West Indies news February 12, 2013

Rampaul back to '100% fitness'

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ravi Rampaul, the West Indies fast bowler who was out of action for two months due to knee trouble, has said he is "100% fit". He is targeting an international return in West Indies' home series against Zimbabwe, which begins in ten days' time, he said.

Rampaul will have the chance to prove his match fitness to the West Indies selectors when Trinidad & Tobago take on Windward Islands in their opening first-class game of the season from Friday.

"The four-day game is coming up, so I am focusing on that right now," Rampaul told the Trinidad and Tobago Express. "I am trying to give it all for my country, trying to get back to playing cricket and easing my way back into bowling. Hopefully I pick up some wickets and get back on the West Indies team for the Zimbabwe tour."

Rampaul had to skip January's Caribbean T20, in which T&T went on to successfully defend their title, after he was recommended rest following an MRI that revealed an issue with his knee. T&T manager Omar Khan had said then that Rampaul was being left out as a precaution, so as not to take the risk of him breaking down and being forced out of action for a longer period.

The rest did him good Rampaul said, as it also allowed him time to recover fully from a groin injury he picked up during West Indies' tour to Bangladesh in November-December. "Basically my knee was giving me some problems and then I had a groin injury coming out of the Bangladesh tour, those were the two injuries that were bothering me a bit. But both are healed 100% now, so that is a positive for me.

"I have been doing some work with trainer Ronald Rogers. We have been doing a lot of training and a lot of weight training. I just want to continue working hard."

Later, in April, Rampaul is set to travel to the IPL; he was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for US$290,000 at the 2013 auction earlier this month. He is looking forward to the experience, Rampaul said: "I was very happy to be bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore. Since the IPL started [in 2008], I always wanted to be part of it and I hope that I make good use of the opportunity."

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  • kentjones on February 12, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    It is cricketing folly to ignore the significance of a bowler like Rampaul to WI. He will never be an out and out paceman, but he adds value to the WI attack by his cricketing brain and the variations he gets with the ball. When used sensibly with the pacier bowlers he can b e a great foil and provides balance that can produce desired results. He can prove valuable on the less bowler friendly pitches. He has already played 18 tests with 49 wickets (also 59 first class wickets in 179 matches)and has bowled in Australia,England, Sri Lanka, SAfrica and Bangladesh. His experience and consistency can be rewarding for WI at the present. Until other fast bowlers can really maintain their consistency by regular high level performances (and not one off pacing blitzes) Rampaul will provide a useful alternative in the fast bowling arena. Please remember he has the uncanny knack of taking early wickets.

  • kentjones on February 12, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    Please note a typol correction, Rampaul played 59 first class matches and took 173 wickets, my bad.

  • SNIFFLEATHER on February 12, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    Rampaul will forever be steady. We don't need steady, we need fearsome. Roach, Best, Johnson, Holder, Gabriel to name but five should all be selected before Rampaul. Sammy is the "steady" part of the attack, another post would be wasted should it include a bowler of Rampaul's ilk.

  • kentjones on February 12, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    It is cricketing folly to ignore the significance of a bowler like Rampaul to WI. He will never be an out and out paceman, but he adds value to the WI attack by his cricketing brain and the variations he gets with the ball. When used sensibly with the pacier bowlers he can b e a great foil and provides balance that can produce desired results. He can prove valuable on the less bowler friendly pitches. He has already played 18 tests with 49 wickets (also 59 first class wickets in 179 matches)and has bowled in Australia,England, Sri Lanka, SAfrica and Bangladesh. His experience and consistency can be rewarding for WI at the present. Until other fast bowlers can really maintain their consistency by regular high level performances (and not one off pacing blitzes) Rampaul will provide a useful alternative in the fast bowling arena. Please remember he has the uncanny knack of taking early wickets.

  • kentjones on February 12, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    Please note a typol correction, Rampaul played 59 first class matches and took 173 wickets, my bad.

  • SNIFFLEATHER on February 12, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    Rampaul will forever be steady. We don't need steady, we need fearsome. Roach, Best, Johnson, Holder, Gabriel to name but five should all be selected before Rampaul. Sammy is the "steady" part of the attack, another post would be wasted should it include a bowler of Rampaul's ilk.

  • SNIFFLEATHER on February 12, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    Rampaul will forever be steady. We don't need steady, we need fearsome. Roach, Best, Johnson, Holder, Gabriel to name but five should all be selected before Rampaul. Sammy is the "steady" part of the attack, another post would be wasted should it include a bowler of Rampaul's ilk.

  • kentjones on February 12, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    Please note a typol correction, Rampaul played 59 first class matches and took 173 wickets, my bad.

  • kentjones on February 12, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    It is cricketing folly to ignore the significance of a bowler like Rampaul to WI. He will never be an out and out paceman, but he adds value to the WI attack by his cricketing brain and the variations he gets with the ball. When used sensibly with the pacier bowlers he can b e a great foil and provides balance that can produce desired results. He can prove valuable on the less bowler friendly pitches. He has already played 18 tests with 49 wickets (also 59 first class wickets in 179 matches)and has bowled in Australia,England, Sri Lanka, SAfrica and Bangladesh. His experience and consistency can be rewarding for WI at the present. Until other fast bowlers can really maintain their consistency by regular high level performances (and not one off pacing blitzes) Rampaul will provide a useful alternative in the fast bowling arena. Please remember he has the uncanny knack of taking early wickets.