A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Ramdin’s defiance earns him a fine

Richards was not impressed with Ramdin’s celebration

West Indies wicketkeeper batsman Denesh Ramdin was fined 20 per cent of his match fee for the way he celebrated after scoring his century in the third Test against England.

Ramdin, upon completing his second century, took out a sheet of paper from his pocket which read: ‘Yeah Viv, Talk Nah’.

Ramdin’s move comes after Sir Viv Richards commented that the wicketkeeper batsman had not performed well enough in the first two Tests.

The International Cricket Council (ICC), charged the 27-year-old Ramdin with a Level 1 offence, contrary to clause 2.1.8 (a), which relates to “conduct contrary to the spirit of the game”.

No hearing for the offence was required, since Ramdin pleaded guilty to the charge and accepted his punishment.

Richards was not impressed with the way Ramdin had handled the criticism, and said: “It’s like in a football match … if you are losing 5-0 and you score a goal in the 90th minute, you shouldn’t be running around jumping for joy. I wouldn’t be happy with that. I set my standards a bit higher. It’s been a long time coming. If you are good enough, the chances certainly are you are going to get it done. Let’s not forget it’s in a losing cause. Scoring a hundred when you are the team winning, that’s excellent stuff.”

Legendary West Indian pace bowler and Richards teammate during his career, Michael Holding, also voiced his disgust at Ramdin’s actions, and said: “If I was the manager of the team I would be having a word with that player, and he would be getting a fine, I am not saying this because he [Richards] was my former captain – that is simply unbecoming behaviour from a player.”

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