West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo revealed what led to the memorable ‘3 run dash’ between MS Dhoni and himself after the indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 final.
Dwayne Bravo and MS Dhoni were seen involved in a sprint competition at the Wankhede Stadium after Chennai Super Kings (CSK) lifted the IPL 2018 trophy, beating Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in a one-sided final.
MS Dhoni, in a clip that went viral online, was seen challenging Dwayne Bravo as the two CSK stars completed a 3-run dash with bats in hand. Contrary to expectations, the race was a close affair with Dhoni piping Bravo by the finest of margins.
Recalling the sprint, Dwayne Bravo said the Chennai Super Kings captain was teasing him about his age and speed throughout the season that led to him challenging Dhoni for a race. Bravo also said he wanted the sprint to be held after the season was over and that he didn’t want either of them to go down with an injury.
“He kept saying throughout the entire season that I am an old man, I am an old man. I am very slow. I told him, ‘I will challenge you in a sprint between the wickets’. He said ‘no chance’. I said ‘we will do it after the tournament is over’,” Bravo said during an Instagram live chat with Chennai Super Kings.
“I said ‘I don’t want to do it in the middle of the tournament and one of us pop our hamstrings’. We did it after the final. It was a very close race, very very close.
“He beat me. It was a good race. He was very quick.”
I am trusted by MS a lot: Bravo
Dwayne Bravo also said he wouldn’t want to move to any other IPL franchise at this point of his career and thanked MS Dhoni and Stephen Fleming for the faith the two have in him, especially in his skills at the death overs.
“I am trusted by the captain MS a lot, and the coach Stephen Fleming. They allow me to be myself,” Bravo said.
“Sometimes, I bowl in the death overs and go for a lot of runs. Different teams, different captains,even in the commentary they said ‘it’s time to move on from Bravo, get someone else to bowl at the death’.
“CSK always show faith in my ability to bowl at the death. It paid off. I can say, more often than not, you can deliver. Coming up against top players, things won’t always go your way. But I am a strong believer in my talent.”
The IPL 2020 season has been suspended until further notice due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. It remains to be seen if IPL will go ahead this year, considering it has missed the April-May deadline.