Roach is just one wicket away from joining a very select group of West Indian bowlers . The 33-year-old Barbadian pace bowler will carry 249 wickets to his name .
GROS-ISLET (Saint Lucia): When Kemar Roach makes his mark in the second Test against Bangladesh, which starts at the Daren Sammy Stadium on Friday, he will do so knowing that he is just one wicket away from joining a very select group of West Indian bowlers.The 33-year-old Barbadian pace bowler will carry 249 wickets to his name, the same as Michael Holding, a 1970s and 1980s legend.With one more scalp, Roach will become the sixth West Indies bowler to join the 250 Club, following Courtney Walsh (519 wickets), Curtly Ambrose (405), Malcolm Marshall (376), Lance Gibbs (309) and Joel Garner (259).After driving West Indies to a seven-wicket victory in the first Test in Antigua by returning match figures of seven for 74, Roach admitted that he was aiming for 300 Test wickets.I adore my stats.I always look at my statistics.Every night.During Even when I am not playing, I still look at my stats, so it's nice to be one of the greats. Roach and his companions will have a lot of fun after their 1-0 series victory over England in March in the first Test.A victory would not only secure the series, but also lift the West Indies above Pakistan to sixth place in the World Test Championship.In Antigua, Roach had a solid back-up from Jayden Seales, who took three for 33 in the first innings, and Alzarri Joseph, who took three wickets in each innings.In the first innings, Skipper Kraigg Brathwaite set the tone for the batsmen, although a slump from 224 for four to 265 all out indicates that there is also a lot of work to be done. Their first innings 103 in Antigua, which included six ducks, was their fifth bowled out innings this season for the fifth time in 12 complete innings.Despite a more respectable 245 in the second innings, they were on the back foot for the entire game.Mominul has had a rough time: he became the first top-five batter since George Bonner, whose Test career began in 1888, had nine single-digit points in a row.After the first Test, Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan said he will take a break if he feels like it needs it.