Ramdin to bring analytical edge to captaincy

News

Wicketkeeper-batsman Denesh Ramdin is eager to see the West Indies improve on an otherwise poor Test record, after succeeding all-rounder Darren Sammy as captain earlier this week.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Denesh Ramdin is eager to see the West Indies improve on an otherwise poor Test record, after succeeding all-rounder Darren Sammy as captain earlier this week.

Sammy lost the ODI leadership to the veteran Dwayne Bravo last year and the Test helm on Friday, and has since retired from the longest format of the international game, but will continue to lead the T20I unit.

"For the last six to seven years, West Indies have gone off the boil in Tests because our opponents have out-thought us more. We need to think harder as a team," Ramdin told <i>ESPNcricinfo</i>.

"The talent is there. The cricketing skill is always there but it's more mental with us. I've always focused and prided myself on proper analysis of the game and we need to improve on this to move up."

Batsman Chris Gayle's decision to not sign a central contract saw Sammy handed the reins of the Test team more than three years ago. The Windies have since suffered six series defeats across a dozen tours, with four victories and two draws.

The 29-year-old Ramdin captained the ODI outfit to a 40-run triumph over Bangladesh at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur in October 2011 – but has not yet led the Test team.

"Darren did well with the resources he had and many thanks to him but I'm relishing the challenge. There will be ups and downs but I'm ready to balance it all. Over the past 12 to 15 months I've worked on my personal form and it remains the same – I want to help anchor the team and get the lower order to contribute more runs," concluded Sammy.

Latest