Bravo retires from IPL and takes over as bowling coach of Chennai Super Kings

Bravo retires from IPL and takes over as bowling coach of Chennai Super Kings

dwayne bravo retired from IPL as a player and took up bowling coaching position at Chennai Super Kings. L Balaji, the Super Kings’ bowling coach until last season, took a year-long hiatus for what the franchise called “personal commitments” but will be involved with the Super Kings Academy.

“I’m looking forward to this new journey because it’s something I see myself doing after my playing days are over,” Bravo, 39, said in a franchise statement. “I love working with bowlers, and it’s a role I’m passionate about. From player to coach, I don’t think I have to adapt a lot, because while I’m playing I always work with bowlers and I trying to come up with plans and ideas on how to get ahead of the batsmen.

“The only difference is that I will no longer be halfway or halfway! I never thought I would be the main wicket-taker in the history of IPL. But I’m just happy to be a part of IPL history!”

Bravo has played the IPL every year since his debut in 2008 except in 2017 when an injury kept him out of action for the Gujarat Lions. He was first signed by the Mumbai Indians in 2008 and was with the team for three seasons before being bought by Super Kings in the 2011 auction. When the Super Kings were suspended for two seasons – 2016 and 2017 – Bravo was chosen by the Lions, before being retained by the Super Kings in 2018.

He finished with 183 wickets, the highest wicket-taker after 15 IPL seasons, 13 more than second-placed Lasith Malinga and 17 more than the next most successful active bowler: Yuzvendra Chahal. Bravo’s wickets hit an 8.38 save rate over 158 innings in 161 games, with a best of 4 for 22. He also scored 1560 runs at a strike rate of 129.57.

One of the great death bowlers in the T20 game, Bravo has bowled 1115 balls [36% of all his deliveries] between overs 17 and 20 and took 102 wickets in the phase. No one else has made so many deliveries in the last four overs [Jasprit Bumrah is next with 1026] or taken as many wickets [Lasith Malinga is second on 90].

Part of the golden generation of West Indies T20 superstars, who won the T20 World Cup in 2012 and 2016, Bravo joins his long-time retired IPL international teammate, while also taking on coaching roles with their teams. Tadpole announced his retirement as a player on 15 November and joined the Mumbai Indians, the team he was with throughout his IPL career, as a batting coach.
Like Pollard, Bravo didn’t completely give up as a player. He currently plays in the Abu Dhabi T10 with the Delhi Bulls and has also been signed by MI Emirates for the first ILT20 in the United Arab Emirates next year, where Pollard will be his captain. He was one of eight Super Kings players released before the retention deadline last month. At the time, however, it looked like they might buy it back at the next auction, scheduled for December 23, just like they did in 2021.

With Super Kings, the team of which he has become an integral part – almost synonymous – over the years, Bravo played 144 games, racked up 168 wickets and scored 1556 runs. He was involved in three of their four IPL triumphs – in 2011, 2018 and 2021; the only one he missed was in 2010 when he was still in Mumbai. While with Super Kings, he won the Purple Cap for most wickets in 2013 (32 wickets) and 2015 (26 wickets). He remains one of two players – Bhuvneshwar Kumar being the other – to have won the Purple Cap twice.

“He has been a crucial member of the Super Kings family for over a decade, and we are delighted to continue the association,” said Super Kings chief executive Kasi Viswanathan. “Bravo’s vast experience will be of immense value to our players and support staff. We are confident that our bowling group will thrive under his leadership.”

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