Andy Roberts, a former West Indies basketball player, said Saturday that the current crop of fast bowlers are focusing more on their streak and lengths rather than bowling fast.
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Speaking to former Ireland captain Niall O’Brien on the sidelines of the India-Bangladesh quarter-final match, the former West Indies players said the advent of T20 cricket has spoiled the art of fast bowling, which is sad to see the current events. Fast bowling unit in the West Indies.
“For me, fast bowling in the West Indies is not as encouraging as it was 15-20 years ago. Even after the greats retired, we still had a few youngsters coming in. I don’t know if it was the advent of T20 cricket that made Speed bowlers and bowlers aren’t allowed in. Roberts, who formed the formidable speed quad for the West Indies in the 1970s and early 1980s, said people are more focused on line and length these days rather than real fast bowling.
The quartet consists of 4 real bowlers, namely Michael Holding, Andy Roberts, Joel Garner and Colin Croft.
Roberts, who was also an integral part of the World Cup winning team in the West Indies in 1975 and 1979, says that even today anyone who runs and runs fast excites him.
“Anyone who runs and runs fast is what I like and who I like because you can go from being a good fast ball player to a good swing player or a good average soccer player. But you can’t go from being a quick midfield player to a fast player,” Roberts said, who completed 71 on Saturday, “It takes a lot to do that.”
Robert took 202 wickets in 47 tests with a bowling average of 25.63 and 87 wickets in 56 times each with a bowling average of 20.35.
Roberts still has a passion for the game but it pains him greatly to see the decline of cricket in the West Indies.
“I have a great passion for the game and especially cricket in the West Indies. For me, it is very sad to see that the West Indies are not participating in the final phase of the FIFA Men’s Under-19 World Cup.”
Roberts was the first cricketer from Antigua, who went to play West Indies Test cricket, but growing up he also had a few fellow speed bowlers to look out for.
“It was a good sign coming from here. There were better bowlers than me from Antigua in the 60s and early 70s. Lester Bird (former Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda) and Hubert Anthónison, these are names that are not very well known but to our generations at the time in Antigua, they were Inspiration,” he said.