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Guyana's security guard broke Gabba's pride: broke his thumb due to Start's yorker, still came out to play and took 7 wickets


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West Indies has achieved a historic victory over Australia. The team has defeated the Kangaroos by 8 runs in a thrilling match after 36 years on the Gabba ground. Windies have won on Australian soil after 27 years. The story of this victory has been written by Guyana's fast bowler Shamar Joseph.

On Sunday, this bowler forced the Australian team to kneel by taking 7 wickets with an injured thumb. A day earlier, Mitchell Starc's yorker hit his thumb and he fell on the pitch and started writhing in pain. He was forced to retire hurt and was brought off the field with the support of his shoulder.

The next day, captain Brathwaite refused to let him play the match and asked him to leave the test kit behind. At the last moment, Shamar came down by taping Zachary McCaskey's jersey and snatched the victory from the Kangaroos by taking 7 wickets one after the other.

On Saturday, Shamar suffered a fracture in his toe due to Mitchell Starc's yorker.

On Saturday, Shamar suffered a fracture in his toe due to Mitchell Starc's yorker.

Internet TV seen for the first time in 2018
24 year old Shamar Joseph grew up in a family of 3 sisters and 5 brothers. He is from a small community on the Guiana Island Barakara. Only about 350 people live here. This place can be reached only by boat. Homes in Barakara did not have internet or TV until 2018.

There was only one black and white television in the entire community and no means of communication other than land-lines. Barakara had only a small health center and a primary school; the village did not even have a higher secondary school.

Shamar used to walk home after cutting wood, became a security guard after the accident
He once used to run his household by cutting wood from the Barakara forest, his family used to transport wood. They used to go to the forest and cut wood. One day when he was cutting a tree, the tree almost fell on him and he left the job.

In search of a better life, Joseph shifted to New Amsterdam. Where he got a job as a laborer in a construction site. After a few days he worked as a security guard. Here he had to work in 12-hour shifts. During this time, he started playing cricket and after some time left the job on the advice of his wife.

Didn't even play first class cricket till a year ago
Joseph had not played any first class cricket till a year ago. Reached the national level rapidly from a small village in Guyana. Shamar made his Test debut 9 days ago on 17 January and took 13 wickets in the debut series itself. He was elected Player of the Match and Player of the Series. Joseph considers former bowlers Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh as his role models.

They used to bowl with tape balls and cloth balls as well as fruits like lemon, guava and apple in the forest while cutting wood. In Barakara it was named jungle-land cricket.

Romario Shepherd introduced me to cricket
West Indies team player Romario Shepherd was Joseph's neighbor in New Amsterdam. Shepherd introduced Joseph to the Guyana cricket team, where Joseph joined other big players including Guyana head coach Esuan Crandon and former Guyana team captain Leon Johnson.

Shepherd also received support from former Guyanese cricketer turned businessman Damien Vantul. Joseph was assured to leave his guard job and try his luck in cricket. Joseph immediately performed brilliantly and recorded his first figures of 6/13 in Division 1 cricket.

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