Former West Indies cricketers Nikita Miller and Nehemiah Perry have given West Indies Check captain Kraigg Brathwaite passing grades for his performances and management in the course of the not too long ago concluded sequence in opposition to Sri Lanka in Antigua.
The 28-year-old Barbadian opening batsman was given the captaincy in March forward of the sequence, ending Jason Holder’s six-year stint within the position. Though the sequence resulted in a 0-0 draw, Miller stated that he was impressed with how Brathwaite tactically commanded his group within the two video games, in addition to how the gamers responded to him.
“I might give him a move mark,” Miller stated. “Simply the way in which he [operated] tactically was good, the way in which he juggled his bowlers, the way in which he led from the entrance, infield, in addition to conversations along with his bowlers, and senior gamers, I believe they responded. So, I might say total it was an honest outing from him.”
Brathwaite was named Man of the Match within the second Check after he accomplished his century within the first innings and added 85 within the second innings.
By comparability, he solely managed a complete of 26 runs within the first Check. Forward of the Bangladesh tour earlier this 12 months, with a number of key gamers absent due to COVID-19 considerations, Brathwaite was named captain for that sequence which the West Indies gained 2-0. Miller stated that whereas he supported the change, his fundamental concern for Brathwaite was his batting.
“The one concern I had with him being the captain main into the [Sri Lanka series,] was his batting kind,” he stated. “When you have a look at it, he was struggling from England and New Zealand and if Jason Holder went to Bangladesh and it was the identical end result by way of profitable in Bangladesh, then most likely we’d be having a unique dialog by way of Kraigg and probably being changed as a participant. However he went in and did an ideal job.”
Coming into the Sri Lanka tour, Brathwaite scored 149 runs which included a 76 within the first Check in the course of the Bangladesh sequence, however struggled within the New Zealand sequence the place he solely scored 43 runs in complete. The West Indies misplaced the sequence 2-0. Nevertheless, he improved on his batting to attain 211 runs in complete in the course of the Sri Lanka sequence.
Though early into his captaincy, Perry stated that he was happy with how Brathwaite responded to stress conditions, however thinks that stronger opposition will present a greater take a look at of his skills.
“He appears properly in management, very calm when underneath stress,” Perry stated. “It’s earlier days and the true take a look at will come when you’re enjoying increased opposition and extra stress to see if he continues to be calm underneath that kind of stress.
“He hasn’t misplaced a Check match but. It’s a very good begin and it’s the group that actually issues, how his group rallies round him, if they may die on the battlefield with him. That form of mentality and the respect that he garners with the group [is important].”
The West Indies are scheduled to host Australia and Pakistan later this 12 months as a part of the Worldwide Cricket Council’s future excursions schedule, in addition to a rescheduled sequence in opposition to South Africa which was postponed final 12 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A house sequence in opposition to England has already been secured for subsequent 12 months.