I have been waiting for this opportunity - Ravi Rampaul
Rampaul last played for West Indies in October 2014 during the One-Day International series against India, which was cancelled because of a dispute between the West Indies players, the WICB and WIPA.
Rampaul was not even named in the 30-man probable squad for the 2015 World Cup leaving uncertainty over his future.
The 31-year-old, who replaced Kemar Roach in the ODI squad for the upcoming series against Sri Lanka is hopeful of making this opportunity count this time around.
“It has been a while since I played for West Indies. I am happy to be back.
“Hopefully I can get together some good performances and cement my place in the team for a couple of years.
“I have been waiting for this opportunity since I was out of the team. Hopefully I can make use of it.”
Rampaul believes that his role in the team will be to provide the initial breakthroughs with the new ball and perform in death overs as well.
The lanky fast bowler has played a lot of cricket in sub-continent especially in India, where he was part of Indian Premier League teams.
Asserting that the conditions in India and Sri Lanka are very similar, Rampaul believes that executing the plan will be the key to succeed.
“The conditions here are similar to India. You need a lot of variations.
“It might tend to be a little slower but execution is key in any wicket.”
Rampaul was an integral part of the West Indies team that won the Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka.
He believes that the approach to the T20s is quite similar to the 50-over format except that the thinking part needs to be quick.
“Similar kind of approach. T20s are lot quicker so you need to think quick and just need to look at the batsman little bit more.
“I have been working on my slow deliveries and tried to perfect the yorkers. “
Rampaul was also delighted to have Sunil Narine back in the squad as he believes that the mystery spinner can boost the confidence of any bowling line-up.
“It is always good to have Sunil in your team. He brings a lot of confidence in the bowling line-up. He takes wickets as well as can be economical.”
When asked about the captaincy skills of Jason Holder, Rampaul singled out his ability to not give up as his biggest strength.
“He has never say die attitude. He doesn’t like losing any game.
“I have played with him in couple of games and he never gives up. That’s what I like about him.”
West Indies will be playing three ODIs and two T20Is against Sri Lanka which will get underway on 1st November in Colombo.
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