Ravi: Watching Gayle's 175 was special

Times Of India article.

NEW DELHI: Ravi Rampaul has been around the international circuit for nearly six years now, but it's only in the last couple of years that he has become the leader of the West Indies pace attack.

In seven matches in the T20 league so far, Rampaul has taken 11 wickets and maintained an economy rate of 6.83. Excerpts from an interview....

This is your first season in this tournament...

I've been training hard ever since I was bought in the auction. I'm trying to make the best of this opportunity and so far it has been good going. Hopefully I can continue to deliver for the team.

What is the secret to keeping runs down in T20?

You basically need to do what you are accustomed to doing. Bowlers should not try to stay within themselves. It is important to be as straight as possible and stay away from batsmen's areas.

Do you enjoy bowling on sub-continental tracks?

The pitches in the Caribbean are similar to tracks here. I'm accustomed to bowling in these conditions and know what kind of variations to use.

Is it a big help that there are so many people from the Caribbean in this tournament?

Pollard and I are close friends. He always told me that if I got the chance to play here I would do well. My other Windies teammates always give me advice. I'm just relishing this opportunity.

What is your best T20 memory?

Right now, it has to be sitting and watching Gayle score that brilliant 175. The World T20 final and celebrations were also very special.

First Published In The Times Of India.

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 11:37