West Indies v England, 2nd T20, Barbados March 10, 2014

Don't forget our batting - Ramdin

Denesh Ramdin thinks that underestimating West Indies' power hitters will be a severe mistake for the opposition come the World T20 in Bangladesh and they are hoping to reinforce this with strong batting performances in the remaining two T20s against England.

Ramdin said that while many were touting their spin attack as the focal point of the team, especially on the back of an impressive first outing in Barbados, the West Indies batsmen were more than capable of setting the tournament on fire, as they did when they were crowned champions on 2012.

"We are a very good T20 team, with explosive guys at the top and lower order. Chris Gayle back in our team is a boost for us," he said. "Our batting has been letting us down recently but in this format, once the guys get going you know how dangerous they are. We have batting that can chase down any score."

He believes West Indies have an all-round bowling unit that will also be able to stifle their challengers in Bangladesh and, following on from team-mate Marlon Samuels, singled out Samuel Badree as a player that many will be taking note of. He labelled him as "just as mesmerizing" as Sunil Narine, having played alongside Badree for many years in the Trinidad and Tobago team.

"The spin factor is going to be big. Marlon Samuels also did a great job for us in the middle after Sunil came off yesterday. We are in good bowling form. We just need to put runs on the board or restrict teams to as little as possible and chase it down with our powerful batting line-up. We have Ravi Rampaul, [Dwayne] Bravo and of course, Narine, who can defend any total."

On his personal form, he said that it was rewarding to see his glovework improve and be recognised, particularly with three stumpings against England on Sunday, but he added that it was a bigger plus to see his scores stepping up. He said that he was disappointed with his performances behind the stumps in the one-day series but gained some comfort from achieving the milestone of becoming the first West Indies wicketkeeper to score an ODI century.

He also added that it would be dangerous to discount England as they possessed "game-changers" such as Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler. Ramdin said that despite the loss of Kevin Pietersen, which was comparable to "us losing Chris Gayle", England, as past winners of the World T20 in the West Indies in 2010, were well equipped to come back strong and mount a challenge in Bangladesh.

Renaldo Matadeen is a sportswriter and social media manager for ESPN Caribbean. He tweets here

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  • Clifford on March 11, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    If Ramdin can keep batting consistently and doing well behind the stumps he will contribute well to WI limited overs success. With so many tricky spinners on the team a part timer like a Johnson Charles or Lendl Simmons could be a liability behind the stumps but if his batting slacks off there will be people calling for his head.

    He is right that WI batting can be dangerous but it is also fragile. We need upper order consistency so the lower order men can cash in heavily later in the innings.

    Nice jab at England for KP...

  • Dummy4 on March 11, 2014, 15:23 GMT

    Our team windies is always a T20 powerhouse team with explosive and expereinced T20 players in both batting and bowling. As defending champions we have been played in a 'group of death' with Ind, Pak and Aus being tough on their day. It seems the organisers want SL to make the finals since they are in a easier group with teams that don't play well on the Ban spin tracks. So if we WI play well in the group stage and make it to the semis- then we will win the T20 world cup again. It will be a big joke if the host Ban cannot win the qualifiers and get to the real group stage- lol...

  • ESPN on March 11, 2014, 8:36 GMT

    Nz should be the winner of t20 worldcup IN SHAA ALLAH

  • Android on March 11, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    u hav chance but please remove this pathetic Ramdin otherwise u will b playing wit only 10 players becoz this guy is of no use. indian fan

  • Jay on March 11, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    WI have a chance to defend their title ONLY if their key players click together. They are a mercurial team at best and have been known to slip up in the past. Since the ICC World T20 is held in Bangladesh in conditions very similar to that of SL when WI won the event, I guess you can certainly name WI as one of the favourites for the title. But in T20, anybody can beat any opposition. Even NZ are looking good after their exploits against India recently. Surely, it's going to be a fabulous tournament.

  • Ali on March 11, 2014, 2:08 GMT

    Both team, rather BAD...

    but both are 20/20 World Champions ....

    Only KP was 1/2 of England's 20/20 team ....

    So I don't expect England to do well , cuz everyone on the WI team is replaceable !

    KP is not replaceable for England

  • Dummy4 on March 11, 2014, 2:05 GMT

    Santokie is the best t20 bowler in the west Indies! Should play ahead of Rampaul every time. It is really sad this is not the case.

  • kartikeya on March 11, 2014, 2:00 GMT

    Do not worry Ramdin. We are going to win the world twenty twenty this time. Rally round the west indies.

  • Ali on March 10, 2014, 22:19 GMT


    England Losing KP = WI losing Gayle ..

    Then England Losing Broad = WI losing Sammy ...

    except in 20/20 format Gayle and Sammy are better than KP and Broad but in Test KP and Broad are better than Gayle and Sammy ...

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