'Windies players don't just show up bowling fast - former pacer Benjamin hails Joseph work ethic

By Sports Desk April 09, 2019
West Indies and Mumbai pace bowler Alzarri Joseph. West Indies and Mumbai pace bowler Alzarri Joseph.

Former West Indies pace bowler Winston Benjamin has heaped praise on his former pupil Alzarri Joseph, praising both the player’s commitment and willingness to work hard, following an IPL debut to remember last week.

Joseph claimed an IPL record for the Mumbai Indians, in a 40-run victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad. Even as the tributes and congratulations poured in for the 22-year-old, earmarked as potentially the next great West Indies pace bowler, Benjamin has been quick to point to the player’s attitude and work ethic.

 “It’s a misconception that West Indies bowlers just come and bowl fast. A lot of hard work goes into the making of a genuine fast bowler,” Benjamin said in a recent interview.

“Obviously, the more matches he played, the more he learnt, but he never shied away from advice or hard work. He has that attitude, and the passion for the game, not the money involved in it,” he added.

Joseph who was a part of the successful ICC Under-19 World Cup winning squad in 2016, made his debut for the senior team later that year but was later out of the game for several months due to injury.

“He was maybe a yard or two quicker but was all over the place. Besides, his action was more prone to injuries. So we made it shorter, a bit straighter and he doesn’t jump as wildly.”

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