Roston Chase is the new Crisis Man for the West Indies team
Chase scored 131 in the innings and helped the hosts post 312 in their first innings.
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West Indies middle order batsman Roston Chase was drafted in the national setup as a slow bowling option. However, in the limited opportunities that he has got since making his Test debut, Chase has emerged out to be the crisis man player with the bat for the team. In the ongoing Test against the Pakistan team, the team needed his services yet again after losing the top order cheaply.
Roston Chase responded in fine fashion with a wonderful ton to his name. His efforts resulted in West Indies posting a decent total on the board. Chase scored 131 in the innings and helped the hosts post 312 in their first innings. Earlier in the series, he had hit a fighting fifty in the first innings of the first Test as well en route his 118 run partnership with Shane Dowrich.
As per the quotes in ESPNcricinfo, Chase reflected back at his innings after the end of day 1 of the second Test. He noted that the people call him ‘Crisis Man’ in his Barbados team. He further noted that he relished the pressure situations and loves batting in the crunch situations.
“There’s a little joke in the dressing room, among the Barbados guys, that if it was a superhero movie, my superhero name would be Crisis Man. I relish these situations where we are on the back foot, under pressure. I just like to dig my team out of a hole all the time,” quoted Roston Chase.
Speaking about how things started for him, Chase remarked that his parents always wanted him to play cricket. They supported him in pursuing his passion for the game. Also, his brother has motivated him a great deal in helping him become a good player.
“My parents always pushed me in the direction of cricket, because that was my first love. They always backed me 100%, gave me that encouragement to just go out there and play my cricket and do the best that I can. Also my brother is a big mentor for me, so I felt good about doing it in front of him today,” he said.
Talking about his brother, he said that his brother had asked him to do his trademark celebration if he reaches his ton. The X celebration that symbolizes the Christ Church is what his brother wanted him to. The celebration reminds him of where he has come from and helps him stay grounded.
“Before this Test match, my brother told me he wanted the X celebration I did for my first hundred in Jamaica. That’s something I’ve started doing since I came back from England in 2015. Here in Barbados, the X is a symbol for Christ Church. That’s where we’re from, so it’s something to remind me of where I’m from and to just keep me going,” he reflected.
Commenting on the pitch conditions, he cited that the track might aid the spinners in the later stages of the game. The nature of the pitch is quite dry. “It [the pitch] is very dry, so as it goes on, I think the spinners may come into play a bit more. It’s only day one, there are a lot of foot marks out there already. So I think the spinners can play a big role in the latter stages of the game,” Roston Chase conceded.