West Indies allrounder Dwayne Bravo became the first bowler to take 500 wickets in T20 cricket in his 459th match. Fourteen years after his debut in the format. Bravo, turning out for Trinbago Knight Riders, picked up the wicket of St Lucia Zouks opener Rahkeem Cornwall to achieve the feat. 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 300 and 400 T20 wickets as well.
Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga is second on the list of T20 wicket-takers, with 390 wickets from 295 matches.
Bravo’s is one of the most storied careers in the T20 format, and the 36-year-old medium-pacer has played for as many as 23 teams including the West Indies, having been a batting allrounder in his younger days. After injury setbacks, Bravo had to reinvent his game to prolong his white-ball career and with his utility, became a mainstay for every franchise team he has since played for. 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 with the new ball as Bravo had Cornwall miscue an attempted drive in the second over of the innings.
Bravo has his eyes firmly set on the next T20 World Cup as well, having come out of retirement to rejoin the West Indies team. 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.