Roston Chase Speaketh
Young West Indies cricket sensation, Roston Lamar Chase, the 24-year-old Barbadian batting all-rounder is making headline news both locally and internationally.
Earlier, West Indies had started the day on 48 for four in their second innings — still requiring 256 runs to avoid an innings defeat — however, they batted all day to reach 388 for six and force a draw.
Chase, the batting hero led the way with a superb unbeaten 137 — his maiden Test hundred in only his second game — while Dowrich stroked 74 but was unlucky to be given out by the umpire and captain Jason Holder, made 64 not out.
In his post-match interview, Chase told the press that the night before he had a tri-union meeting that included two other players to plot a strategy to stop the India team in their track.
“Last night, me, Dowrich and Carlos were having a conversation. We were speaking about drawing the Test match and I told them that once me or Shane gets a hundred we’ll be safe,” Chase said.
He noted that Blackwood would be seeking to pulverize the bowling at pace consequently, it was important for either him or his teammate Dowrich to hang around.
“[We knew because] Blackwood plays a bit aggressively there would still be a lot of time so either me or Shane and probably Jason, would have to get a hundred in the match.
He also told the press that the performance of young Sri Lankan Kusal Mendis puts him in a “go and do thou likewise” frame of mind.
Mendis the 21-year-old cricketer from Sri Lanka had earlier scored 176 runs to help his team in a shock and awe win over Australia in the first Test in Pallekele.
“Also the innings that was played by the Sri Lankan [Kusal Mendis] a couple of days before, that really inspired me and actually made me believe more that I could save the match for us,” Chase said.
Questioned about his heroics with both bat and ball in the game, Chase said, “It’s a great match for me. I’m just looking to move on from here, stay humble and take it Test match by Test match.”
“It is a great confidence booster for me to know that I can actually perform at this level. I know people will be expecting a lot from me so I will just go out there and play it Test match by Test match and keep on looking to improve,” he further added.
He also said that people have often wondered about his lack of emotional expression given his achievement on the field of play. However, the batting all-rounder sees his achievement as just doing his job.
“They say I am cool [and that] I don’t really show any emotion and stuff, but I just believe in my ability so when I do stuff that people don’t really expect me to do and they say ‘you did great but you don’t really show any emotion’, I just think it’s my job to perform,” he said.
“So when I perform, I thank God and just look to perform again. I just don’t look to stop at that performance. I just want to keep going on and going on,” Chase continued.
He also said playing for the West Indies is a lifelong fulfilled dream.
“I’m enjoying the experience because I’ve waited all my life to get here and I’ve finally gotten here,” he explained.
He further stated that although the task at hand is not easy he is enjoying it.
“I never thought it was easy, but all the guys I’ve spoken with, who played before me and are playing now, told me it’s a very hard task but just try to enjoy it.
“Right now I’m enjoying it although we’re behind in the series and we’re fielding 160 overs every innings, but I’m enjoying it while I’m out there and while I’m batting as well.”
No doubt Chase is looking forward to the next Test match to strut his stuff while cricket fans will be watching with great anticipation.
In the meantime, West Indies have made one change to their squad as they travel to St Lucia for the third test against India.
Barbadian batsman Shai Hope has replaced Rajindra Chandrika.
The Guyanese opening batter, Chandrika made 15 and 31 in the first test, and 5 and 1 in the just-concluded drawn encounter at Sabina Park.
West Indies trails India 1-0 in the series.
Carole Maye, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Carol Jesus Chan
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