“I play for wins, not for the limelight really”, record-breaker Alzarri Joseph
The young West Indies pacer, Alzarri Joseph made his Indian Premier League (IPL) debut historic by recording the best bowling figures in the competition. He broke an eleven-year record with his 6 for 12 in Mumbai Indians’ 40-run triumph over Sunrisers Hyderabad, said he couldn’t have requested a superior begin to his profession in the competition.
The 22-year old, Joseph turned out to be just the second bowler in IPL history to guarantee a fifer on debut after Andrew Tye. He not just proceeded to enroll the best bowling figures for three-time champions Mumbai, yet additionally re-composed the record for the competition’s best figures – outperforming Sohail Tanvir’s 6 for 14 which he did in the debut version.
“It’s a fantasy begin, can’t beat this. I simply needed to bowl to the plans. When they said I was playing, I chose to keep it basic and back myself,” Joseph said.
Joseph’s dismissals included the leading run-scorer of this year’s IPL David Warner, alongside Vijay Shankar, Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Siddarth Kaul. He additionally bowled a maiden in his 3.4 over spell and conceded just 12 runs.
“The pitch wasn’t the easiest to play on. So, 136 from 120 balls as long as we got stuck into get a few early wickets got them up we know we are in for a go. When I got my first wicket, I had a quieted celebration, since I was focused on the game that we needed to win,” said Joseph, who is currently Mumbai’s highest wicket-taker for the season in spite of playing only one match. “The boys are truly playing great, so we should simply go to the park and demonstrate to them what we can do.”
While Joseph started his IPL career with a mind blowing begin, he stayed concentrated out and about ahead. “My point is to do my best to win matches for my team,” he said.
“I only play for wins, not for the limelight really. It’s a good feeling, yet I need to win this competition, not simply just individual performances,” he added.