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Sir Richie hails Ramdin's ton one of the best

Saturday, August 30, 2014    

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BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) -- Former West Indies stroke-maker Sir Richie Richardson has hailed Denesh Ramdin's recent hundred against Bangladesh as one of the best ever one-day innings.

Ramdin slammed 169 in the third One-Day International at Grenada's National Stadium, to help pilot the Windies to a convincing 91-run victory in the three-match series.

"Denesh has been in tremendous form for the last 18 months or so and I was thinking to myself that he probably should have batted a bit earlier at number four, so when he was given that opportunity I was very, very pleased.

"The knock he played here in the final ODI was exceptional, one of the best ODI knocks we've seen. One thing in an ODI or Twenty20 is that you have got to go out there and hit the ball all over the park, but what he is very good at is finding the gaps," Sir Richie said.

Ramdin was promoted to number four in the order and responded positively by smashing eight fours and 11 sixes in an innings that required a mere 121 deliveries. He put on a record 258 for the third wicket with Darren Bravo, who scored 124, as West Indies amassed 338 for seven batting first.

The knock was the wicket-keeper/batsman's second career ODI century and second in four months following his 128 against England on their tour of the Caribbean back in March.

Sir Richie, one of the dominant one-day players of his era, said he admired the way Ramdin went about his innings.

"He plays his shots but he doesn't swipe. He plays proper cricket shots, and he is able to rotate the strike...he's able to score as quickly as anybody else. It's just good to see that someone has put in the work and it's now paying dividends," said the former West Indies captain.

Ramdin, the Windies Test captain, has played 112 ODIs since making his debut 10 years ago, and averages just under 25. He is averaging 54 over the last two years.

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