It is my dream to play IPL, says Shimron Hetmyer
After watching his scintillating strokeplay, a lot of franchises must've already taken him into consideration for the upcoming auction.
Updated - Nov 3, 2018 10:07 am
Not many expected the India-Windies ODI series to be a hard-fought contest, but the difference in the quality of sides was very minimal in the first three matches. For the Windies, Shai Hope and youngster Shimron Hetmyer played a huge role in escalating their side’s game and bringing them on level terms with the mighty Men in Blue.
After registering a hundred in the first ODI, he chipped in with a fifty in the second and followed it up with another quickfire 39 in the third. The final two encounters in Mumbai and Trivandrum didn’t turn out to be memorable for the 21-year-old and same was the case for his teammates.
Talking to the Hindu, Hetmyer discussed at length about his dreams of playing in the Indian Premier League. After watching his scintillating strokeplay, a lot of franchises must’ve already taken him into consideration for the upcoming auction. A young foreign talent like him who can play spin well is always a boon and it will be a huge surprise if he finds no buyers.
“It feels good to know that one of India’s greatest spinners rates me highly. It is a dream of mine to play in the IPL. But for now, my focus is on representing the West Indies the best I can. If rewards come down the road, then so be it,” the 21-year-old said.
National duty will be a top priority
In the last decade or so, we have seen a lot of cricketers from the Caribbean Islands prioritizing T20 leagues over International cricket. Despite expressing his long-term affection for the richest T20 league in the world, Hetmyer reckons that representing his national side will be a top priority. He also added that International cricket is the highest anyone can reach as a cricketer.
“All young cricketers back home aspire to play in the IPL. But first and foremost, the priority should be to represent the West Indies, because that is the highest level you can reach as a cricketer,” Hetmyer added.