“I’m looking forward to this new journey because it’s something I see myself doing when my playing days are completely over,” Bravo, 39, said in a statement to the franchise. “I enjoy working with the bowlers and it’s a role I’m excited about. From player to coach I don’t think I have to adapt much because I’m always working with the bowlers when I’m playing and I’m trying to come up with plans and ideas, how to stay ahead of the batsmen.
Bravo has played in the IPL every year since its inception in 2008, barring 2017 when an injury prevented him from featuring for Gujarat Lions. He was first signed up by the Mumbai Indians in 2008 and stayed with the team for three seasons before being bought by the Super Kings in the 2011 auction. When the Super Kings were suspended for two seasons – 2016 and 2017 – Bravo was picked by the Lions before being retained by the Super Kings in 2018.
He finished with 183 runs, the highest number of wicket-takers across 15 IPL seasons, 13 more than runner-up Lasith Malinga and 17 more than the next highest-hitting active bowler: Yuzvendre Chahal. Bravo has a wicket economy of 8.38 in 158 innings in 161 matches, with a best of 4 for 22. He has also taken 1560 runs at a strike rate of 129.57.
Bravo, one of the best death bowlers in the T20 game, bowled 1115 balls [36% of all his deliveries] between 17 and 20 overs and took 102 wickets in the phase. No one else has hit that many deliveries in the last four overs [Jasprit Bumrah is next with 1026] or taken so many wickets [Lasith Malinga is second on 90].
For the Super Kings, a team he has become an integral part of – almost synonymous with – over the years, Bravo played 144 matches, took 168 wickets and scored 1,556 runs. He has been involved in three of their four IPL victories – in 2011, 2018 and 2021; the only one he missed was in 2010 when he was still in Mumbai. While with the Super Kings, he won the Purple Cap for most wickets in 2013 (32 wickets) and 2015 (26 wickets). He remains one of only two players – Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the other – to have won the Purple Cap twice.
“He has been a key member of the Super Kings family for over a decade and we are delighted to continue our partnership,” said Kasi Viswanathan, CEO of Super Kings. “Bravo’s wealth of experience will be of immense value to our players and support staff. We are confident that our bowling group will thrive under his leadership.”