Ramdin will have to live with the scrutiny

The Windies 'keeper-batsman will now have to be far more consistent than he has ever been on the international stage.




There have been some glorious scenes of celebration on the sporting field, but there have also been some idiotic and insolent ones; and Denesh Ramdin's antics after scoring a Test century against England at Edgbaston on 10 June 2012 fall squarely into the latter category.

After he got to the landmark, the West Indies wicket keeper-batsman pulled out a note from his pocket with the words: 'YEA VIV, TALK NAH', etched in capital letters. This was his way of taunting former West Indies captain and cricket legend Sir Viv Richards for saying that Ramdin had "deteriorated in such a big way" and looked a "totally lost guy" after he had made just one and six during the Darren Sammy-led team's nine-wicket defeat to England in the second Test at Trent Bridge.

Coming into the Edgbaston Test, Ramdin had scored only 56 runs in the series, and as such Richards' comments were right on the money and were supposed to be taken in the right spirit by the 27-year-old 'keeper batsman. To put things into context, even after his 107* at Edgbaston, which was only his second Test century, Ramdin has scored only 1645 runs in 45 Tests at an average of 23.84 - hardly earth-shattering figures that!

Ramdin has now rightly been fined by the ICC for his act of disrespect to Richards. What made Ramdin's illogical move worse was the fact that it was a pre-meditated decision, and he still went along with it instead of basking in his own glory.

He must also have been brought crashing back to earth by Richards' comeback when the former West Indies captain said: "If you are losing 5-0 in a football match and you score a goal in the 90th minute, you shouldn't be running around jumping for joy. I wouldn't be happy with that. I set my standards a bit higher. I'm glad he got the motivation to get himself going."

Ramdin, himself, must have realised his folly and belatedly attempted to cover up his red-mist moment by stating his celebration was "emotional" because he was hurt by Richards' comments. "Sir Viv had said something (about me) in the press and I think I got a bit emotional and it came out in the way it did," he said by way of apology.

Ramdin's ill-thought antics also took the attention away from a splendid 143-run partnership for the last wicket between himself and Tino Best, which was not only a brilliant rearguard action but also caught out the No. 1 ranked English team and made them look like novices. Best made a brilliant 112-ball 95 as he blitzed his way into the record books, and Ramdin also showed remarkable maturity and discipline to ground his way to a well-compiled century. But, Ramdin then went and did an 'outstanding' job of taking some attention away from those stellar efforts.

By doing this, Ramdin has only increased the attention on himself, and will now have to be far more consistent than he has ever been on the international stage. After all, one can't be an underperforming senior cricketer and then have the audacity to take on a legend only because of finally getting to one long-awaited landmark. Ramdin, get ready for intense pressure and scrutiny for the remainder of your career.

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