Ramdin says T&T good enough without him
KINGSTOWN, ST VINCENT - Denesh Ramdin arrived in Grenada early this week to step back into West Indies coloured clothing for the first time since July, 2012.
He left behind in St Vincent his troops of Trinidad and Tobago cricketers, decimated in two days and 90 minutes in their opening round Regional 4-Day game against the Windward Islands at Arnos Vale.
You wouldn't have guessed that T&T would have been skittled for less than 300 runs in both innings of the match, but such was the case as the Windward Islands left the Caribbean Twenty20 champions stunned.
It took only seven of the twelve available sessions for the Windwards to wrap up victory and earn themselves a day off on Monday. They would have probably had Sunday off as well had rain not taken off 90 minutes of play on the morning of Day 1.
But so bad was the 'Trinis' batting that it left manager Omar Khan with little armoury to defend his team. He said to the Trinidad Express newspaper, "We are not going to try and make any excuses. The guys are professionals and they have to adjust to the longer version of the game and display the level of application required."
The lack of patience of the Trinidadian batsmen looked more of a Carnival hangover rather than Caribbean Twenty20 hangover. The team were in camps months in advance preparing for this tournament. Yet, once they lost the toss and were sent in, the Windwards soared all over them.
T&T captain, Denesh Ramdin was left using inform Windwards opener, Devon Smith as an example. He said, "I didn't have the best of form in this game because I didn't spend time out in the middle. Not only myself but all the batters didn't go out there and bat a lot of balls. We saw what Devon Smith did. He batted close to 200 balls for his 99 and I think we emphasise that for this 4-Day tournament, and not just the 4-Day tournament but any type of cricket you need to bat balls to get runs."
But Ramdin's duty with his national team was always going to be short-lived this season. With the Zimbabwe tour beginning this week, he's been recalled to the One Day International team, to play under fellow countryman, Dwayne Bravo. He may return sometime later in the domestic season, but sitting last in the Regional 4-Day table after Round II, leaves the question whether his departure can make things any better.
He said just a day before leaving St Vincent for Grenada, "I think we are still in that One Day mood. We need to buckle down. The Barath. The Simmons. The Guillen. Those guys who are at the top of the order who have the experience; they have to bat around the young ones. I believe it's just the first game, and I believe we have the capability in our batting line-up to show a better batting performance than this, and hopefully against the Leeward Islands and in the ODI games, they can come up trumps."
Trinidad and Tobago have dropped Imran Khan, Amit Jaggernauth and Yannic Cariah for the Regional Super50 match against the Windwards on Thursday, while Samuel Badree and the Ottley brothers in Yannick and Kjorn will fly in to St Vincent.