West Indies v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Bridgetown, 1st day May 1, 2017

'My superhero name would be Crisis Man'

ESPNcricinfo staff

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Roston Chase, the Caribbean's Crisis Man

On Sunday at Kensington Oval, local boy Roston Chase made his fourth score of over fifty in Test cricket, in his ninth match. Three of these four knocks have come after his team was four down for less than 70, including a match-saving 137 against India in Jamaica last August. The fourth, an unbeaten 131, has helped West Indies recover from 37 for 3, taking them within sight of 300 by stumps on day one of the second Test against Pakistan. No wonder then that Chase is nicknamed "Crisis Man".

"There's a little joke in the dressing room, among the Barbados guys, that if it was a superhero movie, my superhero name would be Crisis Man," Chase said with a laugh after the day's play. "I relish these situations where we are on the back foot, under pressure. I just like to dig my team out of a hole all the time."

An added incentive to perform, Chase said, was the presence of his family at the match. "My parents always pushed me in the direction of cricket, because that was my first love. They always backed me 100%, gave me that encouragement to just go out there and play my cricket and do the best that I can. Also my brother is a big mentor for me, so I felt good about doing it in front of him today."

On getting to that hundred against India last year, Chase had crossed his arms to form an "X". On Sunday, he brought out the same celebration, which he said was a reminder to him of his beginnings.

"Before this Test match, my brother told me he wanted the X celebration I did for my first hundred in Jamaica," Chase said. "That's something I've started doing since I came back from England in 2015. Here in Barbados, the X is a symbol for Christ Church. That's where we're from, so it's something to remind me of where I'm from and to just keep me going."

West Indies finished the day on 286 for 6, and Chase said they would want a minimum of 350 from here, especially as he expected the pitch to deteriorate quite a bit going forward.

"It [the pitch] is very dry, so as it goes on, I think the spinners may come into play a bit more," he said. "It's only day one, there are a lot of foot marks out there already. So I think the spinners can play a big role in the latter stages of the game. We're not looking to get less than 350; 350 and above is great for us."

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  • Fogu on May 1, 2017, 13:39 GMT

    @cricfan...9506, Misbah has won more matches with his approach than any other PK captain. What would have been the record, if he followed your direction in all matches. I am sure, in your mind, he would be undefeated. Easy to nit pick from an armchair, isn't it?

  • Metman on May 1, 2017, 10:53 GMT

    @....and here we have on this blog WHNS.. finding fault with him before the series started that he didn't worth his place on the team but now is singing his praises.I must also add that contrary to what people like the same WHNS are saying...Chase is NOT a part time spinner. Here in Barbados,Chase takes MORE wickets than the WI off spinner Ashley Nurse year after year. Kraigg is the part time off spinner.

  • Captain_Sarfraz on May 1, 2017, 10:41 GMT

    Good knock, however needs to be more consistent other West Indies are not going to get anywhere

  • Cricinfouser on May 1, 2017, 9:43 GMT

    shining light in wi cricket. wish him and the team all the best and more success in this second test. bringing some positives in the team at this crucial time is very important for west indies cricket and supporters. keep going wi. let's get sd one big scores.

  • LePhat on May 1, 2017, 8:40 GMT

    Yes Scrop, i can imagine that with his strike rate of 86 from his two match domestic T20 career, franchises will be falling over themselves to get him. On the innings itself - well played young man.

  • Scrop on May 1, 2017, 8:09 GMT

    Its just a matter of time when he starts to perform on regular basis he will be picked in T20 leagues and he will ditch WI cricket.

  • cricfan3029669506 on May 1, 2017, 8:07 GMT

    I think Pakistan missed the trick here when windies have so many left handers why they opt for 2 leg spinners?? Misbah is so stereotype in his approach that sometime you can only rub your head that why we are not thinking out of box. Micky is also not doing anything to stop such things here so we can only hope that Sarfaraz will make some changes which will be good for the team and in new era.

  •   Biplob Bhattacharjee on May 1, 2017, 6:35 GMT

    well Played Chase. HE should be regular in Test & ODI. His wrist work very important to keep score board ticking in middle overs of ODI especially against spinners. But With WI selectors, we never know !!!!

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