Calm, cool and talented.
That basically sums up West Indies and Barbados opener Kraigg Brathwaite.
Brathwaite is a man of few words, but it’s all action when he goes to the crease.
And his hard work and talent has not gone unrecognised.
Over the weekend the 22-year-old became the first player to score six hundreds in the Barbados Cricket Association’s Sagicor Cup 50-Over Tournament. He went past the five each scored by former Spartan, Barbados and West Indies opener Philo Wallace, the Windward Islands and University of the West Indies’ Romel Currency and Barbados and West Indies batsman Dwayne Smith.
Setting the new mark was a great feeling for Brathwaite but he was quick to add that he was not dwelling on it too much.
“It’s from way back but I am still very proud,” he told Barbados TODAY in an interview at his Black Rock, St Michael home.
Brathwaite admitted that he now has to work on his game and score more runs.
“I am still very young and still have a lot of runs to score, so I am not really focusing on the records or anything like that,” he said.
Brathwaite said he was looking at the aspects where he could improve and perfect his game.
“I know I will never be perfect, but I am still working very hard. I have been doing a lot of work against the spinners trying to play them as best as I can. I am trying to be more confident. Also my defence is quite good now,” he said.
He said he was optimistic about the future and was looking to cement his spot in the West Indies senior team.
Speaking to his last performance with the team against New Zealand where he scored his debut Test century, Brathwaite simply said: “The work has now begun.”
“As a player I still have a lot of work to do. It was a great learning experience for me and I am happy that I did well, now I am just looking to improve.
“It’s just one series. I now have to prove myself some more. I am looking to be consistent, and score lots more runs, that is key.”
He added: “Being able to work and train with one of my role models [Shivnarine] Chanderpaul was really helpful and I appreciated it a lot.”
But Test and one-day cricket are not just where Brathwaite is looking to leave his mark. He now has his sights set on T20 cricket.
“It is what I am working towards now and I think I can get there in a few years, I honestly believe that I have what it takes to play T20,” he said.
The former prolific schoolboy batsman added that he intended to continue helping out the younger players when the time permitted.
“I go to Combermere whenever I get the chance and help out with the younger players there. I actually will be going to a semifinal match this weekend coming up. I really want to see them do well and I will do what I can to ensure they do,” Brathwaite added.
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