Excited At Captaining Guyana
By Orin Davidson
Within seven days Ramnaresh Sarwan will make his debut as
Guyana captain in the Stanford 20/20 cup and is eagerly looking
forward to making another major step forward in his career.
“Obviously it will be a bit different, I have not had
much opportunity to captain Guyana, but I am sure I will get
the full support of my teammates. I am looking forward to
the 20/20, it will not take me long to adjust to it, “
Sarwan told Cricket International in an exclusive interview
last weekend at Floyd Bennett Park.
For the better part of three years, the right hander has been
playing bridesmaid, initially to West Indies captain to Brian
Lara as his deputy and then to Shivnarine Chanderpaul at both
Test and Regional levels.
But he is confident his batting will not suffer as a result
of the additional responsibility and expects to do a good
job leading Guyana and possibly when his time comes to take
over from Lara at Test and One day International level.
The stroke-making West Indies #3 is enjoying the ODI form
of his life, climbing the world rankings to number two behind
Australian Adam Gilchrist, and gave the New York crowd a sampling
of his class with a stroke filled 70 last Saturday in the
Caribbean All Stars first game against United States All Stars
at Floyd Bennett field.
It was Sarwan’s first game in a representative West
Indies squad in America and he loved every minute of the weekend.
“It was really nice, we have not had this opportunity
to play together as a team in front of the crowd here, it
was a great atmosphere and we really enjoyed it,” he
Sarwan pointed out that the experience was more relaxing than
international cricket and not as mentally draining. “We
had a good time, it was a good experience,” he stated.
Asked whether they would do it again in the Big Apple Sarwan
declared. “ I am sure most of the guys will want to
come back here and play more cricket. They (spectators) don’t
get to see us live too often, they came out and supported
us and I am sure they had a good time as well.”
The Guyanese’s current brilliant one-day form which
produced an average of 91 in the Digicel series against India
and helped West Indies whip them 4-1, does not detract though,
from his commitment to Test competition where he is ranked
“I prefer Test cricket more than One Day cricket, obviously
I have been working hard on my one day game. I think the key
to one day cricket is trying to rotate the strike and analyzing
situations. I think once you are able to analyze situations,
you have a good chance to perform consistent (ly). Obviously
you would make one or two mistakes in One Day cricket, but
in Test cricket you would not get away with it because of
the field placements and stuff like that. But I also love
Test cricket and that is the ultimate,” Sarwan explained.
On his troublesome shoulder that has severely weakened his
throwing, Sarwan cannot put a finger on the problem presently.
“It is not something specific you can find out what
is wrong , it is just that I can’t throw and will probably
take two to two and a half years of therapy to get it back
to where it was.
But as is clearly obvious, the shoulder is not affecting his
“It doesn’t,” he said adding, “I just
have to continue working on it and hopefully it will get better,”
the batsman stated.
The Guyanese also shrugs off any possibility of burn out among
his West Indies teammates ahead of their heavy schedule for
the remainder of this year prior to the World Cup next year
which West Indies will host.
“It is an opportunity for us to get ourselves peaking
in time for the World Cup. I have been playing with a lot
of niggles, knee problems and hamstring problems, apart from
that I don’t think any international sportsman plays
injury free. It is just a matter of me taking care of my body
and getting healthy.”
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