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Today, Denesh Ramdin, Trinidad
& Tobago and West Indies wicket-
keeper-batman; 56 Tests, 2235 runs,
avg. 27.25, 161 dismissals; 29 last
March 13, takes over West Indies
captaincy. We caught up with him
Colin Croft (CC): Congratula-
tions! How do you feel?
Denesh Ramdin (DR): Thank
you very much. Happy and humble!
This is a big opportunity, big task,
but we must put in much work.
Darren Sammy did well as captain,
with the resources he had. It is time
for us to step up that ICC ladder
instead of going down!
CC: Good Test career, but you have
never been West Indies senior captain,
even if you did captain West Indies
Under 15 and Trinidad & Tobago.
There is much experience there?
DR: Yes, playing with the likes of
Chris Gayle, Ramnaresh Sarwan,
Shivnarine Chanderpaul, I have gained
much knowledge from them. Hope-
fully, I would transform that experi-
ence into my captaincy.
I have done it for T&T-- keeping,
batting, captaincy--a big challenge,
but if you have the right players who
could manage themselves well, on the
field bowling and batting, and off the
field, then that makes a captain s job
CC: I was at Lords, 1995, when
you captained West Indies Under 15 s.
You have come through Under 19 and
Trinidad & Tobago s captaincy, doing
exceptionally in T-20 s, representing
well in Champions League, but this
is big, captaincy of senior West Indies
cricket team. It must be much dif-
DR: Yes it is very different. Most
of our recent successes have been at
T-20 s in the Caribbean and at Cham-
pions League in India as well.
Strategic moves will be very dif-
ferent and important in Tests. Having
the right bowlers, making the right
changes, batting for very long peri-
We have the capability and we have
to instill that belief in ourselves.
Chanderpaul is there, but we need
our top order to fire, which we did
not do down in New Zealand. With
home support and right confidence,
we can turn it around here.
CC: Gerry Alexander was the last
appointed captain for West Indies
who was a wicket-keeper, with vice-
captain Deryck Murray also depu-
tizing when Clive Lloyd was unavail-
Murray had Michael Holding, Andy
Roberts, Joel Garner, Colin Croft,
Malcolm Marshall, while Alexander
had Wes Hall, Charlie Griffith and
Lance Gibbs and Garry Sobers.
You now have to look for your team
to back you up?
DR: Yes, but we have guys like
Kemar Roach, Ravi Rampaul, Jerome
Taylor, Jason Holder, the faster
bowlers. We need to manage them
well. Taylor is just coming back from
injury, as is Roach. In spin, we have
Sunil Narine, Shane Shillingford and
We need the right combination.
Everyone is excited at Gayle s 100th
Test, a really fantastic occasion for
us to come out and shine too!
CC: Are you nervous?
DR: Yes, I am nervous, going out
for the first time as captain to spin
the toss. The good thing is that I
will not have to make the call---heads
or tails. That is less pressure on me
CC: 100th Test for Gayle, a big
occasion for him, Jamaica and West
Indies, a big occasion for you?
DR: Yes, everyone is pumped!
There will be many functions for
Gayle s achievements; a real legend
of the game. Everyone knows him
in T-20 s, but his record in Tests has
been good, with triple centuries, dou-
ble centuries, so he will come out to
give his home crowd something to
cheer, while making runs for us so
that we would not lose the Test.
CC: As captain, not vice-captain,
what do you bring that is special,
even unique? What do you require
from your team?
DR: Behind the stumps, I am very
relaxed, with the best seat in the
house, where I can make decisions
when we are bowling. I am always
calm, especially when we are under
pressure. So, hopefully, with the
senior players around, their support
will help and guide me.
We must get through that first
game in Jamaica well. Then I would
be much more relaxed.
CC: Second Test is at Queen s
Park Oval in Trinidad & Tobago, your
home ground, but West Indies cricket
has been struggling, especially in
Tests, in recent times. You, as cap-
tain, will have to start bringing the
team back up to the top, a great
DR: The up-and-down perform-
ances, losing Test matches, we must
be more consistent. We need to bat
better in both innings, just not in
one innings, so that our bowlers could
have something to bowl at. That has
been our downfall these last years.
We will try hard to change that
this series. If we do not get it right
for 1st Test, we must do it in 2nd and
3rd.CC: Go well, but what should
West Indians expect from you and
DR: It would be an exciting series,
my first as captain, Gayle s 100th
Test, Shiv s 154th Test. We will not
take them lightly, but will still play
flamboyant cricket, while respecting
Denesh Ramdin ...WI captain
COLIN EH CROFT
Denesh Ramdin: Time to step up the ICC ladder
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