Sunday, February 25, 2018

Mixed emotions for Ramdin

 West Indies wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin was happy about his century but disappointed with the team’s failure to win the third and final ODI in the We v Them series against England at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua on Wednesday.

England clinched the series 2-1 when they won by 25 runs.

“It was a good knock out there,  I was just watching the amount of balls and the amount of runs that we needed. I  was not focused on my score.  I didn’t know I reached the hundred so quickly  but it was one of my top innings so far.  I am happy for it, thank God  but I am a little disappointed I didn’t get my team over the line,” Ramdin said.

Ramdin said Sunil Narine being run out in the 47th over was unfortunate and he was in two minds whether to take the single or not.

But  Ramdin said he really focused on batting through the innings.

“I just went out there and batted some balls. We were under pressure losing four wickets quite quickly, so myself and Marlon, we just tried to bat out some overs by just rotating the strike, picking out the bad balls and putting them away.  I told myself I would just tried to bat to the 45th over  because I knew with some partnerships we would get close. It was unfortunate we didn’t get that 100 run or 80-odd run partnership up front that we really needed to go over the line today (Wednesday),” Ramdin said.

The wicketkeeper-batsman, who became the first West Indian gloveman to score an ODI century said the pitch played well with Root and Butler getting handy scores which gave  England the upperhand in the game

“What cost us was in the middle overs and the top of the order. We didn’t have any partnerships. We lost  early wickets and chasing 300 was always going to be tough. We needed a big partnership at the top of the order and we didn’t get that. Myself and the captain (Dwayne Bravo) we tried in the middle there; myself and Sammy, then coming down to the end, it was all up to me, “ Ramdin said.

Ramdin said he would just continue to go out and work on his game and hopefully produce scores like Wednesday’s more regularly.

“I take every day as an opportunity and remember some people are not as fortunate as others to be in this position, so I am very  happy I went out there and did it but again as I said, a little bit on the sad side that we lost ,” he concluded.