Former Indian batsman VVS Laxman hailed West Indies after they defeated Pakistan in a thriller Test match on Sunday.
West Indies won the first of the two Tests as their tail-enders stood tall to stun the visitors at Sabina Park in Jamaica.
After being bowled out at 203 in the second innings, Pakistan set West Indies a target of 168, and their bowlers Shaheen Afridi (4/50) and Hasan Ali (3/37) caused damage to the opposition’s batting line-up by picking regular wickets.
Such kind of wins will cherish a lifetime: VVS Laxman
Roach, who came in to bat when his team was at 114/7, forged a 28-run partnership with wicket-keeper Joshua Da Silva before the latter nicked off Afridi’s bowling. Roach remained unbeaten on 30 to take his team past the finishing line along with young bowler Jayden Seales.
Laxman said such victories will be cherished by the players throughout their life and also heaped praise on Roach and Seales.
“What an incredible Test Match win by West Indies at Sabina Park. The kind of wins you cherish a lifetime. Great to see the manner in which they have registered some of their recent Test wins. Roach was brilliant and what an impressive future lies ahead of young Jayden Seales,” tweeted Laxman.
By far the best innings I have played with the bat: Kemar Roach
Roach revealed that it was by far one of the best innings he played with the bat in his 13 years of playing international cricket and said that his plan was to play one ball at a time.
“By far. By far (the best innings with the bat). I have never been in a situation like that before. Batting with the tail, I am a part of the tail. For me, just go out there and believe, that was the biggest thing. Believe, stay positive,” Roach told the official broadcaster after the match.
“Bat each ball at a time. Our batting coach says, “Monty, one ball battles”. Just take on one ball at a time. At the end of the day, it came off and we won the Test match,” he added.
Earlier in the match, Seales, at the age of 19 years and 338 days, became the youngest West Indies bowler to claim a five-for after he returned with the figures of 5/55 in the second innings.