Zimbabwe tour of West Indies 2012-13

Ramdin ready for Zimbabwe challenge

ESPNcricinfo staff

February 21, 2013

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West Indies wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin at a training session in St George's, Grenada, West Indies v Zimbabwe, February 21, 2013
Denesh Ramdin last played an ODI during New Zealand's tour of West Indies, in July 2012 © WICB
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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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Posted by   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!

Posted by Alexei on (February 22, 2013, 0:12 GMT)

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

Posted by bobagorof 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. "

Posted by Rally_Windies 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 ....

Posted by cricketWI 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.

Posted by drlove2344 on (February 21, 2013, 14:03 GMT)

Can somebody tell me wat is goin wit marlon

Posted by goindiago2012 on (February 21, 2013, 12:58 GMT)

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

Posted by mar2000 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.

Posted by   on (February 21, 2013, 12:16 GMT)

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

Posted by PACERONE 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.

Posted by MeijiMura on (February 21, 2013, 11:38 GMT)

Leslie Sibanda, are you any relation to Vusi? He is one of the Zimbabwe's leading cricketers and has always promised so much but delivered so little on the international stage. I am hoping he will be able to perform on a more consistent basis for Zimbabwe starting from the first ODI tomorrow. The problem for the Zimbabweans is four-fold. Talent is thin-on-the-ground with only six players in all three squads standing out: Sibanda, H.Masakadza, Taylor, M.Waller, Cremer and Jarvis. Inconsistency of not just the team, but the best players is another major problem. The fielding which Zimbabwe had always prided itself on has also been pathetic since readmission to Test Cricket. Little can be done about the talent pool, but work can be done on improving player consistency and the players' fielding. The fourth factor is politics which is an ongoing issue in Zimbabwean Cricket. It is hard to see Zimbabwean Cricket progressing on the field when everything off it remains in such disrepair.

Posted by goindiago2012 on (February 21, 2013, 11:33 GMT)

Pretty sad that WI has no other options at wicketkeeper. Thomas was horrendous with the bat, and so was Ramdin. Did anyone see what Starc did to his stumps? Rattled!!!

Posted by KingAjmal on (February 21, 2013, 11:22 GMT)

@Crickeet - ha! West Indies beat Bangladesh in test series but neither by an innings. I just hope Zimbabwe even if they don't win for not just their sake but Cricket world in general they don't embarrass everyone like their last tour to New Zealand. Zimbabwe use to be a very good team throughout the 90s and hopefully one day that team will arise from the ashes again.

Posted by   on (February 21, 2013, 11:13 GMT)

everyone is a challenge for WI .first the selectors themselves are a challenge to the team since it seems as if they can't put together a competitive team.. the whole team needs to be revamped starting with the captainancy,they need a different captain for different format. hopefully they can change the way the teams are selected and the captain is rotated.

Posted by CrICkeeet on (February 21, 2013, 10:45 GMT)

WI should play their normal game rather bashing zim, bcz remember what happened against BAN. after a brilliant test series evryone hoping 4 whitewash Ban bt then it was a 2-3 defeat.......

Posted by   on (February 21, 2013, 10:03 GMT)

I think that the above comments are harsh, yes the team has a very poor test record and is not consistent in its performance levels; but limited overs cricket remains an area where we are relatively competitive and can still pull a rabbit out of the hat. To the boys, l say good luck and play with pride!

Posted by   on (February 21, 2013, 9:39 GMT)

how is Zim a challenge? Has WINDIES cricket fallen so low that they consider Zim a challenge, I mean come on. Zim's last away test match saw them get bowled out twice on the same day, they are no where near a challenge

Posted by hoodbu on (February 21, 2013, 9:06 GMT)

There's something fundamentally wrong with this article. 'Zimbabwe' and 'challenge' don't go together.

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