ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 / Players / Johnson Charles
Full name Johnson Charles
Born January 14, 1989, St Lucia
Current age 28 years 219 days
Major teams West Indies, Antigua Hawksbills, St Lucia, St Lucia Zouks, West Indies A, Windward Islands
Playing role Wicketkeeper batsman
Batting style Right-hand bat
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
|ODI debut||West Indies v Australia at Kingstown, Mar 16, 2012 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Zimbabwe v West Indies at Bulawayo, Nov 25, 2016 scorecard|
|T20I debut||England v West Indies at The Oval, Sep 23, 2011 scorecard|
|Last T20I||Pakistan v West Indies at Abu Dhabi, Sep 27, 2016 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Combined Campuses and Colleges v Windward Islands at Cave Hill, Jan 30-Feb 1, 2009 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Barbados v Windward Islands at Roseau, Dec 16-19, 2016 scorecard|
|List A debut||Combined Campuses and Colleges v Windward Islands at Enmore, Nov 14, 2008 scorecard|
|Last List A||Windward Islands v Kent at Coolidge, Feb 10, 2017 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Cayman Islands v St Lucia at Coolidge, Jan 26, 2008 scorecard|
|Last T20s||St Kitts and Nevis Patriots v St Lucia Stars at Basseterre, Aug 19, 2017 scorecard|
A muscular opener with a penchant for swatting the ball square either side of the wicket, much like Dwayne Smith, Johnson Charles was part of West Indies' T20 World Cup winning teams in 2012 and 2016. While Smith's second skill is seam bowling, Charles' is wicketkeeping. With Denesh Ramdin representing West Indies in all three formats, and Andre Fletcher also in the limited-overs mix, West Indies have used Charles' second skill sparingly.
Charles' power-hitting came to the fore when he muscled 52 off 36 balls against India, setting up West Indies' win over India in the World T20 semi-final in Mumbai in 2016. After the tournament-winning victory, St Lucia Prime Minister Kenny Anthony announced that Charles would have a grandstand named after him at Beausejour Stadium, now Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium.
Charles also showed sparks of brilliance during his 84 against England in Pallekele in 2012, and 57 against Australia in Brisbane in 2013. Charles' knock helped West Indies secure their first win over Australia in any format for 16 years. Charles hit a century as well in the fifth ODI on that Australian tour, having elbowed way into the West Indies ODI team in 2012 with a string of startling displays for the Windward Islands in the Caribbean Twenty20 tournament.
He, however, has failed to crack the consistency code. He played for Antigua Hawksbills in the inaugural CPL in 2013, before moving to St Lucia Zouks.
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