Shai Hope has the potential to be a “great” player, according to West Indies coach Stuart Law.
“I remember sitting down next to him in the dressing room before the last day and said ‘Look, the plan is we’ll bat to tea, see where we are and if we’ve got wickets we’ll work out if we’re going to have a go or not’,” Law said.
“He looked at me and I said ‘What’s wrong with that?’ He looked at me again, shook his head and shrugged his shoulders and I said ‘Okay, what’s your plan?’
“‘We’re going to win’, he said. That’s God’s honest truth. And he went out and won the game.
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“He’s a rock. He’s a guy with a lot of talent who looks very good at the crease. We hadn’t seen that in international cricket, but Headingley showcased his talent.”
The other moment that impressed Law came after victory was achieved. Instead of wild celebrations, Hope remained calm and controlled.
“I think the fact he wasn’t over the top in his celebrations just means he’s hungry and he’s driven,” Law said. “He doesn’t want to stop where he’s at now; he wants to keep going. I think that’s a great sign.