Uncluttered approach key to batting revival against India: Roston Chase
Roston Chase was 98 not out at stumps on day one in Hyderabad. @AFP

The leader of West Indies’ revival on day one of the second Test versus India in Hyderabad, the allrounder Roston Chase, has credited a bit of patience as key to being unbeaten on 98 at stumps.

Chase’s batting form had nosedived over the past few Test series, with only three fifties in his previous 17 innings, but now that he is two runs short of a fourth Test century he believes the good vibes are beginning to flow again. West Indies were 295/7 at the end of play in Hyderabad, with Chase’s unbeaten 98 the difference after a crushing loss at Rajkot.

“I just took my time, more than what I did in the first game where I thought I just went away from my strengths and tried to over-hit the ball which is not necessary on outfields like the ones you get here,” Chase said after stumps. “I was working hard with my coaches and as I said in the press conference, it is about believing in the processes and in your game and the results would come. I didn’t worry about what was happening at the other end and was only looking to focus on my game.”

Chase was aggressive against spin from the time he arrived at 92/4, showing a particular liking for Ravindra Jadeja’s left-arm stuff which he clattered for two early fours followed by a disdainful six when the pace was slowed. His half-century secured in 80 balls, Chase proceeded to thump Kuldeep Yadav for two booming boundaries when he found the flight to his liking. Overall, he played India’s trio of spinners well and was two short of a fourth Test century.

“The spinners dominate the bowling in first-class cricket in the Caribbean so I am accustomed to playing spin bowling,” said the 26-year-old, who’s three Test hundreds have all come versus Asian opponents. “I thought the wickets here would spin a lot more but they are really good.”

Chase will walk out to bat on 98 on Saturday morning and he won’t be losing sleep overnight. “I can’t do anything over night. My process is simple, I don’t play the ball before it leaves the bowler’s hand. I like to stay comfortable,” he said.