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Dwayne Bravo confirms retirement after West Indies bow out of 20-20 World Cup

Bravo remains West Indies highest wicket taker in the T20Is

Dwayne Bravo
Dwayne Bravo ( Image Credit: Twitter)

West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has announced his retirement from international cricket. The 20-20 Wrld Cup game against Australia will be his last appearance in West Indies colours. Notably, West Indies are out of the semifinals race. The 38-year-old had taken retirement in 2018 but reversed his decision in 2019 to play the 20-20 World Cup. The defending champions bowed out of the showpiece event after losing to Sri Lanka by 20 runs on Thursday (November 4).

The 38-year-old has played 90 T20Is so far, picking up 78 wickets- the most by a bowler for West Indies in international T20Is. The all-rounder said he has had a promising career and feels it is the right time to bring the curtains down.

“I think the time has come,” Bravo said. “I’ve had a very good career. To represent the West Indies for 18 years, had some ups and downs, but as I look back at it I’m very grateful to represent the region and the Caribbean people for so long.”

Bravo, who has played all seven 20-20 World Cups for West Indies, said winning two trophies along with former West Indies captain Darren Sammy is a very proud thing. “To win three ICC trophies, two with my captain [Daren Sammy] on the left here. One thing I am proud about is that the era of cricketers we had we were able to make a name for ourselves on the global stage and not only do that but have silverware to show for it.”

West Indies’ title defence began in a horrible way as they lost to England and South Africa by huge margins. Later, they managed to beat Bangladesh but that was by a bare margin of 3 runs. Bravo admitted it was not the kind World Cup the team had expected. “It wasn’t the World Cup we expected, it wasn’t the World Cup we wanted as players. We shouldn’t feel sorry for ourselves, it was a tough competition, we should keep our heads high.”

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