Rampaul Ready To Bowl The ‘tough Overs’

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Rampaul Ready To Bowl The ‘tough Overs’Rampaul picked up 19 wickets in the CPL this year.

Ahead of the T20 WC to be held in the UAE and Oman, West Indies' pace bowler Ravi Rampaul said that he is ready to take up the mantle of bowling the ‘tough overs' – powerplay and slog overs.

The veteran pace bowler, who played as a Kolpak in County cricket for a while, returned to the Caribbean Premier League this season after a gap of four years, and ended up as the highest wicket-taker of the tournament with 19 scalps at 16.21. Moreover, 14 of those scalps came during the Powerplay and end overs. “Definitely [see myself doing a top-tail role] for the West Indies,” Rampaul noted. “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,” he added.

Ever since Rampaul led the West Indies' pace attack in the Under-15 World Challenge in England in 2000, he has been looked upon as a future prospect. However, over a period of time, his career has been blighted by injuries and fitness issues. “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.”

The pace bowler believes the Caribbean side has the required experience to handle different situations through the course of the tournament. Incidentally, Rampaul has the experience of putting up a good show in a T20 WC, having finished as the West Indies' joint-highest wicket-taker in the 2012 tournament. “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.

“I think going into big World Cup games, you would need experience. The team that was selected has a lot of experienced guys and a lot of young guys as well – guys that have played around the world in different conditions. We know that the games come quick and fast. The experienced guys, more so, will know how to manage themselves to play back-to-back games or play games every other day with recovery and getting stuff done. The experience will help us throughout the tournament.”

The defending champions will start their campaign with a match against England on October 23.

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