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Want to perfect my game: Rampaul
T&T pacer hopes to improve his batting skills as well
Part of the West Indies’ 2012 ICC World T20 winning side, Ravi Rampaul plays a key role in the Trinidad & Tobago side as well. The pacer played in the CLT20 in 2009 and 2011 as well. With the match today not having a bearing on the main event, some of the other players were given an opportunity to showcase their talents. A senior member of the team, Rampaul watched from the dug-out as his team posted a formidable target for Uva Next at the New Wanderers Stadium, before the game was abandoned due to rain.
Before heading back to the Caribbean, Rampaul spoke to clt20.com about playing in the shorter format of the game.
Excerpts from the brief chat:
The West Indies team winning the ICC World T20 must have been a great morale booster for you and the team.
Yes definitely, winning the World Cup and becoming the champions in T20 cricket was a great morale booster. After that coming to play for T&T here in totally different conditions that’s what really got to us in the first game. We didn’t really execute our plans as a bowling unit yesterday, after the batters did such a good job. We didn’t do the basics right on the wicket yesterday, and with the game washed out here, we are off now.
You have been successful in bowling in this format of the game and in the CLT20 as well. How different is it to bowl in Twenty20s
It is a pressure game. You have to continuously keep thinking about how the batter is playing and use variations, and also knowing at what time to use it in the game is important. It is a nice format. It keeps you on your toes and it is energetic and has you going right through the game. You have to believe in your ability and keep believing in what you are capable of doing.
As a senior player and leading bowler of the team, what is your role?
My role in the T20 format is to pick up early wickets try not let the opposition get off to a flying start and set them back as much as possible. I try to do that to the best of my ability.
You have been good at bowling in powerplays and death overs. How do you work on it?
I just stick to doing what I do, using my variation, using my stock ball and back of the length; and generally that is basically what I try to do, try and bowl at yorker length. In the World Cup my come back overs were not all that good. So, that is something to work on and hopefully next time I will do better.
You have been known to contribute with the bat as well.
Yes. Anytime I get the opportunity to bat I make use of it. In the World Cup I wasn’t really needed to bat. I didn’t get much time to bat. So, hopefully I’ll still continue to bat in the nets and do my fielding and try to make my all-round game perfect.
All-rounders play a crucial role in the T20 format.
Definitely. If you have a guy who can bat and bowl and field, it is good to have him in the team. The more all-rounders you have in a team, like in the West Indies team where we have a quite bit of all-rounders, that helps in the batting and bowling.