Ravi: New ball should help us

Delhi, India -- It took Ravi Rampaul a bit longer than expected to establish himself in international cricket but the strong pacer is making up for lost time.

He first wore the West Indies shirt as a teenager eight years ago and then had to wait a further six years before Test debut, against Australia at the Gabba in November, 2009.

This year he has been a revelation with 23 wickets in six Test matches at an average of 23.7 per wicket. His best figures so far are 4-48 in the win against Pakistan in Guyana back in May. Overall in his career stats read: 11 Tests which have yielded 27 wickets at 36.51. Alongside Fidel Edwards, he has formed a formidable new-ball pairing.

Rampaul, who turned 27 last month, celebrated the series win in Bangladesh and is excitedly looking forward to this Test series against India, which bowls off on Sunday at the Feroz Shah Kotla.

“We’ve just come out of a series win in Bangladesh and we are quite confident. We are up against a stronger side here. I’m looking to continue from where I left off and do what I’m required... that is to look for wicket with the new ball and maintain pressure on the batsmen. What we saw from the England bowlers against India, was the way they stuck o their lengths kept coming at the batsmen,” Rampaul said.

“We are looking to play some competitive cricket. Having played in Bangladesh, the conditions are similar. Hopefully, the guys are well prepared, because they have faced the conditions and scored a lot of runs on those wickets.”

He added: “We have quite a few spinners in the team, Devendra Bishoo has come on nicely and Shane Shillingford is waiting for his opportunity. We are doing well as a bowling unit. Together, our bowling has been doing the job for us.

“I saw the pitch, it looks dry, like a normal India track I guess. Hopefully, we will get a little assistance with the new ball. As for the SG ball, I bowled with itin the nets and it’s the type of ball we use in the Caribbean, in Trinidad, to play our local cricket. It swings a lot. So hopefully, it should help us.”

Sat, 11/05/2011 - 16:26