In test cricket it is always special to score a double century. It shows a players determination and passion for a huge score. West Indies have seen many young talent to score a double hundred and they are really remembered. Here is the list of top West Indian batsmen to score Test double century.
1. George Alphonso Headley (20 years 308 days) – was the first of the great black batsmen to emerge from the West Indies. He was also called the black Bradman. At the age of close to 21 years (20 years 308 days) scored a double century. He scored 223 runs against England at Kingston on 3rd April 1930. He was the youngest West Indian to score a double century.
2. Sir Gary Sobers (21 years 213 days) – A cricketing genius, Garry Sobers excelled at all aspects of the game, and few would argue his claim as the finest allround player in modern cricket. His exceptional Test batting average tells little about the manner in which he made the runs, his elegant yet powerful style marked by all the shots, but memorably his off-side play. As a batsman he was great, as a bowler, merely superb, but would have made the West Indies side as a bowler alone. He was remarkably versatile with the ball, bowling two styles of spin – left-arm orthodox and wrist spin, but was also a fine fast-medium opening bowler. At the age of close to 22 years (21 years 213 days) scored a double century and also went on to score triple century. He scored an unbeaten 365 runs against Pakistan at Kingston on 26th February 1958. He is the second youngest West Indian to score a double century.
3. Kraigg Brathwaite (21 years 278 days) – Brathwaite made his first-class debut aged just 16 and impressed, scoring 73 while opening the batting for Barbados. He was called up for the West Indies squad for the Test series against Bangladesh in 2009. A patient batsman, who likens his batting style to Shivnarine Chanderpaul. At the age of close to 22 years (21 years 278 days) scored a double century. He scored 212 runs against Bangladesh at Kingstown on 5th September 2014. He was the third youngest and most recent West Indian to score a double century.
4. Chris Gayle (22 years 280 days) – A thrusting Jamaican left-hander, Gayle earned himself a black mark on his first senior tour – to England in 2000. Tall and imposing at the crease, he loves to carve through the covers off either foot, and has the ability to decimate the figures of even the thriftiest of opening bowlers. At the age of close to 23 years (22 years 280 days) scored a double century. He scored 204 runs against New Zealand at St Georges on 28th June 2002. He is the fourth youngest West Indian to score a double century.
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