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Full name Denesh Ramdin
Born March 13, 1985, Couva, Trinidad
Current age 29 years 287 days
Major teams West Indies, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Trinidad, Trinidad & Tobago, University of West Indies Vice Chancellor's XI, West Indies A, West Indies Under-19s
Playing role Wicketkeeper
Batting style Right-hand bat
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
Education Preysal Government
|Test debut||Sri Lanka v West Indies at Colombo (SSC), Jul 13-16, 2005 scorecard|
|Last Test||South Africa v West Indies at Centurion, Dec 17-20, 2014 scorecard|
|ODI debut||India v West Indies at Dambulla, Jul 31, 2005 scorecard|
|Last ODI||India v West Indies at Dharamsala, Oct 17, 2014 scorecard|
|T20I debut||New Zealand v West Indies at Auckland, Feb 16, 2006 scorecard|
|Last T20I||West Indies v Bangladesh at Basseterre, Aug 27, 2014 scorecard|
|First-class debut||West Indies B v Kenya at Molyneux, Jan 9-11, 2004 scorecard|
|Last First-class||South Africa v West Indies at Centurion, Dec 17-20, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||Guyana v West Indies Under-19s at St John's, Oct 1, 2003 scorecard|
|Last List A||India v West Indies at Dharamsala, Oct 17, 2014 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||New Zealand v West Indies at Auckland, Feb 16, 2006 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||West Indies v Bangladesh at Basseterre, Aug 27, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|1c/0s, 14, 4||West Indies||v South Africa||Centurion||17 Dec 2014||Test # 2150|
|0c/0s, 48*, 0c/0s||West Indians||v SAf Invit XI||Benoni||10 Dec 2014||Other|
|0, 6*||Trinidad & T||v Leeward Is||Basseterre||21 Nov 2014||FC|
|3c/1s, 0, 22||Trinidad & T||v Barbados||Port of Spain||14 Nov 2014||FC|
|1c/0s, 9||West Indies||v India||Dharamsala||17 Oct 2014||ODI # 3535|
|0c/0s, 3||West Indies||v India||Delhi||11 Oct 2014||ODI # 3533|
|61, 0c/0s||West Indies||v India||Kochi||8 Oct 2014||ODI # 3531|
|5c/0s, 102||West Indians||v India A||Mumbai||5 Oct 2014||LA|
|7, 0c/0s||West Indians||v India A||Mumbai (BS)||3 Oct 2014||LA|
|0, 5c/0s, 1c/0s||West Indies||v Bangladesh||Gros Islet||13 Sep 2014||Test # 2139|
A talented wicketkeeper-batsman, Denesh Ramdin has unmistakable skills with both the gloves and the bat, but hasn't always used them consistently. Originally a fast bowler who then kept wicket when he had finished his stint with the ball, Ramdin's overall cricketing acumen was spotted early, as he led both Trinidad & Tobago's and West Indies' Under-19 sides before being selected, aged 19 and with only 13 first-class games under his belt, as first-choice gloveman for the senior squad's tour of Sri Lanka in 2005.
The start to his international career was terrific, as he impressed with his smooth and agile movements behind the stumps. On the tour to Australia later that year, he scored a plucky 75. When India toured the West Indies in mid-2006, Ramdin's wicketkeeping was impressive on pitches where the ball often died even before reaching him. His batting was patchy, though a superb calculated assault on the Indian bowlers in the final stages of the Kingston Test proved a fine reminder of his undoubted prowess in that quarter as well.
However, over a period of time, his batting became increasingly inconsistent while his wicketkeeping dropped a notch from his earlier high standards. He did make his maiden Test century - 166 against England in Barbados - in March 2009, but that was followed by pretty ordinary performances against Australia and South Africa, which led to him being dropped from the Test and ODI teams.
He eventually returned to the Test side on the tour to England in 2012 after an absence of almost two years. After not doing much with the bat in the first two Tests, Ramdin struck a fine undefeated 107 in the third Test, but soured the occasion by flashing a note addressed to Viv Richards, who had earlier criticised Ramdin's lack of contribution on the tour. Though Ramdin apologised later, the act earned him plenty of criticism, and a fine of 20% of his match fee by the referee.
However, that century did revive his batting fortunes: in the next 18 months, from June 2012 to December 2013, Ramdin scored three hundreds in 12 Tests and averaged 53.61; in 44 Tests before that, he had averaged 22.28. In May 2014, he was rewarded with the Test captaincy, as West Indies decided to replace Darren Sammy.
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