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Rampaul's 'perfect ball at the perfect time'

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March 21, 2011

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Ravi Rampaul dismissed Sachin Tendulkar early, India v West Indies, Group B, World Cup 2011, Chennai, March 20, 2011
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"It was the perfect ball at the perfect time." That's how Ravi Rampaul, the West Indies seamer, described his delivery that got rid of Sachin Tendulkar in the first over in Chennai. Rampaul, in his first World Cup match, went on to take a maiden five-wicket haul in ODIs but his team was at the receiving end of an 80-run defeat. Despite the eventual loss, the five-for, and that delivery, marked a personal highlight for Rampaul.

"It was the best ball of my cricket career. It was one of those moments in life you dream of. When I saw him walk I felt great. It was an amazing feeling. I wasn't sure how to celebrate. Here was I, in one of the biggest matches of my career, getting the wicket of one of the greatest batsmen. I felt really great to get such a massive breakthrough for the team," Rampaul said.

Rampaul was drafted in to the XI due to an illness to Kemar Roach. He began on an unsavoury note, conceding five wides off his first delivery in World Cup cricket. But off the final ball of that first over, he got a shortish delivery on off stump to straighten, one that Tendulkar stabbed at and ended up feathering an edge to the keeper. Tendulkar walked off immediately after he was caught, even though Steve Davis, the umpire, shook his head.

"I was happy to get into the team and play my part. It was very exciting to play in front such a large crowd on such a big stage," Rampaul said. "I went out and got five wickets and I was really happy to get the full support of everyone in the team. I was happy to be able to make the most of my opportunity."

Rampaul returned in his next spell to break a century-stand between Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh, and continued to chip away in the death overs when India, as they had done against South Africa, collapsed. He finished with 5 for 51. "The pitch had some extra bounce at the start of the India innings and I knew if I got the ball in the right areas I would be successful," he said. "Later in the innings I got the ball to reverse swing and I attacked the stumps. Things went in my favour and I felt good to get my first five-wicket haul in one-day cricket."

The defeat for West Indies meant they finished fourth in Group B, setting up a quarter-final clash in Dhaka against Group A leaders Pakistan on March 23.


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Posted by Mohammed on (March 22, 2011, 6:51 GMT)

People complimenting Tendulkar on walking. The man has never walked previously in his career. Interesting to see him walk now. Maybe he has changed or maybe........he knew he would be given out once it was referred. What he did was good to see but his prior history of standing when out makes me skeptical.

Posted by Ashok on (March 22, 2011, 5:22 GMT)

@Maverick9999: even with drs nick s tough 2 predict.but sachin went..he could have stayed for WI 2 make use of 1 review but he gently went away...

Posted by Manesh on (March 22, 2011, 3:31 GMT)

Sachin is always great!...............

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 21, 2011, 23:54 GMT)

I have never doubted the ability of RAMPAUL.HE IS A TALENTED BOWLER. HOWEVER SACHIN DECISION TO walk was great. HE is more than a cricketer, he is a great human being, wds cannot describe this human being. UNDOUBTEDLY SAMMY'S selection is putting some pressure on the WI TEAM. SHIV could have been the fifth batsman, hence strengthening the batting. HOWEVER IT WOULD not be psychologically prudent to drop him now. HE will have to make a greater effort wtih the bat. ROACH, RUSSELL, RAMPAUL, BISHOO WILL TAKE CARE OF THE PAK batting.

Posted by shawn on (March 21, 2011, 21:59 GMT)

I don't get why people are talking down on Sarwan and Chanderpaul. Yes they bat slow, but look at the scorecards when they do bat, they're always in the top 4 run scores. Good job Rampaul, it's players like you that helped Trinidad and Tobago go undefeated to the finals of the CLT20. As for WI loosing the match, looking at Sammy's facial expressions after the game shows that he wanted to loose to avoid the Aussies. We clearly have a very weak team due to poor team selection, a very inexperienced Sammy (captain and player), a wicket keeper who can't bat, and too many inconsistent all-rounders. I hope they pick an XI which can beat Pakistan, but chances are they won't, hence the reason why WI has been loosing fans and support rapidly. My XI to win: 1.Gayle 2.Smith 3.Chanders 4.Sarwan 5.Bravo 6.Sammy 7.Pollard 8.Thomas 9.Rampaul/Russel 10.Bishoo/Benn 11.Roach. With Gayle and Sarwan offering spin as well.

Posted by Pankaj on (March 21, 2011, 17:49 GMT)

well said Nadeem....he is playing a good role of Ambassador of Cricket.

I am an Indian, still say about the delivery of Rampaul that it was really a good delivery that surprised master-blaster. (bounce and pace)

Roach, Russel and Rampaul can give bigger surprise to Pakistan. WI batting needs to be improved very badly. Gayle has to play longer instead of being faster. Lara clone should show some more maturity in mddle and Sammy with Pollard should fuel their inning.

Posted by rahul on (March 21, 2011, 17:24 GMT)

great man great deeds!!!!

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 21, 2011, 17:08 GMT)

However, I think UDRS makes the game fair.

Posted by swapnil on (March 21, 2011, 16:49 GMT)

if thr was no udrs tendulkar wud hav stayed thr on the pitch....

Posted by John on (March 21, 2011, 16:24 GMT)

Sachin did a great thing which is a very difficult decision to make for any cricketer. He has stood his ground a few times inviting the wrath of the aussies mostly, he will not give an inch to them. So I would say he has kept himself fresh and the law of averages right to have a blast against his favourite opposition. Watch out Australia, it is time for one of the greatest innings in cricket in the semis, better than sharjah.

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