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Ricky Ponting Reminisces Iconic Clash With Kemar Roach: “He Still Owes Me 1.5 Million Dollars
By CricShots - Jan 27, 2024 3:54 pm
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In a thrilling Pink ball Test at the Gabba, both Australia and West Indies showcased a riveting contest, with notable contributions from Kavem Hodge, Joshua Da Silva, and debutant Kevin Sinclair for the visitors. The hosts, too, faced early setbacks, reaching 54/4 before captain Pat Cummins and Alex Carey rescued them with crucial half-centuries.

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Ricky Ponting had a banter with Kemar Roach

Amidst the fierce battle, veteran West Indian pacer Kemar Roach earned praise from Australian legend Ricky Ponting, who reminisced about their clash in 2009 at the infamous WACA pitch in Perth. Ponting recalled the menacing pace and bounce Roach exhibited during that Test, causing discomfort to the Australian batting lineup.

Despite suffering an elbow injury, Ponting playfully remarked that Roach owed him 1.5 million dollars as the West Indian’s impressive performance in Perth led to an IPL contract. Ponting continued by highlighting Roach’s exceptional pace in Adelaide during the same series and playfully claimed credit for Roach’s IPL success.

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During the banter, Ricky Ponting, known for his prowess as a puller of the cricket ball, inquired about Roach’s thoughts on his bowling spell. Roach, reflecting on his younger self, emphasized his focus on raw pace and bounce rather than refined seam and swing skills. He expressed the joy of being a young bowler, aiming to make life difficult for batters by bowling as fast as possible.

“I have actually said forever, Kemar, he still owes me about 1.5 million dollars because on the back of that (spell), he got picked up in the IPL auction straight after. I remember telling the boys, he actually bowled a faster spell in Adelaide (during that 2009-2010 tour) than Perth,” Ricky Ponting said recalling the-then-young Roach while interviewing him on Channel 7.

 

Roach acknowledged a subsequent change in his approach, shifting towards a more disciplined line and length with seam movement after an accident. Despite the evolution in his style, Roach, now a senior figure in the West Indies team, actively contributes to mentoring young bowlers. His leadership aims to restore the former glory of West Indies cricket, marking a significant transition for the Caribbean nation.

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“It’s just about expressing yourself and being young and have fun,” Kemar Roach said while taking a cheeky dig at Ponting.

In the ongoing Test, both teams displayed resilience, setting the stage for an enthralling contest. As the Pink ball Test unfolds at the Gabba, fans eagerly anticipate the twists and turns that will further define the outcome of this closely contested match.