Friday, February 23, 2018

Ramdin staying focused

 After leading the West Indies to a clean sweep of the three-match One Day International series against Bangladesh, wicketkeeper batsman Denesh Ramdin is now turning his attention to the one-off T20 between the two sides at Warner Park in St Kitts, bowling off at 8 p.m.

Ramdin had a record-breaking performance in the final ODI at Warner Park on Monday, hitting 169 to earn the Man of the Match and Man of the Series awards and he believes the home team have a good variety in their batting and bowling which could give them the edge in today’s encounter.

“We have some new players coming in and we know it is a small ground and we have guys who can hit the ball out of the park but it (T20) is not just about hitting fours and sixes,” he explained. “There are guys who can find the gap as well, so we have a good team.”

Some players coming in for the T20 includes Krishmar Santokie, Andre Fletcher, Sulieman Benn and Sheldon Cottrell. Looking back at the performance in the final ODI, Ramdin said records were not on their minds when he and Darren Bravo reached the middle.

He said they were just trying to get the West Indies out of trouble after they slipped to 12 for two in the fifth over, but what followed was a record-breaking stand of 258 with both batsmen reaching triple figures. Bravo made 124 in the stand as the Windies posted 338 for seven before Bangladesh were restricted to 247 for eight in reply.

“Myself and Darren Bravo, we just went out there to try to build a partnership and bat some overs...whatever records (we made), that would have taken care of itself,” said Ramdin after his knock. 

He said rotating the strike and getting a partnership going was key when the pair got together, having lost Chris Gayle and Lendl Simmons early in the innings.

Ramdin said they had a strategy of attacking in the middle overs and it worked out well for them in the end. 

“It was important we build a partnership. Darren is a good player of spin as well. He could hit the ball out of the park and knowing that they only had two seamers, they would rely on spin in the middle overs and we tried to capitalise on that,” the West Indies glovesman explained.

“Darren Bravo complemented me quite well, rotating the strike and picking off the bad balls,” he added. About his good form this year, Ramdin said he has not been doing anything differently. 

“Just trying to do the basics right in the nets, and hitting a lot of balls in different areas. I have been working on my weaknesses and my strengths as well and once I spend time in the middle, I believe I could get the results and the runs I want,” added Ramdin.

Bravo also noted that his main focus was on rebuilding the West Indies innings. “Just trying to bat as long as possible. I got a chance early in my innings and I just tried my best to capitalise. 

“He (Ramdin) just told me that it was important we pick up some singles and rotate the strike in the best way possible and we knew once we get set, it would be a very easy wicket to bat on,” Bravo added.

Bravo is now looking forward to the Test series which he said is his forte. “I take my Test cricket very seriously...I will be looking forward to the Test series and quietly confident I can do well. 

“It is very important I go home and try to bat as much balls as possible in the nets and hopefully the Test series will be a successful one for me and the West Indies team,” he added. 

However, there will be no rest for Ramdin who will be in action against Bangladesh today.