Denesh Ramdin, the West Indian keeper stated that the visitors were aiming for an even better performance in the second Test match which is scheduled to begin at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna tomorrow.
“They (Bangladesh) showed character, a lot of them have the ability to spend time in the crease. We need to pick up early wickets with the new ball, it is very important for us. So hopefully Tino Best and Ravi Rampaul and hopefully Fidel Edwards can get a game in this match and set the opposition back,” said Ramdin at a press conference at the stadium in Khulna yesterday.
“It was a good batting pitch, they played well. They assessed the conditions and played our bowlers like Sunil Narine and Veerasammy Permaul quite well. We got early wickets in the second innings which put them under pressure, and we won in the end,” he added.
The batsman who was not out on 126 in the first innings of the match, shared an unbeaten 296 run stand with Shivnarine Chanderpaul. He also stated that the century had given his confidence a huge boost.
“I've been working really hard in the nets back home, had two good scores in the Champions League, and then I went back home and worked some more. We decided to go out there and have a partnership, it paid off well once I spent time at the crease,” said the wicketkeeper. He, however, stated that there was still a long way to go before he could secure his position as the West Indies' Test wicketkeeper.
Despite his good performance in the first innings of the Test match, Ramdin was excluded from the visitors' one day international squad, a side that he hopes to be a part of in the coming days.
“I am in a bit of form, but that's how it goes. I will go back home and work hard. Hopefully good things will come my way next year,” said Ramdin.
Ramdin also believed that the spinners in his side would provide a much better performance in the upcoming Test match. “I believe he (Sunil Narine) is a great bowler once he gets his areas going. He needs a bit more work, hopefully he can do some spot-bowling and get it right, I think he can do the job for us in the second Test match,” said Ramdin.
“Verasammy Permaul showed a lot of maturity in his first game. He kept things tight when the batsmen were going at him. He got three crucial wickets for us in the second innings. Hopefully the pitch will assist him here,” he added.
The batsman also believed that pacer Fidel Edwards, if selected, could also make an impact in the game.