West Indian cricketer Kraigg Brathwaite was instrumental in guiding his team to a stunning victory over England at Leeds, and an interesting story from his days in school is doing the rounds. A fascinating story reported by the Indian Express documents the endearing friendship shared by Brathwaite, and none other than pop star Rihanna!
In stark contrast to his current form, Brathwaite had quite a slight frame back in school, owing to which he was often the subject of bullying by the bigger kids. Rihanna (known as Robyn Fenty at the time) was four years Brathwaite’s senior and got on to the school bus from the same stop as him. She would often stand up for him whenever he became an easy target for bullies in the bus.
In fact, she would make him sit on her lap to protect him from the bullies, and even beat up the kids who tried to pick on young Brathwaite! They both attended Combermere School in Barbados. According to reports, when Kraigg Brathwaite was captain of the West Indian U-19 team, Rihanna even arranged for front row tickets for the entire team to come and watch her live in concert in the USA. Rihanna was also classmates with Carlos Brathwaite, with the two sharing a good equation to this very day.
Combermere School has a rich tradition of producing international cricketers, helping no less than fifteen of its students to go on and represent the country. Two of the school’s students, Chris Jordan and Gladstone Small have even gone on to play for England. Today, Brathwaite is well on his way to becoming an important part of West Indian cricket for years to come, while Rihanna continues to delight audiences the world over with her music.
Watch highlights from Brathwaite and Shai Hope’s centuries that were instrumental in West Indies winning the Test against England at Leeds!