Dwayne Bravo may spend most of his time in a hotel room watching music videos but if he keeps taking five wicket hauls his Melbourne Renegades teammates won’t mind one bit.
The charismatic allrounder became the first international bowler to reach 400 T20 wickets as the Renegades cruised to a seven-wicket Big Bash League win over Hobart Hurricanes at Bellerive Oval on Thursday night.
Bravo picked up 5-28 in his first BBL game since a serious hamstring injury suffered in January against the Perth Scorchers sidelined him for six months.
“It’s a matter of keeping my body fresh and knowing what is required for the team,” he said.
“I think I’m happy to be a set up where I’m not under any pressure to do any extra training or anything like that.
“They allow me to be myself.
“I don’t leave my room. I think the day we got to the ground was the first time they saw me in Hobart.”
Bravo was one of two veterans to star for the Renegades in a match where they chased down the Hurricanes’ 8-164 with more than an over to spare.
Fellow 34-year-old Cameron White carried his bat, smashing eight fours and two sixes in a knock of 79 from 59 balls.
Skipper Brad Hodge chipped in with 22 from 14, while Brad Hogg was expensive but took the crucial wicket of D’Arcy Short to stem Hobart’s momentum.
“Age is just a number — they’re still doing well,” Bravo said of Hodge and Hogg, aged 42 and 46 respectively.
“It’s good to have experience regardless of age. You look at those players and know why they played for Australia.”
Bowling mixed-pace balls, the West Indian allrounder picked up three wickets in the final over of the Hurricanes’ innings, including scalp number 400 on the last ball.
“I’m happy that I’m able to come back with a bang,” he said.
“But the personal achievements don’t mean much, as long as my team can win.”