Thursday, December 14, 2017

Ramdin: Outplayed in all departments

 “We were outplayed in all departments.”

That is how Trinidad and Tobago skipper Denesh Ramdin summed up his team’s worst defeat of their 2013 regional four-day campaign, at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, yesterday.

T&T lost to Barbados by ten wickets in less than two days after being dismissed for 109 and 129.

There was little Ramdin could say to explain his team’s dismal showing, other than to try and look beyond it, towards the semifinal round of the tournament, next month.

Despite the loss, T&T qualified for the semis, having finished fourth on the standings with three wins and three losses.

T&T’s other two losses came against Jamaica at Sabina Park in Jamaica and against the Windward Islands at Arnos Vale in St Vincent. Both matches ended in three days, and batting collapses were to blame.

Of yesterday’s loss, Ramdin said: “We did not come up trumps with the bat again. Our batsmen did not get off again. We did not adapt to the conditions. They bowled in the right areas and we were in trouble. They were more disciplined than us.

“We were outplayed in all departments again. There is major room for improvement,” the T&T skipper said, after emerging from the dressing room more than 45 minutes after the match had ended.

“We were struggling right through.  They were disciplined and our batsmen were not,” he added.

Ramdin also hinted that there could be some changes, ahead of the semifinals of the four-day and Regional Super50 tournaments. Ramdin and the national selectors, chaired by Dudnath Ramkessoon, met at the Oval after the game to discuss possible team changes.

The West Indies wicketkeeper said: “I think there will be some changes to our batting line-up. The bowlers have done the job for us. Our batting is our main concern. Hopefully, the guys can go back to club cricket and get some runs.

“We are into the semifinal so we have something to work towards. We will go back to our clubs and nets…we need to get our batting prepared. We are taking too long to adapt. We lost in a day and three-quarters, so hopefully the guys can learn from that,” Ramdin ended.


—Roger Seepersad