West Indies’ budding pace sensation, Shamar Joseph, has caught the attention of cricketing legend Curtly Ambrose, drawing comparisons to the late great Malcolm Marshall. Ambrose, renowned for his menacing pace during his playing days, sees shades of Marshall’s prowess in Joseph’s bowling style, heralding a bright future for the young talent.
Joseph’s Remarkable Debut and Ambrose’s Assessment
In a remarkable debut against Australia, 24-year-old Shamar Joseph showcased his potential by clinching a fifer on the challenging terrain of Brisbane, paving the way for West Indies‘ first Test victory Down Under since 1997. Despite enduring a toe injury inflicted by a fiery Mitchell Starc yorker, Joseph’s resilience and skill earned him the coveted Player of the Match accolade.
Speaking to The Daily Star in Dhaka, Curtly Ambrose expressed his admiration for Joseph’s performance and offered insights into his potential trajectory. Ambrose remarked, “He is a skiddy customer, more in the mould of Malcolm Marshall. So, I hope that he remains focused, humble, and continues to learn his craft and tries to learn and improve every single day.”
Ambrose’s Call for Red-Ball Focus
Ambrose, advocating for Joseph’s specialization in red-ball cricket at this juncture of his career, emphasized the importance of honing his skills in the longest format. He urged Joseph to concentrate solely on Test cricket, stating, “I would like to see Shamar Joseph play a lot of red-ball cricket. He has just started his career, so he needs to learn and understand what it takes to become a world-class fast bowler, and then you can always branch out to ODIs or T20 cricket.”
Reflecting on West Indies’ triumph over Australia, Ambrose hailed it as a monumental achievement, particularly considering the youthful composition of the team. He highlighted the significance of the victory in bolstering the confidence of the inexperienced players and expressed hope for sustained growth in the team’s performance. Ambrose remarked, “To me, that was significant and that should do their confidence a world of good, and let’s hope they can build on this going forward.”
Shamar Joseph’s stellar debut and Curtly Ambrose’s endorsement underscore the promising future of West Indies cricket. With Joseph embodying the spirit of legends like Malcolm Marshall, the Caribbean side looks poised for a resurgence on the international stage. As they bask in the glow of their historic victory, the West Indies team aims to build on this momentum, fueled by the emerging talents and the wisdom of their cricketing icons.