Zimbabwe tour of West Indies 2012-13 February 21, 2013

Ramdin ready for Zimbabwe challenge

ESPNcricinfo staff

Denesh Ramdin, the West Indies wicketkeeper, said he is mentally and physically ready for the ODI series against Zimbabwe. Ramdin, who was left out of the ODI team for the Bangladesh and Australia tours, replaced Devon Thomas in the squad.

"My form is 'there' and I am feeling confident with the bat and I have been working twice as hard to make sure I get runs when I'm out in the middle," Ramdin said. "Behind the stumps I worked overtime to make sure that I was fit and ready when the selectors called on me."

Ramdin was part of the team that won the World Twenty20 title and travelled to Bangladesh for the Test series, but Thomas replaced him in the ODI series that followed. Thomas managed 48 runs in five innings in Australia forcing the selectors to recall Ramdin.

Ramdin, who has played 94 ODIs since making his debut in 2005, said he was clear on his role within the team.

"While I was out I did a lot of work on all areas of my game. I think my role with the bat is mainly to hit the ball in the gaps, run really hard between the wickets and accumulate good scores for the team.

"There are other guys in the team, like Kieron Pollard and Andre Russell, who have the power to clear the boundaries and other guys who can come and hit the ball down at the bottom. So basically, I see myself as someone to keep things ticking and look to bat through the end once I get that chance."

The first ODI of the three-match series will be played at St. George's on February 22.

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  • Dummy4 on February 22, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    Hie MeijiMura, I am not related to Vusi but l do agree with your assessment, Zim Cricket promises so much and delivers so little. However, I believe that cricket is a mental sport as much as a physical game. West Indies undoubtedly has some of the most gifted cricketers on Earth and a batting line up that can destroy any bowling attack on its day. However they struggle to consistently win matches.

    If l may be excused, Andy Flower was the most prolific batsman Zimbabwe ever produced and was by no means a "prodigious talent". He understood his abilities and limitations and always played with intelligence; a prototype that any school cricketer should look up to!

    I believe our lads just need to mature mentally and apply themselves to the game; if they can do that this series, then l predict a contest!

  • Alexei on February 22, 2013, 0:12 GMT

    Marlon Samuels has not received medical clearance to resume his cricket career as yet

  • Michael on February 21, 2013, 22:41 GMT

    @drlove2344 - An article a few days ago on the selection of the side said: "Marlon Samuels, meanwhile, is still sidelined, currently recovering from the facial injury that he suffered at the Big Bash League after being struck in the face while facing Lasith Malinga. "

  • Ali on February 21, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    what is going on with Marlon ? drlove2344 ?

    This might be the end of his career ....

    when a 30 year old Jerome Taylor had the best bowling year of his life, and scored a Test 100 .... he got injured --- and that was the end of his career .....

    the same might be in store for Marlon ....

    the only constant in the WI Selector's choices is "stupidity" ..

    Devon Thomas is a prime example ...

    If you wanted to replace Rhamdin, since Baugh has proven 3 times that Rhamdin is just a shade better than him, and Thomas has not impressed at any time in the regional game ... I do not know how Thomas gets picked over, Buugh, Rhamdin, Walton or DOWRICH ....

    If anyone had to replace Rhamdin in ODI and 20/20 it would have to be DOWRICH .......

    this is not rocket science ....

  • Jal on February 21, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    @CriCkeeet- i believe that WI might be underestimating Zim and so they are resting Gayle. I could understand that WI are resting Sammy but i don't understand why they're resting Gayle. Sammy yes have been playing non-stop for about 2-3 years but Gayle should be playing. Maybe WI think they could beat Zim easily but still look what happened in Bangladesh. Anyhow, WI still have other players that can win for them.

  • Akeen on February 21, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    Can somebody tell me wat is goin wit marlon

  • N on February 21, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    My bad about Ramdin, got him confused with Sarwan in my previous comment. Sorry.

  • Alex on February 21, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    When BDS and JA going to get "DROP-IN" pitches and bring back some lively cricket to the Caribbean.

  • Dummy4 on February 21, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    Please add Glenn Querl to Zim Test squad. Amazing First class allround record.

  • Earl on February 21, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    When W.I selectors keep recycling the same group of players shows lack of insight in the game.Opposing teams know what to look for.Ramdin and Sarwan get out cutting or hooking.Walton is in good form,far better batsman than Ramdin at this time and they fail to give him a try.Our best wicketkeepers recently Jacobs and Dujon were not our best keepers but were batsmen who made runs and kept wicket well.They both turned out to be good keepers.

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