Dropping flamboyant Guyanese batsman Shimron
Hetmyer from the senior West Indies team, may not be the best option in
motivating the 22-year-old opener.
This is the view of legendary fast bowler and
one of four knighted cricketers here, Sir
Curtly Ambrose, who believes the 2016 Under-19 World Cup champion is in
need of mentorship.
“I’ve heard that argument too, where people
are saying they should drop him and let him sit down and watch and maybe he
will come back a better cricketer, but I don’t know if that’s the answer. If
that’s the answer then, yes, leave him out and let’s see if he comes back a
better cricketer,” he said.
“Maybe he doesn’t have that mental capacity to
do it on his own and maybe he only plays what he knows and that’s why I keep
saying somebody needs to be around him on a regular basis so he can start to
understand what it’s all about.”
First selected in the senior squad in 2017,
Hetmyer showed clear signs that he has the potential to be one of the game’s
best players. He has four centuries in 37 matches and recently became the
fourth fastest West Indian batsman to score 1,000 ODI runs.
Sir Curtly, while speaking on the Good Morning Jojo Sports Show, admitted
he is disappointed with the player’s performance lately, but believes it is
more mental rather than him not being able to physically and tactically get the
“Well, I am also very disappointed with his
performance the last few years because he is such a tremendous talent and very
natural but I don’t know if he has anyone talking to him or not but his
performances has left a lot to be desired and I think that somebody needs to
get into his head because that’s a talent you don’t want to go to waste. We
need to get into his head and explain to him that it’s not all about hitting
boundaries or getting a quick 30 and get out,” the former fast bowler said.
Hetmyer managed only three
runs from 11 deliveries in the tea’s opening match against Afghanistan on
Wednesday in the first ODI of a five-match series in India. He failed to score
in the tour match against the Afghanistan Presidents 11 on November 4th, a
match the Windies lost by four wickets.
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