Roach bears the fast bowler’s burden well

He would not let go of the first Man of the Match award he won in the West Indies colours as he addressed the media after claiming six for 27, including a hat-trick, against the Netherlands in the ICC Cricket World Cup group B game at the Ferozshah Kotla ground in Delhi on Monday.

For someone who bears the cross of being the only genuine quick bowler in the ranks of a side whose predecessors would have four such bowlers, the 22-year-old from Barbados said such a responsibility allowed him to express himself as a fast bowler rather than add to the pressure on him to deliver wickets.

Excerpts:

On taking six wickets, including a hat-trick, on a flat track:

I was looking for half of them. I did very well to get a hat-trick in the World Cup and to have six-for. It is special. The hat-trick was off my mind but the captain (Darren Sammy) pointed out to me that I was on a hat-trick. It worked, I got my hat-trick and we won the game.  I am very proud of myself and of the team as well. We will go to Bangladesh on a high, feeling very positive and vibrant as a team.

On bowling after a left-arm spinner has opened the West Indies attack:

It is very different feeling yes. (Suleiman) Benn is a very good friend of mine. We get along very well. To me, he is also an inspiration. We both hail from the same country, Barbados. It is an honour to be opening the bowling for the West Indies together with him.

On whether he misses bowling alongside a fast bowling partner:

I would not say that I feel left out. I have been picked to do a specific job. There are some guys out there who can take wickets. It gives me more chance to express myself as a fast bowler rather than put pressure on me. I am a fast bowler and one of my goals is to bowl fast. It is tough to be a fast bowler in the sub-continent. You have to be very accurate. Right now, the ball is coming out well and the wickets have come too.

On Dwayne Bravo as an inspiration:

To me he is my big brother. He inspired me this morning and his words gave me confidence. I am glad to perform in front of him. He told me “Go out there, enjoy it and be confident in whatever you do.”

On Dutch captain Peter Borren’s decision to field on winning the toss:

We weren’t surprised and it was a part of our plan to bat first. We wanted to perform the best we can.

On the game against Bangladesh:

There will be a different pressure for that game. We will get there on a high. Yes, Bangladesh is a side that is improving but we are better. We are going there to win.

 

2 comments for “Roach bears the fast bowler’s burden well

  1. Vince Sunder
    March 1, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    If I were Roach, I most certainly would have missed another quality speedster at the other end! :=)

  2. March 3, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    🙂 is why i asked him the question… i couldn’t bear to watch West Indies opening the attack with a left-arm spin bowler… having grown up watching any number of West Indian quick bowlers (mostly) take the opposition apart.
    Vince, thanks for stopping by and leaving that comment.

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