Bravo wins Purple Cap for most wickets


KOLKATA, India - Newly appointed West Indies One Day International captain Dwayne Bravo has won the Purple Cap for taking the most wickets in this year’s Indian Premier League which ended Sunday.

Bravo, who will lead the Caribbean side in the Champions Trophy beginning next week in the United Kingdom, was on song throughout the tournament and ended up claiming a staggering 32 wickets this season.

Bravo has attributed his success to bowling more overs at the death.

“This year what I did different was bowl more overs at the death. I have to give credit to Mahi (MS Dhoni) for having faith in me. I always love the challenge of bowling in the latter stages of the game when batsmen tend to go for it,” said Bravo in an interview with

“So, I change the pace and use variations. I am happy that I was able to produce results with the ball for the team at crucial moments”.

Bravo grabbed an impressive four wickets for 42 runs in his four overs for Chennai Super kings who lost to Mumbai Indians in the final of the IPL on Sunday.

He was among several West Indians who struck form during the sixth season of the multi-million dollar tournament.

Others included Darren Sammy for the Sunrisers Hyderabad, Sunil Narine with the Kolkata Knight Riders and Chris Gayle’s record breaking batting performances with the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

“It is a good tournament for us West Indians, and we hope to continue doing well and are looking forward to the next IPL. Right now, it is good to have so many West Indians in form ahead of the Champions Trophy,” said the West Indian captain.

“The shorter formats really suit us. And we just hope to come together as a team and try and bring these individual talents together and hope they perform”.


Mon, 05/27/2013 - 03:55