West Indies spinner Roston Chase claimed his first five-wicket haul in Test cricket in the second Test against India. However, the inspired bowling performance from the spinner could not stop the visitors to score a mammoth first innings total of 500 for 9 declared and take a lead of 304 runs. Interacting with the media, Chase spoke on various topics ranging from his performance, his team’s plans and much more.
On his first five-wicket haul:
It is a great feeling to get five wickets in any match, but at Test level, it is a great feeling for me. I have just started my Test career and it is a great confidence boost for me that I can do it at this level, so this is a great feeling for me.
On whether bowling to the Indian batsmen was tough:
Yes, it was hard for me. It’s Test cricket, so you are never taught that it would be easy, but the first game I found out that my line was a bit too wide. So I adjusted my line and length in this match and the skipper told me to do that, to attack the batsmen more and hold a tighter length and it worked for me.
On his team’s strategy for the next day:
We are a bit behind the eight ball but I believe that once the team pulls together, we have been seeing glimpses in the first game and this game, that we have the ability to compete at this level. But we just need to streamline it a bit more so that we can have a better collective effort. As I said we have had some glimpses but we just have to streamline it and we will be fine.
On his role in the team:
As I said I am mainly a batsman, but earlier in our local first-class season (I bowled a bit as well). I wasn’t bowling a lot earlier on but some of our players left for West Indies duty, so that’s when I got an opportunity to express myself as a bowler, so I am a bit accustomed to bowling now.