Alzarri Joseph: The Next West Indian Hope

Alzarri Joseph
Alzarri Joseph (L) of West Indies celebrates the dismissal of Virat Kohli (R) of India during day 1 of the 3rd Test between West Indies and India August 9, 2016 at Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium Gros Islet, St. Lucia. / AFP / Randy BROOKS (Photo credit should read RANDY BROOKS/AFP/Getty Images)

The Under-19 World Cup has been in existence for 28 years after its inaugural tournament in 1988. Only on a handful of occasions could you truly say a star was on show during the competition, a player who shone with ability, temperament and potential. In 1998, Chris Gayle was the leading run scorer; 2000 saw Yuvraj Singh win player of the series honours; Virat Kohli led India to the title in 2008; and 2014 was the first time Kagiso Rabada lit up the world stage. This year, Alzarri Joseph has emerged.

Then came a strapping 6ft 4in 19-year-old from Antigua named Alzarri Joseph, with the same imposing physique as some West Indian pacemen of the past, if a touch lither.

Alzarri Joseph

The 2016 edition of the tournament was in Bangladesh; a place notorious for dry, turning wickets aiding predominantly the spinners. Joseph pretty much belied the conditions by taking 13 wickets at an average of 13.76 with a miserly economy rate of 3.31. He has pace to go with accuracy too: just ask Zimbabwean batsman Brendan Sly, who had his stumps rearranged with a delivery approaching 90mph, the fastest ball of the tournament.

 

Main Photo: Alzarri Joseph (L) of West Indies celebrates the dismissal of Virat Kohli (R) of India during day 1 of the 3rd Test between West Indies and India August 9, 2016 at Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium Gros Islet, St. Lucia. / AFP / Randy BROOKS (Photo credit should read RANDY BROOKS/AFP/Getty Images)

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