Ramdin says West Indies confident of more success

LONDON, England -- West Indies Vice Captain Denesh Ramdin is willing to do his all in front and behind the stumps to help the team win the ICC’s Twenty20 World Championships. Speaking as the team continued preparations for the major match the 24-year-old wicket-keeper said he was excitedly looking forward to Friday’s semi-final showdown against Sri Lanka at The Oval. First ball is 530 pm (1230 pm Eastern Caribbean Time/1130 pm Jamaica Time).

“The guys are a 100 percent confident that we can go out there and do the job. Looking at the last game where we had to get 80-odd from 50-odd balls, it was a bit tough … but the other batsmen came through for us,” Ramdin said. “It was a very good overall team performance and we are playing good as a team.

“We didn’t have the success we wanted when we came to England but we worked on our Twenty20 cricket and thus far we’ve gotten the results that we wanted. All of our games were crucial, going out there and winning and keeping our momentum. We had some setbacks but we had some good team meetings to discuss the opposition and we executed well in the last game.”

In the opening round the West Indies beat Australia which helped them to advance to the Super Eights. In Group E of the Super Eights the Windies had victories over England and India to finish second behind South Africa.

“It will be a tough game but we have been having some very good team meetings where we have had discussions and we have been planning carefully and looking at possible situations. We will be ready when we face Sri Lanka,” Ramdin added.

In the first semi-final Pakistan beat South Africa by seven runs at Trent Bridge on Thursday. The final will be on Sunday at Lord’s.