Kraigg Brathwaite has become the new captain of the West Indies and will lead them in test matches. Given the quality he possesses and the experience he has gained playing over the years, this decision of the coach is not surprising.
It is certainly a great honor to be captain and to inherit the captain’s armband from Jason Holder who has done a great job and led his team over the years. Holder has proven to be a good captain, and Brathwaite and the West Indies are hoping Holder will handle the new role equally well.
"I just want to thank god for giving me this opportunity, and also want to say I thought Jason Holder did a superb job leading the Test team for the last five years, so obviously taking over from him is a privilege," Brathwaite said, as quoted by cricbuzz "I was very happy [to be made captain], obviously very proud, and I look forward to the challenge."
New Zealand tour
Brathwaite had a few great months behind him that helped him get the captain’s armband. In New Zealand, he showed his leadership skills, where in the absence of some players he showed how important he was and how much influence he had on other players.
"Well, I really enjoyed that tour," he said. "For me, I just made sure I let the guys know, to believe in themselves and believe in their ability. I've played youth cricket with most of those guys, and if not, first-class cricket for a number of years, so I know the ability they have.
Just assured them that they can do it. "Just trust in your plans and believe in them, and prepare well. The word attitude is always key, and I thought we did that well, and it's important for us as a team to continue that same attitude."
He will make his debut with the captain's armband against Sri Lanka and he hopes that his team will win. Brathwaite believes that it is essential that planning is a fundamental factor of success "The more you're balanced, the better your shots, and that was something important for me," he said.
"I also went about planning even better, in terms of how I want to go about my innings, and topping up on power. But mainly getting my balance in order, and backing yourself. You always have plans, and it's to really trust them, that was the key for me. Planning was very very important."