Ramdin excited about return, Red Force play
Denesh Ramdin returned to the Digicel Regional 4-Day Championship scene for the first time in three years with a bang. The Trinidad & Tobago Red Force captain hammered a first innings hundred…
Having captained the outstanding West Indies Under-19 side that reached the final at the ICC Youth World Cup in 2004, Ramdin has come through the ranks as expected to become the senior side’s preferred wicketkeeper/batsman. He excelled then with both gloves and bat and such was the impression he made that a year later he was on his debut tour of Sri Lanka. The right-hander marked his first appearance in a Test with a stroke-filled half-century and went on to produce some critical innings for West Indies down the order. A crucial 71 which prevented a total West Indies collapse in the second Test against Australia in Hobart a few months later was a test of his mettle and temperament and showed he had the ability for long innings. His only Test century to date – a superb 166 against England in Bridgetown – remained perhaps the highlight of his career. For five years, he served as the first choice gloveman and his leadership qualities saw him elevated to vice-captain and also lead the regional side on a few occasions. A lost of form saw him fall out of the regional side but prolific scoring for Trinidad and Tobago saw him bounce back strongly and he was selected for the touring party to England.