Kemar Roach Biography
Kemar Roach brought in fresh air into the West Indies team as they finally got a young fast bowler who could unleash thunderbolts. Though he was initially picked at the age of 19 in 2008, he could only make his Test debut against Bangladesh in 2009, when all the major West Indies players were out due to a dispute with the board. However, even when they returned, Roach stayed on and became a crucial part of their side.
With the ability to bowl very quick, Roach can rattle with that element. Ricky Ponting found that out at Perth in 2009-10 and that spell shot Roach to limelight in international cricket. Since then, he has been West Indies’ strike bowler. In the 2011 World Cup, he made a mark with a six-for against Netherlands, which included a hat-trick. He then played a crucial role in bowling Bangladesh out for a paltry 58.
Roach has been a wicket-taking force in Tests as well. In 2012, he recorded a match haul of ten wickets against Australia, in a drawn cause. Unlike most of his West Indies teammates, Roach doesn’t feature in IPL. He was picked by Deccan Chargers in 2010 but that remains his only season. He has played for Brisbane Heat in BBL as well.
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