Ramdin expects "pace like fire"
PORT OF SPAIN - Trinidad and Tobago captain, Denesh Ramdin, is urging his team to thrust for a good start and to pin Barbados on the back-foot as soon as possible when both teams meet in Bridgetown this Thursday in the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Regional 4Day tournament. This comes on the heels of the Bajans’ crushing loss to Jamaica by 120 runs in Barbados’ first outing in the tournament.
“Both teams will be missing a few players off in the BPL, like Kieron (Pollard) and Dwayne (Bravo), but once the “Red Force” players support each other and show the initiative to outperform the opposition, then an outright win will follow. We need to look to open the wounds Jamaica inflicted even more (against Barbados) and it’s going to be a pace affair I think,” Ramdin said, as he pointed out the T&T bowling will be equipped to match Barbados’ stride for stride.
Ramdin focussed on the cavalier efforts of his bowlers as seen in the opening round’s demolition of the CCC team, under the brilliance of Sunil Narine’s 13 wicket match-haul.
“We will not be taking any opponent lightly but we will be stamping our authority once we play intelligent cricket and do it our way — enjoying the game. It will be tricky but we will look to beat Barbados in their backyard and maintain form from the previous fixture,” Ramdin added.
He admitted a stroke of deft tactic when the TT team pushed to get CCC into the wicket at night as their game plan of nabbing more scalps at night came to fruition. Ramdin also pointed out that match conditions and especially, the pitches, are not as conducive to run-scoring in the Caribbean, and adapting to bat can prove difficult.
“These pitches are not run-getting ones but more for wicket-taking as the results show. But it’s the true test for us to overcome this,” Ramdin added as he also alluded to the task of taking over from Daren Ganga as skipper. “Taking over from him (Ganga) was a bit of pressure and with my debut as skipper in the Caribbean T20, it was even more testing as we had to defend the title but we played as a team and stuck together,” he continued.
Ramdin also hopes to resume his tenure on the West Indian front as he professed that once he maintains his form with the bat, as in recent local fixtures, as well as belief in his ability and successes as TT leader, then he will be well-placed to make the squad for the forthcoming Australia visit to the West Indies. The TTEC captain also chimed in on the TTCB domestic league as his searing knock of 104 on Sunday propelled his team to a semi-final spot against arch-rivals, Queen’s Park Cricket Club, this weekend.
“TTEC has had a good season thus far but we have been losing players, myself included, to national duty, and it will be an interesting affair. TTEC are well poised to topple QPCC, who will also be losing some players to the national team. It will be a well balanced match-up,” as he referenced the likes of Jason Mohammed, Justin Guillen and Darren Bravo among others.