By Ravendra Madholall in Toronto
Opener Rodrigo Thomas strongly believes in the fundamentals of batting and he applied it at every appearance at the crease having scored a double-century already in Canada playing for Classic Cricket Club (CCC).
Last year the dashing left-hander fashioned an unbeaten 210 in the Etobicoke and District League 50-over tournament and now is anxious to play internationally for his adopted country.
Since playing at the domestic level for Victors Cricket Club in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Thomas developed a great work ethic to train very hard because he is still philosophical that hard work and commitment will eventually pay off successfully.
He has done exceptionally well after moved across permanently to North America 2011 with two centuries and five 50s and ready to reap the ambition of playing for Canada in the immediate future.
His encouragement has come in abundance from his fellow teammates at CCC and will be gearing up for the Toronto and District Cricket Association Elite league this season coming out with Vikings Cricket Club.
“I want to play for Canada on the international scene; I love playing in Canada because the cricket here is of high standard and that is something that gives me the confidence of playing at the highest level; I scored lots of runs in the Etobicoke League and that also a huge part for me,” Thomas related.
He was chosen as the Most Valuable Player last year after he had accumulated over 800 runs with a healthy average of 67.88 while he picked up 21 wickets from 16 games with his gentle medium pace. He attributed his success to full concentration and exercise continually.
“I think once you want to perform you have to train hard and dedicate yourself to the game; I want to play for Canada and only consistent performances can take you up there; as I mentioned that the standard of cricket is excellent here having seen players coming from different parts of world to ply their trade, so I am indeed anxious to be in the national team soon,” the 23-year-old batsman reasoned.
Reflecting on his under-19 days for his country back home, Thomas can vividly recall some magnificent innings with the bat in the Windward Islands domestic season. He played in Dominica and Grenada and was one of the most outstanding batsmen.
He was very thankful to his mother Rosemary Thomas who was also an active member of a cricket team in the women’s local competition. Rodrigo stated his mom spotted his talent and without hesitation encouraged him to take up the game seriously and immediately responded by joining a club, owned by former West Indies cricketer Michael Findlay.
“My mom was very instrumental in the early part of my career especially in St. Vincent and the Grenadines; she was the one who told me to play the game hard and always take me to the grounds when she was playing and I started to love the game more seriously, so I am definitely thankful to her,” the right-arm bowler Thomas emphasized.
Thomas advises other youths to take inspiration and learn the game by watching international cricket. Some of the famous batsmen he admires are Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara, Indian Gautam Gambhir, Englishman Kevin Pietersen and West Indian Chris Gayle.