We will be better prepared against Shaw in the second Test, says Roston Chase
West Indies allrounder Roston Chase has stated that their team has already devised plans to tackle Prithvi Shaw in the upcoming series decider against India at Hyderabad. Earlier, on debut, Shaw had scored a man of the match worthy 134 which set the tone for India’s win in the first Test match.
With only one Test match remaining, the eighth eanked team in ICC Test rankings-West Indies will have to put in an exemplary performance to beat the number one side India. With their captain Jason Holder and most experienced pace bowler back in the team, the inclusion is expected to bolster their bowling.
"I am sure our guys would have learnt quickly from what happened in the first Test and we will know some of the strengths of the young Shaw, who really took us apart early in the game. I am sure we will learn from our mistakes in the first game and move on smartly in the second game," Chase said on the eve of the second Test.
Neither the batsmen nor the bowlers stood up and put a fight against India in first Test which the visitors lost by an innings and 272 runs. Whereas the debutant Prithvi Shaw scored 134 runs and won the man of the match award.
"We had a long chat after the first Test and came up with some plans. We discussed how we are looking to bowl at him in the second Test along with some of the other batters. I can't obviously discuss our plans in the conference. I think we have a better idea of what we are looking to do against him."
Jason Holder had injured his ankle in Dubai where West Indies had attended a training session before flying out to India for the two-match Test series whereas Kemar Roach had to leave in a hurry after the demise of his grandmother. They both had missed the first Test against India which also to an extent contributed to their loss.
"It's always good to have the captain back. I am not sure what the line-up will be for the next match. Can't really say who is playing but it's really good to have Kemar Roach back, a very senior player and brings a lot of experience to the team. So yeah, it's good to have both of them back.”
In the first Test, India had put a huge total of 649 runs in the first innings with three batsmen scoring a centuries.Then the West Indies batsmen were all out twice within 100 overs to suffer their biggest defeat against India . The performance was nothing to brag about for the West Indies players and Roston Chase hinted the same.
"Firstly, India scoring 600-odd runs. It was always going to be a hard task for us to comeback and surpass that score. I thought that on the first afternoon that we batted, guys were a bit tired having fielded so many overs. But after that, I thought we didn't really apply ourselves on the pitch.
"We didn't really mix the aggression with defence and weren't really in control of some of the shots that we were playing. We attacked early and then when they set the field back, I thought that's where we struggled after they took away our boundary options. I thought we didn't really rotate the strike as well as we should, and that was what really led to our downfall.”