Ravindranath “Ravi” Rampaul, the Preysal born, 32-year-old Trinidad and Tobago and West Indian cricketer, backs his team Trinidad and Tobago Red Force to pull the sting from Jamaica Scorpions.
Both teams will clash in a matchup in the WICB regional Super50 semi-final scheduled for this Wednesday at the Coolidge Ground in Antigua.
Rampaul, one of the most touted pace bowlers at the youth level, some will argue, has not lived up to his full potential.
However, there is no doubt that he knows a thing or two about bowling given his historical performance and his statistical status in the bowling department in the current Super50 series — 17 wickets, the second most in the tournament thus far.
He is the first quick bowler of Indian descent to represent West Indies at international level, playing Tests, One Day Internationals and Twenty20 Internationals.
Capable of decent pace and accuracy from a simple, smooth bowling action, Rampaul is currently seeking to make a comeback after being discarded by the West Indies on the basis of lack of fitness and breakdown due to injury.
Speaking in an interview, he posited the view that Trinidad and Tobago Red Force have an advantage going into their WICB regional Super50 semi-final against the Jamaica Scorpions.
“Jamaica has not played here yet and we have played six games here so I think we’ll have the upper-hand. It’s a matter of what we do with our skills and our variation on the wicket,” he said.
The Red Force not only topped Group ‘A’ but has also played the majority of their matches at the Coolidge Ground, the venue for the semi-finals and final.
Carol Maye, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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