'I Received A Phone Call From Dhoni...,' Bravo Makes Stunning Revelation
Dwayne Bravo worked with CSK as a bowling coach [AP Photo]
Known for his explosive hitting and tight death-overs bowling, Dwayne Bravo's first outing as a bowling coach with Chennai Super Kings (CSK) reaped great rewards for the franchise, as the MS Dhoni-led side lifted the coveted Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 title for the fifth time on Tuesday, beating Gujarat Titans (GT) in a close final.
Bravo, who joined CSK as a member of the support staff ahead of this year's edition, announced his IPL retirement last year in 2022.
In a recent Instagram post, the former West Indies all-rounder revealed how Dhoni and head coach Stephen Fleming convinced the player to continue his association with the Super Kings even after retirement.
Bravo joined CSK in 2011 and went on to lift as many as three IPL trophies with the franchise, playing 144 matches, claiming 168 wickets and amassing 1,156 runs.
Here's what Bravo posted
"Where do I begin! A year ago when I decided to announce my retirement from IPL cricket it was a sad moment but at the same time I was grateful for a successful IPL career. As fate would have it I received a phone call from @chennaiipl captain @mahi7781 and head coach Stephen Fleming @stephen fleming who invited me to be a part of the coaching staff."
"I had no doubt in my mind that this was the direction I wanted to take my new cricketing career. I’ve always had the vision in my mind of one day sharing what I can only describe as my God given talents as a cricketer to what it is right now – a coach for one of the best teams in IPL history."
The 39-year-old further went on to thank his fellow support staff members and bowlers in the CSK side for their hard work and dedication.
Overall, in 161 IPL matches, Bravo finished with 1,560 runs and 183 wickets between 2008 and 2022.