It was surprising to see veteran pace bowler Ravi Rampaul back in the West Indies squad for the 2021 T20 World Cup.
A long career
Ravi Rampal made his International debut way back in 2007 and has accomplished quite a lot in his International Career.
He has picked up 117 one day international wickets for the West Indies and 31 wickets in T20 Internationals. Rampaul has put in some memorable performances against India as well.
He was out of the international side for a long time but came back into the reckoning out of the blue after a sensational season in the Caribbean Premier League, West Indies’ domestic T20 competition and did well enough in the 2021 T20 World Cup as well.
A top-tail bowler
“Yeah, definitely see myself doing a top-tail role for the West Indies,” Rampaul said. “I’ve done a lot of practice bowling in the three areas of T20 cricket and whatever situation I’ve to play for the West Indies, I’ll try to do my best. I strive on the tough areas of the game to come out on top. So, whatever situation I’m put under, I’ll try to come out on top. With the experience gained, I know exactly what my body needs to perform. At a younger age, I didn’t know and I just wanted to continue playing cricket every day.”
“But, with the experience gained, playing over the years, I know exactly how I need to train – the sort of gym and running work I need to do, so with that experience right now, I feel I’m a bit better at preparing for more games that way. We have a lot of guys who have been playing a lot of T20 franchise cricket around the world and we could feed off each other with our experience and when different situations in the game come up, we can come together and have a plan to go ahead.”
37 year old Ravi Rampaul has been playing for Derbyshire as a Kolpak player in the English County Championship for a long time but made a sensational comeback to CPL in 2021, ending up as the highest wicket taker in the competition.
The pacer took 19 wickets from 10 CPL matches at an average of 16.21 and an economy rate of 7.96.