Hetmyer never dreamed of World Cup debut at such a young age

By Sports Desk May 26, 2019
Windies rising star Shimron Hetmyer. Windies rising star Shimron Hetmyer.

Burgeoning Windies talent Shimron Hetmyer admits to being thrilled to represent the region at the upcoming ICC World Cup but confesses such an early breakthrough has come as a surprise.

Fast-becoming a real favourite among Caribbean fans, the 22-year-old Guyanese native made his ODI debut two years ago against New Zealand in Whangarei.  Despite having only 25 appearances, few would have imagined a Windies squad without the former Under-19 captain.

“I always dreamt about playing in a World Cup for the West Indies, but I never thought I would be playing for the West Indies this young and at the World Cup as well.  It’s a fantastic feeling for me and I will do everything possible to make sure the West Indies win the World Cup,” Hetmyer said in a recent interview.

“Actually being part of the West Indies team for about three years now is fantastic for me. I’m just trying to grow from strength to strength in whatever way. I was in the IPL, CPL and just before that we were playing England in the Caribbean, thus far it's been great,” he added.

Despite fighting a battle with inconsistent performance and on occasion, questionable stroke play, few can argue about the impact Hetmyer has made with the regional team.

In his 25 appearances, the top order batsman has an average of 40.86, with four centuries to his credit. Overall, Hetmyer is the 5th quickest to score three ODI centuries.

 

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