Ramdin aims to make impression
Wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin is looking to make a big impact on his return to the West Indies side after being recalled for the upcoming one-day international series against Zimbabwe following a six-month absence.
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The 27-year-old has made 94 ODI appearances since his debut in 2005 but has not played since the third match of last summer's series against New Zealand.
He was replaced by Devon Thomas for the final two games against the Black Caps and the 23-year-old kept his place for the series against Bangladesh and Australia.
However, after Thomas could only contribute 111 runs in 10 matches with a top-score of 25, Ramdin, who helped the Windies win the ICC World Twenty20 last October, has been handed a chance to reclaim his position.
And he intends to make the most of the opportunity.
"It's wonderful to be back in the West Indies one-day colours and I'm looking to grab this opportunity with both hands," he told WICB Media as he joined his team-mates at the Grenada National Stadium ahead of tomorrow's opener.
"I am mentally and physically ready for this challenge. My form is there and I am feeling confident with the bat and I have been working twice as hard to make sure I get runs when I'm out in the middle.
"Behind the stumps I worked overtime to make sure that I was fit and ready when the selectors called on me.
"While I was out I did a lot of work on all areas of my game."
West Indies were beaten 3-2 by Bangladesh before suffering a 5-0 whitewash by Australia, and Ramdin knows they need to show an improvement against a Zimbabwe side who have barely played any international cricket in recent times.
"We need to play better all-round cricket. We need to be disciplined when we play against Zimbabwe. They put up a really good fight against us last time they were here in the Caribbean," he said.
While Ramdin returns, West Indies coach Ottis Gibson, who penned a new three-year contract earlier this month, will be without regular captain Darren Sammy and big-hitting batsman Chris Gayle for the first two matches of the three-match series.
Gayle requested to be omitted, while Sammy has been rested due to playing every match for West Indies over the past two years, with Dwayne Bravo taking over as skipper.
Tomorrow's match is Zimbabwe's first ODI since going down to a 3-0 series defeat to New Zealand last February.
Last year they only played eight internationals in all formats - losing every match - with their last action coming in September, when they suffered a 10-wicket defeat by South Africa in the ICC World Twenty20.