Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Chanderpaul 2nd on ICC rankings

 On the heels of their 186-run loss to New Zealand in Jamaica, West Indies skipper Denesh Ramdin hinted that there could be changes to the lineup for the second test match against New Zealand which starts at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad on Monday but at the same time urged his players to “stay positive.”

Their coach Ottis Gibson blamed the batsmen  for  the loss describing the two innings as “bitterly disappointing” after they scored 262 and 216 with only two top-order batsmen making fifties--Chris Gayle and Shivnarine Chanderpaul in the first innings.

Chanderpaul’s unbeaten 84 in the first innings and his 24 in the second helped him leapfrog Kumar Sangakkara to take the second position on the ICC rankings for Test batsmen. He now trails top-ranked AB de Villiers by 41 ratings points.

Other West Indies players making moves on the rankings were fast bowlers Kemar Roach and Jerome Taylor and spinner Sulieman Benn who all returned to the rankings table after performances in the Kingston test. Roach, who picked up two wickets returned to 15th position while Benn and Taylor, who each captured four wickets, are ranked 35th and 75th respectively.

Ramdin said “there may be one or two changes to the team,” but at the same time is hoping their key players step up with big runs in Trinidad. “The batsmen just have to remain confident. Shivnarine Chanderpaul is making runs, Gayle got a start here and I myself got a start in the first innings and looked good in the second innings but did not carry on,” the new West Indies captain said.

“The young batsmen just have to keep positive, Marlon got a century in the warm-up matches, so did Darren Bravo and we are hoping that these guys stay confident and go out there and get the runs,” he added.

Meanwhile New Zealand’s Tim Southee has achieved a career-best position of fifth in the ICC rankings for Test bowlers. Southee took six wickets in New Zealand’s in the Jamaica Test and has jumped three places in the bowler’s rankings to be behind only Dale Steyn, Ryan Harris, Vernon Philander and Mitchell Johnson.