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Friday, May 9, 2014

Wicket keepers as Captains .... when Ramdin said 'yeh Viv talk nah'...

In Test no. 1308 – way back in Oct 1995 at Bangalore, India won by 80 runs and this man debuted.....  (see last para)

An interesting article by Rob Steen in Cricinfo states that among  the 70 men who have led their country in 20 or more Tests lurk just two keepers (MS Dhoni, 53, and Andy Flower, 20); and Flower, the first to the landmark, did not enter the lists until the final decade of the last century. [how Sangakkara does not make the cut here is my Q ?] England and Australia have been notably resistant. Alec Stewart, whose 15 matches as a multi-tasker spanned nine years... perhaps there has been a prejudice ... in India as I could recall Ajit Wadekar, Pataudi, Venkatraghavan, Bishan Bedi, Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Vengsarkar, Srikkanth, Azharuddin, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Dravid, Kumble – no wicket keeper till Mahendra Singh Dhoni catapulted to the top. 

Now comes the news that Denesh Ramdin, the West Indies wicketkeeper, has been named captain of the Test side and will take over from Darren Sammy, who will remain the T20 captain. This means West Indies have three separate captains for all three formats. Ramdin's first assignment will be the home series against New Zealand which begins on June 8. He has led the national side in three T20s and an ODI.  Sammy tweeted welcoming Ramdin. 

One would recall this incident in the  3rd Test at Edgbaston in June 2012.  Denesh Ramdin, the West Indies wicket-keeper, was  fined 20% of his match fee after reaching his century.  The ICC charged Ramdin with conduct contrary to the spirit of the game and he pleaded guilty to the offence. "We all understand the importance of celebrating a milestone, however, one should not use that time as an opportunity to hit out at one's critic or send messages to the world," Roshan Mahanama, the match referee, said.

If you are wondering what this was all about ~ Ramdin reached his 2nd test century with a single of Tim Bresnan.  Ramdin removed his helmet, and to the surprise of everyone removed a piece of paper from his right pocket and flashed it aggressively towards the pavilion. The message read: "Yeh VIV talk nah"... 

After the days' play, Ramdin revealed he had prepared the note earlier as a response to  Richards' criticism of his deteriorating form after he had scored only 51 runs and kept wicket inconsistently in the first two Tests. 

Ramdin later admitted his reaction had been emotional.


Getting back to that Bangalore test – Lee (Kenneth) Germon made his debut in that test.  He went on to play 12 tests scoring 382 runs with a solitary 50 and 37 one dayers.  He was the Captain, Wicketkeeper and was making his debut in an International match

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

9th May 2014.

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