Shamar Joseph, the West Indies fast bowler who captured hearts and headlines with his stellar performance in the historic Gabba Test, has been dealt a disappointing blow. Just as fans eagerly awaited his electrifying pace in the ILT20, a toe injury sustained during the epic victory over Australia has ruled him out of the tournament.
Joseph's heroics in Brisbane were undeniable. He spearheaded the West Indies bowling attack, tearing through the Australian batting lineup with his raw pace and relentless accuracy. His seven-wicket haul played a pivotal role in securing a monumental victory for the visitors.
Fans all over the world were excited to see him show his wares at the ILT20 but that is no longer a possibility. On Day 4 of the Gabba Test, he was hit on the boot courtesy a searing yorker by Mitchell Starc which led to him being carried off the field. However, Joseph still bowled his heart out, returning quicker after each delivery to take the Aussies by surprise. Now, the 24-year-old will work on his fitness before resuming his cricket.
Joseph earns a PSL contract as well
Just yesterday, it was confirmed that Peshawar Zalmi had signed Joseph for the upcoming season of the Pakistan Super League. He was signed as a replacement for Gus Atkinson who at the moment, is with England's Tests squad in India. However, it is understood that Joseph will continue to be with the franchise even after Atkinson joins them.
This is just the start for Joseph who is likely to now get plenty of lucrative T20 and T10 offers thanks to his sensational performance Down Under. However, while speaking to the media after the Gabba Test, Joseph said that Test Cricket would remain the priority for him despite the financial gains that the shorter formats present.
"I will always be here to play Test cricket for the West Indies. I am not afraid to say this live. There will be times when T20 might come around and Test cricket will be there but I will always be available to play for the West Indies no matter how much money comes towards me," he said. His dedication to Test cricket serves as a reminder that some players still prioritize the purest form of the game, where skill and resilience are tested over five arduous days.