats of the game. 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. The enthusiasm and passion I felt then, I have kept with me throughout my career,” Bravo said in his retirement note.
“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.”
In 164 ODIs, Bravo bagged a total of 2,968 runs at an average of 25.36 while also claiming 199 wickets with his best being that of 6/43. In 66 T20Is, he has a total of 1142 runs to his name at a strike-rate of 116.41. The all-rounder also has 52 wickets at an economy of 8.46 in the shortest format for West Indies.
However, Bravo will continue playing in different T20 leagues around the cricketing world.
“I thank the countless persons who were instrumental to my success, particularly my family and QPCC where I developed my skills at an early age. I thank the many loyal fans who continue to support my journey and who recognize my efforts on and off the field. I am extremely fortunate to have a career that has taken me across the globe into the most prestigious dressing rooms sharing experiences with all the recent legends of this glorious game. I will continue my professional career as a cricketer and entertainer living as a true champion,” the CHAMPION cricketer added.