India vs West Indies, second test: unfortunate losing the hat-trick but I'm happy, says Kemar Roach

KINGSTON ( Jamaica ): Unfortunate for missing a hat-trick with a mustache, West Indies pacer Kemar Roach He said he was happy to be happy for the feat against a strong Indian batting lineup.


After firing starter Mayank Agarwal (5) before lunch on the third day of the second Test, Roach fired with all the cylinders and withdrew KL Rahul and pattern Virat Kohli from successive balls to be on the edge of a hat -trick in the second in India. Sunday tickets.

It was so close but so far away for Roach when Ajinkya Rahane brought the hat-trick ball close to the stumps, only to see her fail for an inch.

Roach said that with a little luck on his side, he could have entered the log books.

Of course! Roach said when asked if, for a second, he thought he had got the hat-trick. Inner edge and stumps are missing, a bit unfortunate but I am quite happy with what happened.

It was a good feeling. Obviously, the Indian batting lineup is very strong, so being in a hat-trick against those guys is obviously a good feeling. I would have liked to get it, but (with) a little more luck next time, hit the stumps and continue on my way, but I am very happy for what happened, he said at the press conference after the stumps here.

Roach said that although he was unable to register the hat-trick, he considers his efforts in the second test in progress to be a great achievement.

I think that as a bowling group, there is satisfaction in how we have done so far. Congratulations to the boys, he said.

Chasing an improbable 468-run target to avoid a series sweep, West Indies find themselves in a spot of bother at 45/2.

Roach said it's time for the West Indies batsmen to show fight.

There is more than enough time. There are two days left in the test match. Just beat Nothing more to say about that. The boys haven't had a good score in this series of tests so far, so it's just about applying and going out and being positive and putting some races on the board, he said.

West Indies batsmen will be relieved that the track has flattened a bit but Roach said it won't be easy for the home team against the likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma.

It has flattened a little more. It is not as inflatable as the first days were, he said.

(But) There is still enough for bowlers, (you still) have to apply as a hitter and you have to work hard and get that score, but I think that once you enter, it is much easier. So it's all about the boys are positive and demanding and obviously get the score.

Roach said that if necessary, he is also ready to contribute to the bat.

Yes, obviously I am quite confident with the bat recently. I just back my skill, I trust my talent and I go there and hit the ball. I've been doing quite well and very proud of that, he said.

I just keep it simple for myself: I know my punches and I just wait for the balls to arrive in that area.