Javardi Francis – Young Cricketer on the Rise
18 year-old Javardi Francis has been laying a foundation in the sport of cricket. He’s a part of the Manchester High School’s winning team for the Headley Cup, he plays with the Western Warriors for the Manchester parish in the Jamaica Cricket Association Senior Cup and also the Fairfield United Cricket Club under the Social Development Commission T/20 Community Cricket Competition.
Yello had a quick rap with the wicket keeper batsman, to see where his inspiration comes from and what’s next for him.
How old were you when you first started playing cricket?
I developed a love for it very young and started at age 7.
What drew you to the sport (in other words, what do you love the most about it)?
What I love most about the sport is that though it is a team sport, individual effort matters a lot. For example, if the wicket keeper doesn’t motivate the team or perform it will affect the entire team. Likewise, if the batsmen doesn’t score any runs the team will most likely not be successful.
Do you have any cricketers you look up to (living or dead)? For example, cricketers who have inspired you?
Some of the cricketers I look up to are Brad Haddin, Michael Clarke and Chadwick Walton.
Do you have any other sports heroes in general? Why?
My other sport hero would be Lebron James. He demonstrates determination and he has given back to his community and that’s something I admire.
Do you have any routines you go through before a match or just in training?
I would do normal warm up exercises and a couple wicket keeping drills. After these, I’d generally do some knock ups.
How many hours a day do you spend training?
On school days I will put in three to four hours of training. On weekends or holidays I will put in five to six hours.
What have been the major highlights and/or achievements for you in cricket?
This would definitely be representing my country at the Under-17 level, being apart of a franchise team in the Jamaica Cricket Association Super League and being a part of the Sandals Under-19 academy.
What is your long-term goal within the sport (e.g. where do you see yourself in 10 years)?
I definitely see myself representing the West Indies at all levels and playing most (if not all) the T20 leagues across the world.
What areas of your sport do you feel you still need to improve upon?
I think I need to improve on all aspects of my game, because I am not senior cricket ready as yet. I will get there though!
What areas do you consider your greatest strengths?
My strengths would be batting and wicket keeping.
What has being part of a team sport taught you?
The team sport has taught me to cooperate with people even if I’m not friends with them and it has helped me to grow other friends and mentors.
Has there been any match moments in your career that you regret?
I have no regrets so far in my young cricket career, as there’s a lot more to learn and I’m a firm believer in “everything happens for a reason”.