By Ravendra Madholall in Toronto
After the completion of West Indies’ last test series against hosts New Zealand earlier this year, there was no indication that Denesh Ramdin would have taken over from Darren Sammy.
If he wasn’t notified, he had always been touted to be a test skipper soon having led West Indies at the under-15, 19, A team, T20 and one-day international and certainly deserves the opportunity now.
Beyond the boundary, a legion of the Caribbean’s team supporters would feel a sense of satisfaction as this dynamic Trinidad and Tobago’s leader should be able to do some great things for this struggling side with the armband. In addition to that, it may conjure greater optimism that West Indies could turn the corners.
Obviously, New Zealand will come to the region with the psychological advantage after beating them 2-0 and this is one area Ramdin will have an uphill task to find a winning formula.
The Kiwis was dominant in all aspects of their game while one of their veteran batsmen Ross Taylor in supreme form reeling off three consecutive hundreds.
Ramdin was part of that tour and performed creditably well having compiled an attractive century and was also in a brilliant partnership with the stalwart West Indian batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul.
What he has accomplished as a professional cricketer, the 29-year-old Ramdin has proven to be a wonderful athlete and a cunning captain too. He has got the ability to be another phenomenal West Indies skipper but the onus is on his shoulder to bring back glories for the regional combination in the near future.
If New Zealand going to be very challenging in Ramdin’s first outing as the Test captain, the chances of him being a permanent leader are quite slim. But the prospect of a successful skipper is very high.
He will have to rely heavily on his seasoned campaigners to give him the start that is necessary to be an outstanding leader for the next three test series against New Zealand and Bangladesh at home and then in South Africa.
Apart from the team’s challenges under any circumstances, his personal input is another fundamental factor. His wicket-keeping talent is natural and by extension in abundance, but his batting consistency will be in fray as soon as he begins to toss the coin.
Sammy, who was at the helm for the past four years, has not been able to transform any significant position to winning series. Based on the outcomes, he lacked the quality as a captain while his performances were sometimes atrocious.
Sammy’s only highlight was leading West Indies to the T20 title in 2012 but his test career was met with severe criticism. What his successor will do now is left to be seen.
Historically, West Indies dominated world cricket via several distinguished skippers including Sir Garfield Sobers and the Legendary Clive Lloyd. We admired these men’s great leadership qualities and motivations to bring out the best.
Regardless of what Ramdin has done for the youth team, reserved side and his country, this is spontaneously a challenge to emulate those figures.
Their stunning career was characterized with marvelous performances both individually and collectively.
Now that can be an inspiration for Ramdin, who should focus to build the right team. He should also be confident since the series at home is an encouraging one, particularly with the presence of Chanderpaul and Chris Gayle, another indispensable player.