Stuart Law tips Shimron Hetmyer to achieve greatness
"The more he plays, the better he’ll get."
Published - Feb 8, 2019 3:23 pm | Updated - Feb 8, 2019 3:23 pm
Shimron Hetmyer was the captain of the Windies team which won the U19 World Cup in 2016. The left-handed batsman had caught the attention of the cricket world with his performances in the mega event. After the success at the U19 level, fans were expecting Shimron Hetmyer to get an International call up soon and he did not have to wait too long. He made his Test debut in 2017 at the age of just 20.
Since then, he has shown glimpses of his class especially in the ODI format where he averages more than 45. His performances were recognized by ICC who named him among five breakout stars of men’s cricket in 2018. He has not been that impressive in the Test format but he is slowly coming off age. The left-hander left an impression on both critics and fans by scoring 81 in the first Test of the ongoing series against England.
Former Windies head coach Stuart Law seems to be a huge fan of the Windies batsman. Law claimed that Shimron Hetmyer has the ability to become a once in a generation player. So Windies must look after him. He said that Hetmyer does need to improve his understanding of the game to do well in all formats. The former coach pointed out that the left-handed batsman is getting better at the Test format but he has a lot to learn.
Stuart Law talks about the learning curve of Shimron Hetmyer
“He [Hetmyer] could be a once-in-a-generation cricketer If he understands tempos in different formats of the game – he’s got one-day cricket now, he’s started to work that out – T20 cricket he’s not quite understanding, and Test cricket, he’s getting better. The more he plays, the better he’ll get. ” Law was quoted as saying by Wisden.com on Thursday.
The Australian also talked about his experience with Hetmyer when he was the coach of Windies. He said that the team management recognized the talent of the young man and understood the importance of persisting with him. Law highlighted that Hetmyer was playing too aggressively in the series against New Zealand which was a poor idea. Hetmyer now understands that he needs to show respect to some quality bowlers if he wants to do well.
“He’s one when I was with the West Indies, we said: ‘You’ve got to persist with him. If we persist with him, he will learn. He will understand that you can’t just go out and try and hit Trent Boult back over his head for six every second ball.’ That’s what he tried to do when we were in New Zealand. He now knows that you’ve got treat them with a little respect before you cash in at the end of the day. Once he learns that, he’s going to be great to watch.” Stuart Law said about Hetmyer.