Full name Johnson Charles
Born January 14, 1989, St Lucia
Current age 27 years 168 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||West Indies v Australia at Bridgetown, Jun 26, 2016 scorecard|
|T20I debut||England v West Indies at The Oval, Sep 23, 2011 scorecard|
|Last T20I||England v West Indies at Kolkata, Apr 3, 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 Bridgetown, Feb 12-15, 2016 scorecard|
|List A debut||Combined Campuses and Colleges v Windward Islands at Enmore, Nov 14, 2008 scorecard|
|Last List A||West Indies v Australia at Bridgetown, Jun 26, 2016 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Cayman Islands v St Lucia at Coolidge, Jan 26, 2008 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Trinbago Knight Riders v St Lucia Zouks at Port of Spain, Jun 29, 2016 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|52||Zouks||v T&T Riders||Port of Spain||29 Jun 2016||T20|
|45||West Indies||v Australia||Bridgetown||26 Jun 2016||ODI # 3756|
|4||West Indies||v South Africa||Bridgetown||24 Jun 2016||ODI # 3754|
|0||West Indies||v Australia||Bridgetown||21 Jun 2016||ODI # 3752|
|49||West Indies||v South Africa||Basseterre||15 Jun 2016||ODI # 3747|
|48||West Indies||v Australia||Basseterre||13 Jun 2016||ODI # 3745|
|22||West Indies||v Australia||Providence||5 Jun 2016||ODI # 3740|
|31||West Indies||v South Africa||Providence||3 Jun 2016||ODI # 3739|
|10||West Indies||v BDOS Select||Cave Hill||27 May 2016||Other OD|
|7||West Indies||v BDOS Select||Bridgetown||25 May 2016||Other OD|
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.
He understands the Indian mentality better and doesn't have to deal with star players on the wane