Trinidad and Tobago cricket all-rounder Dwayne Bravo set a milestone for cricket and local sport yesterday after earning an ESPYs nomination for its “Best Play” category.
Now, the former West Indies ODI captain and Tranquillity Secondary student only needs to outdo four-time FIFA Player of the Year and Argentina star Lionel Messi and 2015 NBA MVP and Golden States Warriors guard Stephen Curry!
Bravo, who was nominated for a stunning one handed catch for the Chennai Super Kings against the Rajasthan Royals in the India Premier League (IPL), said he was “humbled” to be recognised in the sports award show referred to as the “Oscars of Sport.”
“I admit I am still shocked on many levels,” Bravo told his publicist, PearTree Consulting. “Firstly I am shocked and happy that cricket is being recognized 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.”
There are 16 nominees in the Best Play category, which are decided by votes from the public. Bravo needs more votes than the Central Michigan ‘American football’ team that produced a ‘Wild Hail Mary’ to tie after trailing by five touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
Messi was nominated for his spectacular Copa del Rey final goal against Atletico Madrid while Curry got the nod for one of his outrageous three-pointers.
The voting period is already open and fans can click HERE to vote on the ESPYs website. The final ESPYs award will be held in Los Angeles on July 15.
Bravo said he is especially proud to represent Trinidad and Tobago on the ESPYs all-star cast.
“The most important to me is being the first nominee from Trinidad and Tobago,” said Bravo. “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 ESPYs, which stands for ‘Excellence in Sport Performance Yearly’, was created in 1993 by sport network ESPN to recognise individual and team athletic achievement over a calendar year.
Editor’s Note: Click HERE to vote for Dwayne Bravo.