Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) president Azim Bassarath has hailed the record-breaking performance of Denesh Ramdin, saying the T&T batsman is now reaping the rewards of his perseverance.
Ramdin hit 169 in the third and final One-Day International match against Bangladesh on Monday at Warner Park, St Kitts, which is the highest individual score by a wicketkeeper.
“The T&T Cricket Board extends our congratulations and best wishes to Denesh Ramdin for yet another outstanding batting display which enabled the West Indies to sweep the One-Day International series 3-0 against the touring Bangladeshis,” said Bassarath.
“It is a tribute to the hard work and commitment of Denesh that he has been able to produce this season the kind of form and begin to show the unique talent and promise we at the TTCB had recognised many years ago,” he added.
Last season, Ramdin was elevated to the position of national captain, which represented the latest chapter in the history of the young cricketer and, according to a TTCB media release, he has been groomed for leadership by the TTCB since his teenaged years.
Ramdin slammed eight fours and 11 sixes in a 121-ball innings that draw him level with batting legend and compatriot Brian Lara for the third highest score by a West Indian in ODI cricket.
Ramdin’s 169 is also the highest ODI score by a West Indies batsman playing at home.
“Denesh is another example to the nation’s young people of what can be achieved through dedication and commitment. Despite his ups and downs, he was able to maintain his focus, never lose hope and stay the course. He is now reaping the rich rewards of his perseverance,” the TTCB boss added.a