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Ramdin upset by batting collapse

Tuesday, February 28 2012

DENESH RAMDIN, captain of the Trinidad and Tobago cricket team, was displeased with the batting collapse during their successful run chase against the Windward Islands in their Regional Four Day Tournament encounter at the Queen’s Park Oval yesterday.

Set a target of 98 for victory, Trinidad and Tobago fell from 79 without loss to 84 for six before Ramdin joined wicketkeeper/batsman Gibran Mohammed in an unbroken seventh-wicket stand of 14.

“We came here for 12 points and we got it at the end,” he said. “Having said that, our batting was disappointing in the second innings. The guys know what went wrong.

“It’s just for us to bat in that pressure situation, not be relaxed, and hopefully against Jamaica (in their Fifth Round game) we can put on a better show.”

Ramdin played as a specialist batsman due to an injured left index finger and he commented, “it’s coming along. Hopefully I can get the stitches off and do some work on it.”

He earned the Man of the Match award on the basis of his unbeaten 151 in the first innings. But he made it clear that, “I always enjoy keeping and that’s my first priority. Once I go out there, I’ll love to keep. Hopefully it can go hand-in- hand with my batting.”

Asked if the added responsibility of captaincy helped his batting, Ramdin responded, “I wouldn’t say that. I’m really enjoying the position at the moment.

“The rest of guys are giving me that support. It’s challenging but I’m doing this for the team, and myself.”

He added, “I’m trying to be more patient at the crease, hit the ball more in the ‘v’ than square of the wicket and hopefully it can get me more success in the future. I’ll continue to work harder in the nets.”

Concerning the performance of Trinidad and Tobago over the weekend, Ramdin said, “we set it up in the first innings, getting (364). We wanted to bat once in this game.”

“We didn’t do that, we had to go and bat in the second innings,” he continued. “But (regarding) our bowling, Sunil Narine was fantastic. Shannon Gabriel was (unlucky), he didn’t get many wickets. Rayad Emrit stuck to the task.

“Emile Rajah didn’t have his best debut, Imran Khan came up trumps for us getting crucial wickets (on Sunday),” Ramdin added. “We’re bowling well, we got 20 wickets that we wanted and it’s just for our batting to click in the second innings.”

The Tournament will go on a recess this weekend as the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) will be staging a camp (at a venue to be determined) ahead of the Digicel Home Series against Australia.

“Hopefully, once I go to the camp and do the necessary work, I should be selected,” he noted. “Once I get that opportunity, I’ll go out there and represent us.”

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