Roston Chase has been highly successful in the West Indies' regional first-class tournament for 2015-16. Photo Courtesy: ICC Twitter handle
Roston Chase has been highly successful in the West Indies’ regional first-class tournament for 2015-16. Photo Courtesy: ICC Twitter handle

As the news broke out regarding the squad of the West Indies for the upcoming four-match Test series against India, it was ought to be about the uncapped players, as interestingly, there was only an uncapped rookie in the form of Roston Chase that caught a lot of people by surprise. Chase is a reliable middle-order batsman from Barbados, and is also a handy off-spinner. Although can be considered as an all-rounder, he is yet to receive the tag, but has done enough to surpass the bits-and-pieces category. Ayush Gupta brings up more insight on the uncapped Bajan rookie, as the series draws near. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs West Indies 2016, 1st Test at Antigua

As said above, being a reliable middle-order batsman, he has been highly successful in the West Indies’ regional first-class tournament. In the last season (2015-16), Chase scored 710 runs from 10 matches at an average of 59.16, including a ton and 6 half-centuries with a highest of 137. He also finished as the fourth-highest run-scorer of the tournament, and was the top among Barbadians.

He shone with ball as well, claiming 23 wickets at an impressive 17.26 with a best of 5 for 27. He also finished as the sixth highest wicket-taker of the tournament for this season. WI squad for Test series against IND is almost farcical

Considering his overall First-Class performance so far, his 1,672 runs have come at 42.87 with 2 hundreds and 11 fifties, while his 39 wickets have come at 22.48 with 2 five-fors and a ten-for. However, these are early days, and as he plays more matches than his current tally of 29, things may shape differently.

Chase made his debut against Jamaica in February in 2011, where he scored 31 and claimed a 2 for 49. Solid with bat and useful with ball, he had a stint for Cuckfield in Sussex Premier League, albeit without much success. However, being a tremendous hit in the domestic circuit back home, he is one of the top contenders to make it to the playing XI.

West Indies have taken some quixotic selectorial decisions in the past, but this one seems to be a correct one. Only time will tell how Chase will do, but there is reason to believe that he will not fail.

(Ayush Gupta is a reporter at CricketCountry. A passionate supporter of Manchester United, he idolises Roger Federer and is also a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) maniac. He can be followed on Twitter @Ayush24x7)