Keemo Paul

West Indies
Age
February 21, 1998 (23 years)
Role
All Rounder
Birth Place
Guyana
Batting Style
Right Handed
Nationality
West Indies
Bowling Style
Right-arm fast medium

Keemo Paul may be infamously remembered for running a Zimbabwean player Richard Ngarava out at the non-striker’s end for backing up too far (Mankading) in a crucial Under-19 World Cup game in 2016. It was that run out that won the West Indies the game and sent them into the quarterfinals. It was in that very tournament that Paul gained all the limelight. Not only for the above incident but also because Paul contributed big time to the West Indies’ Under-19 World Cup win in 2016. He scored 166 runs and took seven wickets in the tournament.

ICC Rankings

Test ODI T20I
Batting
-
-
-
Bowling
-
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71

Team played

West Indies, West Indies A, Delhi Capitals, West Indies Under-19, Guyana, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Quetta Gladiators, West Indians, Montreal Tigers

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 50 4s 6s
ODI
15
10
3
193
46
27.57
207
93.24
0
0
14
8
T20I
20
14
6
160
28*
20
139
115.11
0
0
8
10
Test
3
6
0
96
47
16
118
81.36
0
0
15
4
IPL
8
6
1
18
7
3.6
24
75
0
0
1
1

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI Econ Avg SR 4W 5W 10W
ODI
15
15
684
756
18
3/44
6.63
42
38
0
0
0
T20I
20
20
420
614
24
5/15
8.77
25.58
17.5
0
1
0
Test
3
5
342
189
6
2/25
3.32
31.5
57
0
0
0
IPL
8
8
163
237
9
3/17
8.72
26.33
18.11
0
0
0

Paul had already made his List A debut a year before the 2016 Under-19 World Cup. Post that, he went on to make his first-class and T20 debuts in 2017. Consistent performances in the domestic arena got him a place in the West Indies ODI and T20I sides in early 2018. Since then, he has been an integral part of the squad and is one of the premier all-rounders in the shorter formats.

ODI Career

Paul made his ODI debut in the ICC World Cup Qualifiers in 2018 in Zimbabwe. He played four games and had a decent impact on his team’s result. He didn’t really make things happen with the bat but picked up five wickets and was the West Indies’ best bowler in the final which they lost to Afghanistan. That was just the start.

While he did miss the cut for the 2019 World Cup, Paul returned for the India series in August 2019. Since then, the pace-bowling all-rounder has gone on to become one of the key members of the West Indies white-ball sides. He played just one game against India at home before travelling to the subcontinent to face Afghanistan and India. Paul performed really well and took nine wickets in four games. He even started contributing with the bat as he scored 46 off 42 balls against India in the second ODI.

The turn of the year didn’t change his form as he continued picking wickets. He took three wickets in as many games. With the bat, he didn’t get an opportunity against Ireland but against Sri Lanka, Paul scored 53 runs at a strike rate of 120.45.

Overall, Paul has played 19 ODI games and has returned with 214 runs with the bat. He averages 23.78 and has a strike rate of 89.17. With the ball, he has picked up 23 wickets and has an economy of 6.05.

T20I Career

Soon after making his ODI debut, Paul flew to Pakistan on what was a historic tour for the West Indies. He played all three T20Is but didn’t have the best of starts. With the bat, he scored 28 runs in three innings and batted at No. 7 and 8. With the ball, he didn’t really make a big impact as he took just one wicket across three games and even that maiden wicket came in the first T20I.

He later faced ICC World XI and returned with figures of 1/24 in his three overs. Paul was included in the side to face Bangladesh at home. He took six wickets in three games and didn’t really get the opportunity with the bat. Even though Paul was ousted from the ODI team after the 2018 home season, the West Indies stuck with him in the shortest format.

In India and Bangladesh, the pace-bowling all-rounder played six T20Is and returned with nine wickets. He had a pretty good economy rate as well. He was chipping in nicely with the bat too lower down the order.  After these two tours, with the 2019 World Cup approaching, Paul was dropped from the side before coming back for the series against India at home. He played three games and was expensive but he even took three wickets. Against Afghanistan, he continued his good form with the ball, picking up four wickets in two games. However, his form with the bat continued to be poor.

Hence, he was dropped from the XI for the series in India and hasn’t featured in a T20I since November 2019. On the whole, Paul has played 18 T20I matches and has scored 142 runs. With the ball, he has 24 wickets to his name and has an economy rate of 8.31.

Test Career

It was in the 2018 – 2019 season that Paul played all of his three Test matches so far. A few months after making his international debut, the Guyana-born all-rounder was first called up in the Test squad. He replaced Shimron Hetmyer for the third Test against Sri Lanka in June 2018. It was in the second Test against Bangladesh that Paul made his first appearance in the longest format for the West Indies. He had a decent debut with the ball as he picked up three wickets in the game but failed with the bat, scoring a duck and 13 in the two innings.

Paul then played the first Test against India in Rajkot and shared the new ball with Shannon Gabriel in the absence of skipper Jason Holder. He had figures of 0/61 with the ball but succeeded with the bat. Batting at No. 8, Paul made 47 and 15 in two innings. With Holder returning for the second Test, Paul had to sit out. In early 2019, the Guyana all-rounder played another Test match and this time it was against England. He took three wickets in the game but didn’t do much with the bat.

Overall, Paul has played just three Test matches. He has taken six wickets and has scored 96 runs in six innings.

IPL Career

In the IPL auction for the 2019 season, Paul was bought by the Delhi Capitals for his base price of INR 50 lakhs. He had a decent impact as he went on to play seven games in the 2019 edition of the IPL as Delhi made it to the playoffs for the first time in seven years. He didn’t really make headlines with the bat but he took nine wickets at an economy of 8.72 and was really impressive at the death.