Friday, December 15, 2017

Rampaul ready

West Indies pacer Ravi Rampaul is on the comeback trail and is eager to reclaim his place on the West Indies team and lead Trinidad and Tobago to Champions League Twenty20 success.

The right-arm pacer was sidelined with an ankle injury and missed most of the Tri-Nation series involving West Indies, India and Sri Lanka, as well as the Limacol Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 (CPLT20). He said he has recovered and is eager to get back in action this weekend.

Rampaul was supposed to be part of the Jamaica Tallawahs side for the CPLT20 but had to pull out because of his injury.

He is part of the T&T T20 squad that will travel to Guyana tomorrow to play two matches against their hosts on Friday and Saturday as part of their preparations for the Champions League T20, which bowls off on September 17.

“I am looking forward to making back the West Indies Test team. I have been out for a while and hopefully all of that will be coming,” he told the media during a T&T training session at the National Cricket Centre in Balmain, Couva, yesterday.

The 28-year-old pacer has been out of action for almost two months, but that did not prevent him from working on his game.

“I have been working with the trainer Oba (Gulston) for a couple of weeks and I got out today and I feel good, so with some match practice we will see how it goes from there.”

Rampaul said he was a bit frustrated with all the injuries he has had, but insisted that it never got him down.

“That injury I had with my ankle it just came on but things happen for a reason and I took it and went back and looked at my performances and looked at ways I can improve in my game, and with everything there is always some good that will come out of it.

“Looking at the CPL, there were a lot of slower balls and everyone was talking about death bowling, and those are the areas I will be looking to improve on more...variation and death bowling.”

And although he was not on the field for the CPLT20, he said he was still part of the action and still part of the Tallawahs team.

“I have always been a part of the Tallawahs team, supporting them, and when they came to Trinidad I was with the team. I am happy we won. It was a good tournament and there was a lot of support, and hopefully next year I will be playing.”

But Rampaul also noted that he was happy to be back in his national colours again and back together with his teammates.

“It is always good to wear your national colours. We take pride in our Red Force and hopefully when we go Champions League we can bring it home this time.

“Any tournament for T&T, I will want to do my best, and I have been putting in the work so that when the Champions League starts I am fit and ready,” he ended.

T&T squad: Denesh Ramdin (captain), Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis, Nicholas Sookdeosingh, Jason Mohammed, Rayad Emrit, Imran Khan, Ravi Rampaul, Samuel Badree, Sherwin Ganga, Khesan Ottley, Nicholas Pooran, Shannon Gabriel, Navin Stewart, Adrian Barath; Omar Khan (manager), David Williams (coach), Oba Gulston (physiotherapist), Kelvin Williams (assistant coach)