Mumbai, Mar 28 : Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Mumbai Indians (MI) on Thursday named West Indies pacer Alzarri Joseph as replacement for the injured New Zealander Adam Milne for the rest of the season.
"Mumbai Indians have roped in young Windies pacer Alzarri Joseph as a replacement for an injured Adam Milne. The New Zealand seamer picked up an injury just before Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 got underway, paving the way for Joseph, who became a permanent part of the Windies squad at the end of last year," MI said in a statement.
Joseph came to the limelight during the International Cricket Council (ICC) Under-19 World Cup 2016 due his fast bowling skills. So far, he has represented the West Indies in nine Tests as well as 16 ODIs, taking 25 and 24 wickets in the respective formats.
Joseph was a driving force for the Windies in U-19 World Cup and ended it as his team’s leading wicket-taker (13), including a Man of the Match performance of four for 30 against Zimbabwe in the group stage. Coincidentally, that tournament also saw him dismiss a young Ishan Kishan, who he soon will be sharing the dressing room with.
The Windies bowler has received so much appreciation from the legendary Curtly Ambros.
"Joseph becomes the latest player from the Caribbean to join #OneFamily. The three-time champions have a rich and successful history with West Indian talents. The likes of Dwayne Smith, Lendl Simmons, Kieron Pollard and Evin Lewis have all left their mark on MI’s glorious past and Joseph will be hoping to do the same," the statement added.
This will be his first IPL.