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.
Full Name: Alzarri Shaheim Joseph
Alzarri Joseph Age: 23
Date of Birth: 20 November 1996
Place of Birth: Antigua
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
Marital status: Unmarried
Alzarri Joseph Girlfriend: NA
Father: Alva Joseph
Mother: Late Sharon Joseph
Alzarri Joseph Height: 193 cm, 6’4”
Eye Colour: Black
Hair Colour: Black
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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
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.
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.
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.
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