Shamar Joseph- a name that many cricket fans were not aware of before, has been reigning over the headlines right now.
The incredible spell against Australia & Shamar Joseph’s skyrocket to fame
The 24-year-old bowler from Guyana gained limelight after being pivotal in the West Indies scripting their spectacular win over Australia last week, taking the lead in their bowling regiment.
Aside from taking a wicket on his first test cricket delivery, Joseph shook the Aussie lineup with his eight wicket spell in the second test on January 28th, along with an immaculate spell of 7/68 in 11.5 overs helping the Windies secure the thrilling win by eight runs- marking their first win in Australia since 1997.
It's all over!!!
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 28, 2024
The incredible Test cricket debut has set Joseph as a future superstar on the 22 yards, and increased his demand for the T20 format. The youngster has already been picked up by Peshawar Zalmi in PSL replacing Gus Atkinson, and was also set to play for the Dubai Capitals in the ILT20.
The toe injury that has put Shamar out of T20 action
Unfortunately, his stellar Test debut came with a hiccup- Joseph picked up a toe injury from a delivery by Mitchell Starc on the third day of the Test. Although he returned for the memorable fourth test, he has now been ruled out of his ILT20 stint.
Although he was selected by the Dubai Capitals prior to the Australia test series, the toe fracture has rendered Joseph unavailable for the rest of the 2024 ILT20 series, which is currently taking place in the United Arab Emirates.
Joseph is now set to return home for the recovery of his fractured toe, before he can return to action. While the ILT20 league will take place till 18th February, it will ultimately be the 2024 Pakistan Super League when the Guyanese pacer will be seen in action for Peshawar. However, as he said after the historic win against Australia, Joseph’s heart and soul would remain for the red-ball format.
“I will always be here to play Test cricket for the West Indies,” said Joseph. “I am not afraid to say this live. There will be times when T20 might come around and Test cricket will be there … but I will always be available to play for the West Indies no matter how much money comes towards me.” [H/T ESPN Cricinfo]