Cricket

Santokie aims to get into the swing of things

Seeking 50-overs breakthrough after previous letdown

BY SANJAY MYERS Observer staff reporter myerss@jamaicaobserver.com

Monday, December 30, 2013    

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LEFT-ARM swing bowler Krishmar Santokie is looking to establish himself as a regular in the Jamaica 50-overs set-up.

The wily bowler is keen on making the final cut after the national cricket selection panel, led by chairman Wavell Hinds, chose a 45-member training squad ahead of the upcoming Super50 and Four-day regional competitions.

"We have some trial games coming up, so I'm trying to keep myself fit and stay focused," Santokie said.

"I'm hoping to be in the final 14 for the Super50. If I get in, I'm looking to deliver," he added, moments before entering the practice nets at Sabina Park on Saturday.

Santokie was the country's top bowler when Jamaica won the Super50 title two years ago.

However, last season --though present in the squad -- he played no part as Jamaica lost in the semi-finals to eventual champions Windward Islands.

The 29-year-old told the Jamaica Observer that he has put that 50-overs disappointment behind him.

"I was definitely disappointed, knowing that the tournament where we won I was the leading wicket-taker for Jamaica, and I didn't get a chance the following season. But I have used it as a stepping stone to push myself to do well," he said.

The most prominent pace bowler in the regional Twenty20 (T20) format in recent years, Santokie has troubled batsmen with his swinging full-pitched deliveries and crafty slower balls from a low, sling-like action.

The left-arm bowler also excelled in the inaugural Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20 tournament held in the summer, while representing the eventual runners-up Guyana Amazon Warriors.

"I guess in some ways it (the 50-overs disappointment) worked for me in the CPL, because we all know the outcome. I was Player of the Tournament," chirped the former Glenmuir High student.

He hopes that good form stays with him.

"I'm definitely looking to take over the form into the Super50 because there is not much of a difference between T20 and One-day (50-overs) cricket. I've done it before and I don't see any reason why I can't do it again," he said.

Santokie has taken two wickets in a pair of T20 International matches for the West Indies.

He has claimed a total of 82 wickets in 44 T20 outings at a cost of 11.92, including a best of 5-24.

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