A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Kemar Roach and Darren Bravo ecstatic over rankings boost

Roach and Bravo broke into the Top 20 for the first time in their careers

West Indies pace bowler Kemar Roach and left-handed middle order batsman, Darren Bravo, were both delighted when learning about significantly climbing up the International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings.

According to the official rankings, both cricketers, who are currently aged 23, broke into the Top 20 in batting and bowling after the drawing the second Test match against Australia.

Roach, bowled outstandingly against the Australians in the second Test match, recording figures of 27-5-105-5 and 18-4-41-5.

“It feels great to make such a big jump in the rankings and I will try to get even more wickets and take even more steps forward. It is very crucial for us as players and as a team to keep striving for better, I didn’t have a great time of it in 2011 but I went back and worked hard and I am seeing the results this year,” Roach said after learning that he had just occupied the 18th spot in the rankings table.

Roach, is now the highest ranked West Indian bowler, with Darren Sammy and Fidel Edwards occupying the 22nd and 27th spots respectively.

Bravo, who was one of the best performing batsmen last year with three centuries, is currently in 19th position, and said: “I had a smile when I heard that I moved up the rankings. It’s a good feeling to make it into the Top 20. I have been close to the Top 20 for a little while so now that I have broken through I will look to keep working my way up the ladder, I am still relatively new to Test cricket and I’m still learning the game…with a few innings left in this series I will be looking for a big score for the team.”

Veteran West Indian batsman, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who fell agonisingly short of making his 26th Test century in the second Test after scoring an unbeaten 103 in the first Test, recovered nicely with two solid half centuries in the third Test match at Dominica, which has seen him move into the Top 3 in batting.

Meanwhile, West Indies captain, Darren Sammy also moved up two places in the ICC rankings for all-rounders, and is now sitting in 11th place.

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