“I’M LIVING THE DREAM” SAYS WEST INDIES CRICKETER RAVI RAMPAUL – DIGICEL SPORTS UPDATE
On Friday December 2nd, West Indies fast bowler, Ravi Rampaul, officially created a new world record for the highest score by a No. 10 batsman in the history of One-Day Internationals, during the second ODI versus India. This personal victory was capped by team success, as the West Indies beat India in the third ODI on Monday, December 5th. Ravi Rampaul spoke exclusively to www.digicelcricket.com about the team’s feelings on playing India and his own record-breaking success.
- After losing the first two ODIs versus India, you beat them in the third ODI. How did the team feel about this victory?
Everyone was very happy about finally having beaten India; we played some really good cricket in tough conditions, but we stuck together as a team and it paid off. The outcome really boosted our morale and reminded us that if we stick to the game plans and get the basics right, we have the ability to play very good cricket.
- Earlier this year, cricket reporter, Osmas Samiuddin, remarked that you had “the enthusiasm of a man unable to believe how his career has suddenly soared, racing in so the dream doesn’t suddenly end.” Five years ago, you were badly injured and unable to play; now you are breaking world records. How does that feel?
You know, anytime I play well, it’s really meant as a great performance for the whole team. But I do believe records were meant to be broken, and I’m very glad to have achieved this latest marker. I’ve overcome a lot – the injury left me out of the game for two years – and now I really am living the dream again. I’m always working hard to maintain my success and to lessen the chance of getting injured again.
- Is there anyone in particular who you believe has contributed to your success, or who has been an inspiration to you?
There are several people whom I have to thank for helping me come so far. Ian Bishop (former West Indian cricketer) played a big part in my recovery after the injury. When I was frustrated or impatient, he encouraged me to attend my physical therapy and he was always there pushing me to do the right things for my recovery. My trainer, Ronald Rogers, has been invaluable in helping me come so far, while Coach Otis Gibson is tireless in consistently helping me improve my bowling.
- What are your thoughts on newcomer Sunil Narine’s performance, who has been acclaimed alongside yourself, particularly in Monday’s match?
Sunil bowled really well on Monday; it’s incredibly tough making your debut under that kind of pressure, but he handled it well. He is a really good all-rounder, and I think he looks set to be a great player and a great addition to the team.
- Your time in India is almost at an end; how has the Series been? How would you sum up 2011 for yourself?
Playing in India has provided us with great opportunities – this is my first long tour in India – and we’ve got to play in a lot of new conditions, which is a great learning curve. Personally, I feel that 2011 has been a successful year, both for my bowling and my batting. I know now that I can’t take anything for granted, but I’m reaping the rewards of hard work and looking forward to whatever 2012 brings.
Digicel is also sponsoring the live radio coverage for all games in the West Indies Away Series against Bangladesh and India through its partnership with regional network broadcaster, Line & Length.
Thanks to Digicel’s sponsorship, Line & Length Network will provide regional supporters with live ball-by-ball radio broadcasts of the away Series. In addition, the Regional Super50 tournament in Guyana will also be aired on radio stations in the Caribbean.
The West Indies’ tour of Bangladesh, which included two Tests, three One-Day Internationals and one Twenty20, ran from Tuesday 11th October to Thursday 3rd November 2011, while the India Series which followed immediately after has three Tests and five One-Day Internationals and is expected to finish on Monday 12th December 2011.
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