WI Vs AUS Gabba Test; West Indies Shamar Joseph Struggle Success Story | Guyana guard breaks Australia’s pride: Starc’s yorker breaks his thumb; Went to hospital, got treatment, won West Indies by taking 7 wickets
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West Indies achieved a historic win over Australia on Sunday. The team beat the Kangaroos by 8 runs after 36 years at The Gabba ground in Brisbane. Windies win Test in Australia after 27 years. The story of this victory was written by Guyana’s fast bowler Shamar Joseph, who until a year ago lived his life as a security guard.
On Sunday, this bowler bowled with an injured toe and forced Australia to their knees by taking 7 wickets. A day earlier, Mitchell Starc’s yorker hit his thumb and he fell on the pitch and started writhing in pain. Shamar was forced to retire hurt and was carried off the field by his fellow players on his shoulders.
On Saturday, Shamar broke his toe due to Mitchell Starc’s yorker.
Fellow players carried Shamar Joseph off the field with the help of his shoulders.
The Captain refused to play, entered the field wearing another player’s jersey
The day after the injury, captain Kraigg Brathwaite refused to allow Shamar to play in the match. He said that Shamar left his test jersey at the hospital and came to watch the match. Shamar did not agree after seeing his team defeated on the field. He put on extra player Zachary McCaskey’s jersey, covered his name in tape and went out to play.
Australia scored 113 runs for 2 wickets in a target of 216. Shamar Joseph took 6 wickets in 7 overs and the score became 175 runs for the loss of 8 wickets. He also dealt Australia’s 10th wicket by bowling Josh Hazlewood and helped West Indies win a thrilling Test by 8 runs.
Debuted in Australia himself, bought an arm-guard in Adelaide
West Indies’ first Test against Australia will be played in Adelaide from January 17. Shamar bought the arm guard before the match. He said protection was needed to avoid pacers like Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins.
Shamar Joseph bought an arm guard in Adelaide ahead of the debut Test.
Shamar made his debut in Adelaide and batted at number 11, scoring 36 runs off 41 balls in the first innings. He hit 3 fours and a six. He got the chance to bowl on the first day of the Test and caught the legendary Steve Smith in the slips on the very first ball.
Shamar Joseph took his first Test wicket of Steve Smith.
Took 5 wickets in the debut test, 13 wickets in the series
After Smith’s wicket, Shamar also sent Marnus Labuschagne, Cameron Green, Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon to the pavilion. He took 5 wickets in the first innings of the debut test but could not take his team closer to victory.
Australia won the first Test by 10 wickets as Shamar saved his team from an innings defeat by scoring 15 runs in 12 balls in the second innings. Shamar then led the team to victory by taking a total of 8 wickets in the second test and drew the 2 test series 1-1. He received the Player of the Series award for taking 13 wickets in 2 matches. He was also the player of the match in the second test.
The internet was used for the first time in 2018
24-year-old Shamar Joseph grew up in a family with 3 sisters and 5 brothers. He is from the small community of Barakara on the island of Guiana. Only about 350 people live here. This place can be reached from the city only by boat.
There is no internet or TV in Barakara houses until 2018. There is only one black and white television in the whole community. One can communicate with people from other cities only through a land line. Even the island has only one hospital and school, that is very basic. That means one has to go to another city for treatment of serious accidents and for college studies.
Used to run the house by cutting wood, became a security guard after an accident
For a time, Shamar used to run his household by cutting wood from the Barakara forest, his family hauling wood. He goes to the forest and cuts wood. One day, while cutting a tree, the same tree fell to the ground and he almost lost his life. Since then he stopped cutting wood.
He used to bowl using tape balls and cloth balls as well as fruits like lemons, guavas and apples in the forest while cutting wood. In Barakara this type of game is called jungle-land cricket.
Joseph left logging and settled in New Amsterdam. Here he works as a construction site worker. After a few days, he got a job as a security guard. Here he had to work 12 hour shifts and in his free time he started playing cricket. After some time, he also left the job because of his wife’s advice.
Shamar Joseph works 12 hours a day as a security guard.
Romario Shepherd made it to the Guyana team
West Indies team player Romario Shepherd is Joseph’s neighbor in New Amsterdam. He brought Shamar to the Guyana cricket team, where Joseph met great players such as Guyana head coach Esuan Crandon and former Guyana team captain Leon Johnson. This is where he started playing professional cricket.
Shepherd also received support from former Guyanese cricketer turned businessman Damien Vantul. He was the one who convinced Joseph to leave his job as a guard and try his luck in cricket. Joseph shone in his first class match and took 6 wickets for 13 runs in the first match.
Shamar Joseph played only 5 first class matches before his Test debut.
Not able to play first class cricket until 2022
Joseph had not played any first class cricket until a year ago. However, he quickly reached the national level from a small village in Guyana. He got recognition in domestic cricket and based on his speed, he also made a place in the national team. Shamar considers former West Indies bowlers Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh as his role models.