Ramdin calls for final push

Chennai, India — Denesh Ramdin, the West Indies wicket-keeper, is looking to make the most of his promotion in the batting order. The 26-year-old was moved up to Number 5 and this led to some good performances on his return to the international stage.

In the last match against India at Indore he responded with a brilliant run-a-ball 96, the highest score of his 88-match career and the highest ever score by a Windies keeper in ODIs. During that innings he completed 1,000 runs in ODI cricket.

“I’m really happy the selectors put faith in me and allowed me to move up the batting order. It was something I really was looking forward to for a while and now I got the opportunity I want to make it count,” Ramdin said.

“I am the type of player who always looks to work the ball around, so my game fits in perfectly at that position. We have some other players in the team who can hit over the top and really go after the bowling. So my job is to hit the gaps, rotate the strike and bat all the way to the end,” the Windies Number 80 added.

Ramdin was last man out just four short of the 100 mark in the fourth One-Dayer. India won thanks to record-breaking double century by skipper Virender Sehwag. The result gave the home side an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series.

The fifth and final match is on Sunday at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk. First ball in the day/night match is 2.30 pm (5 am Eastern Caribbean Time/4 am Jamaica Time).

“I was sorry to miss out on my first century in One-Day cricket for the West Indies but I would take 96 any day. It was obviously my highest score and it has given me something to build on. The final match is another opportunity to get a score and this time I will be go all the way if I get the opportunity,” Ramdin said.

“We have shown a lot of character in the series where a couple of matches could have gone either way. We have played well but we need to play well in all three departments on the same day. We hope to put up another good fight on Sunday. We plan to bring out ‘A’ game and look for another win. That would make it 3-2 which is much better than 4-1.”

Sat, 12/10/2011 - 18:20