What Viv Richards told Roston Chase three years ago, proved now!

Sudipta / 04 August 2016

West Indies batsman Roston Chase scored an unbeaten 137 in order to save West Indies from a second defeat against India in the ongoing Test series. Chase also took  five wickets in this match.

It is a curious case about a West Indies cricketer who rose from a wreck.  The story of Chase goes that three years ago, Sir Vivian Richards was invited for a motivational lecture at the Sagicor High-Performance Academy in Barbados.

After the lecture, Richards was heading back to the airport had a glance reserved youngster in the nets which remind Viv f his former colleague Collis King, a similarly cavalier approach and flourish.

Viv was impressed so he stopped and watched his batting five more minutes , before he went up to told him, “Keep playing like this son, you’ll soon play for West Indies.”

After a year since this incident, the reserved boy made his debut against India in Antigua at a stadium which was named after the legend and watched on by the legend himself.

However, even a decade ago Chase could not have made his debut for West Indies as he has a decent 30 plus first class average. But, the depleted talent pool forced WICB selectors to select an only ordinary player. But, Richards’ words are valued and proved by Chase.

In the third innings of the third innings, West Indies were trailed by 304 runs and were about to suffer another innings defeat.  But Chase rose to the occasion and scored an unbeaten 137 at the end of a fifth and final day of the second Test.

Besides Roston, Jermaine Blackwood, Shane Dowrich, and captain Jason Holder scored fifty to save the Test.