Richards confident settled Hetmyer will eventually deliver for Windies

By Sports Desk November 05, 2019
Windies batsman Shimron Hetmyer. Windies batsman Shimron Hetmyer.

Legendary West Indies batsman Viv Richards is confident that it will only be a matter of time before mercurial young talent Shimron Hetmyer lives up to his full potential.

Since bursting on the scene in 2017, Hetmyer has shown clear signs that he has the potential to be one of the game’s best players.  Hetmyer, who has four centuries in 37 matches, recently became the 4th fastest West Indian batsman to score 1,000 ODI runs. 

On the flip side, however, the young batsman has put in several disappointing performances with innings that have been typified by rash stroke play and what many have criticized as a carefree approach.  Richards has, however, backed the young batsman to deliver the goods eventually.

"Hetmyer we keep speaking about, he's a young talent I believe when he settles down, his numbers could be much better for West Indies in the future, but at present, he's a little if and but at times, but when he works that out and gets to believe he can accomplish that, he'll be okay. But his talent, his talent is enormous, it's just for him to know how to get that done,” Richards told Espncricinfo.

The player will be part of a Windies squad that will play against Afghanistan in three ODI and three T20 series beginning tomorrow.

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