JONATHAN CARTER: MR. DEPENDABLE OF REGIONAL CRICKET?
Jonathan Carter’s resurgence in regional cricket resembles that of a phoenix rising from the ashes.
Having made his West Indies debut in 2015 against South Africa, Jonathan has three ODI half centuries to his repertoire but it's in the field of regional cricket (pun intended) that he has been the most impressive.
Early this year, this batting powerhouse amassed a mammoth 689 runs from 10 matches with a match-winning, top-score of 149 not out. He finished the 2018-19 West Indies 4-day Championship as the overall leading runs-scorer with a batting average of 40.52.
Demonstrating his versatility only a few months before, Carter left his mark at the 2018/2019 Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup ranking again at #1 for most runs scored in the tournament with a batting average 50.14 in 8 innings.
However don't pigeonhole him to the longer formats. Proving to be a triple threat across the board, Jonathan recently scored his maiden CPL T20 half century for the Barbados Tridents in a thrilling victory against Trinbago Knight Riders.
But that's not where he leaves you the most awe struck. His fielding is a troubling threat to any batsman at the crease. Whether he’s flying around taking catches (as seen with the brilliant one-hander to dismiss Daren Sammy in one of the most memorable catches of CPL 2019) or just hurling his body around to save runs …. Jonathan Carter is showing the region that he is Mr. Dependable.
Back in May 2019, Carter made his return to the international arena for the Ireland ODI Tri-Series. While he only managed a highest score of 43* in the 3 ODI matches played, he was the stand out fielder with his razor sharp alertness, awareness and accuracy.
With the Barbados Tridents advancing to the CPL play-offs, what more can we expect from Mr. Dependable?