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'I always try to do something different'

A true entertainer with his colourful presence both on the field and off it, West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, aka DJ Bravo, has established himself as one of the most exciting personalities in the cricket world, a perception only bolstered by the release of his song 'Champion' around the time West Indies won the 2016 World T20. The cricketer from Trinidad, playing for Comilla Victorians in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League, once again brought the spectators to their feet with the famous Champion dance whenever he took a wicket. The 34-year-old spoke about his love for music and how it motivates him, the trademark dance celebration and his international career for West Indies in an exclusive interview with The Daily Star's Mazhar Uddin. The following are excerpts from the interview:

The Daily Star (TDS): You have been playing the BPL for a couple of years now. How do you view the growth of the tournament?

Dwayne Bravo (DB): It's getting more competitive every year. This year there are more international players of high standard so you look through the tournament [and see] that it's not a one-sided tournament as it used to be previously where Dhaka or Chittagong were dominating. But now all the teams are playing competitive cricket and it's attracting a lot of international players, which is good.

TDS: Tell us about the new Bengali song which you recorded. How was the experience?

DB: Actually I have not finished the recording and just started working with Taposh [music director]. I just received a message that after the game tomorrow [Friday] we will try to finalise the date and fully record the song. I am looking forward to it and I always try to do something different as I enjoy music and am passionate about music.

TDS: Do you get motivated through music?

DB: Most sportsmen listen to music as music is something that unified people and music has no boundaries and, regardless of culture, we all listen to music. Coming from the Caribbean, music is a big part of our livelihood and yeah I enjoy the happy side of life and I just enjoy doing different things.

TDS: Your dancing celebration after getting a wicket has become your trademark. When did it start?

DB: That's years and years ago... I can't recall but I get excited when I get a wicket and I celebrate it in my own way and try to be different from others. You know all my fans now can actually identify me through my dance and everywhere I go everyone wants to see the DJ Bravo dance and I try to please them.

TDS: You have changed your jersey number from 47 to 3. Why?

DB: Yes... I changed my jersey number to 3 last year during the World Cup. My daughter was born on the 3rd, my mother was also born on the 3rd and the year my son was born on the 3rd too, I decided to change my jersey number from 47 to 3.

TDS: Apart from you, who are the other entertainers in the West Indies?

DB: It's the universe boss, Chris Gayle. He is the one who first endorsed the Champion dance and he is the one who set the Gangnam Style dance on fire. Chris Gayle is the real boss.

TDS: You and your half-brother Darren Bravo are playing for Comilla this season. How much did Brian Lara influence you two to become cricketers?

DB: It has been good as I made my Test debut under Lara's leadership and we come from the same home village. Brian is an idol for both me and Darren and we look up to him and he has always been there for us. I can message him no matter where we are in the world about anything, not only cricket, but about life as well. I am happy to have someone like him in our corner and he will always be our hero.

TDS: Do you think you could have given a lot more to the West Indies national team?

DB: Statswise everyone could do better, even the greats could have done better if you ask them. But the circumstances never allowed me to, for different reasons. But I have no regrets in my career; I think I had a fairly decent career [for someone] who started at a very young age. I did my part, I played my part and I developed late as an all-rounder and I am known as one of the better all-rounders in the game.

TDS: Do you desire to play for the West Indies again?

DB: I get this question all the time and what I used to say is: whether West Indies want me to play. Every time I am available for international cricket I am not selected. These are beyond my control but at the moment I have just come from a severe injury and now I am just looking to get my body in shape again and get back playing competitive cricket and let's see what happens in 2018.

TDS: Has any local cricketer impressed you in the BPL so far?

DB: Mehedi [Hasan] Miraz is a good talent, Liton Das is also good and there are quite a few young players as I said the talent is there in Bangladeshi cricket. So they just need proper management and good coaches to enhance their talents.

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