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Dwayne Bravo’s first ever ESPY Award cricket nominee
Allrounder Dwayne Bravo created history when he became both the first T&T national and first cricketer to be nominated in any category in the prestigious ESPY Awards. In the ‘Best Play’ category that also features 2015 NBA MVP Stephen Curry and Ballon D’Or winner Lionel Messi, Bravo was nominated for his stunning one hand catch for the Chennai Super Kings against the Rajasthan Royals during the final of the recently completed India Premier League.
This is the first time that any cricketer from any country in the world has been nominated for the American award, often referred to as the “Oscars of Sport”. ‘Best Play’ features stiff competition, with 16 nominees split into eight brackets or match ups. Bravo needs to get more votes than a “Hail Mary” play from the Bahamas Bowl before he moves into the next round.
On his nomination Bravo said, “I admit I am still shocked on many levels. Firstly I am shocked and happy that cricket is being recognised by the American market and on their biggest and most prestigious night in sport. Secondly, I am in a category with athletes that I look up to and admire, titans of their sports and I am humbled. The most important to me, however, is being the first nominee from T&T. I am proud to represent my country and value every opportunity to showcase the talent that exists here. Of course I would love to win so I take this opportunity to ask my fans around the world to vote, not just for me but for our beloved cricket.”
The voting period is now open and fans are encouraged to visit the ESPYs website (http://espn. go.com/espys/2015/) to cast their vote for Bravo. The ESPYs take place on July 15 in Los Angeles.
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