Ravi Rampaul satisfied with CPL performance
West Indies pacer Ravi Rampaul is pleased to have snared 10 wickets during the ongoing Caribbean Premier League (CPL) for his side Barbados Tridents.
Speaking to Cricket World, Rampaul admitted that he expected more wickets with the kind of effort he had put in, but he is nevertheless pleased with his performances thus far.
“I have bowled quite well and would have loved some more wickets to be honest,” said Rampaul
“But having said that, I’m happy with my performances at the moment.”
After having made a tremendous start to the tournament, Barbados have slipped a bit particularly in the away matches.
Acknowledging his team’s fragility away from home, Rampaul remained optimistic of a turnaround in the upcoming matches.
“We started off pretty well back home in Barbados but had some issues while traveling.
“So some things didn’t go according to our plan.
“The wickets were different, the pitches were slower.
“We know how the Trinidad and Guyana pitches play – those are our next two matches.
“So hopefully we can put up a good show and make it to the finals.”
With the way the CPL has shaped up, Rampaul stressed the importance of Barbados’ wins at home early in the tournament.
Rampaul set the tone in his team’s first match of the tournament with a three-wicket haul that led Barbados to a comfortable win.
“It was an importance performance for me as well as the team.
“We wanted to win all our games in Barbados and it was a good way to start.”
This year’s CPL season has been a hard fought one with just five points separating the six teams and Rampaul attributed the level of competition to the strength displayed by the sides at their home venues.
While home advantage has played a huge part in the success of all the teams so far, Rampaul opined that the sides that travel better will progress further in the tournament when the knockout stages come.
“All the teams have been strong at home and that’s been a factor.
“But as the tournament goes along, it’s vital to travel well and adapt to the varying pitches across the region to come out on top.”
Although the shortest format of the game has been tailor-made for the batsmen, Rampaul believes that there is scope for bowlers to make an impact.
Pointing at the pitches and conditions on display during this year’s CPL, Rampaul feels that the bowlers have had a fair chance of battling the batsmen on the Caribbean tracks.
“Well, the format is more suited to the batsmen but the bowlers do have a chance of picking up wickets too.
“All the pitches in the tournament have had something in it for the bowlers to exploit that has resulted in a fair balance between bat and ball."
Despite having lost two of their last three matches, Barbados are still sitting pretty at the top of the table with 10 points from their eight matches.
Rampaul credited Barbados’ good form in the season to their ability to gel together quickly as a unit in the tournament.
Having a passionate player like Kieron Pollard as the team’s captain has helped Barbados lift the team’s energy according to Rampaul.
“We’re led by a brilliant captain in Kieron Pollard.
“He has always stressed on the need to play together as a team.
“We have tried to maintain the unity not only on the field but also off it as well.
“Pollard has done a great job in that aspect.”
Rampaul was also lavish in his praise for Barbados’ coaching staff, led by former Indian cricketer Robin Singh, who is the head coach of the team with former West Indian pacer Vasbert Drakes the assistant coach.
The brutally honest attitude of the coaching staff is what Rampaul believes has connected with the players in a big way.
“We have a good mentor and a really fine coaching staff led by Robin Singh and Vasbert Drakes.
“They are really straight with us, so if we commit mistakes they are quick to point it out.
“They also make it a point to congratulate us on our success.”
Barbados will be playing their next league match of the CPL after a week’s break, but Rampaul denied that his team will be rusty for the upcoming matches.
Ready to take on Guyana, Rampaul maintained that the team had been shaping up well for the contest.
“Yeah definitely looking forward to the game.
“We did have a long gap since our previous game but it also helped us to relax.
“We had some training sessions too that has helped us stay in shape.”
Like previous CPL seasons, Rampaul believes that this edition has also received an overwhelming response from the people, both at the venues as well as on television.
“The tournament has been received really well.
“All the regions have responded in a very positive manner.
“The people have shown up in good numbers to support the tournament.”
Rampaul (10 wickets) is the sixth highest wicket-taker in the 2015 CPL season with the table led by Jamaica Tallawah’s Krishmar Santokie (15 wickets).
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