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| On Updated : Jun 23, 2020 11:40 AM IST

Alzarri Joseph – West Indies cricketer: Age, Height, IPL Debut, Girlfriend, 6/12

The West Indies cricket has always had the reputation of producing tall, lean pace machines. Even though the quality of their fast bowling went down remarkably during the 2000s, they now seem to have found back their long lost legacy. They have found an answer to their decade long search for a tall, aggressive fast bowler in Alzarri Joseph from Antigua.

What sets him apart from the rest of the young Caribbean bowlers is his cool head mixed with real tough aggressive bowling. He rose to fame quite early in his career. His ability to bowl steaming quick bouncers from his height made him a standout bowler from the rest. His leadership skills added with his qualities as a strike bowler caught everyone's attention. He led the West Indies side that won the Under-19 World Cup in 2016 by beating India in the final. Since then he had gone onto represent West Indies in both ODI’s and Tests and even had a fairy-tale debut for Mumbai Indians in the IPL.

Personal Details

Full Name: Alzarri Shaheim Joseph

Nickname: NA

Alzarri Joseph Age: 23

Date of Birth: 20 November 1996

Place of Birth: Antigua

Nationality: Antiguan

Religion: Christian

Zodiac Sign: Scorpio

Personal life

Marital status: Unmarried

Alzarri Joseph Girlfriend: NA

Father: Alva Joseph

Mother: Late Sharon Joseph

Physical Appearance

Alzarri Joseph Height: 193 cm, 6’4”

Eye Colour: Black

Hair Colour: Black

Social media handles:

Instagram: @alzarri_08

Twitter: @AlzarriJoseph

Alzarri Joseph Career

The Antiguan started his career with the Empire CC, a club that his father was once part of. But he later returned to play for his local club in All Saints after a couple of seasons with the wish to represent his village and community. From there he went onto play age-group cricket for Antigua and tasted immense success. He learned the art of fast bowling from his coach and former West Indies pacer Winston Benjamin and built his game around the style of his idol, Dale Steyn.

Role: Fast Bowler

Batting Style: Right-hand batsman

Bowling Style: Right-hand fast bowler

Teams: Leewards Island Cricket Club, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, West Indies U-19, West Indies,

IPL Team: Mumbai Indians

Jersey No: #18 (West Indies)

#8 (Mumbai Indians)

Coach Name: Winston Benjamin

Favourite Ground: Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, St Lucia

Role Model: Dale Steyn

Alzarri Joseph Career

ODI Debut: 2nd October 2016 against Pakistan at UAE

Test Debut: 9th August 2016 against India at St. Lucia

Impressive performances in the U-19 World Cup and in the first-class matches earned him a good reputation and there was sudden urge among the selectors and other legends of the game to fast track him to the national side. As a result, he made his Test debut against India in August 2016. The then 19-year-old pacer announced his arrival to international cricket in style by dismissing the best batsman in the world, Virat Kohli with a brutal delivery in just his third over. He picked 3 wickets in the 1st innings but couldn’t manage to break the shackles in the 2nd innings.

He made his ODI debut for West Indies against Pakistan in October that year during the 2nd ODI in the UAE. He picked 2 wickets in 10 overs and went for 62 runs. He has so far played 28 ODI’s and 9 Test matches and has taken 48 and 25 wickets respectively.

He got his first international break when he picked up a 5 wicket haul against England. He ended the match with the figures of 5/56, which eventually helped in restricting England to a low score of 77.

He showed great character when he came to play the test match the next morning after his mother passed away.

Alzarri Joseph IPL Debut Bowling figures 6/12

In 2019 he was picked up by the most successful IPL franchise, Mumbai Indians as a replacement for injured Adam Milne. He had a fairy tale beginning to his IPL career. He broke the 12-year-old record of the best bowling figures in an IPL match to announce his arrival on the mega stage. He ended up with an outstanding bowling figure of 6/12 against Sunrisers Hyderabad surpassing Sohail Tanvir’s 6/14 from the 2008 IPL final.

But he couldn’t very well replicate these heroics in the following matches and suffered an injury mid-way through the tournament.  He was later released by the Mumbai Indians ahead of the 2020 IPL auction.

Alzarri Joseph Under-19 World Cup

Impressive performances in the first-class matches earned him a spot in the 2016 Under-19 West Indies world cup squad. Later he was named the captain of the side. He took 13 wickets in six matches with the best bowling figures of 4/30 against Zimbabwe. His impressive captaincy helped the team to defeat a much stronger Indian side in the final to clinch the title. He was also the fastest bowler of that tournament.

Alzarri Joseph Injuries

Joseph has always been prone to injuries. He suffered his major blow to his back in December 2017 during the tour of New Zealand and that forced him out of international action for close to seven months.

Post recovery, he was included in the home series against Bangladesh and then went onto to play for St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the Caribbean Premier League. But he was replaced from the West Indies side against India as a Cricket West Indies (CWI) medical panel recommended that he should be allowed to continue his rehabilitation to regain full fitness for international competitions.

He again suffered an injury during the 2019 Indian Premier League mid-way through the tournament. Mumbai Indians paid for his entire rehabilitation process and later decided not to retain him for the 2020 season.

Lesser-Known Facts about Alzarri Joseph:

  • He led the West Indies team in the 2016 U-19 World Cup.
  • He holds the record for the best bowling figures in an IPL match.
  • His career-best bowling figures are 7/49
  • He was inducted to the West Indies team by Joel Garner
  • In October 2018 he was awarded a contract by West Indies cricket board (CWI) for all three formats.

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