Ramdin has high hopes

WORMSLEY, England -- West Indies wicket-keeper and vice captain Denesh Ramdin is looking forward to the upcoming ICC World Twenty20 Championship as the team gets ready for their group matches against Australia and Sri Lanka. The 24-year-old has high hopes for his side. He outlined this summer was also about setting the record straight after the West Indies failed to make it past the group stages of the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa in September, 2007.

“Yes, we played some good cricket in South Africa in parts but now it’s about putting our all-round game into play. We need to be a lot more. Hopefully we can go there and get everything together to go further this time.”

Ramdin had his hands on the tournament trophy back in March when it was on display in Trinidad and he wants to get his hands on it again.

“Having held the ICC World Twenty20 trophy, I’d definitely like to be part of the team that lifts it this summer. It’s a fantastic and magnificent trophy. Hopefully if the guys come together and play well, play some great cricket, I can’t see why the West Indies can’t win this trophy as well,” Ramdin said.

He is of the belief that Twenty20 cricket is anyone’s game on any given day, whether it be the batsmen or the bowlers: “Everyone says it’s a batters game but at the end of the day the bowlers need to come on and get wickets for you. Taking a couple of wickets means the bowler has done his job, and now a batter can go out there hit a couple of sixes and win a game for you. A brilliant catch by a fielder can also win a game for you. Anything can happen on any given day. It’s anyone’s game.”

The young wicketkeeper also noted that this summer’s event may not be all about the high scores and that English conditions may provide unusual results from day to day: “It depends on the day, on the pitches, the overcast conditions and stuff like that as to whether the games are high scoring. I know a lot of the batters will be coming hard in the first six overs as well as the last six so it will all just depend on the day.”

Ramdin said it will be a challenged playing against the Aussies and the Sri Lankans and the Windies are up to the fight.

“Those are the two better sides in the ODI as well as in the Twenty20 formats. They have good players who on the day can do well… We have a good team going into the ICC World Twenty20 with the likes of Chris Gayle, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Shivnarine Chanderpaul along with the young players coming through, Kieron Pollard, Darren Sammy and Dwayne Bravo returning to the side.”