Recently Finished
Live Cricket
Upcoming Matches
No live scores available
View All Matches
Roach confident of a bright future for Windies despite World Cup elimination
West Indies News

Roach confident of a bright future for Windies despite World Cup elimination

Kemar Roach claimed West Indies cricket is heading in the right direction despite being handed a heavy 125-run defeat from India that knocks them out of the tournament.

The West Indies capitulated to their fifth loss in the round-robin group stage of the World Cup, having achieved just a single win in seven games.

Although the Jason Holder-led Caribbean side still has a couple of games to play against Afghanistan and Sri Lanka, they have no possibility of making it into the semi-finals as they can only achieve a maximum of seven points.

The steep decline of the two-time former world champions is visible in the fact that the West Indies have not made it to the final four of the World Cup in 23 years.

But Roach remains hopeful of things going their way soon with the talented crop of youngsters coming into the side.

"I think we have a bright future. We have some quality players around," said Roach, who was the pick of the bowlers for the West Indies against India.

"(Shimron) Hetmyer and Oshane (Thomas), the younger guys, once they get some good guidance, they'll do well for West Indies.

"I'll always be a fan of West Indies cricket for sure. There's a couple of guys back home doing well as well. So hopefully we'll see these guys filter into the West Indies team."

While the West Indies batting has been plagued by inconsistencies, Hetmyer and Shai Hope have scored two fifties each in the tournament and pacer Thomas has often rattled oppositions with his rapid speeds.

'Playing against India is an eye-opener'

The West Indies bowling did a fine job to restrict India to a modest total of 268 for seven, however, a top quality performance spearheaded by Mohammed Shami exposed the batting inefficiencies prevalent in the West Indies as they shot them out for 143.

Roach believed playing against teams like India will only add to the learning experience of the players in the side who will benefit from this in the long-run.

"I think playing against them, you know, is an eye-opener," said the veteran quick. "It's a good test and obviously it's a good lesson going forward into the rest of the tournament."

Roach emphasized the team was unperturbed by the setbacks and was willing to put up a good show in the upcoming fixtures.

"It's the World Cup -- the best 10 teams are here. So coming up against Sri Lanka and Afghanistan is going to be just as tough as any other game," said the 30-year-old Roach.

"It's all about us staying positive, execute on our plans."