Kemar Roach Praises Shamar Joseph’s Debut Performance, Embraces Mentor Role in West Indies Cricket


In the midst of the ongoing two-game Test series against Australia, West Indies pacer Kemar Roach has embraced his role as a mentor, particularly focusing on nurturing the emerging talent of young pacer Shamar Joseph. Roach, reflecting on his own early career, highlighted the impact of mentors like Jerome Taylor, Daren Powell, and Fidel Edwards, and now aims to pass on his knowledge to the budding cricketers in the team.

Mentorship Legacy: Roach’s Guiding Hand

During a pre-match press conference ahead of the second Test, Roach shared insights into the significance of mentorship in his cricketing journey. He stated, “I had mentors when I started. Jerome Taylor, Daren Powell, Fidel Edwards. Some guys were around to help me when I started my career. I took knowledge and learned from it. So obviously for me now, it’s all about passing on the mantle to the youngsters.”

Roach didn’t miss the opportunity to laud Shamar Joseph for his stellar debut against Australia in the first Test. Joseph, making an impact with both bat and ball, scored 36 runs, claimed a wicket off his first ball, and later secured a five-wicket haul. Roach expressed his confidence in Joseph’s future, saying, “He’s [Shamar] got a very good career ahead of him. At this stage, he’s willing to learn.”

Encouraging Learning and Growth

Highlighting the importance of continuous learning, Roach emphasised the value of open conversations within the team. “We have a lot of conversations. So, I think once he keeps doing that, not just coming from me but anyone who he thinks can help him in his career, he can take a lot of knowledge on board and become a better cricketer,” Roach concluded.

As West Indies prepares for the second Test against Australia, the mentorship provided by experienced players like Roach becomes crucial for the team’s development. Shamar Joseph’s promising debut serves as a testament to the positive impact mentorship can have on nurturing emerging talents in West Indies cricket.

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