Cricket Council USA (CCUSA) has sent out congratulations to West Indies and Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) player Dwayne Bravo on his feat of becoming the first player to take 500 wickets in T20 cricket.
Bravo achieved the feat on Wednesday when he took the wicket of Rakheem Cornwall in the TKR versus Zouks HERO Caribbean Premier League (CPL) match at the Queen's Park Oval in Port-of-Spain.
However, chairman of CCUSA Mahammad Qureshi says there is so much more to Bravo that taking wickets in cricket matches.
"Dwayne Bravo is a great human being. We at CCUSA are so happy for what he has achieved in terms of 500 wickets in T20 cricket because that is very difficult. I think that it has differentiated him amongst cricketers and he will be remembered as a legend of the format when he calls it a day, hopefully not soon.
"What I am more thrilled about when it comes to Bravo is his human nature. What an individual he is and he extends his hand all the time to assist people. I met him a couple of years ago when I invited him and his brother Darren to come to play at the US Open T20 Tournament for the US All Stars cricket team.
"That was a significant moment for US cricket because he came and what he did for Ali Khan has all American cricketers believing that they can make it big," said Qureshi also remembering: "When Bravo came up he met with Ali Khan who was also a part of the US All Stars team. This was their first meeting and after playing the tournament he wanted to find out more about Ali because he was happy with the young man's bowling.
"Bravo then arranged to take him to Canada for the Global T20 and then he assisted in having him on his team the TKR and look at the success Ali has become. He is now a star in American cricket and because of what Bravo did for him all the young cricketers in America think that a door is now open for them."
DWAYNE BRAVO T20 STATS
First T20 wicket - Scott Styris 2006
500th T20 wicket - Rahkeem Cornwall 2020
500* - Dwayne Bravo became the first bowler to take 500 wickets in T20 cricket. And he is so far ahead of his competition. The next man on the list, Lasith Malinga, has only 390 wickets. Bravo was also the first bowler to reach the milestones of 300 wickets (in August 2014) and 400 wickets (December 2017). Bravo has also played the second most T20 matches (458) behind Kieron Pollard (504). Dirk Nannes was the first to 100 and 200 wickets milestone in the format.
87 - Wickets for Bravo in the year 2016, which was his most prolific year in T20s. His tally is the second-highest for a bowler in a calendar year, behind Rashid Khan's 96 in 2018. Bravo was the top wicket-taker in 2015 (69 wickets) and 2016 (87 wickets).
147 - Number of wickets for Bravo in IPL, hist best in a particular T20 league. He also completed 100 wickets in the Caribbean Premier League, the first to that. He also became the first bowler to take 100 wickets in two different T20 leagues.
118 - Wickets were taken by Bravo for Chennai Super Kings, his most for a team. His next best is 100 for TKR (when he took the 500th wicket), followed by 59 for West Indies.
103 - Wickets for Bravo as captain in T20s. He is one of only three players to have taken 100-plus wickets as captain in the format. Shakib Al Hasan (137) and Mashrafe Mortaza (114) are the others. However, the last time Bravo captained in T20s was in the final of 2018 CPL.
5/23 - Bravo's figures in the semi-final of 2015 CPL against Jamaica Tallawahs. He had become the first captain to take a five-wicket haul in a knockout game in T20 history. Only one captain has since emulated him: Farhad Reza, with 5 for 32 for Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club against Prime Bank Cricket Club in Dhaka Premier Division T20 league 2019. Bravo's 5 for 23 are also his best career figures. He has another five-for in T20s, 5 for 28 for Melbourne Renegades against Hobart Hurricanes in 2017.