From working as a security guard and a construction worker, West Indies fast bowler Shamar Joseph has swiftly ascended to become a cricketing sensation across the globe.
Despite battling injury, 24-year-old Joseph’s remarkable performance in Brisbane has propelled him into the spotlight, with accolades pouring in from cricketing greats of all the countries.
Originating from the secluded maroon village of Baracara in Guyana, Joseph grew up in a community of around 400 people. With no formal cricket grounds, Joseph and his friends improvised, playing in makeshift areas around their homes, earning them the moniker ‘jungle-land cricket’.
Cricket equipment was a luxury then. Instead of traditional gear, Joseph and his peers used makeshift balls crafted from fruits or melted plastic from bottles when supplies ran low.
Joseph has to overcome parental resistance to pursue his cricketing aspirations. He began training full-time only after reaching adulthood. Seeking better opportunities, Joseph relocated to New Amsterdam, where he juggled long hours of guard duty and construction work to support himself. Despite the challenges, he persevered, eventually leaving his job to pursue a career in cricket.
Joseph’s arduous journey from the remote village of Baracara to become a fearsome fast bowler is a proof of his resilience, determination and passion for cricket.