Full name Carlos Ricardo Brathwaite
Born July 18, 1988, Barbados
Playing role Allrounder
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Carlos Brathwaite is best known for hitting four consecutive sixes against Ben Stokes within the ICC World T20 2016 final at the Eden Gardens, thus leading his team to a famous convert England. Few months later, with only eight T20 Internationals under his belt, he was named West Indies’ T20I captain. He replaced Darren Sammy, who was overlooked of the squad for the two-match series against India in Florida.
Born in Barbados, Brathwaite first came into the limelight in his debut first-class season in 2011. He had an incredible debut match against Trinidad and Tobago as he took 7/90 within the second innings of the match. Brathwaite showed great consistency that season, snaffling 26 wickets in eight first-class games. He was rewarded for his performances with an area within the national team for the Bangladesh tour later that year.
He made his international debut in Dhaka, during a T20I against Bangladesh on October 2011. In fact, his ODI debut came only every week later against an equivalent opposition. He was overlooked of the national squad then , though, with no substantial contribution in those two games and his next call happened three years later.
A decent 2014-15 season earned him an area within the West Indies squad that travelled to South Africa in January 2015, but he couldn’t make it to the planet Cup squad that followed right after. Brathwaite was named within the West Indies’ Test and ODI squads for the tour of Sri Lanka in October-November 2015.
His Test debut came against Australia in Melbourne later that year. A bowling all-rounder, Brathwaite registered bowling figures of 0/109 on the other hand went on to attain a gutsy 59 at No.8, following it up with a more fluent 69 off 71 balls within the rain-affected drawn Sydney Test. Brathwaite’s form has dipped since his famous 10-ball 34 against England in Kolkata but he continues to be an enormous a part of Windies’ plans going ahead.
IPL through the years
‘Remember the name’ – chirped Ian Bishop on air after the heroics of the 2016 T20 World Cup final in Kolkata when Carlos Brathwaite stole victory and therefore the World T20 title from Ben Stokes’ and England’s grasp. Since then, the Windies all-rounder has been hot property at the Indian Premier League (IPL), having already represented three franchises over a period of 4 seasons.
Having been brought by the then Delhi Daredevils at 14 times his base price (from rupees 30 lakhs to 4.2 crores), Brathwaite didn’t quite live up to the billing – despite decent opportunities with both bat and ball. After two tough seasons, he left for the greener pastures of Hyderabad. Coming into the squad at the rear end of the tournament, Brathwaite scored at an honest clip and was very effective with the ball – as his franchise made it to the ultimate of the 2018 edition of the championships.
Those performances came in handy for Brathwaite as Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) came calling with a whopping 5 crore bid – making him their third West Indian buy, after Sunil Narine and Andre Russell.