Ganga: Ramdin will push Windies up rankings

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Former West Indies skipper Daren Ganga has backed new Test captain Denesh Ramdin to be a success in the role, saying he has the tactical nous to push the side up the ICC rankings, past New Zealand.

Former West Indies skipper Daren Ganga has backed new Test captain Denesh Ramdin to be a success in the role, saying he has the tactical nous to push the side up the ICC rankings, past New Zealand.

The two sides will play a Test series in June, and will be the first time the Windies are playing under a new leaders since 2010, when Darren Sammy got the gig. But he has since retired from the format after being stripped of the role.

Ganga feels Ramdin, widely agreed to be the best wicketkeeper they have, will be a good leader, telling <i>Cricinfo</i>: "It's a great opportunity to show his worth.

"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 (NZ are sixth, WI are eighth)."

Former fast bowler Colin Croft agreed that Ramdin would be a good leader and had the experience to do a good job, but hoped his batting would take an upward turn. He also said that, unlike Sammy, Ramdin's place would not be in question.

Croft said: "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. 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."

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