Ireland Cannot Be Underestimated - Denesh Ramdin
West Indies wicketkeeper-batsman, Denesh Ramdin has quoted his team has no intentions of treating Ireland as a lesser opponent as the two teams take on each other in their first World Cup fixture on Monday at Saxton Oval.
Speaking to the reporters after a training session, Ramdin stressed on the importance to begin the tournament on a high.
“We know the Irish. They have a very disciplined bowling line up, they have some good batsman in there as well so we won’t take them lightly.
"It is very important that we go out and play good positive cricket and try to beat them in all departments and come up trumps in that game."
Despite the controversies surrounding West Indies team with the omission of Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard from the World Cup squad, Ramdin said the vibe in the camp is pretty good and the players are eager to perform well.
“The spirit has been good so far, as you can see the guys all have smiles on their faces, we are enjoying the sunshine here in nelson and we are enjoying each others’ company.
“Looking ahead, I just think we need to get some partnerships at the top of the order and get things going.
“All the guys have been putting in a lot of hard work we are very excited as well to get it started, and try and get another win under our belts as quickly as possible, and get this tournament kick started. “
With no Bravo or Pollard in the line-up, the West Indies Test captain has been given a different role than usual by the team management.
“My role in the middle order is very important.
“I have to try and bat as many overs as possible and give the power hitters – Sammy, Russell and those guys – the chance to come in and strike the ball and give our bowlers something to defend.”
The 28-year-old terming the World Cup as ‘exciting’ emphasized on the need to perform well as a unit.
“It is a big occasion, the World Cups are very exciting and everyone wants do their utmost for the team.
“It’s not always about that big magical moment, but often about doing the little bits and pieces to see the team over the line. Every moment matters...every match matters.”
The newly appointed captain, Jason Holder has been going through a tough time losing the series against South Africa 1-4 recently and also crashed to a nine-wicket loss against England in the first warm-up game.
West Indies also narrowly got away with a three-run win against Scotland in their second warm-up game.
West Indies are in Pool B of the World Cup alongside the likes of defending champions India, South Africa, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Ireland and the United Arab Emirates.
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