Dwayne Bravo became the first ever bowler to reach the 500 wicket-milestone in T20 cricket on Wednesday.
The West Indies bowler reached the landmark while playing for Trinbago Knight Riders in the Caribbean Premier League at the Queen’s Park Oval.
Bravo’s 500th wicket was Rahkeem Cornwall. The bowler, who plays for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League, got to the milestone in his 459th match.
No other bowler has even 400 wickets in the shortest format.
It was also Bravo’s 100th wicket in the CPL.
Lasith Malinga, the Sri Lankan legend, is second on the list at 389 wickets in 294 matches. Sunil Narine is third on the list.
Bravo has been part of more than 20 T20 teams in leagues around the world and has been a pioneer of the shortest format, renowned for his variations and yorkers at the death.
The Zouks started aggressively - Andre Fletcher lofted Ali Khan for a six but fell next ball, Pierre taking a fine catch at third man. The fit-again Cornwall was unfazed and hit the ball after Fletcher’s dismissal for six, and the Zouks flew to 32/1 after three overs.
But then Cornwall drove aerially, Munro took a good catch, and on his home ground Bravo became the founding member of T20 cricket’s 500 Club. He soon made it 501 — a portentous number on a ground with a pavilion named for Brian Lara — by yorking Roston Chase, and after a strong start the Zouks had stuttered to 43/3 off the Powerplay.
Later, Darren Bravo eased the Trinbago Knight Riders past the St Lucia Zouks in a DLS adjusted chase to keep their 100% CPL 2020 record intact, on a day where his elder brother made history. Knight Riders showed that, even without Sunil Narine, they are a formidable team.
Narine was, incidentally, replaced by Pravin Tambe in the XI, who became the first Indian to feature in the CPL.
Trinbago Knight Riders 75/4 (DM Bravo 23*, Seifert 18*, Munro 17; Williams 2/17, Nabi 1/15, C Holder 1/24) beat St Lucia Zouks 111/6 (Nabi 30*, Najibullah 21, Cornwall 18; DJ Bravo 2/7, Tambe 1/15, Pierre 1/19, Fawad 1/21) by 6 wickets (DLS target 72 off 9 overs)