Shimron Hetmyer’s workload has to be managed: Ian Bishop
Shimron Hetmyer scored three ODI hundreds in 2018. © BCCI

Former West Indies fast bowler turned TV analyst Ian Bishop has cautioned against over-working Shimron Hetmyer after the talented young batsman’s first complete year of international cricket, across formats.

Hetmyer, who led West Indies Under-19s to the junior World Cup in 2016, made his Test and ODI debuts in 2017 and on January 1, 2018 was capped in T20Is. Last year, the 22-year-old totalled 1180 runs across three formats for an average of 34.70.

In Tests in 2018, Hetmyer averaged 37.60 with three half-centuries; in ODIs, 40.38 courtesy all three of his career hundreds and a couple of fifties, at a strike-rate of 109.65; and in T20Is, he managed 77 runs in six innings for West Indies at a strike-rate of 122.22. During the recent 2-1 Test series win over England, Hetmyer made 81 and 31 in the first match but then made 21, 8 and 19.

Termed a potential once-in-a-generation cricketer by former West Indies coach Stuart Law this month, Hetmyer is set for his first IPL stint this year after he was signed by Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 4.3 crore.

Ahead of the IPL, and against concerns of Hetmyer also going the T20 freelance route like many top-bracket cricketers, Bishop was called for West Indies to manage the youngster’s workload.

“Particularly for next six to eight months, his cricket must be managed,” he told Reuters. “He’s an integral part of the test match team, growing quickly as a batsmen. Problem is that for such a young kid he is good in all formats of the game. In order to keep fresh, he has to be managed. It could mean time off. If he were to play every game, that’s a lot of cricket.”

West Indies meet England in the first of five ODIs on Wednesday.