West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has been ruled out of the rest of the Big Bash League season due to a hamstring injury. This indeed is a huge blow as far as the entertainment factor is concerned. Bravo has been a part of the Melbourne Renegades this season.
He was carried off the stretcher midway through the game against Perth Scorchers, after his attempt to save a boundary ruptured his hamstring. His absence was pretty much palpable for the Renegades, who lost the match in the most dramatic way possible.
Renegades had to defend 9 runs in the final over and unfortunately for skipper Aaron Finch, there were no front line bowlers available to bowl him the final six balls. Bravo would have been his first choice under such a situation, but he was not available. Henceforth, Finch took up the responsibility and bowled the final over.
He almost succeeded as he gave away just 6 runs in the first 5 balls and also picked up 2 wickets in the process. Just when people started to anticipate that the part-timer might just pull off a win for Renegades, he bowled a full-toss to Ashton Agar, who deposited it into the stands with style for the Scorchers.
Bravo underwent scan on Friday and the reports suggested he should be taking a leave from the game for a good period of time. Hence, he was forced to announce that he will be out of the rest of the season.
“Unfortunately, my Big Bash season is over which is very disappointing,” Bravo said. “I’ll now have surgery and the rehabilitation to get me fit and playing at my best again. I want to thank all the Renegades fans for their support for me and I hope to see them again next season.”
Skipper Aaron Finch too was very disappointed with the loss and said “It’s a huge blow, he’s one of the best all-rounders in the world. It’s an unbelievably damaging blow for us, but also for him because we know how much he loves coming out here.”
It will be interesting to see if the Renegades attempt to rope in a replacement for Dwayne Bravo. But certainly, the fans in Australia will miss “Chompian” and his moves for this season.