Roach has already taken 39 wickets this year
After having crushed New Zealand before going on to win the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20, West Indies pace bowler Kemar Roach believes the team are riding on a ton of momentum at the minute, and added that they look to continue the run by beating Bangladesh.
Roach also noted that everyone in the team was full of confidence and in high spirits after winning their first major ICC tournament since 1979, when legendary West Indian batsman Clive Lloyd led the country to World Cup glory.
“The players are very confident following that success, it’s good to be around them right now. It’s been very inspirational and they are talking stuff that is very useful to me. I’m glad to be around them at this time — I’m always glad to be around them — but at this time, it’s even better now we have had that bit of success, so we are looking to go forward now and move on from strength to strength,” Roach said.
Despite not being part of the World Twenty20 squad, Roach admitted that he was very proud of his team-mates for having registered a come-from-behind victory against Sri Lanka in the finals of the tournament.
During the World Twenty20 period, Roach was in the West Indies, representing his native Barbados in club matches.
“I’m glad to be involved with the West Indies team again and I am hoping that some of the work I did for my club I can bring it into my bowling for West Indies on this tour,” Roach said.
In this year alone, Roach is tied in second with South Africa’s Vernon Philander, Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal and England’s Graeme Swann with 39 wickets.
Only England pace bowler Stuart Broad has snapped up more wickets, having taken 40 in nine Test matches at an average of 27.77.
Roach also paid tribute to national coach Ottis Gibson for having transformed the team from a bit of a joke to World Twenty20 champions in such a short period of time.
“The coach has been doing a lot of work with me and we have had a lot of good chats about bowling. The work has paid off. I’ve gotten a lot of wickets, a few man-of-the-match and man-of-the-series awards. The ICC has me at No.10 in the Test rankings and I am very confident in my game right now. My aim now is to try to become the No.1 bowler in the world in the not-too-distant future,” Roach added.
The West Indies will now be getting prepared for a two-Test series against Bangladesh, which is set to be followed by five ODIs and one Twenty20 International.