There is something special about being number 8th in the ranking International Cricket Council. Previously it was Pakistan who amazed the world by glorious victory in Champions Trophy 2017 and became the Champion with no fame and a status of under-dogs. This time it is West Indies who finished the test match in a glorious way, by witnessing the winning moment over England at Headingley Carnegie, Leeds in a 2nd Test match.
Since making his debut for West Indies, Shai Hope was always expected to a good cricketer for the future. Hope averages 40 plus in the first class cricket and had showcased his ability at the international level. He along with Kraigg Brathwaite were tipped as players that can play for West Indies for a long to come. Hope started poorly against England in the first game with West Indies getting dismissed by an innings and 209 runs in the first-ever day night at Edgbaston.
There was lot to play for West Indies after being decimated in the first game. The visitors set the tone with the ball in hand to dismiss England for 258 runs. Shai Hope then played like a top-class batsman going on to score his maiden century and added 240 runs with Brathwaite to see West Indies take a big lead into the game. England recoverd quickly and batted with intent to set West Indies a target of 322 runs to win the game at Headingley.
England might have thought that West Indies might crumble and hand over the game. In this particular game that was not case as Shai Hope once again produced a stellar show with the bat to see West Indies chase down runs. He batted well and put together crucial partnerships with the likes of Brathwaite, Roston Chase and Jermaine Blackwood to script a remakrable win for West Indies.
Hope scored 265 runs and became the first ever player to score 100s in both innings of first-class matches at Headingley. Kraigg Brathwaite was also a back bone in partnership with Hope in both Innings and scored 229 runs as an opener, which aided a significant role in a great victory.
The cricketing world would be pleased that West Indies have played excellent cricket to upstage England at Headingley. Shai Hope will take a lot of confidence with his magnificent performance in this game and ensure he can continue good form at Lords.