Mumbai Indians' Alzarri Joseph made a record-breaking debut in the Indian Premier League claiming 6 for 12 — the best ever figures in the history of the competition — engineering a 40-run victory in a low-scoring affair at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Saturday.
The 22-year old Antiguan knocked out in-form David Warner, who is also the leading run scorer in this year's IPL, with his first delivery.
Defending a low score of 136, Rohit Sharma-led side required wickets to stay alive in the competition and the tall bowler from the West Indies simply dismantled the opponents, helping his side bowl Sunrisers out for merely 96.
Joseph, who went unsold at the IPL auctions in January, was only called in by Mumbai Indians as a replacement for New Zealand's Adam Milne.
Generating quick pace along with steep bounce, Joseph also bowled a well-disguised slower delivery to outfox Sunrisers' batsmen.
Lavishing praise on his bowler, captain Rohit Sharma said, "Sensational bowling effort from Alzarri. To come out in the IPL and play like that, shows what he's has done in the past. His confidence in playing CPL and West Indies has brought him here."
Besides his teammates, franchise and captain, Joseph managed to bowl over everyone who watched him, we have compiled some reactions from Joseph's starry IPL debut.
Best six of the tournament, yeah!
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) April 6, 2019
Gotta love the smile on the 22-year old
The debutant wreaks havoc here in Hyderabad as the @mipaltan win by 40 runs. Alzarri Joseph with the best ever bowling figures in #VIVOIPL Scorecard - https://t.co/kzyaotA3mE #SRHvsMI pic.twitter.com/bZECzrjZCE — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 6, 2019
Sensational summary of a magnificent spell
— The Cricket Prof. (@CricProf) April 6, 2019
Alzarri Joseph turns up from the other end of the world, bowls fast, and produces a match winning performance for his team. What a debut. — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 6, 2019
Alzarri Joseph's 'Jumbo' effort
Alzarri Joseph 6/12. For a generation of Indian cricket fans that was always about a Kumble special. #HeroCup
— Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (@sidvee) April 6, 2019
Tough nut, Alzarri!
Super happy for Alzarri Joseph. Remember, he came out to play against England despite losing his mother on the eve of the day's play. Hope he goes on to achieve great things. #IPL2019 #SRHvMI — Sreshth Shah (@sreshthx) April 6, 2019
Wow, that's already an impressive resume at 22
In February this year Alzarri Joseph played the Antigua Test despite death of his mother. Took two crucial wickets At 22, he showed tremendous courage. @mipaltan are lucky to have him. Took 6/12 and showed promise.
First int wicket — Kohli
First IPL wicket — Warner#SRHvMI
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) April 6, 2019
Always lighting up the IPL, the Windies
MI has got some serious bowling attack there
Alzarri Joseph, Jasprit Bumrah, Jason Behrendorff. Aajao koi bhi ab. #SRHvMI
— Sameer Allana (@HitmanCricket) April 6, 2019