10 things you may not know about West Indies star Kraigg Braithwaite

The West Indies victory over Pakistan in the 3rd Test at Sharjah was a personal triumph for opening batsman Kraigg Brathwaite.

The Barbadian became the 5th West Indian to carry his bat through the innings in the first innings with his unbeaten 142.

Then in the second innings, Brathwaite’s 60 not out made him the first opening batsman in the history of Test cricket to remain not out in both innings of a Test.

Loop brings you ten things you may not have known about Kraigg Brathwaite:

1.       Kraigg Clairmonte Brathwaite was born on 1 December 1992, in Black Rock, St Michael, Barbados.

2.       Before he turned 15, Brathwaite scored 28 centuries in club cricket in Barbados

3.       Brathwaite made his first-class debut aged just 16 and impressed, scoring 73 for Combined Campuses and Colleges against Barbados. After the game, Barbados selected him for their next match against Guyana.  

4.       He represented the West Indies Under-19 at the World Cup in 2010 in New Zealand. He was West Indies' leading run-scorer and overall second highest with 335 runs with four fifties.

5.       On Test debut against Pakistan in 2011, Brathwaite lasted just 26 balls in both innings, scoring just 15 runs.

6.       On 6 November 2011, Brathwaite became only the second West Indian to score two Test fifties before his 19th birthday when he made 63 against India in Delhi.

7.       Brathwaite likened his batting to Shivnarine Chanderpaul early in his career. In fact, he batted with Chanderpaul when he scored his maiden Test double hundred in 2014.

8.       He became the third youngest West Indian to make a double hundred, when he scored 212 against Bangladesh in 2014. Only West Indies legends Garry Sobers and George Headley were younger.

9.       In December 2015, Brathwaite scored 94 against Australia at Hobart, which accounted for 63.51% of the West Indies total of 148. This was the 4th highest percentage of runs in a completed innings in Test Match history.

10.   In 2015, he took his best bowling figure in a Test innings (6/29), against Sri Lanka at P Sara Oval, Colombo.