Dwayne ‘Champion’ Bravo had a memorable debut season with the Delhi Bulls in the Abu Dhabi T10 League 2021. He joined the team post leading the Maratha Arabians to the league title in the previous edition. There were expectations that Dwayne Bravo would lead the Delhi team to their maiden title but they just fell short in the competition after losing the final against the Northern Warriors.
Champion Bravo led his team charismatically throughout the tournament and would be gutted that he couldn’t get the title home for the Bulls. Nevertheless, the team finished on the top of the table having won five out of the six matches. Ironically, their only defeat came against the Northern Warriors who eventually beat the Bulls in the final of the competition.
Bravo wasn’t as effective with the bat as he would have liked but in the T10 format for someone batting at number six or seven, it’s always challenging to make the kind of impact he would have hoped for. He got an opportunity to bat only a couple of times throughout the tournament and missed out on cashing in on those crucial chances. The knock, especially in the final against the Northern Warriors, would have been disappointing for the Champion but he could be proud of the way he performed along with the team’s performance.
With the ball, the G.O.A.T of T20 cricket was back at his best. He was miserly when it came to conceding runs and picked up crucial wickets along the way. He bowled his quota of two overs in all eight matches the team played and was the pick of the bowlers in his team. His partnership with the ball with Ali Khan and Fidel Edwards was lethal throughout the course of the competition.
In the 16 overs he bowled in the tournament, Bravo managed to pick six wickets at an average of 28.50 and a brilliant strike rate of 16.00. In a tournament where even a score of 120 plus is considered chasable, Champion Bravo ended the tournament with an economy of 10.68. In the qualifier match against Northern Warriors, Bravo managed to pick the key wickets of his fellow West Indians, Nicholas Pooran and Lendl Simmons. For his 2/14 in his two overs, he was awarded as the Man of the Match in that game. In the final match too, he was deadly with his yorkers and economical as ever but the opposition played him smartly realising that not giving a wicket to Bravo would be the key to them winning the match.
Overall, Champion Bravo can be proud of how he led his side to their first final in the Abu Dhabi League. Delhi Bulls fans would be hoping that he would make a return for the next season and take the team all the way this time around.
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