June 11, 2012

West Indies in England 2012

Ramdin must live up to his gesture

Akhila Ranganna

Everyone has to motivate themselves in their own ways, writes Nasser Hussain in the Daily Mail. Ramdin went out to bat with a piece of paper in his pocket on Sunday, but, as Hussain says, if it motivated him, then that’s his decision. And at least it showed he cared.

The one thing he has to be a bit careful about is the fact that he’s now drawn attention to himself and away from the hundred. Had he not had a pop at Viv, we’d all have been praising the century and left it at that. But people will now look out for Ramdin in the future: can he live up to this gesture?

Jonathan Agnew, writing on bbc.co.uk, says that Ramdin's decision to brandish a note directed at Sir Vivian Richards after he reached his century was extraordinary and very churlish.

This is a man who has struggled with the bat for a long time and has not kept wicket well during this series. When a cricketer such as Richards observes that he hasn't produced the goods over years, Ramdin should take note. In many ways, by making a hundred, he proved Viv's point that he hasn't been producing what he is capable of. To go to the lengths of having a note in his pocket and displaying it is a very disrespectful, silly thing to do. If he can't take constructive criticism from one of the greatest players of all time, he is not very grown up.

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