Friday, January 19, 2018

Ramdin motivated to succeed

Trinidad and Tobago wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin is more motivated than ever to succeed after he was appointed captain of the West Indies Test team for the upcoming home series against New Zealand bowling off next month.

Speaking at a T&T Cricket Board reception at Sir Frank Worrell Development Centre in Balmain Couva on Monday night, the newly-appointed skipper said he is looking forward to the challenges of leading the Test team and believes the added responsibility will help him to raise his game.

“I am twice as hungry now for success, runs, catches and everything,” said Ramdin.

“I would say it has not hit me as yet to be West Indies Test captain but I think I will really feel it when I go out there to take the toss in Jamaica. As a player growing up, I always aspired to play for West Indies. Now that I have done that, my next dream was to captain West Indies. Now I am there.

“I think I can bring my calmness to the team. I also want to help out the younger players and the other members of the team and. I want to lead from in front not and just with the bat and gloves but as a leader on and off the field,” the 29-year-old explained.

“I have done it for T&T in the past but now I have to take it to a higher level. It is not going to be easy. It is Test match which will involve a lot more strategy and strategic moves and patience. We will be coming up against some good players. We just need to be smart about our game going forward,” said Ramdin.

The T&T skipper also believes that Dwayne Bravo’s presence in the Test squad can only be good for the team. Bravo, who is the One Day International skipper has not played Test cricket since 2010.

“He will be an asset to the team,” said Ramdin.

 “He is a fantastic guy in all aspects of the game, batting, bowling, fielding and we are just hoping he is fit in time for the Test match in Jamaica. He always gives 150 percent in whatever situation we are in,” added Ramdin.