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Dhoni had faith in me when West Indies selectors didn’t, says Dwayne Bravo

Dwayne Bravo said he owes much of his later success to the role given to him by Chennai Super Kings and the faith reposed in him by MS Dhoni.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: April 29, 2020 5:34:26 pm
Dwayne Bravo feels there will never be another T20 franchise like CSK, and a lot of that has to do with the faith in players shown by MS Dhoni and Stephen Fleming. (File Photo/PTI)

West Indies all rounder Dwayne Bravo has said that he owes a lot of the success in the later part of his career to the faith shown in him by the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) management and he wants to do something for MS Dhoni now, given the former India captain is on the verge of retirement.

“CSK remade Dwayne Bravo,” the Windies cricketer told Cricbuzz, speaking about how CSK persisted with players like him and Shane Watson and gave their careers a second lease of life.

“In other teams, if you don’t perform, you feel the pressure. With CSK, you don’t feel that. Shane Watson openly said if he was in another franchise he would’ve either been dropped or would’ve thought about retiring. I don’t think you’ll see a franchise like CSK again. A lot of credit for that has to go to Dhoni and Fleming,” Bravo said.

Bravo, who has been instrumental in CSK’s successful run since 2011, has picked up 104 wickets for the franchise. He has also won two Purple Caps and two IPL winners’ medals in his time with the Chennai franchise.

He said, “I’ve asked myself many times, why someone like MS has so much faith in me. My own board and selectors don’t have the same faith. But Mahi respects my talent and the way I play the game. That means a lot to me.”

“I wanted to do something for him. He’s coming to the end of his career, he’s had a great career. He had a big impact on my career along with many others,” he said. Bravo was speaking about his latest song titled “No.7” that features lyrics on Dhoni.

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