'We will keep fighting', says Roach

Cuttack, India -- West Indies pacer Kemar Roach rued not having enough runs on the board in Tuesday’s thrilling One-Day International at the Barbati Stadium in Cuttack.

India were stretched to the penultimate over while chasing the 212-run target set by the visitors. After Rohit Sharma was dismissed for 72, Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav ensured they sealed the win with seven balls to spare.

“The aspect of not putting enough runs on the board did not help us. But we also fought very hard. It’s just that last hurdle we could not cross,” said Roach, who took the first three wickets of the innings.

“We would have been in a comfort zone by putting a few more runs when it comes to bowling.”

But he was proud of the way the home side were stretched to their limits while chasing down a relatively easy target.

“It was a big game. Playing against India in India is really tough. They are the world champions. To give them a good fight on their home ground is a good effort for us. We are a young side and are gelling well,” Roach said.

Roach clarified that though there was no one to blame for the loss, the team should be able to recover in time for the next ODI.

“We are not blaming anyone. We will go back to the dressing room and hope to come back fresh in the next game. You got to adapt to situation as quickly as possible,” he said.

Roach did not forget to congratulate Man-of-the-Match Rohit Sharma on his impressive knock in the game on Tuesday.

Wed, 11/30/2011 - 06:35