Shimron Hetmyer - The Guyanese Superstar
The heydays of West Indian cricket are things of the past. In spite of a few sporadic successes, the team from the Caribbeans is in the process of trying to keep their heads afloat in the dogfight. Guyana-born batter Shimron Hetmyer is one name that has provided much-needed assistance in their attempt.
The 25-year-old belongs to the long list of left-handed West Indian batters to have graced the international scene. Though his batting style, unlike the legendary Brian Lara and Shivnarine Chanderpaul, is a bit orthodox, that doesn’t deter him from playing big shots all over the ground. He makes good use of his bottom hand and can make the ball disappear into the stands.
Inspired by his father, Hetmyer started playing cricket at the tender age of 11. The young batter was given the captain’s armband for the 2016 Under-19 World Cup and with the help of crucial half centuries in quarter-finals and semi-finals, he helped his side win the silverware. By then, he had developed the reputation for being an attacking and destructive batter. However, conversion of the starts had been an issue initially.
Shimron Hetmyer: Recent Times
As Hetmyer matured, those problems were solved and the 25-year-old established himself as an indispensable top-order batter for his team. With the T20 World Cup in Australia coming up in October, Hetmyer could be a difference-maker between winning and losing for the West Indies.
Hetmyer’s skills with the bat were noticed at once by the Bangalore team in the Indian T20 league. They bought him in the auction ahead of the 2019 edition but he was left mostly unused that year, finishing with 90 runs from five appearances. However, the promise was seen in the 75-run innings he played against Hyderabad at the start of May that year. Hetmyer has since changed two teams and is currently a member of the Rajasthan team.
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Shimron Hetmyer’s Personal Details
- Shimron Odilon Hetmyer
- Date of Birth
- 26th December 1996
- Cumberland, Guyana
- Batting Style
- Left-handed batter
- Current Teams
- West Indies, Bangalore team, Delhi team, Rajasthan team
Shimron Hetmyer’s Current Rankings
As of 22 Aug. 2022, Shimron Hetmyer is ranked 98th, 74th, 51st in the T20I, Test and ODIs batting rankings.
- Game Format
- ICC Bowling Rankings
Shimron Hetmyer Stats
As of 22 Aug. 2022, Shimron Hetmyer has the below stats in the ODI, Test and T20I format for the West Indies team.
- 93 vs. BAN
- 139 vs. IND
- 81* vs SL
Shimron Hetmyer – Key Skills and Strengths
Hetmyer has built up a reputation for being a hard-hitter. He can hit boundaries consistently and keep fans entertained. Hetmyer makes good use of his bottom hand, and when he hits the ball, it stays hit. With time, Hetmyer is building on his consistency and the previous problems with conversions are being solved. Heading to the T20 World Cup, the West Indies team will put a lot of faith in Hetmyer to play the role of a sheet anchor and take the team to the level they deserve to be at.
Shimron Hetmyer - Awards and Achievements
Hazlewood managed to make an impression in the domestic circuit at the age of just 17. He has been an important member of the Australian cricket team since his debut and has not limited his appearances to just the Test format, proving to be equal to the task at all the different levels.
Here are some important achievements of Hazlwood at the international level:
Hetmyer started playing first class cricket at the age of only 17.
He was the leader of the side that won the Under-19 World Cup in 2016.
He became the youngest player to score a century in the Caribbean T20 League in 2018.
In 2019, Hetmyer reached the 1000-run mark in ODIs at the age of just 23.
Shimron Hetmyer’s Indian T20 League Journey
Hetmyer is still new to the Indian T20 League scene, having been picked up by the Bangalore team back in 2019 following an impressive limited-overs tour in the country. Hetmyer played in just five matches in his debut season, scoring 90 runs at a strike rate of 123.28. He changed his team next year and went to Delhi for whom he played for two more seasons.
The 2021 season was the left-hander’s most productive campaign where he finished with 242 runs at an average of 34.57 and an impressive strike rate of 168.05. There was a change this year, with Hetmyer joining Rajasthan and helping them reach the final of the tournament.
- Indian T20 League
- 75 vs. Hyderabad
Shimron Hetmyer: FAQs
Hetmyer confesses an admiration for Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan and also loves watching Lamman Rucker and Tyson Beckford on screen.
Besides playing cricket, Hetmyer enjoys shopping and watching cricket.
Hetmyer is married to Nirvani Umrao. The couple have three children.
Hetmyer lists a number of cricketers of yesteryears as his favorite. South African batters AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla, West Indian legend Chris Gayle and Sri Lankan batter Kumar Sangakkara are some of the names that he has mentioned.