Devendra Bishoo made his debut for Guyana in the 2003 TCL Group Under-19 Regional Competition, in Guyana. After being quite successful as a leg-spinner in youth cricket he made his debut for Berbice in inter-county cricket in 2007, and then for the Guyana first-class team in 2008. His T20 debut came in 2010, when he helped Guyana win the Caribbean T20 competition. He was a member of the Guyana team that participated in the Airtel T20 championships in South Africa.
Devendra Bishoo and Mom Cousila at the Guyana Cricket Board 2010 annual awards (Guyana Times photo)
As a little boy, Devendra's late dad Mohanlal recognized his bowling potential and coached him for many hours. Mohanlal's untimely death in 1994 made young Devendra more determined to succeed, in cricket and in general, and his mother Cousila gives him her unwavering support.
Devendra's debut in first class cricket for Guyana came at the end of the long and successful careers of leg-spinners Neil McGarrell and Mahendra Nagamootoo. He soon formed a potent spin combination for Guyana with his Albion club mate, left-arm orthodox spinner Veerasammy Permaul, and the two seem set to cause problems for regional batsmen for many years to come.
In 2010 Devendra was Guyana’s leading wicket-taker, taking 24 first-class wickets, including two five-wicket hauls. He also took 10 wickets, and the Man-of-the Series award, to help Guyana win the inaugural Caribbean Cup T20 tournament and qualify for the Champions League in South Africa. He was Guyana's leading wicket-taker in South Africa.
His fine efforts in 2010 were rewarded with selection to the West Indies A team for the 50-over home series against Pakistan A in Novermber. He also won both the Guyana Cricket Board Cricketer-Of-The-Year and Regional Cricketer-Of-The-Year awards for 2010.
In February 2011 Devendra was summoned by the senior West Indies team, playing in the World Cup in India, to replace Dwayne Bravo. He was quite impressive on his West Indies ODI debut on 18 Mar 2011, taking 3 wickets for 34 runs off 10 overs against England in the ICC World Cup in India.
In April 2011 he won the Man-of-the-Match award for taking 4 wickets for 17 runs for the West Indies against Pakistan in a Twenty20 International match in Dominica, on his Twenty20 International debut. He also represented the West Indies in the ODI and Test series against Pakistan that followed, taking 4 wickets for 68 runs in his first Test innings.
He represented the West Indies in all formats in the series against India in the West Indies, which followed the Pakistan series, performing creditably without being outstanding. A short tour to England followed, in September 2011, in which he played in two Twenty20 Internationals against England, but again without distinction.
In September 2011 Bishoo was named the ICC Emerging-Cricketer-Of-The-Year.
Bishoo toured Dubai with the West Indies team in late September and early October, before heading for Bangladesh and India. He proved to be a handful for the Bangladeshis, taking 5 wickets for 90 runs in the second innings of the second Test, which the West Indies won. By now Bishoo was carrying most of the West Indies bowling load, often bowling the most overs while containing the opposition scoring and taking wickets.
Immediately after the Bangladesh leg of the tour, the West Indies moved to India, where Bishoo found the going much tougher than in Bangladesh. Still carrying the bulk of the West Indies bowling load, he toiled away with meager success and it soon became obvious that his small frame was unsuited to the role of stock bowler, while his lack of bowling variation limited his potential to be a strike bowler.
Bishoo represented the West Indies once more, in a Test against Australia in Barbados in April 2012. In a match in which Australia scored 192 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in the fourth innings to win, he was expensive and took no wickets, while Narsingh Deonarine took 4 and kept the West Indies in the game. With the West Indies having Deonarine, Shillingford and Narine as spin bowling options, Bishoo could not retain his place in the West Indies team.
After losing his place in the West Indies team, Bishoo's performances for Guyana in regional competition has declined somewhat. Though his Albion club mate Veerasammy Permaul has taken over the role of lead spinner for Guyana, however, Bishoo still hopes to return to his former stellar performances for Guyana, and maybe even the West Indies.
He continues to train hard and give his best, while trying to develop his game further. He still uses the flipper and googly very sparingly and is always alert in the field.
Bishoo represented the Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League in 2013, playing a single match.