I Don’t Play the Ball Before It’s Released: Ro…

West Indies batsman Roston Chase said a return to his areas of strength – being patient and playing the ball on its merit – helped him succeed on the first day of the second Test against India in Hyderabad on Friday.

Chase remained unbeaten on 98 off 174 balls as Windies ended Day 1 on 295 for 7 – a marked improvement from the dismal show in the first game in Rajkot.

“I just took my time more than what I did in the first game,” he said at the end of the match. “I was in a bit of a rush in the last game where I thought I just went away from my strengths and tried to over-hit the ball. On these fields, that’s not necessary. I was working hard with my coaches and as I said in the press conference, it is about believing in the ability and processes. The results would come.”

The latest knock extended Chase’s good record against India; he made a match-saving 137* at Kingston two years earlier and had also made a fifty in the first-innings in Rajkot last week. Chase explained that playing spin on slow tracks in first-class cricket at home helped him build his game against spinners.

“I didn’t worry about what was happening at the other end and was only looking to focus on my game. If a good ball comes, I just have to put the bat and move on. In the Caribbean in first-class cricket, spinners dominate the bowling and I’ve come across a lot of spin and turning pitches, so I am accustomed to playing spin bowling. I thought the wickets here would spin a lot more but they are really good.

Chase is just two short of what would be his fourth Test ton, but stressed he wouldn’t lose his sleep over the landmark. His plan for himself is to play each ball as it comes, and hoped the team would go ‘as far as they can’.

"I must say it’s nothing major,” he said when asked about his thought process for the upcoming day. “I have to wait and come back tomorrow. My process is simple – not to get too ahead of myself. I don’t play the ball before it’s released. Watch the ball and play as late as possible. We just have to bat as long as possible, go as far as possible. We’ll have our discussion tomorrow in the huddle and take it from there.”