Kemar Roach, a fast bowler for the West Indies, remarked that keeping track of statistics is what motivates him after he tied Michael Holding’s record of 249 wickets taken in test matches. Roach also said that he hopes to take his 300th wicket within the next two to three years. During the first test match against Bangladesh, which took place at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua, the 33-year-old bowler took his 249th wicket.
When asked about his feelings after matching Holding’s total, Roach described himself as a “proud guy” and said that the fact that he was able to match one of the game’s legends demonstrated that he was among the best. He went on to say that he plans to keep playing and that he is certain that he still has more wickets in him. “To match him just goes to show I am very much up there. Obviously, he is one of the legends of the game, and to equal him just goes to show I am pretty much up there,” Roach was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
Put my name in the spotlight and, of course, on the record: Kemar Roach
Roach said that he desired for his name to be remembered throughout history and that he aspired to be included among the greats. The Barbadian has already had a successful career in the Test format, accumulating 249 wickets over the course of 72 matches and 130 innings at an average of 26.81, including 10 five-wicket hauls and one 10-wicket haul. In the present test match against Bangladesh, he has also been the most successful bowler. He has taken seven wickets so far while allowing just 74 runs to score off of them. His five-wicket haul in the third innings was the highlight of the game.
Roach said, “Proud guy. Numbers, dude, stats (keep me going), and money too, but stats certainly keep me going, and I love to be among the best. Put my name up there and clearly in history, and so consequently that is what I am shooting for,” Roach said.
Roach said that he plans to work toward achieving the goal of 300 wickets within the next two to three years. Curtly Ambrose, a legend of West Indian fast bowling, also believes that Kemar Roach will reach this milestone, saying, “He should achieve 300 Test wickets.” The only other West Indian bowlers with a better record than Roach are Courtney Walsh, Curtly Ambrose, Malcolm Marshall, Lance Gibbs, and Joel Garner. Roach now has the sixth best record among West Indian bowlers.