Shai Diego Hope One of Wisden’s top five cricketers of the year

Shai Diego Hope born November 10, 1993, in Barbados brought delight to the citizens of Barbados when on April 12, 2018, he was named one of Wisden five Cricketers of the year.  The 24-year-old Barbadian was joined by England Women’s World Cup-winning trio of Heather Knight, Anya Shrubsole and Nat Sciver along with Essex fast bowler.

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Hope enjoyed a breakthrough year in international cricket last year, scoring centuries in both innings of the second Test against England as West Indies beat the hosts by five wickets after chasing down 322 on the final day at Leeds.

Congratulations are in order for Hope but one wonders how come a young man to the sport of cricket just happens to be lucky to pick up the prestigious Wisden Cricketer of the year award.  Shai Diego Hope international cricketing career started in 2015 which was West Indies v England at Bridgetown, May 1-3, which includes:

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests Insights on test 17 32 2 996 147 33.20 2356 42.27 2 3 123 3 16 0
ODIs Insights on odi 33 30 3 1020 101 37.77 1533 66.53 1 5 65 18 32 4
T20Is Insights on t20i 3 1 0 15 15 15.00 17 88.23 0 0 1 0 0 0
First-class 45 77 7 2978 215* 42.54 6650 44.78 8 11 324 15 41 0
List A 57 54 3 1996 125 39.13 2879 69.32 4 11 137 38 65 10
T20s Insights on t20 9 6 0 91 37 15.16 96 94.79 0 0 6 1 1 4
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests Insights on test 17
ODIs Insights on odi 33
T20Is Insights on t20i 3
First-class 45 1 12 5 0 2.50 0 0 0
List A 57
T20s Insights on t20 9
Many cricketers take a long while to be inducted into Cricket Hall of Fame or better yet Wisden Cricketer of the year and with Shai Hopes average has been able to receive such an award in short order. Not knocking a hard critic of Hope but I still cannot understand that Shai’s effort at Leeds was spectacular, but to name someone a Cricketer of the Year based on one Test performance is ridiculous beyond all measure.
With this award being bestowed upon Hope I am yet to see him improve his performance which garnered his this prestigious Wisden award, which is why I strongly believe the issuing body had no one they deemed worthy as a male who could have achieved such an award. Looking at it the likes of Christopher Henry Gayle among others could have received such an award but the organiser’s felt otherwise.
As he was the first player in 127 years of first-class cricket at Headingley to achieve such a feat. Until that Test, the right-handed Hope had made one half-century in 21 Innings and was averaging just 18 overall. Hope finished the series with 375 runs at an average of 75 and has subsequently lifted his career average to 33 from 17 Tests. It is noteworthy that Hope is the first West Indies player since Marlon Samuels in 2013 to be named to the honour roll.
Meanwhile, Indian captain Virat Kohli was named Wisden’s Leading Cricketer in the World, his compatriot Mithali Raj, the leading women’s cricketer in the world, with exciting Pakistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan adjudged leading Twenty20 cricketer in the world.
The whole Caribbean salute you Shai Hope in that for a 24-year-old with limited international experience you were able to be among a group of five cricketers to receive such a prestigious award.  It is my believe that Shai sees that finishing is one of the most difficult things to do in cricket. A player can’t be a finisher in just 6 months or one year. You have to be used to that responsibility, keeping on doing what is required from you over a period of time.

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