Dhoni praises Rampaul's performance
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter
DateLine: 1st July 2009
Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has praised West Indian bowler Ravi
Rampaul for his ability to force mistakes from batsmen by bowling in the
right regions. Rampaul wreaked India's batting line-up and returned career-best figures of 4-37. Courtesy his performance West Indies beat India by eight wickets to stay afloat in the four-match series currently tied 1-1.
"Rampaul swings the ball really well, bowls in the right area and he forces
you to play a big shot like the cover drive," Dhoni said ahead of the third
one-dayer on Friday. The right-hander's spell left India tottering at 82 for eight after the visitors had won the toss and batted first. Dhoni though batted responsibly hitting 95 to lift his side to 188.
The Indian skipper said that the lack of assistance from the pitch in
Kingston made Rampaul's and fellow pacer Jerome Taylor's performance all the
"I don't think there was that much in (the pitch) for the bowlers," Dhoni
"They bowled really well, they were swinging the ball well and, when it
stopped swinging, they were able to get reverse swing," he added.