Andy Roberts opens up on his heydays and the current West Indian scenario

West Indian pace legend Andy Roberts was a sensation to watch in his prime. During his era, West Indies were a force to reckon with and one of the strongest sides of the game. But at present, the same West Indian team is going through their roughest patch in the international circuit. The team which was once dreaded no longer inspires confidence. Roberts these days is in Mumbai as a part of his tour to India and in an interactive session at Cricket Club of India’s (CCI) CK Nayudu Hall on Saturday, spoke on many issues and made the evening amusing with his wit and guile. Read more: When Virender Sehwag came to know about his axing from newspaper

When asked about his Antiguan roots, Roberts was quoted in a report from MidDay saying, “All I ever wanted to do was to bowl fast. Viv [Richards] and me brought a never-say-die attitude to the West Indies team. I hated losing and we [West Indies] won because we played hard. Today we are a beaten force in world cricket.”

The West Indian cricket team at present is going through a rocky patch; they are hit by controversies and a series of defeats. In the ongoing Frank Worrell Trophy, they have already surrendered the series and the third Test has been hindered by rain. It’s not for the lack of efforts, they have some match winning players but as a unit they lack confidence.

Sunil Gavaskar was one of the greats to have played the game and was considered one of the most difficult to bowl at by many bowlers. Roberts further spoke about bowling to him and said, “Sunil will have to yield to Vishy when it comes to bouncy tracks.”

Roberts signed off in style as he ultimately spoke about the 1983 World Cup where his team suffered a tragic defeat at the hands of Underdogs India. When asked about what he found very common in both the finalists he said, “Spice.”