West Indian fast bowler Ravi Rampaul, fresh from another excellent day with the ball against India in Barbados, says he is still aiming to improve.
He bowled an outstanding spell prior to lunch, returning figures of three for four in his opening spell and he finished the day with three for 38 as India were bowled out for 201.
“I have been working hard and the aim is to improve every time I take the field," he said. "As the new ball bowler I’m always looking for early wickets and in this series, as well as the series against Pakistan earlier this year, I was able to get wickets early up and set back the opposition. I will continue to aim to get better.
“The good thing about bowling here (at Kensington Oval) is that you consistently get that extra bounce. Throughout the match you can expect to get that extra bounce. There is always something there. We knew the pitch would offer some assistance to our bowlers.
"When we took the field it was overcast and we got the early wickets, which always proves vital. That set India on the backfoot and we managed to get them out for just over 200. After having them four down at lunch, we thought we could get them under 200.
“They got a very good partnership from Suresh Raina and VVS Laxman, but we bowled very well. With the new ball I was running in and the ball did quite a bit and we got the results. After lunch, the pitch played really good for batting. As days go along it will become better for batting."
Now it is up to the West Indies batsmen to come good and keep their team in the game after they were reduced to 30 for three at stumps.
"I always give the batsmen confidence and keep the self-belief up as any time one of them can go out there and get a hundred," Rampaul added.
"I continue to believe in them and give my support. We would like to get a lead. It’s up to the batsmen to come out and start fresh. The sun will dry out the pitch and it will becomebetter for the batsmen as the day goes on."
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