Back in the mix after six years, seamer hopes his experience would help the team in their T20 World Cup defence
“My experience [with Derbyshire] will help [lead the bowling line-up] and there’s Dwayne Bravo as well,” Rampaul said, speaking from West Indies’ base in Dubai. “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.”
“Yeah, definitely [see myself doing a top-tail role] for the West Indies,” Rampaul said. “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.”
Multiple injuries have troubled Rampaul in the past, but the 37-year-old seamer felt that he is now in a better space to understand his body and work accordingly.
“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,” Rampaul said. “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.”
Rampaul also pointed out that West Indies’ vast experience would help them deal with pressure better during a fairly short, sharp tournament. West Indies will begin their T20 World Cup defence by playing three matches in six days across two venues against England, South Africa and a qualifier from the first round.
Deivarayan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo