Denesh Ramdin Confident Of Guyana's CPL Chances
West Indies wicket-keeper batsman Denesh Ramdin is confident that his Guyana side can pose a stiff challenge to other teams in this year’s Caribbean Premier League (CPL).
Ramdin believes that the additional flexibility of the Guyana side this year as compared to previous seasons makes them a strong contender for the title.
“In the first two years we’ve had good teams, this year will have probably the same as the last two years with a bit more balance and the injection of a power hitter which is probably what we’ve lacked in the last year,” said Ramdin.
“A power hitter down the end like Thisara Perera who can hit the ball a long way will do good for us.”
Ramdin, who leads Guyana in the tournament, appears charged up for the new CPL season.
Having finished as finalists last year, Ramdin hopes that Guyana can go all the way this season with a considerably stronger side.
“I’m very excited, this is the third edition of it and we have some new foreign players in our franchise so hopefully this time if we get into the final we can go one step further.”
Like all West Indies players, Ramdin is all praise for the CPL tournament which he feels has grown by leaps and bounds since its inception.
Ramdin stated that a fine mix of local talent and international exports have made the tournament a compelling watch for the viewers.
“It's fantastic, you have the local players and all the big franchises, as well as the international players who come and put a lot of faith in the local players. you have ranges of experience in the same dressing room.
“It means they get the opportunity to play alongside our lot.”
Dwelling on his side’s skills, Ramdin expects Guyana’s batsmen to take up more responsibility this season.
The 30-year-old urged his side to show more professionalism in all facets of the game to attain success in the CPL.
“Yeah, we need to make more runs than the opposition.
“Its very important once you get into that stage that you analyse, last year was a bit disappointing in the way that the final ended but we’re looking forward to this year.
“We need to be clinical in all departments and we can’t slip up in any way because a lot of teams are very good this year in the CPL.”
Apart from the youngsters in the side, Ramdin himself seems to be enjoying the experience of working with former legends in the tournament.
“Our last coach, Roger Harper, was good. He was an easy-going guy who pushed us a bit and also Curtly Ambrose who was a great mentor.
“Now we have a new coach in Carl Hooper who I’m going to work with for the first time.”
Reflecting on the recent drawn Test series against England, Ramdin expressed pride in his team’s ability to put up an incredible performance after being panned by the experts.
Ramdin hopes that West Indies can consolidate on the good work done when they head into their next assignment which will be a two-match Test series against Australia at home in June.
“Yeah it was really pleasing, we were happy with the result, a lot of people weren’t expecting us to do that.
“I think the guys really played some good cricket, which we will look to continue with against the Aussies."
Ramdin seemed a happy man as he recalled his side’s tremendous performance in Antigua where they batted for almost five sessions to force a draw.
Explaining the game situation at that point, Ramdin maintained that his side’s initial intent was to be positive in the chase.
“Yeah, our first aim was to try and win the game.
“But we got off to a bad start that morning losing early wickets and we decided just to try and bat out the day and not put ourselves under pressure.”
Ramdin, who is enjoying his role as Test captain, hopes he can lead West Indies to improve their record in the longer format of the game after being on the decline in recent times.
With many talented players coming through the ranks, Ramdin is convinced that his side are on the right path and making continual improvement.
“It’s a great opportunity to captain the West Indies team, a lot of great players have done it in the past and done have done fantastically well and dominated for a period of 12-15 years.”
“That is where we would like to be but I think we are moving in the good direction with the younger players coming through and we’ve seen some signs of our improvement.”
Ramdin is aware of the huge threat that Australia pose to his side and hopes West Indies can offer stiff resistance to the second-ranked side.
“We know they pack a big punch in all departments so we need to really come good against them and show our fighting spirit.”
Ramdin was candid as he explained how his love for the game started during a very tender age.
“I started really in backyards as everyone did. I would play behind my grandparent’s house and then in the evenings I would play some road cricket.
“Then I started at the primary school level and went on from there.”
As every cricketer will confess, Ramdin too has his share of personal favourites in the game whom he looks up to for inspiration.
“I would say guys like Jeffrey Dujon, Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, and Adam Gilchrist.
“Those are guys I try to copy.”
When asked about his happiest moment in his career thus far, Ramdin was quick to point out the Twenty20 World Cup title win in 2012.
“I’d say winning the T20 World Cup in 2012 in Sri Lanka, which was a great experience.”
Denesh Ramdin is playing for the Guyana Amazon Warriors in the Limacol Caribbean Premier League. The Biggest Party in Sport runs from 20th June to 26th July.
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