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Did Captain Bravo Almost Cost Trinidad CPL Glory?

The Trinbago Knight Riders are the champions of the 2017 Hero Caribbean Premier League. The twin island nation took on St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots on Saturday 9th September 2017. This was the first time the small island had ever taken part the tournament final. In the match played at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad, St. Kitts batting first got to the modest total of 135/6 in their 20 over. Carlos Brathwait top scored with 30, as Kevon Cooper picked up 2/12. Towards the ends of this innings, Bravo decided that the best course of action he could have taken was to bowl the final over, despite clearly being injured. At that time, Kevon Cooper had two overs remaining, as did Dan Christian who also had 2 overs left. Both bowlers bowled excellent overs to restrict St. Kitts to a modest total. In the end, Bravo limped through the final over and conceded 21 runs.

In response to the St. Kitts total, Sheldon Cottrell gave the Patriots the start they needed as he took Sunil Narine for 3. Despite being injured, Bravo elected to bring himself in at number three. Bravo got out off his first ball for a golden duck. Despite talk of Daren Bravo being injured, Dwayne had not batted high up the order for the entire tournament. In the end, the Knight Riders won as Kevon Cooper saved Dwayne Bravo’s blushes.

A lot have been said about the unselfishness of Daren Sammy’s captaincy. There was also a lot said about the level of trust Sammy showed in his players. In the most important game of the CPL season, Bravo seemed to have fallen short in these two critical areas of leadership. In the end, the decisions made by captains ultimately decide the level of success the team obtains. For some, it may bring two T20 World Cups, while for some, it may bring a high level of scrutiny in front of a sell out home crowd. 

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