6 things you may not know about West Indies hero Carlos Brathwaite


Carlos Brathwaite dramatically snatched away England’s World Twenty20 hopes with four successive sixes off Ben Stokes in the final over of Sunday’s final.

Before the tournament he was little known, so here we take a closer look at the West Indies match-winner.

1. Going to school with Rihanna used to be his claim to fame

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Brathwaite attended Barbados’ Combermere school along with team-mate Kraigg Brathwaite – no relation – England bowler Chris Jordan… and most notably pop star Rihanna. “My claim to fame before my Test debut was having shared a classroom with Rihanna in first and fourth form,” he told ESPN Cricinfo after his bow against Australia in last year’s Boxing Day Test. “Now I can say sharing a classroom with her and playing a Test match at the MCG are probably on par.”

2. He was a late call-up to the squad

Carlos Brathwaite
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Brathwaite made his Twenty20 international debut in October 2011 against Bangladesh but had to wait until January 2015 for his second cap, against South Africa. He then dropped out of the picture once more and was not originally included in the 15-man squad to travel to India, but stepped in as a replacement when Kieron Pollard failed to recover from injury.

3. Brathwaite had double reason to celebrate on Sunday as his beloved Manchester United won

Brathwaite’s Twitter page is dotted with his thoughts on Manchester United and he doesn’t mind letting his followers know exactly how he feels about the club. We’re not sure he would have had a chance to check the score from Old Trafford amongst all the celebrating, but a 1-0 win over Everton to keep United’s Champions League push on track will have made a very good day even better.

4. Brathwaite’s final heroics were at odds with his international T20 record

West Indies players Darren Sammy, Carlos Brathwaite and Chris Gayle celebrate
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Sunday saw Brathwaite more than double both his runs and wickets tallies in T20 internationals. His 34 not out from 10 balls contrasted with his previous record of 25 at an average of 8.33 in four innings, with a best of 13. He earlier took three for 23 in England’s innings, compared with two wickets at 94.5 in his seven previous games.

5. He used to play club cricket in Ireland

Cricket in Dublin
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Brathwaite played for Leinster in 2009, helping them win the Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup. He took 12 wickets in the competition at 9.16 and hit 140 runs at 35 in five innings. He took four for 28 in the semi-final and two for 35 in a final in which he also hit a Donemana batsman on the head with a fierce bouncer, but was bowled by Stephen Dunn with the first ball of the match.

6. He’s just about to start a big-money IPL deal

West Indies' batsman Carlos Brathwaite
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Brathwaite appeared in this year’s Indian Premier League auction with a base price of three million rupees (£31,800). It was a major surprise when he was bought for 42 million rupees (£445,000) by Delhi Daredevils but they must now be licking their lips at the prospect of seeing him in action.