T&T and West Indies wicket-keeper/batsman Denesh Ramdin says the West Indies will have to bring their A game against Sri Lanka in the first semi-final of the ICC T20 when the two sides meet today.
Ramdin and the WI team destroyed Pakistan in their final Super Ten group game at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, Bangladesh, to qualify for the semi-final against the Sri Lankans in a re-match of the ICC T20 finals in October 2012.
“We have to play a lot smarter against Sri Lanka, but we just have the belief we can go all the way again. So we are going to have a good time, take it one step at a time and work together as one team,” Ramdin said.
Ramdin, who established a T20 record of four stumpings, added: “They (Sri Lanka) are very tricky, they have experience with guys like (Mahela) Jayawardene, (Kumar) Sangakkara and (Tillekeratne) Dilshan, so we need to come with our A game when we meet.
‘’Our top-order has to come good and give us that start within the first six overs, so that the lower order can come in and finish off like they did tonight (Tuesday). The bowling department has been fanstastic, so once we get runs on the board in a semi-final we’ll be sure to put teams under pressure, and see what happens from there.”
Ramdin said in terms of a confidence-booster the win against Pakistan was a great one. “The way Chris Gayle went out there and he was cheering and supporting on the field. It’s the first time in a long time I have seen Chris doing that.
“He wanted the ball, he wanted to go in positions that the ball was going. I have no doubt in my mind come Thursday (today) he is going to come out and give 100 per cent with the bat and put up a big innings against Sri Lanka. Not only him, but I think the top six want to go out there and do it knowing that our bowling attack that we have can defend 165 to 170,” Ramdin said.
About the stumping record, Ramdin said: “I was not really focused on the record. I just wanted us to win and continue (in the tournament). Our next opposition is Sri Lanka. They are going to be a tough team to beat, so we just have to continue to work hard and let the records keep coming. I am a happy,” he said.