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Jason Roy discusses his record-breaking knock in PSL 2023

Jason Roy discusses his record-breaking knock in PSL 2023

Jason Roy discusses his record-breaking knock in PSL 2023

Jason Roy discusses his record-breaking knock in PSL 2023

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  • Jason Roy discusses his record-breaking knock in PSL 2023.
  • Roy helped Quetta chase down the 241-run mark by smashing five sixes.
  • The English player claimed that chasing a total of over 200 is always spectacular.
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ISLAMABAD: Top-order batsman Jason Roy of the Quetta Gladiators has referred to his match-winning and record-breaking 145 runs in 63 balls against Peshawar Zalmi as his favourite innings that he would always remember.

With 10 balls left, Roy helped Quetta chase down the 241-run mark by smashing five sixes and launching 20 smashes over the fence.

Jason Roy claimed in a post-game interview with the media that he didn’t worry about failing, which likely helped him play that inning.

Jason said, “We knew, we had to win extremely convincingly and chasing 240 kinds of the total, we knew that was probably out of reach to win convincingly. And convincingly, I mean, in 13, or 14 overs, so I went out there and it’s just one of those things, you got to pad up and all the fear of failure goes out of the window. You go out there and you just have a lot of fun. We walked out there very relaxed, we didn’t feel any pressure on our shoulders at all and on that wicket with that crowd it was electrifying,”

No matter how simple and accommodating the surface is, the English player claimed that chasing a total of over 200 is always spectacular.

He said, “That’s up there as one of my most favourite innings because I was there till the end. I think a lot of the time when I’ve been in limited overs as an opening batsman, I score 100 and then I get out and they need 20 runs or so. But tonight, I was there till the end which is an incredible feeling as an opening batsman. So, for sure this will go down for me as one of my greatest,”

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“This is my best story innings ever, yes, for sure. It was just a case of just trying to hit as many fours and sixes as possible and get close to the total and then see where we were at. But for sure my favourite innings, it’ll definitely live a long time in my memory.”

After playing in the first five games, Jason Roy had to go for national service before returning to the Gladiators for the ninth game. On March 3, Roy, who was travelling with the England team to Bangladesh, achieved an ODI century.

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On March 6, he played his final game in Bangladesh. On March 8, he travelled into Islamabad and played the game that evening.

He said, “I had a pretty tough flight. It was a few delays and stuff, got in this morning at about 7:30am. So, I’m extremely exhausted. I’ve had about three or four Red Bulls and two coffees and might not sleep for a long time, but I’m feeling very good and on top of the world.”

Prior to travelling to Bangladesh to join England’s ODI team, Roy was unable to contribute significantly to the Gladiators’ scoring throughout the first half of the competition.

When questioned about how he did in the first part of the competition, he admitted that he was acting too tentatively.

Roy said, “I think it’s just a case of playing without any fear. I had no choice to go out there and just mock it. And, maybe in the other games, I was being a bit too tentative and worrying too much and kind of putting too much pressure on myself as an opening batsman for this franchise,”

In response to a query, Jason Roy stated that the term “amazing” best describes Wednesday’s match between Zalmi and Gladiators.

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He said, “It’s a great advert for the PSL, great advert for T20 Cricket. Obviously, bowlers don’t want to be turning up and playing on these wickets every single game. I remember as a kid watching games like this that really drew me to the game. And, for sure this is the sort of stuff that kind of draws the next generation of players.”

While it was against Roy’s team, the top-order England batsman hailed Babar Azam’s batting and said it was an honour to witness Babar make a century.

Roy said, “That was incredible to watch. It’s the sort of stuff I’ve watched on TV loads of times. The way he plays and to watch it firsthand was extremely special. He’s a beautiful player to watch. And, he held extremely well from the other end with his opening partner coming through, so to watch barber firsthand was very special,”

“But, he could have done with getting a little less to make it a little easier for us, but it made for an incredible game of cricket and one that I’ll remember for rest of my life, for sure.”

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