Denesh Ramdin Proud Of West Indies Resistance
West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin expressed happiness over the fight shown by his side throughout the first Test against England in Antigua that ended in a draw.
Dwelling on his team’s performance particularly in the fourth innings to stave off a probable defeat, Ramdin lavished praise on the younger players who raised their game in crunch situations.
“The way we fought on the last day, not just last day but throughout the Test match was fantastic,” said Ramdin.
“The guys stood up in the batting department and bowling department.
“Young Jermaine Blackwood got a fantastic hundred in the first innings.
“Jason Holder is another young player with not much Test matches behind him but he stood up and batted with a lot of maturity with Roachie.”
With the series locked at 0-0, there is tremendous buzz surrounding the second Test to be held in Grenada with approximately 11,000 people expected at the venue.
Much of the buzz has been generated after the brilliant resistance shown by West Indies in the first Test and Ramdin hopes his side can maintain the momentum heading into the Grenada encounter.
“Yeah it’s going to be exciting.
“Local boy Devon Smith is going to be playing a Test match.
“There will be English fans from Antigua and flying over from London.
“At the same time it’s a very good momentum that’s being carried over from Antigua.
“The guys are very keen and we’ve worked hard for the past two days.
“It’s an important game for us.”
Although the younger West Indian batsmen stood up in Antigua, the senior players such as Shivanarine Chanderpaul and Marlon Samuels failed to make an impact.
Both players departed to soft dismissals after having got starts in each innings and Ramdin hopes that his big players rise to the occasion in Grenada.
“Definitely the young guys who put in a lot of effort to make a name for themselves and the team expressed themselves.
“Having said that, the senior players haven’t done much as yet and I am looking forward to them to step up.
“Once that happens you’ll see a major difference in the runs we score.
“The starts are there but they need to carry on and make bigger scores.”
With West Indies axing left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn from the squad for the second Test, leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo is likely to feature in the line-up.
Bishoo, who last featured in a Test match four years ago has been in tremendous form in domestic cricket ending up as the second highest wicket-taker this season.
The pitch in Grenada is expected to offer more turn than the Antigua surface and Ramdin hopes that the leg-spinner can exploit the conditions to good effect.
“Of course, on day four and five a spinner always comes into play.
“He has different types of deliveries in his armory which will help the team.
“Hopefully when he gets the opportunity tomorrow, he can do well for the team and take wickets.”
The first Test proved to be a real struggle for bowlers as they were made to toil for wickets on a slow docile surface.
Reflecting on the Antigua experience, Ramdin believes his team has to perform better during the crucial moments in the match.
While admitting that his team put too much pressure on themselves during the vital moments, Ramdin sounded hopeful of an improvement in future matches.
“I think we need to be more patient at times.
“We need to relax a bit and not put too much pressure on us.”
Ramdin attributed the nervousness surrounding the team to their lack of winning that has put pressure on the players.
The 30-year-old also stated that his team will get better once they achieve some success in the longer format.
“I think it’ll come as we win more often.
“Once we can get a win under our belt in the series, it’ll put the England team on the backfoot.”
While expressing happiness over the new-ball performances of his team, Ramdin hopes that his bowlers can maintain the consistency throughout the innings.
Despite being in tricky situations like 34 for three and 52 for three, England were let off the hook as they managed to score 399 and 350 for seven declared.
“Every time you go out there as a bowler with the new ball in hand or captain, you wish to take early wickets.
“They’ve done that in the series so far and I hope they carry on.
“I wish they can go further and get through the lower order too.
“The back-up bowlers need to step up and continue putting the pressure.”
West Indies are yet to win a Test at the National Cricket Stadium in Grenada having lost one and drawn one in the two matches played at the venue.
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