AkealHosein, time to take responsibility

Left arm spinner AkealHosein has sharply risen through the ranks in West Indies cricket.

A slice of luck

The spinner wasn’t even part of the West Indies squad for the 2021 T20 World Cup but as luck would have it, Fabian Allen was injured right before the competition and AkealHosein was drafted in.

He was among the most successful West Indies bowlers in the competition.

Bowling to tough fields

“Bowling in the powerplay is always difficult – let me say that firstly, with just two men protecting the boundary for us,” Hosein said. “Having said that, it’s a different job, a difficult job that has to be done and I gladly put my hand up for the team. It boils down to clear mindset and execution. We have bowling meetings and what not. You’re going to go for runs and you’re going to be hit at some point, but it boils down to execution. If you have two guys out, if he has to hit a boundary, make sure he has to hit to the left or right of those guys.

“The mindset or the task required from me varies. Sometimes your team just wants a quiet powerplay, so they want to plug one end. And sometimes the skipper comes to you and says we need a wicket. So, you need to switch on or switch roles. But the most important thing is to be happy about it. At the end of the day, for me it’s about doing whatever job the team requires. So, if the team requires me to keep it tight at one end or go for wickets, that’s definitely what the team needs at that point.”

Great CPL returns

The economical bowler has done a brilliant job for Trinbago Knight Riders in the Caribbean Premier League. In fact, over the last three seasons in the CPL, he has an economy rate of just 5.56 in the first 6 overs which is the fourth best in the world.

Interestingly, Hosein was originally a batting all rounder who bowled left wrist spin but a shoulder injury forced him to consider left hand finger spin.

The move worked so well for him that he hasn’t looked back since. The all-rounder is keen to grow as a batter as well and contribute across all the three disciplines.

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