Jason Roy is preparing himself for the “mind blowing” prospect of a World Twenty20 final at Eden Gardens after his runs helped England to a dominant victory over New Zealand.
England’s semi-final performance against the well-fancied Black Caps was their best to date, built around the clinical death bowling of Chris Jordan and Ben Stokes, an energetic performance in the field and some brazen strokeplay from the batsmen.
Roy led the way with a career-best 78 in 44 balls as England powered past their target of 154 with seven wickets and 17 deliveries remaining.
The West Indies or hosts India await in one of the game’s most famous coliseums in Kolkata – and Roy is eager to taste the moment.
“It’s pretty cool. Just another game of cricket...it just happens to be at Eden Gardens in the World Cup final in front of 100,000 people,” he said.
“It’s something that we’re really buzzing for, it’s going to be an incredible experience and we can’t wait.
“It’s mind blowing. There is no better feeling, the joy on everyone’s faces was special and something that will stay very close to my heart for the rest of my career.”
Roy smashed 11 fours and two sixes to undermine New Zealand’s status as the competition’s most miserly attack and when he fell Joe Root (32 not out) and Jos Buttler (27no) finished things quickly amid a blaze of sixes.
“It’s pretty special for me, to get this group of boys to a final - but it wasn’t just me.
“Today was as good as it probably gets in winning a T20 game.
“The bowlers were outstanding towards the end, their skill sets were amazing. The momentum we carried over from the end of their innings to ours was outstanding.”