Denesh Ramdin Biography
Denesh Ramdin was born on 13 March 1985 Couva, Trinidad and Tobago West Indies.
He is a right handed batsman and wicket-keeper.
Ramdin is talented with both his gloves and bat, however he has not used his talent to the fullest.
He is currently one of the best keepers in the West Indian side.
Initially Ramdin played the game as a pace bowler but he was bored when not facing the batsman, so he took up wicket keeping to keep himself engaged at all times.
His hunger for cricket was notable as he went on to lead Trinidad and Tobago and West Indies under-19 team in his early days of cricket.
After a few good performances, he was soon called up to serve the senior team at the age of 19.
On 13 July 2005 Ramdin made his test debut against Sri Lanka at Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo.
He made a 56 off 73 balls before getting bowled by Gayan Wijekoon. However he could not do much in the second innings scoring just 11 and getting lbw by Muralitharan.
Ramdin made he ODI debut against India in late July 2005 at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Dambulla.
He was able to score 24 off 21 balls but his wicket keeping was impressive against a ball which was slowing down because of the pitch conditions.
In February 2016 Denesh made his T20 debut, but was not very productive with the bat.
Rise to Glory
Ramdin started his career on a high, after his debut West Indies toured Australia in October and November 2005.
He made a strong 71 runs in the 7th test. The West Indies toured New Zealand later for a 9 match series consisting of 3 tests, 5 ODI and one T20 game.
Ramdin managed to score just 33 runs in the tests, and 92 in the ODIs. However Ramdin was still one of the most important players in the squad and was considered a contender for the captaincy position.
In June 2010 South Africa toured West Indies for their test series, Ramdin managed to score just 63 runs in three tests and 34 from five ODIs.
The poor performance and form was backed up by the non-renewal of his contract and he was dropped.
Eventually his domestic performance led to his recall for an ODI series against India in October 2011.
Dinesh Ramdin played for Trinidad and Tobago, in 2011 he was made the captain replacing Darren Ganga and led them to win the Caribbean Twenty20 held in January 2012. He was also the leading run scorer in the 2011-12 Four- Day Regional competitions.
Ramdin rose to test captaincy in May 2014 taking over Darren Sammy. His first challenge was against New Zealand in a home series which resulted in a 2-1 loss.
Ramdin’s experience as captain for Trinidad and Tobago helped him a lot.
In August 2014, he scored a cracking 169 off 121 balls against Bangladesh in an ODI match at Warner Park in Basseterre, St Kitts.
Ramdin’s Record in Numbers
Ramdin’s 169 against Bangladesh was the highest by any West Indian batsman in an ODI at home.
His rampage of 11 sixes in that match is also the second highest by a West Indies batsman in an ODI and the highest by a wicketkeeper in an innings, beating Dhonis' 10 sixes against Sri Lanka.