Chennai Super Kings have appointed veteran all-rounder Dwayne Bravo as the team’s bowling coach before IPL 2023. However, Bravo has announced his retirement from the Indian Premier League, having played the tournament since the beginning of 2008.
On the other hand, L Balaji is taking a break for one year due to personal commitments, but he will be available for the Super Kings Academy as well.
“I’m looking forward to this new journey because it’s something I see myself doing after my playing days is fully over. I enjoy working with bowlers and it’s a role I’m excited about. From player to coach, I don’t think I have to adjust much because while I’m playing, I always work with bowlers and try to come up with plans and ideas on how to have that one step ahead of the batsmen. The only difference is I will no longer be standing at mid-on or mid-off!,” said Dwayne Bravo.
“I never thought I would be the leading wicket taker in the history of IPL. But I’m just happy to be a part of IPL history!” he further added.
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On the other hand, K.S Viswanathan, Chennai Super Kings CEO, said: “Congratulations to Dwayne Bravo on a tremendous career in the IPL. He has been a crucial member of the Super Kings family for more than a decade and we are excited to continue the association. 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 guidance.”
Dwayne Bravo is the highest-ever wicket-taker in the cash-rich league, with 183 wickets from 161 matches. He has also scored 1560 runs at a strike rate of around 130 as well.
Meanwhile, Bravo has been a crucial part of the Chennai Super Kings since 2011. He was a part of Chennai Super Kings’ IPL wins in 2011, 2018 and 2021 and the Champions League T20 victory in 2014 as well. Notably, he was also the first player to win the Purple Cap for most wickets in an IPL season twice (2013 and 2015). However, Bravo has overall played 144 games for Chennai Super Kings, claiming 168 wickets and scoring 1556 runs as well.