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Jason Holder needs support to make a difference - Denesh Ramdin

Jason Holder needs support to make a difference - Denesh Ramdin
Denesh Ramdin (left) urged the West Indian team to support Jason Holder (right) in their upcoming assignment against Sri Lanka.
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Former West Indies Test captain Denesh Ramdin opined that his successor Jason Holder will need the support from every quarter in order to make a difference to the team's fortunes.

Holder was handed the charge of the Test team earlier this month after the West Indies selectors decided that Ramdin needs to focus more on his batting.

Revealing that he gave advice on a many issues to Holder, during the 2015 World Cup campaign, Ramdin is looking forward to playing a similar role in the Test side.

"Jason is a good guy, I advised him on many things during the World Cup and I intend to do my part in this series.

"He is a young captain and needs all the support he can get in order to make a difference". 

The West Indies selectors have also named two more wicket-keepers – Shane Dowrich and Shai Hope – in the squad for the tour of Sri Lanka.

Nevertheless Ramdin denied being under pressure for his position in the team as he has the advantage of experience on his side.

"I am not feeling any pressure at all.

"They (Dowrich and Hope) might be under more pressure than me because they have less experience and they will be batting higher up the order."

Ramdin scored 472 runs at an average of 22.47 from 13 matches as a captain managing to bring up just the two fifties under his belt.

With the additional pressure of captaincy lifted off his shoulders Ramdin is looking forward to get among the runs by building partnerships and spending more time in the middle.

"I feel good at the moment, looking to hit some balls and get my game going.

"It will be important to spend time at the crease and forge partnerships with whoever is batting with me."

West Indies have never won a Test match in Sri Lanka since 1993 with four draws and five losses from the nine games played so far.

Ramdin is confident that West Indies have a chance to win this time but only if the senior players to step up and take the responsibility.

"The senior men on the team have to make their experience count for him and people like Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Kraigg Brathwaite and myself have to make sure we have good totals.

“Then the bowlers like Devendra Bishoo must lead the charge.

"Bishoo is a key man in those conditions for us and he has been bowling very well, so we need to back him up and look to take the fight to the home team.

“I think we have the all-round strength to beat this team and we are going to give it our best efforts."

The West Indies tour of Sri Lanka consists of two Test matches, three One-Day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals to be played between 14th October and 12th November.

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