Consistency; definition: (of a person, behavior, or process) unchanging in achievement or effect over a period of time. For Jonson Charles, his performances for West Indies over the years have been consistent. Consistent in performing and under-performing like a familiar West Indian great. Unchanging in achievement or effect over a period of time! Charles has never gone on tour for West Indies or played in a tournament where he did not perform at least once.
Remember Carl Hooper? Hooper played 102 test matches for West Indies. When he was done, no one could believe he averaged only 36.46 in tests. Immaculate in stroke play, elegant to behold, Hooper scored mid twenties and thirties on a regular basis, and gave you some class innings that rendered you satiated with his frequent failures. So, has Hooper been reincarnated?
Johnson Charles has again come up with a great performance when it mattered for West Indies. The St. Lucian and Leon Hess Comprehensive alumni contributed 52 off just 36 deliveries to hold steady at the top order after Chris Gayle’s early demise. While Hooper appeared to have the most time to play his shots in his generation, Charles is often seen going hard over the top for six. Both Hooper and Charles are blessed with the ability to do other things on the cricket ground. For many, had Andre Flethcher not gone down, Ramdin would have been dropped and Charles given the keeping gloves for west Indies. Though not with a glove, Hooper picked up 114 wickets for West Indies at an economy rate of 2.45.
So, will this consistent trend of performing and under-performing continue for our young sensation? My, advice, take a close look at Carl Hooper’s career to find out.