Saturday, February 24, 2018

Ramdin hopes for better in T20s

 The West Indies have had a tough time over the last three months. They were well beaten in India in November and their misery continued in New Zealand into December and January.

On the current tour of New Zealand, the regional side led by Darren Sammy lost the three-match Test series 2-0 and the limited overs side led by Dwayne Bravo have not had much success. After taking a 1-0 lead, the West Indies were trailing 1-2 heading into the final ODI of the five match series which was scheduled to begin last evening, Caribbean time.

However, despite the recent poor results, wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin is still optimistic that they can leave New Zealand on a high.

Ramdin admitted that it has been a tough tour for the regional side with who were weakened with injuries to Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Darren Sammy and Ravi Rampaul.

They were also without middle order batsman Darren Bravo since the first ODI with the left-hander returning to the Caribbean for “personal reasons”. 

“The injuries haven’t been good for us. Now we have new guys coming in for selection. We’ll do better in the Twenty20s. We know New Zealand are clicking in all aspects of the game,” Ramdin told the media.

“It has been difficult but Dwayne (Bravo) has been going around and getting the guys geared up for the games, trying to get the best out of the players. He is a very relaxed easy-going guy, and he tries to bring that relaxed atmosphere into the dressing room so that we play our natural Caribbean style of cricket. 

“It’s tough so far but we have the belief despite not getting much success in New Zealand. We have a lot of cricket back in the Caribbean waiting on us so right now, we need to rally around each other,” he added.

“We have not played our best cricket...It’s no secret that our batting has failed us recently against India and New Zealand. Hopefully, our top five will come out and get some runs on the board or lead a good chase. 

“I believe they can finish on a good note. We’re looking to give a good showing. It’s been a long time for us away from home and we’re looking forward to going home but we want to end on a high note and improve,” Ramdin explained.

But the West Indies wicketkeeper believes that they will give a better account of themselves once their experienced players are fully fit and back in the squad.

“It is important we try to work hard at all levels, the senior, U-15 and U-19. We have a lot of injured players at the moment. Seven of our senior players are not here and I am sure if they were here we would have put on a better show,” said Ramdin.

“We really missed their experience on this tour so hopefully they will come back in the near future and we could put up a good show against England and then look forward to the World Cup (Twenty20). We are the defending champions so hopefully those guys will be back soon and we could start winning some matches and gaining some confidence,” he added.