Denesh Ramdin wants to focus on his batting
Former West Indies captain, Denesh Ramdin, who was replaced as skipper of the Test team by Jason Holder, asserted that he now wants to focus on improving his batting in the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka.
Ramdin has been under pressure to perform as his form with the bat has not been up to the mark in recent times.
Ramdin's Test averages in the last four years read 42.87, 45.55, 22.20 and 22.72 (latest), showing signs of a steady decline.
The West Indies selectors decided to relieve Ramdin of the captaincy responsibilities to enable him to focus on improving his performances with the bat.
Though he feels a tad disappointed, Ramdin iterated that he will not allow the decision to put more stress on him.
“I was a little disappointed but I looked back at it and I am really happy at this point in my life and I am not going to let anything stress me out.
“I have a fantastic young boy coming up and everything is for him and my wife so I think I am in a good place right now.”
Ramdin further clarified that the decision of the selectors wasn't entirely a surprising one, but he now wants to get down to scoring runs as the pressure of captaincy is off him.
“A bit of both but having said that, they had called and said my batting has been a problem so they have relieved me of that pressure of captaincy, so hopefully I can produce a lot more runs now and perform better behind the stumps.”
As a captain, Ramdin averaged 22.47 from 13 matches, scoring 472 runs with only two fifties under his belt.
Ramdin also acknowledged that it was a tough job to deal with the triple responsibility as a wicket-keeper, batsman and a captain.
“When I look back at it in addition to being captain, there were a lot of times I went in to bat with not a lot of runs on the board and a lot of wickets falling and plus sometimes after keeping for a day and a half and then having to come in and bat after an hour.
“It is really tough but I guess I will have a lot more time to relax more and to focus more on my side of things.”
In the recently announced West Indies squad for the Sri Lanka Tests, there are two more wicket-keepers in Shane Dowrich and Shai Hope.
However, Ramdin is confident that his spot in the team as the wicket-keeper is not under threat but stressed on the importance to get back among the runs.
“I don’t think there is any pressure in terms of my keeping at the moment.
“It is just for me to continue doing what I have been doing and get my averages up because I have nothing to worry about.”
West Indies have never won a single Test match in Sri Lanka in the four series they played thus far between 1993 and 2011.
Ramdin admitted that Sri Lanka was a tough place to score runs but hopes to get off to a good start with the bat this time around.
“I have been doing some technical work in the nets.
“I know Sri Lanka is going to be a tough place to score runs with a lot of balls spinning and turning and hopefully I can get a good start and cash in once I get a start.”
Wishing Holder for his tenure as the captain, Ramdin revealed that the players in the team do look up to the 22-year-old as a leader.
“I think it is going to be tough.
“We have a young team and they have a young team as well but they will have the upper hand at home but I think the players look at Jason (Holder) as a leader and hopefully he can continue to do well for himself and the team and we can move forward.”
The West Indies tour of Sri Lanka consists of two Test matches, three One-Day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals to be played in the months of October and November.