Kraigg Brathwaite © AFP
Kraigg Brathwaite remained unbeaten on 205 at stumps on Day 2 © AFP

By Abhijit Banare

West Indian opener Kraigg Brathwaite became the third youngest opener to score a double ton in Tests. He is also the third youngest West Indian to score a Test double ton. Brathwaite achieved this feat against Bangladesh on September 6, 2014 at Kingstown. Brathwaite batted for over nine hours to get to his mark. He achieved it with a boundary of spinner Mahmudullah’s bowling in the penultimate over of Day Two of the first Test between the two teams.. Brathwaite missed the record of being the youngest opener with a Test double ton by just 20 days. Graeme Smith from South Africa is at the top with 21 years and 259 days while Sunil Gavaskar achieved it in 21years and 277 days. Brathwaite got there in 21 years and 279 days. Youngest Test double centurions

No Players Age Runs Team Opposition Date
1 Javed Miandad 19y 140d 206 Pakistan New Zealand Oct 30, 1976
2 George Headley 20y 308d 223 West Indies England Apr 3, 1930
3 Vinod Kambli 21y 32d 224 India England Feb 19, 1993
4 Garry Sobers 21y 213d 365* West Indies Pakistan Feb 26, 1958
5 Graeme Smith 21y 259d 200 South Africa Bangladesh Oct 18, 2002
6 Mahela Jayawardene 21y 273d 242 Sri Lanka India Feb 24, 1999
7 Sunil Gavaskar 21y 277d 220 India West Indies Apr 13, 1971
*8 Kraigg Brathwaite 21y 279d 205* West Indies Bangladesh Sep 6, 2014
9 Don Bradman 21y 304d 254 Australia England Jun 27, 1930
10 Jacques Rudolph 21y 355d 222* South Africa Bangladesh Apr 24 2003

Youngest openers to score double century in Tests

No Players Age Runs Team Opposition Date
1 Graeme Smith 21y 259d 200 South Africa Bangladesh Oct 18, 2002
2 Sunil Gavaskar 21y 277d 220 India West Indies Apr 13, 1971
*3 Kraigg Brathwaite 21y 279d 205* West Indies Bangladesh Sep 6, 2014
4 Len Hutton 22y 58d 364 England Australia Aug 20, 1938
5 Chris Gayle 22y 280d 204 West Indies New Zealand Jun 28, 2002

Youngest West Indians to score double century in Tests

No Players Age Runs Opposition Date
1 George Headley 20y 308d 223 England Apr 3, 1930
2 Garry Sobers 21y 213d 365* Pakistan Feb 26, 1958
*3 Kraigg Brathwaite 21y 279d 205* Bangladesh Sep 6, 2014
4 Chris Gayle 22y 280d 204 New Zealand Jun 28, 2002
5 Rohan Kanhai 23y 5d 256 India Dec 31, 1958

*Updated after end of Day Two of the first Test when Brathwaite was on 205.

(Abhijit Banare is a reporter at CricketCountry. He is an avid quizzer and loves to analyse and dig out interesting facts which allows him to learn something new every day. Apart from cricket he also likes to keep a sharp eye on Indian politics)