West Indies bowler Kemar Roach touched the 200-Test-wicket mark in the ongoing third Test match against England in Manchester. He became the first Windies since the legendary Curtly Ambrose 26-year-ago to go past 200 Test wickets. Now, the 32-year-old, who has played 59 Test matches, has set another goal to grab 300 Test wickets.
Kemar Roach achieved the feat after dismissing Chris Woakes in the first innings of the decider match of the series. He returned with the figure of 4/72 as England was all out for 369 runs.
That landmark had given me restless night: Kemar Roach
Before ending his wicket-drought in the England Tour, Roach went wicketless for nearly 11 months of Test cricket. The pacer was desperately waiting to achieve the landmark because of which he had few restless nights.
“I guess I had that landmark on my mind a little bit too much, I had a few restless nights,” the fast bowler who is playing his 59th Test told the BBC.
Roach wants to pick 300 Test wickets:
Although he has achieved a unique feat, Roach’s hunger to accomplish more has not died. He wants to get past 300 Test wicket mark.
“It’s good to get past that barrier now and see how many more I can get. 300 would be great. I’ll work hard to get there and we’ll see how many I can go past 300.”
If Kemar Roach does get to 300, he would have gone past names like Gary Sobers (235), Michael Holding (249) and Joel Garner (259).
Ambrose is also the last West Indies bowler to go past the 300-wicket mark, having done so in June 1997 against Sri Lanka at St. John’s in Antigua.
Meanwhile, the Test series between England and the West Indies is currently levelled. The two teams are playing the winner decider series in Manchester where the hosts have upper hand on the game.