West Indies wicketkeeper Dinesh Ramdin retires from international cricket: It’s a dream come true

Former West Indies captain and wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Ramdin announced his retirement from international cricket on Monday, 18 July, bringing to a halt a 17-year long career at the highest level. Ramdin, however, will continue to play franchise-based cricket around the world.

Denesh Ramdin, who made his West Indies debut in 2005, played 74 Tests, 139 ODIs and 71 T20Is and scored 6 centuries. Ramdin also participated in West Indies’ T20 World Cup victories in 2012 and 2016. The 37-year-old, however, fell off the radar, last playing a Test in 2019 and a white-ball game for West Indies in 2016.

“It is with great pleasure that I announce my retirement from international cricket. The last 14 years have been a dream come true. I fulfilled my childhood dreams by playing cricket for Trinidad and Tobago and West Indies. My career took off. Gave me the opportunity to see the world, make friends from different cultures and still be able to appreciate where I come from,” Ramdin said in an Instagram post.

“Even though I am announcing my retirement from international cricket, I am not retiring from professional cricket. I will still play franchise cricket around the world…

“I take this opportunity to thank everyone who has made an impact on my 14-year career, especially my family, my beautiful wife Janelle and our children for all the sacrifices you made for me to be away for a long time.” for my international career,” he said.

Ramdin led the West Indies in 17 matches including 13 Tests but the wicketkeeper-batsman did not find much success as captain. Ramdin, a strong batsman and dependable batsman, scored 2898 runs in Test cricket and 2200 runs in ODIs. He scored 636 runs in 71 T20 Internationals.

Ramdin was no stranger to controversies. The West Indies batsman was fined 20 per cent when he took out a paper from his pocket that read, “Yeh viv talk nah”, in response to criticism of Viv Richards over poor form. After scoring a century at Edgbaston in 2012, Ramdin took out a piece of paper and kept it with him.

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