Chennai Super Kings have appointed Dwayne Bravo as the team’s bowling coach ahead of IPL 2023. Bravo has called time on his playing days in the IPL, having played the tournament since its inception in 2008. L Balaji is taking a break for one year due to personal commitments, but he will be available for the Super Kings Academy.
“I’m looking forward to this new journey because it’s something I see myself doing after my playing days is fully over. I enjoy working with bowlers and it’s a role I’m excited about. From player to coach, I don’t think I have to adjust much because while I’m playing, I always work with bowlers and try to come up with plans and ideas on how to have that one step ahead of the batsmen. The only difference is I will no longer be standing at mid-on or mid-off!
“I never thought I would be the leading wicket taker in the history of IPL. But I’m just happy to be a part of IPL history!” stated Bravo in a CSK press release.
Bravo is the highest wicket taker in the IPL, with 183 wickets from 161 matches. The all-rounder has also scored 1560 runs at a strike rate of around 130, playing key parts in many victories for the Super Kings.
Bravo has been an integral part of the Chennai Super Kings since 2011. He was part of Chennai Super Kings’ IPL victories in 2011, 2018 and 2021 and the Champions League T20 victory in 2014. He was also the first player to win the Purple Cap for most wickets in an IPL season twice (2013 and 2015).
Bravo has overall played 144 matches for Chennai Super Kings, picking up 168 wickets and scoring 1556 runs.