Not so long ago, Alzarri Joseph and his other U19 teammates gained popularity for two things. A World Cup final victory against a pretty strong Indian team at the U19 level in Bangladesh and second was the chest roll celebration. 2016 was a brilliant year for West Indies cricket as their men and women teams won respective T20I titles while the juniors too lifted the trophy.
Cut to 2019, Joseph has seen it all. From playing for West Indies to his mother’s sad demise to making a dream IPL debut for Mumbai Indians on Saturday against Sunrisers Hyderabad in an away fixture. Playing alongside Ishan Kishan who was the captain of the then India U19 team that lost to West Indies, the quick bowler scalped 6/12 in 3.4 overs to etch his name in the record books.
The important part of his match-winning performance wasn’t just his figures but also the batsmen he got rid off.
David Warner and Jonny Bairstow have been an integral part of this SRH batting line up. In last four innings (excluding one against MI), Warner has a ton and a couple of half-centuries in this tournament. But on Saturday evening, tables turned, courtesy a fine display of bowling from Alzarri Joseph.
The right-hander bowled his first ever IPL delivery and removed the lethal David Warner. It was a back of the length delivery pitched outside off-stump that Warner tried to slash through the covers but ended up playing it on to the stumps. The left-handed batsman was sent back in the hut for 15
BANG! ALZARRI JOSEPH announced his arrival in the Indian Premier League. But this was just a start and what was coming next was something that the 22-year-old would cherish for a long time.
Vijay Shankar succumbed to a short delivery and gave a sitter to Hardik Pandya in covers for 5 while Deepak Hooda was cleaned up for 20. The wickets kept tumbling for SRH and Joseph’s next scalps included tail-enders Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Siddarth Kaul.
The West Indies paceman had done some good homework before coming out in the middle and executed the pan pretty well. Most of his deliveries to the right-hand batsmen were pitched at good length area while he also made good use of short balls.