Probably One Of My Best Innings - Ramdin
Denesh Ramdin says that his 107 on the opening day of the third and final Test against New Zealand in Hamilton was one of his best.
Ramdin came to the crease with his side in trouble at 86 for five but with Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who is unbeaten on 94, added 200 runs before the fall of the next wicket.
He made 107 in 148 balls with 18 fours to help the West Indies into a healthy position of 289 for six at stumps.
"I think this is probably one of my best innings," Ramdin said.
"I just played my natural game. I wanted to ball a lot of balls and I think I did this. There were periods when I thought I was not scoring and I knuckled down and soaked up the pressure.
"The New Zealand bowlers continued to bowl good areas, but I think we adjusted. We came into practice and used the bowling machines, which was quite efficient for us, and we tried to play the ball a lot straighter in this match. We had a plan and we worked with it."
The day's play provided an example of just how the fortunes of both sides can fluctuate throughout. Ramdin revaled that as his side made a good start, he was hopeful that he perhaps wouldn't even be required to bat at all.
"Cricket is a very funny game. When we reached 70 for one at lunch, I was looking for our batsmen to get runs and I wouldn’t have to bat, if at all, until after tea.
"Great players are the ones that go out there and consistently perform for the team. At the back of mind, I had set my goal that if I got the opportunity to bat, I would try to bat for the rest of the day.
"I am bit disappointed that it did not quite work out that way."
With Chanderpaul six runs away from a 29th Test century and captain Darren Sammy alongside him, Ramdin sees his team in a potentially strong position.
"The second day will be very important for us. The second new ball is still hard and it will play a part in the first hour, but Darren Sammy, our captain, is there and he is a stroke-player, so he will score runs once he spends time at the crease, and the legend Chanderpaul will look to tick away.
"The pitch is a bit slow, loopy bounce. It should get better as the match wears on, and probably by the third or fourth day it may offer the spinners a great deal of turn, which should suit us."
New Zealand lead the series 1-0 after the opening Test in Dunedin was drawn and they won the second Test by an innings and 50 runs.
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