With recent developments, West Indies Test sensation Shamar Joseph is set to shake up T20 World Cup concerns, catching the attention of coach Darren Sammy. Joseph's brilliant performance, which took seven wickets for 68 runs in the historic Test win over Australia at the Gabba, has put Sammy in a selection dilemma.
Despite limited experience in T20 cricket, playing only two matches without taking any wickets, Joseph's Test heroics have put him in the spotlight for the upcoming T20 World Cup. West Indies white-ball coach Sammy expressed confidence in Joseph's ability and saw him as an all-format player.
“He will definitely be an all-format player. I can't wait to add him to this team. But see, everything has a process. That's how I and the chairman of selectors work. “What he's done is created a really good headache for me with the World Cup getting closer, moving into the ODI team,” he said, as quoted by ESPN Cricinfo.
“We've got other guys like Jaden Seals who are injured right now. So we are developing a core across all formats that enables us to pick people in good condition, who are performing and that is what you want as a cricket nation,” he said.
He was initially not included in the white-ball squad for the ODI and T20I series against Australia, but Joseph's excellent performances led to discussions about his possible inclusion. However, the young cricketer opted to return home to recover from the toe injury he suffered during the Gabba Test and celebrated his success with his family.
Sammy stressed the importance of letting Joseph savor his victory, saying that such victories are rare. He stressed the importance of enjoying these moments and suggested that enjoying success serves as motivation for future achievements.
“We ride the wave that's happening out there, but we won't go crazy. If the boy is injured, let him go home and rest. Probably this is the first time he has been away from home for such a long time. He has a young family. So we understand. Sammy said, whatever we do is planned and thoughtfully done.
“I think it's important to go home to his family, enjoy this moment. Because such victory is not achieved all the time. It is important that you enjoy these moments. Savor it so that it keeps inspiring you to have more such moments,” he added.
If you keep moving forward, there's always gold at the end of the rainbow: Sammy
Despite missing out on the limited-overs series against Australia, Joseph is set to feature in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) for Peshawar Zalmi. Sammy is hopeful about it Joseph's The exceptional performance will motivate the inexperienced ODI team in the upcoming matches against Australia.
“When someone performs like that the team lifts, and it was great to see. Whenever you look back at it you see the smile on my face and I just hope that my people – whenever challenges come you can just remember that if you keep going, there's a rainbow at the end. There’s always gold,” Sammy concluded.