Windies bring in Sarwan to work with senior team

By April 16, 2019

Former Windies batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan said he is excited about working with the Windies senior team ahead of next month’s Tri-Nations One-day International Series in Ireland and the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 England & Wales.

The now-retired Guyana and Windies batting star played 87 Tests, 181 ODIs and 18 Twenty20 Internationals between 2000 and 2013. He will spend the remainder of the week working with the players, especially the batsmen, helping them improve their techniques.

“I have come here to act as kind of a mentor to the players and try my best to assist them in any technical ways and with any shortcomings where I think they can improve, and to offer as much help to the head coach, Floyd Reifer, and his coaching staff,” said the 38-year-old Sarwan.

“I am very excited to be here. When I received the call from Jimmy, I was very overwhelmed at being asked to assist West Indies cricket again. I am really grateful for the opportunity and I am looking forward to sharing my knowledge with the players, even though it will just be a few days, and hoping it will help them in some way or other.”

On Tuesday, batsmen Darren Bravo and Shai Hope led a group that spent several hours working with Sarwan in the nets. This was the second day of the team’s training camp currently underway at the Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies.

“I know our batsmen have struggled in the past with rotating the strike, so I am trying to see how best we can get them to improve in this area,” he said. “It’s not an overnight fix, but it’s important to share ideas with them so that they have something to build on.”

Reifer said it was essential to have the batsmen work with someone like Sarwan who was a stabilizing force in a West Indies team that featured the likes of Brian Lara and Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

“It was very important to have him here,” he said. “Sarwan was a player that was outstanding for West Indies. A very good batsman. A very good ‘finisher’ in limited-overs matches. We thought that a guy like Sarwan, coming into the camp with us whilst planning for the World Cup, would bring a wealth of knowledge.

“We are hoping he can help the batsmen get a better understanding of how to finish games, the mindset, how to approach batting first, how to approach batting last. So, we thought that kind of knowledge was very important to share. He fitted in very well. He did a lot of talking and a lot of work with the batsmen.”

 

 

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