Newly appointed West Indies Test skipper Kraigg Brathwaite said it’s a very proud moment for him to take over the Test captaincy from Jason Holder who was relieved from the burden of leadership allowing him to focus more on his batting and bowling.
The decision came through after West Indies under Kraigg Brathwaite’s leadership successfully managed to comprehensively sweep the Test series against Bangladesh despite the withdrawals of senior players including Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran.
Kieron Pollard previously replaced Jason Holder as the limited-overs skipper in 2019 followed by which in 2021, Kraigg Brathwaite has now replaced him as Test skipper relieving him of all the leadership duties for his national side.
Jason Holder did a superb job leading the Test team: Kraigg Brathwaite
Kraigg Brathwaite said it’s a very proud feeling to have been elected as the Test skipper of the West Indies side and really looks forward to the challenge that falls ahead of him in future. According to Brathwaite, Jason Holder has done a fine job leading the Test side in the last five years which is why taking over from him is a privilege for him.
“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. “I was very happy [to be made captain], obviously very proud, and I look forward to the challenge.”
He further added how he planned things under his captaincy during the Bangladesh tour, he said once the plan was in place for him, he had to back those and revolve his gameplay according to the set plan which eventually helped in succeed in the Asia country.
“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.”