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Ramdin wants to replicate T&T’s success
Newly-elected captain of the West Indies cricket team Denesh Ramdin wants to replicate the success he has obtained with the T&T team, when he leads the West Indies. Speaking on the Monday Night Cricket Show on WinTv, Ramdin said that the winning culture that he has been part of in the T&T set up is what he wants transfered to the West Indies team. “We have a great team spirit, great energy and success on the T&T team and I want us to have the same thing at the West Indies level. There are many players from T&T in the West Indies set up and I am sure that they will all play a part in getting that winning culture going.”
Ramdin recently replaced Darren Sammy, who led the team for the last four years. The West Indies are languishing in eighth position in Test cricket, one place behind New Zealand. A win against the Kiwis will be enough to allow them an immediate move to seventh and Ramdin is looking forward to this. “The last time we played against New Zealand in the Caribbean we defeated them 2-0 and we will have that at the forefront of our minds. The pitches here will not suit them, as they would us, so we are starting with an advantage. “We need to work hard to address our rankings in Test cricket and I am very happy that we will be playing some of the bigger teams soon. When you play the bigger teams, you get more points if you win and we need that at the moment.”
Ramdin said that he would be having a say on where matches are played, in order to give his team the advantage. “I think the management of the team will definitely have a say as to where matches are played in the region because when you play at home, you need to play to your advantage. The pitches in the region are generally slow and low and work is needed to get it up to a certain standard. There are some, for example the Queen’s Park Oval and Sabina Park, that works well but some of the others will have to be looked at.”
Looking ahead, Ramdin said he will be harping on his players to think positive and play positive cricket. “The only time we play well is when we play positive cricket. We have seen the talent available in the region, we have had some brilliant displays but the key remains trying to get these performances on a more consistent basis. “Some of the ways to achieve this are to work hard and stay confident. We have to work on all areas of our game if we want to be consistently good and we are aiming for that in this upcoming series.” (VM)