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West Indies pace bowler Ravi Rampaul has announced that the Champions League Twetnty20 (CLT20) will prepare him for the national team’s upcoming ODI series against India.
Rampaul, who will be representing the Barbados Tridents during the CLT20, is hoping to get accustomed to the conditions and pitches prior to the start of the ODI series.
“It would be good for me because I would like to hit the ground running,” Rampaul told PTI. “Hopefully, I can get in some good performances in the tournament and get my confidence up ahead of that series.”
Rampaul also noted that he feels he is in the “best phase” of his Twenty20 career at the moment.
“I have been working hard and I think this is my best phase in my T20 career,” he said. “This is because I have become a far better death bowler than I ever was before. I worked hard during the CPL to sharpen up on the fitness front and the wickets I took is a testimony to that. Hopefully in the CLT20, I can be amongst the wickets again.”
Rampaul also revealed that he has been working on his reverse swing.
“Since the CPL was played mostly in the day, I tried to get the ball to reverse swing a little more and that worked to my advantage,” he said.
However, despite claiming to have become a better death bowler and getting more reverse swing, Rampaul believes Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell will be the hardest batsman to bowl to during the tournament.
“There are a lot of top batsmen in the CLT20, but I think Glenn Maxwell is right up there too and seeing we have him in our first game (against Kings XI Punjab), he will be the toughest to bowl to,” Rampaul said.
When asked how much the Tridents will miss regular skipper Kieron Pollard, who opted to play for the Mumbai Indians, Rampaul said: “We have a lot of talent in our team. We don’t depend on one player. We have an entire team and once they perform together, we should come out victorious.
“Like all teams, we have a chance. We’ve lost three of our top players (Pollard, Malik, Dwayne Smith) but we have a lot of talent in our team and the team spirit is good. Hopefully, we can play as hard as we can but like each team, we have a good chance at winning.”
Rampaul added that Barbados can have a successful campaign if they have the right type of attitude and mindset.
“There are similarities in the wickets but it comes down to how smart we play and how we approach each game,” he said. “Mohali has a little bit of grass and a little bit of bounce and we are stacked with fast bowlers. Hopefully, once we reach there and assess the pitch, we can use the variation that we have.”