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For all his solidity and competence, Kraigg Brathwaite can be pretty invisible even as he racks up the runs. Paradoxically, that is what makes him stand out. In a West Indies team where attractive strokeplay is more abundant than gritty run-accumulation, Brathwaite is a paragon of Test batsmanship.

Still, he can be easy to miss. After West Indies slipped to 38 for 3 in their first innings in Sharjah, Brathwaite revived them through partnerships with Jermaine Blackwood, Roston Chase and Shane Dowrich. In each case, his batting partner seemed to take more of the limelight…

Fittingly, while hauling West Indies past the finish line, he became the first opener in Test history to remain unbeaten through both innings of a match. That single statistic encapsulates his value as a batsman…


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