No love lost for the glove

Out-of-favour Windies wicketkeeper Ramdin says he is focusing on batting

Senior staff reporter

Thursday, December 14, 2017

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Out-of-favour West Indies wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin thinks he still has something to offer at the highest level despite relieving himself of glove duties in this season's regional four-day cricket championship.

Ramdin, the 32-year-old Trinidad and Tobago Red Force captain, has not kept wicket throughout the first six games of the season, leaving that responsibility to Amir Jangoo, 20.

“I'm giving the young guy an opportunity to keep. I've been doing it for 10, 15 years at this level... I'm just focusing on some batting, to score some runs and see how it goes. I'm enjoying it at the moment and hopefully I can continue,” he told the Jamaica Observer during the drawn sixth-round encounter between the Red Force and hosts Jamaica Scorpions at Sabina Park last weekend.

Fans could see him return to a wicketkeeping role during the regional Super50 tournament early next year.

“Probably in the one-day format come January to February I'll be behind the stumps,” he said.

Ramdin, who played the most recent of his 74 Test matches against hosts Australia in January 2016, debuted in the format in 2005. A year earlier he had made his entry into first-class cricket.

He has scored 2,898 runs at an average of 25.87 in Tests, while scoring four centuries and 15 fifties. The agile wicketkeeper has completed 205 catches and 12 stumpings.

His experience has proven an invaluable part of the Red Force batting this season. His aggregate of 408 runs — which includes two hundreds and as many half-centuries — and average of 68, lead the team.

“At the moment I'm really enjoying Trinidad and Tobago cricket. Hopefully, I can get some more runs in the four-day tournament, a couple more centuries and put up my name for [West Indies] selection again,” said the veteran player.

Ramdin's unbeaten 52 and Imran Khan's 17 not out in a stubborn, unbroken 40-run seventh-wicket partnership teamed with afternoon rain to crash the Scorpions' potential winning party at Sabina Park on Sunday's final day.

He was also quite sharp in the field, skilfully holding on to four catches in the Scorpions' big first-innings score of 535.

“I know what I'm capable of, either being a batsman or playing as a wicketkeeper/batsman. I'm just enjoying fielding at the moment. Some days, long days, but I'm trying to get used to it. I try to stay behind at first or second slip because it's easy there in terms of trying to control the game and to set the field placing and stuff like that,” he noted.

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