Bowling at 150kph in sub-continent not easy: Roach

Last Updated: Mar 07, 2011, 18:32 PM IST

Chandigarh: A number of high-scoring matches notwithstanding, West Indies pace spearhead Kemar Roach feels the ongoing World Cup has provided a level-playing field to both batsmen and bowlers.

"A lot of wickets have been taken by the bowlers and batsmen have also scored lot of runs. It has been even," he said.

It is common knowledge that conditions in the sub-continent are not ideal for fast bowlers.

"Bowling in the sub-continent conditions is not easy. To maintain a speed of 150 mark (kmph) is difficult. The atmosphere here is different as well, sometimes you have winds that are hot and sometimes cold. But we have a basic plan which is to bowl straight," Roach said here on Monday.

Roach has been the pick of the Caribbean bowlers in this tournament. He packed of the Netherlands line-up with a six-wicket haul, including a hat-trick, and then took three more against Bangladesh.

The bowler now has his eyes trained on Ireland, West Indies` next opponent.

"We will put our best foot forward when we play against Ireland and hope to come on top. They are playing tough cricket, but we are not taking things for granted and will play our best game against them," he said.

Asked if the team has any particular strategy in place for the Irish, he said they would discuss it before the game.

"But we are going to go out there and give our best shot."

His ability to strike a balance between pace and accuracy has caught many a batsman off-guard in the tournament, and Roach believed he is reaping the rewards of hard work.

"I work hard. The harder you work, more the rewards. I am confident about myself and I go out there and perform," said Roach, who rates former West Indian pacer, Corey Collymore as his bowling hero.

"He (Collymore) is a close friend of mine, I call him dad sometimes," he said of the former player.

Roach agreed with legendary cricketer Kapil Dev`s remark that a batsman was like an "officer" and a bowler was like a "mazdoor (labourer)".

"Yes, yes I agree with that, but you have got to prepare for the hard work, to bowl longer spell, which needs more concentration and can be draining," he said, adding that a fast bowler needs to work harder to maintain "consistency, accuracy and pace".

The West Indian outfit had a training session at the Sector 16 cricket stadium here on Monday.

The players seemed relaxed, did some running exercises and played football.

The team trained for over three hours under the watchful eyes of head coach Ottis Gibson.

PTI