Denesh Ramdin Biography
As a teenager Denesh Ramdin was chosen for West Indies B. He went on to become the captain of the West Indies side that reached the semifinal of Under-19 World Cup 2004. Once he smashed 472 runs in his first full First-Class season for Trinidad and Tobago, he was called up to make his international debut in Sri Lanka in 2005.
Through his career, Ramdin showed glimpses of his batting talent, but consistency eluded him in the long run. His wicketkeeping has been more sound than spectacular. There was competition from Carlton Baugh on a few occasions, but the selectors continued to go back to Ramdin.
He smashed his first Test ton in 2009 against England but lost his place in the lead-up to the ICC World Cup 2011. He re-emerged in India later that year and hit 96 in an ODI, but the momentous occasion came in 2012.
After smashing a ton at Edgbaston, he flashed a paper at the cameras with the words “YEA VIV TALK NAH” to address Viv Richards, a consistent critic of Ramdin’s batting. A backlash followed; he was banned in 2013 following a falsely claimed catch in ICC Champions Trophy against Pakistan.
But Ramdin’s second coming has seen him mature into a good player for the West Indies. In 2014, he scored his maiden ODI ton against England in a fighting run-chase and then smashed 169 against Bangladesh. He was also appointed captain of the Test side.
Ramdin leads the Guyana Amazon Warriors in the CPL and has played some belligerent knocks for them. In 2012, he was a part of the side that won the ICC World T20 in Sri Lanka.
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