It’s time for the energetic and very famous “Champion song ” and Champion moves as Dwayne Bravo has become the first player in the history of T20 Cricket to reach 500 Wickets.
He achieved this milestone by dismissing Rakheem Cornwall in the league match of the CPL 2020 against St.Lucia Zouks, playing for Trinbago Knight Riders on Wednesday.
— CPL T20 (@CPL) August 26, 2020
The wicket also happened to be his 100th in the Caribbean Premier League, making him the first man to that mark. Bravo had also been the first to take 300 and 400 wickets in T20 cricket.
The Yorker King Lasith Malinga is second with 390 wickets from 295 matches on the list of T20 Wicket-takers.
Bravo has also picked up 118 wickets for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK), most for a team.
Bravo is one of only three players to have taken 100-plus wickets as captain in the format. The other two are Shakib Al Hasan (137) and Mashrafe Mortaza (114).
In the IPL alone, he has taken 147 wickets, finishing as the top wicket-taker in the 2013 and 2015 seasons turning up for Chennai Super Kings. That is his highest return in a league, with the CPL being second.
Most of Bravo’s wickets – 283 – have come in the last five overs of a T20 match, where he is generally most used by all his franchises. The 500th, however, came in the fourth over when Cornwall hit him straight to Colin Munro.
The twitter handle of his Indian franchise Chennai Super Kings has also tweeted- ” A small step for Champion, a giant leap for mankind. #WhistlePodu for the only player to get to 590 T20 Wickets. The fact that no one else has even made it to 400 makes it TRULY BRAVO.”
A small step for Champion, a giant leap for mankind. #WhistlePodu for the only player to get to 500 T20 wickets. The fact that no one else has even made it to 400 makes it TRULY BRAVO! 🔥🦁💛 pic.twitter.com/5OF8dUCbIC
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) August 26, 2020
The West Indian also plies his trade for numerous franchises around the world, namely Lahore Qalandars (PSL), Melbourne Renegades, Melbourne Stars (BBL), Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings (IPL). He was a part of the West Indies sides that won the ICC T20 World Cups in 2012 and 2016.
Earlier, Bravo has come out of retirement to rejoin the West Indies team as he wanted to play the 2020 T20 World Cup which has officially been postponed.
That decision was taken pre-Covid-19, which has wreaked havoc with the cricket calendar. The T20 World Cup is now scheduled for October 2021, but a good CPL, followed by a good IPL could put Bravo one step closer to his wish of becoming champion once more