West Indies in Sri Lanka 2010-11

Sarwan keen to make impact

ESPNcricinfo staff

January 30, 2011

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Ramnaresh Sarwan celebrates West Indies' win and their semi-final qualification, England v West Indies, ICC World Twenty20, The Oval, June 15, 2009
Ramnaresh Sarwan last played international cricket in June last year © Getty Images
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Ramnaresh Sarwan, the West Indies batsman, has said he is happy to return to the national fold after being named in the 15-man squad for the World Cup, and is keen to hit form during the ODI series against Sri Lanka starting on January 31. Sarwan last played for West Indies in the ODI series at home against South Africa in May and June 2010. He was subsequently dropped due to fitness issues and indifferent form on the domestic circuit. He also wasn't offered a West Indies central contract.

"It feels really great to be back," Sarwan said in Colombo. "We had a really good workout today and so far I am just happy to fit into the team again. We have a very good team vibe going and it is very important that we maintain that and build on that. It is also important that we get off to a good start in this series and try to get that early momentum."

West Indies play three ODIs on their tour of Sri Lanka. The series was postponed because of poor weather during West Indies' tour late last year, with the Test series being marred by persistent rain. The matches during the ODI series were initially scheduled to be held in Hambantota and the renovated Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, two of the three Sri Lankan venues for the World Cup, but the ICC didn't permit the venues to be used for international games just prior to the quadrennial event. Instead, all three ODIs will be played at the SSC.

"The pitch at the SSC is normally a good one for batting," Sarwan said. "I have done well here (in Sri Lanka in Tests) before. I am just hoping to maintain the same level of success I have had before, make a major contribution to the team, and try to bat us into winning positions."

"The greatest dream is to win the World Cup for all the people of the Caribbean and all those around the world who support us. We have to give Darren (Sammy) our full support. Obviously, he is still a bit new to the job as captain so it is important that he gets our full backing. We need to be consistent as a team and that would give us a really good chance of winning."

West Indies and Sri Lanka have, unsurprisingly, picked their World Cup squad for the three-match series.

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Posted by degiant on (January 31, 2011, 5:25 GMT)

Why don't some of you just get off Sammy's back and support the team. Sammy has earned his place in this team as the best allrounder, so let us look at his record. Bowling in ODI's Econ is lest than 4.5 per over which is great in these times. Bravo and Pollard ave. over 5 per over. batting he ave about 25 per inn which is better than both Bravo and Pollard whom ave under 20 . Sammy's fielding is top class and he does not quit which is hard to say about all his team mates. Finally Sammy's strike rate batting in ODI is the best in the team, yes better than Gayle and Pollard. OH YES this guy deserve to be in the team and as captain I don't know or care but just let him be and support the team and let them play

Posted by richkiss11 on (January 31, 2011, 2:36 GMT)

The batting looks good if they click but bowling is not good enough to win the WC.

Posted by Goofballs on (January 31, 2011, 0:47 GMT)

Man who can't bat, bowl or field/ make the team is now placed as captain@!

GO WI, GO GET DEM!

Posted by   on (January 31, 2011, 0:00 GMT)

This team has no chance. A man leading the team doesn't even deserve to be on the team.

A true WI fan...

Posted by   on (January 30, 2011, 19:48 GMT)

Glad to see Sarwan back in contention for a spot on the WI cricket team. I always felt that his immense talent would bring him back to the forefront of WI cricket.I also admire those who are seeking spots for Samuel and Simmons .While these two perform admirable in the recently concluded ct20, the competition was held too late for their performance to be taken into consideration for selection in the final 15 man WC squard.Any eleven (11) that have sarwan,gayle,chanderpaul and the two bravo brothers in it will definitely be one with indept batting.In a region where runs are scored in droves, that will serve us just right.Meaning no score well be insurmountable for the WI.Thus, easing my worries about the bowling,which I think is not indept enough.Also,I would've like to see a second keeper in the squad to challenge Baugh and knock of any complacecy ,as was so common during Ramdin's reign.The WI is laden with talent to go far in the WC, can even win it all.GOOD LUCK WI.WI 4 LIFE!!!!!!!

Posted by exuma on (January 30, 2011, 18:12 GMT)

sars is lucky to be back in the WI side, he was not impressive in the recent T 20, samuels and lindel simmons were however very impressive with their clean striking and strike rate. very unlucky/unfair that these inform players were overlooked, sars as usual will be out to a nothing shot trying to run the ball to 3rd man and getting bowl or caught behing, he has poor judgement of where his off stump is and taking unnecessary risk. sars is not the match winner he used to be, he is struggling to score runs now under pressure. EXuma.

Posted by S.N.Singh on (January 30, 2011, 14:15 GMT)

WHAT WE HAVE TO LOOK AT THE WEST INDIES ARE ONE OF THE WEAKEST TEAM TODAT. SRI LANKA WITH MURLI STILL AVAILABLE FOR ODI IS HAVING A VERY STRONG BOWLING SIDE. I THINK, CHANDRAP BHARAT AND NASH WILL BE THE BATSMEN WHO WILL PRODUCE TO THE STANDARD. OF BOWLING. WISH WEST INDIES THE BEST. WILL CLIVE LOYD MANAGE THE TEAM ?

Posted by brsw on (January 30, 2011, 13:18 GMT)

@cricman007, are u really serious? where is chanderpaul in "ur" line up. It should be like this : Gayle,Barath, Darren Bravo, Sarwan, Chanderpaul, Pollard, Sammy, Ramdin, Benn, Taylor, Roach. WI selectors made a mistake picking Baugh for the cup, his keeping is terrible, as seen in the champions trophy in 2006 in sub continent. Taylor is a better pick than rampaul, cuz he's fit now. Dwayne bravo should be 12th man, he's out of touch for a while now.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2011, 12:06 GMT)

hey skipper we don't need another carl hooper in west indies cricket at this moment,we can't afford it.so if marlon can be marlon samuels and show that in his game then sure we will gladly welcome him in the team.

Posted by shameerpvt on (January 30, 2011, 11:14 GMT)

There was no rain in Colombo for quite a period of time. But when WI's were here, it started to rain again. I'm surprised....

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