Kraigg Clairmonte Brathwaite is a West Indis cricketer from Barbados. An all rounder, he is a right handed batsman and off break bowler. Brathwaite represents Barbados in domestic cricket and has represented West Indies in Test and One Day International (ODI) matches. He made his Test debut on 20th May 2011 against Pakistan and he made his ODI debut on 30th September 2016 against Pakistan. He also holds the record as the second West Indian to score two test fifties before 19 years of age. He has also represented West Indies in the Under 19 world cup.
Born on 1st December 1992 at Black Rock, St. Michaek, Barbados, Brathwaite was interested in cricket since childhood. He was a student at Combermere School in Saint Michael, Barbados and he scored 28 centuries in local cricket in Barbados and was later selected in the under-15 team. He was selected in the under 15 team to compete at the Clico International Under- 15 Cricket Championships. He then made his first class debut at the age of 16 and impressed everyone by scoring 73 in the debut match while opening the batting for Barbados. After his brilliant performance, he was called into the West Indian squad for the series of Test matches against Bangladesh as a replacement for players participating in a strike called by the West Indies Players Association. Later in 2010, he earned a spot in the Under 19 squad for the 2010 Under 19 world cup held in New Zealand. He had a brilliant series and he was West Indies team’s leading run scorer with 335 runs that included four half centuries. In 2011, he was selected in the test squad of West Indies and he made his Test debut on 20th May 2011 against Pakistan. He was selected in the team n the second test but he failed to score well and scored 15 runs in the first innings and was out for a duck in the second innings. Later in August 2012, he led his team in the Under 19 world cup held in Australia. He was then selected in West Indies A team and in 2013, he toured with West Indies A to India for an unofficial test series and he finished the series with a total of 334 runs in 6 innings with an average of 55.66. This included a century and two half centuries. He was then recalled in the test squad against New Zealand as a replacement to Chris Gayle who got injured while attempting for a run in the second ODI. In January 2014 Brathwaite was announced as Barbados' Regional 4-day captain. Brathwaite was part of the Barbados Regional super 50 2014 squad which won the competition and had scores of 2,29*,55* and 36 against Trinidad,Leeward Islands,Guyana and Trinidad respectively.Brathwaite started off the first-class season as captain well,taking Barbados to the top of the table.Barbados has played 5 matches which Brathwaite made 85 and 15 vs Winward Island,19 and 5 vs Guyana,91 vs Combined Campuses and Colleges(CCC),0 vs Trinidad and 21 and 91 vs Jamaica.His best bowling figure in a test innings is 6/29 which came against Sri Lanka at P Sara Oval, Colombo in 2015.In December 2015, at the Blundstone Arena in Hobart in the 2nd innings of the 1st test of the Sir Frank Worrell Trophy series vs Australia, Brathwaite was last man out for a belligerent 94. His 94 accounted for 63.51% of the West Indies total of 148, the 4th highest percentage of runs in a completed innings in Test Match history.
Brathwaite made his ODI debut on 30th September 2016 against Pakistan on 30th September 2016. However, he faled to create an impact with his bat while debuting in ODI and scored only 14 runs in his debut match. However, his performance in test cricket continued to grow and on 1st November 2016, he scored 142* against Pakistan at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium and became the fifth West Indies player to achiee this feat after Sir Frankk Worrell, Sir Conrad Hunte, Desmond Haynes and Chris Gayle. His career best score as of November 2016 is 212 against Bangladesh in 2014.