Who is Shamar Joseph? West Indies’ young pacer who demolished Australia’s Gabba fortress

Australia vs West Indies’ second Test was a pure thriller. With that win, West Indies created a history in Test cricket. After 21 long years, they registered a victory in the Test format on Australian soil. The pink ball Test turned out to be an exciting one. West Indies bowler Shamar Joseph was the game-changer. He single-handedly destroyed the Aussie batting lineup in the second innings. But who is that bowler to make the big difference in the series? In this article, we will explore the rise of a gem of West Indies cricket. 

Who is Shamar Joseph?

From a remote Caribbean village to shining on his Test debut at Adelaide Oval, 24-year-old Shamar Joseph’s journey is inspiring. Growing up in Baracara, Guyana, with eight siblings, life was tough without modern amenities until 2018.

Despite challenges, cricket was Joseph’s passion. In his village, where TVs are rare, he watched videos of West Indies legends like Ambrose and Walsh, fueling his love for the game. Initially working as a bodyguard to support his family, he took a bold step to pursue cricket full-time, joining Guyana Harpy Eagles in 2023.

With determination, he impressed in three games, earning a spot in the West Indies A squad for the South Africa tour. Joseph’s story is a testament to perseverance and following one’s dreams.

Test Debut and Toe Injury:

After having a challenging start, Shamar Joseph made his long-desired international debut in the first Test match against Australia in Adelaide on January 17. Since the first chance, he showcased his talent in front of the people. In the first innings, he troubled the Aussie batters. His first wicket in the Test format was Steve Smith. He dismissed Smith on 12 runs. After that, he got another four wickets and got a five-wicket haul in the first game. 

After losing the first Test against Australia, West Indies was ready to face challenges in the second Test. Since the start, they have been playing well. In the second innings, Shamar Joseph faced a setback. Starc bowled a delivery that hit Joseph’s boot, and at first, it looked like he was out (lbw). However, the third umpire reviewed and declared it a no-ball. Unfortunately, Joseph was already on the ground in pain. He removed his shoe and sock, and the physio decided he couldn’t keep playing. Joseph had to leave the field, ending West Indies’ second innings. Initially, he was treated with ice in the dressing room. Later, it was confirmed that he would undergo scans. Thankfully, the results were positive, bringing relief later in the evening.

Masterclass Bowling Despite the Injury:

After that toe injury, his comeback was a big matter of appreciation. In the second innings, his masterclass bowling pushed West Indies to create history on Australian soil. His bowling brilliance was the key to that historic win. His injury was a setback for the West Indies. His heroics scripted a new history. 

On the fourth day, Australia started their play at 60-2, aiming to reach 216 for victory. With Steve Smith and Cameron Green batting, they were considered strong contenders. By the dinner break on Sunday, Australia was at 187-8, with Steve Smith standing strong at an unbeaten 76. He seemed crucial for Australia’s chances, especially as they had lost six wickets in the first session. Shamar Joseph played a remarkable role, taking 6-60 in ten overs, with speeds reaching nearly 150 kph. After dismissing Josh Hazelwood in a duck. He registered his 7th wicket and registered a spell of 7/68 in 11.5 overs. That remarkable bowling prowess wrote another history of West Indies cricket. 

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