|Romario Shepherd Quick Info
|6 ft 3 in
|Date of Birth
|November 26, 1994
|Tia Terencia Shepherd
Romario Shepherd is a Guyanese professional cricketer who has represented the West Indies in the shorter formats of the sport (ODIs and T20Is), as a bowling all-rounder. In the Caribbean domestic circuit, he has played for his home country of Guyana (2016–Present) across all 3 formats. In franchise-based T20 leagues, he has turned out for Guyana Amazon Warriors (2018–Present) in the CPL (Caribbean Premier League); Sunrisers Hyderabad (2022-Present) in the IPL (Indian Premier League), and Karachi Kings (2022-Present) in the PSL (Pakistan Super League).
Georgetown, Demerara-Mahaica, Guyana
New Amsterdam, East Berbice-Corentyne, Guyana
- 16 – One Day International (ODI), T20 International (T20I)
- 48 – Guyana Amazon Warriors (CPL), Sunrisers Hyderabad (IPL)
6 ft 3 in or 190.5 cm
81 kg or 178.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Romario has dated –
- Tia Terencia Shepherd (2015-Present) – Romario began dating Tia in 2015 and the couple eventually got married in January 2022. They have a son together named Romauldo Romario Shepherd.
Race / Ethnicity
He is of Afro-Guyanese descent.
- Toned physique
- Side-cropped, afro hair
- Cheerful smile
- Sports a rugged beard
- Wears ear studs
He has been sponsored by Sareen Sports (SS) Industries, a sporting goods manufacturing company based in Uttar Pradesh, India.
Romario Shepherd Facts
- Romario first came into the spotlight in January 2016 when he made his List A debut for Guyana in the 2015–16 season of the Regional Super50 (the premier domestic one-day cricket competition in the West Indies). In that debut match, against the Leeward Islands, he opened the bowling for his team and registered excellent figures of 3/37 from 10 overs, including the first 2 wickets to fall. He was named the ‘Player of the Match’ for his performance.
- For his performances in the 2019 season of the CPL, he was included in ESPN Cricinfo‘s ‘Team of the Tournament’. He was one of the 5 members of the Guyana Amazon Warriors squad who were included in the playing XI of the aforementioned ‘Team of the Tournament’ even as the Guyana Amazon Warriors lost the final of the 2019 edition of the CPL. The defeat continued the ‘always a bridesmaid, never the bride’ trend for the Guyana Amazon Warriors as the franchise had reached the final match of the CPL for the 5th time out of the 7 seasons that had been played until then; losing the final on each occasion. In the 2019 season of the CPL, Romario was the joint second-highest wicket-taker for the Guyana Amazon Warriors with 13 scalps in 9 innings at a decent economy rate of 8.32.
- In the 26th match of the CPL‘s subsequent (2020) season, he had produced a sensational spell of 3/22 in 4 overs to limit the Barbados Tridents to a paltry total of 89 runs. The Guyana Amazon Warriors knocked off the target with ease, a result which meant that the Barbados Tridents could no longer qualify for the playoff stage. The outcome of this match was some semblance of revenge for the Guyana Amazon Warriors who had been defeated in the final of the previous season of the CPL by the Barbados Tridents.
- In the 11th match of the 2021 season of the CPL, against 4-time champions Trinbago Knight Riders, Romario produced a T20 performance for the ages. He first produced a stirring spell of 3/24 in 4 overs with the ball which included a maiden (an over in which no runs could be scored) to limit the Trinbago Knight Riders to 138 runs. During the chase, he came into bat with Guyana Amazon Warriors struggling at 105/7 in the 18th over, with the team still needing 34 runs in 16 balls. He smoked 18 of those runs in just 9 balls with the help of 1 four and 2 sixes. He was dismissed in the last over of the match with his team needing 8 runs off 4 balls.
- The Guyana Amazon Warriors somehow managed to score 7 runs in those 4 balls to end up with a score of 138/9 and the match was tied. In the ‘Super Over’ (a tie-breaker often used in T20 cricket), Guyana Amazon Warriors lost both their available wickets in just 5 balls and could score only 6 runs. The team management then assigned the virtually impossible task of defending those 6 runs to Romario. He was more than equal to the challenge though, as he dismissed the dangerous Kieron Pollard off his first ball and then conceded just 4 runs off the next 5 balls to help Guyana Amazon Warriors win the ‘Super Over’ by a mere 1 run. He was named the ‘Player of the Match’ for his performance.
- In the penultimate (29th) match of the CPL’s league stage that season (2021), against the Jamaica Tallawahs, he produced another brilliant all-round performance. He first smoked a belligerent 72 runs off just 31 balls to revive his team’s fortunes (Guyana Amazon Warriors were tottering at 53/5 in the 10th over when he walked to the crease) and give them a competitive total of 142 runs to defend in this rain-affected 18-overs-a-side game. He then bagged 3 wickets for 31 runs in 4 overs to help his team win by 14 runs. He was named the ‘Player of the Match’ for his performance. The result of the match helped Guyana Amazon Warriors qualify for the playoffs while the Jamaica Tallawahs were knocked out of the tournament.
- For his performances in the 2021 season of the CPL, he was included in ESPN Cricinfo‘s ‘Team of the Tournament’. He captured 18 wickets in the tournament in just 9 matches. He was also the 3rd-highest rated player overall in the tournament, as well as the 3rd-highest rated bowler, according to ESPN Cricinfo (the leading online cricket portal in the world). These impact ratings are based not just on the raw statistics of a player’s performance but also on the context (calculated by an intelligent algorithm) of that performance which is quantified as the ‘pressure’ (calculated based on a series of match factors) on a batsman/bowler at every ball of an innings.
- In May 2022, Romario and Rovman Powell were forced to miss a 3-match bilateral away ODI series (held from May 31 to June 4), for the West Indies against the Netherlands, because of visa delays. Both the players had traveled to London from India immediately after their participation in the 2022 season of the IPL. This was because their visa interviews could not have taken place in India due to the bio-secure protocols in place for the IPL. Despite undergoing the interviews the day after they arrived in London, both players had to wait for a few days to obtain the appropriate visas to be able to travel which meant that they could not make it to the Netherlands in time for this short series.
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