West Indies in Bangladesh 2011 September 24, 2011

Ramdin hoping to make impact on return

Much has changed in West Indies cricket in the year since Denesh Ramdin last played a Test for them. Of the XI who started that game against South Africa in Barbados, only three others remain in the squad for next month's tour of Bangladesh.

With West Indies systematically losing their senior players either due to a lack of form, a lack of enthusiasm for the longer forms or a dispute with the board, Ramdin returns to the side as one of the most experienced players. He lost his place last year after a lean run in the home series against South Africa, making 34 runs from five ODIs and 63 runs in three Tests. It also cost him his central contract.

"I'm delighted to be back after a year out of cricket at the international level," he said on Saturday, just before Trinidad & Tobago started a lengthy training session in Bangalore. "I really worked hard on my game, this is really what I was waiting for. Hopefully I can put performances on the table."

His recall comes on the back of a successful domestic season with T&T, which he rounded off with a hundred and two fifties in his final three innings. "I was told I wasn't getting runs, so I went back home and, at the domestic level, I got a lot of runs. Think they are probably satisfied with that, that's why I am back."

He still faces competition from Carlton Baugh for a spot in the Test side, but is the first-choice keeper in limited-overs cricket. How has he kept himself motivated in his time away from the international scene? "Seeing my friends playing at the international level, I also wanted to get back there and play alongside them."

In almost all his international matches, he batted in the lower-middle order, something he wants to change in the years ahead. "Hopefully one day I will be opening the batting, be at the top of the order."

Still only 26, Ramdin was made West Indies vice-captain nearly three years ago, and could possibly have taken over as leader after Chris Gayle if he had maintained his form. Is that something he regrets? "No, I wasn't thinking about the captaincy, I didn't really get affected by anything like that. I was only concentrating on my own game."

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on September 27, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    if west indies fail..........it's only 4 gayle!!!!!!!!! i believe so!!!!!

  • Dummy4 on September 26, 2011, 1:12 GMT

    he did work hard and deserves a call back, hope he maintain that for and his place in the team. i wish him the best

  • Dummy4 on September 25, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    Baugh as a batsman cant really play spin whereas Ramdin can. Ramdin is the better keeper of the two lol. By the way i wud have taken 19yr old Shane Dowrich to England instead of Christian to keep lol

  • Dummy4 on September 25, 2011, 11:36 GMT

    Godd to see the return of Ramdin, he is an excellent wkt.keeper, but also a good player of spin.the key for him is to have a positive approach.

  • Dummy4 on September 25, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    I haven't checked but his batting average is not worse than those who replaced him temporarily. he is the best wicketkeeper we know about in the region and you should always pick your best wicketkeeper and let his batting be extra's.

    [ Incidentally, you shouldnt let your best batsman keep wicket.]

  • Ahmad on September 24, 2011, 20:36 GMT

    agree Baugh was improving with each match. i would keep him as the OD and t20 keeper and keep Ramdin as the test Keeper. I HOPE THIS IS sammy last chance now it's time enough now. i support him alot in de past but he prove me wrong all de time. We want a better Captain against India.

  • Riad on September 24, 2011, 19:58 GMT

    Next step drop sammy and give captaincy to ramdin.

  • Sachit on September 24, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    Good luck to Ramdin but I believe Baugh was doing the good job at this moment. It would be a healthy contest to watch for only WK position in the test match series.

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