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A number of former West Indies players have lauded the West Indies Cricket Board’s (WICB) decision to make Denesh Ramdin captain of the country’s Test team.
Even though Ramdin’s appointment as captain came at the price of all-rounder Darren Sammy announcing his retirement from the longest format of the game, the former players still see it as a positive move.
Former West Indies opening batsman Daren Ganga stated that the decision to make Ramdin captain was a “bold but promising one”.
“It’s a great opportunity to show his worth,” Ganga told ESPNcricinfo. “He has been groomed as a leader in the Regional Four-Day tournament for Trinidad and his experience at junior levels leading show he is ready to grab the reins of leadership.
“His tactical knowledge and understanding of the game is pretty sound. I’ve played for many years with Denesh. I think he can mesh the various personalities and motivate players of different backgrounds on the team. He can make a positive difference. Denesh can help West Indies leapfrog New Zealand in the rankings.”
Ex-pace bowler Colin Croft agreed with Ganga’s views, but added that Ramdin needs to improve his batting average, which currently stands at 27.25.
“With 56 Tests already under his belt, including four centuries, and 161 dismissals behind the stumps, Ramdin has just the right experience in Tests to command respect and demand excellence,” Croft said. “However, his batting average in Tests, 27.25, has to improve.
“This appointment will certainly be a massive challenge for Denesh. But at least in Ramdin’s case, there will not be any conjecture as to whether he deserves his place in the team or not, à la Sammy. Right now, by a long way, Denesh is easily the best wicketkeeper in the Caribbean.
“Ramdin has to be as aggressive for West Indies in planning and production as he has been for T&T.”
Meanwhile, former wicketkeeper Deryck Murray suggested that Ramdin should captain the West Indies’ ODI and Twenty20 teams as well.
“With his position as wicketkeeper, he is present in all the squads,” Murray said. “So if he’s a constant, why not have him lead all the teams and give us more consistency?”