Watch: Ricky Ponting’s reminder to Kemar Roach – ‘Still owes me about 1.5 million dollars’

Australian batting legend and veteran West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach engaged in some fun banter during Day 2 of the second Test at the Gabba on Friday, January 26. The duo discussed their on-field battle during the 2009 Perth Test in which Ponting was forced to retire hurt after copping a blow from Roach during a fiery spell.

35-year-old Roach is the leader of the West Indies’ pace bowling attack. Heading into the Gabba Test, he had claimed 267 scalps in 80 matches at an average of 27.77. The Perth Test of 2009 was among the first few he had played in his career, having made his debut in the same year.

Ponting has scored 13378 runs in 168 Tests at an average of 51.85 including 62 fifties and 41 centuries in his international career. Also, he has scored 13704 runs in 375 ODIs with 30 centuries and 82 fifties.

Ponting played 24 Tests against the West Indies from 1996 to 2012, scoring 1977 runs at 53.43 with seven fifties and several centuries.

Ponting faced a tough battle against Roach, West Indies’ current leading wicket-taker with 252 in red-ball cricket. The two have played 6 Tests against each other in bilateral series in 2009 and 2012.

Ponting scored a 158-ball 100 off Roach’s bowling and the fast bowler surpassed the former Australian captain five times in his career.

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During a fun interaction on 7Cricket, Ponting and Roach went down memory and recalled their tussle during the 2009 WACA Test, albeit in a rather humorous manner.

“I’ve actually said forever, Keemo, he still owes me about 1.5 million dollars because on the back of that he got picked up in the IPL auction soon after,” Ponting said in his cheeky tone.“ Just lucky.

You could have ducked a little better. I probably still owe him some money,” Roach replied in an equally witty manner.

West Indies started the first Test of the two-match Test series in Australia on Wednesday (November 30) at the Perth Stadium. Australia finished the first innings scoring 598 runs for 8 wickets and it was very difficult for the West Indies bowlers.

On a serious note, Ponting admitted that the West Indian fast bowler made a big impression on the 2009 Australia tour and has gone on to become a really good pacer.

“I actually said to the boys, that was one spell there, but it was Adelaide, I thought he bowled faster in his spell down there. That was the emergence of Kemar Roach on the international scene. Since then, your career has changed dramatically, hasn’t it? [to Roach]”
Sharing his observations on the West Indies’ fast bowler’s growth as a bowler, Ponting elaborated:

“As the years have rolled on, the pace has dropped off a little bit now, where you are opening the attack and you are bowling line and length and trying to seam the ball. Early on in your career, it was just running in and bowling fast.”
Responding to the compliment, Roach commented:

“Yeah, it was exuberance and coming [up] against a very strong Aussie line-up. It’s just about expressing yourself and being young and having fun.”


Kemar Roach’s international career stats

Playing in his 81st Test, Roach has claimed 270 wickets at an average of 27.64, with 11 five-fers and one 10-wicket match haul.

The 35-year-old also has 125 scalps to his name in 95 ODIs and 10 in 11 T20Is.

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