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Denesh Ramdin Happy About New-Found Belief

Denesh Ramdin Happy About New-Found Belief
Denesh Ramdin Happy About New-Found Belief
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West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin believes that his side’s historic six-wicket win over England in Barbados on Sunday has given the team a new belief.

Reflecting on the series, Ramdin opined that the performances against England augur well for West Indies’ future.

“We have more belief in ourselves now that we can bat out the last day, can chase down scores on the last day,” said Ramdin.

“We now know we can beat teams ranked higher than us.

“If we show the same commitment and belief, we can execute our plans and be successful.”

Despite considering a 68-run lead to England on a helpful Barbados pitch, Ramdin insists he never lost hope on a positive result.

With West Indies’s pacers having consistently removed England’s top-order in the series, the wicket-keeper batsman stated that it was only a matter of showing patience.

“I believed that if our new-ball bowlers pick up early wickets, it would be an open game and we did it.

“We believed that we could do it.

“Jerome Taylor since he has been back in the team has been fantastic for us and he did it again for us yesterday afternoon."

Despite having such a decent lead, England crumbled under some high quality pace bowling from West Indies to end the second day at 39 for five.

Ramdin seemed pleased at being able to complete the task after having let England off the hook several times in the series despite initiating a top-order stutter on many occasions.

“We were looking for 3-4 wickets and the fifth one was a bonus for us.

“Coming back today morning and finishing it off, being patient was good.”

Ramdin admitted that the familiarity of home conditions helped his side after having endured a difficult tour of South Africa in December.

Stressing on his team’s work ethics, Ramdin seemed visibly happy at the determination shown by all players in the squad.

“Yes, playing at home did help.

“We played some good cricket in South Africa but didn’t get the results.

“We’ve been working hard during the last four weeks which was brilliant.

“I’ve never seen a team push so hard for success.”

The 30-year-old attributed West Indies’ drastic improvement to a collective effort that saw different player stepping in at various crucial phases in the series.

With West Indies next slated to face Australia in June, Ramdin is aware of the enormity of the probable challenge.

“Brathwaite and Blackwood were terrific for us with those knocks, so was Bravo today.

“All the guys have been pushing themselves harder for the team’s success.

“It’s going to be hard in the next series but we’re up for it.”

Despite putting up an impressive show against England, Ramdin denied looking too far ahead of their international calendar.

With the team having a one-month break before the first Test against Australia, Ramdin sounded optimistic of putting up an impressive show against the number two ranked side.

“We’re taking it one game at a time.

“Will work hard in the nets and analyze our opponents as much as we can.

“Australia is a tough team but we’re looking to play some good cricket as well and see what happens.”

Ramdin denied speculations regarding any possible changes for the next series thereby hinting at retaining almost the same squad.

The West Indies skipper maintained that a final call on the squad will be taken after the training camp prior to the Australia series.

“We’ll have a camp before the start of the Australia series.

“Most of the guys who’ve put in the hard work through his series will be there.

“I don’t think there will be much changes.”

West Indies haven’t beaten Australia in a Test match since 2003 when they chased down a world record target of 418 at the Antigua Recreation Ground.

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