Dwayne Bravo has labelled his ESPYs achievement as a “dream come true” following ESPN’s revelation on Wednesday in regard to his nomination in the Best Play category.
Online voting is now live at espys.com with the all-rounder placed in the bracket against Central Michigan’s “Wild Hail Mary” play from last December’s College Football’s Bahamas Bowl.
The Chennai Super Kings all-rounder garnered the accolade after last May’s spectacular one-handed catch at long-on in the Indian Premier League (IPL) to remove Rajasthan Royals’ Shane Watson, in what also officially deemed the best catch of the competition.
“It’s a great accomplishment and really, I’m at a loss for words. To be mentioned in the same breath with the likes of LeBron James is really something. This is like the Oscars of sports and one of the most prestigious events in this field,” said Bravo on the ESPYs, which highlight the biggest feats and performances from athletes in sports and entertainment over the past year.
“You know, I go out there every time and give 100 per cent so I hope this inspires the youngsters coming up as well that all they have to do is set their minds to it. I got the call [on Wednesday] from a WICB official and couldn’t believe the news,” he added.
Bravo further revealed that the catch was never intended as he was trying to save a six off Watson. He said fortune favoured him and he was just as surprised as the crowd when it stuck.
“I had a lot of ground to make up and Shane struck it very hard. It was flying so I made sure to jump
as high as I could. Honestly, I misjudged the speed it was coming at too and it arrived quicker than I thought it would. That’s why initially I went with the left [hand] just to push it back inside the ropes and not let it cross the boundary. But then it ended up in my right and it didn’t come out. When I landed,
all that was on my mind was to stay within the ropes. I really was trying to push it back in but as soon as it hit my hand, it just wouldn’t drop,” he divulged.