IPL 2019, Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Mumbai Indians: He came, He Saw, and He Conquered – another West Indian lightning up the world’s biggest domestic T20 league with his sensational exploits – this time not with the bat but with a white cherry in his hand. Alzarri Joseph made a dream IPL debut for Mumbai Indians as he single-handedly powered his team to a thumping 40-run victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday. With his world-class figures of 6/12, Joseph demolished Pakistan’s Sohail Tanvir’s (6/14) long-standing record for the best bowling figures in the cash-rich IPL. (MATCH 19 HIGHLIGHTS)
Best bowling figures in IPL:
6/12 A JOSEPH MI v SRH Hyderabad 2019*
6/14 Sohail Tanvir RR v CSK Jaipur 2008
6/19 A Zampa RPS v SRH Viag 2016
5/05 A Kumble RCB v RR Cape Town 2009
Playing in place of veteran ace Lasith Malinga, who returned to home (Sri Lanka) to complete his national duties – the 22-year-old Joseph knocked the life out of Hyderabad batsmen with his searing pace, daunting line & length, and nonchalant attitude. His wickets tally includes names like David Warner, Vijay Shankar, Deepak Hooda. Rashid Khan. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Sid Kaul. The Antiguan pacer also has gone a step ahead of Andrew Tye to register best bowling figures on IPL debut.
Best bowling figures on IPL debut:
6/12 – Alzarri Joseph*
5/17 – Andrew Tye
4/11 – Shoaib Akhtar
4/26 – Kevon Cooper
4/33 – David Wiese
Here’s how the Twitter world reacted after Alzarri’s scintillating performance with the ball versus Hyderabad:-
Speaking at the post-match conference after winning the ‘Man of the Match’ award, Joseph said – “It is a dream. I could not have asked for a better start. I just backed my plans and it worked. My plan was to keep it simple and back myself. I know we had a game to win and I was focused on that (on why he didn’t celebrate Warner’s wicket). The boys are playing well and putting in a lot of hard work. The coaches are also helping us with their inputs”.