CLT20 ideal preparation before ODI series vs India: Ravi Rampaul

New Delhi: Senior West Indies pacer Ravi Rampaul feels that playing for Barbados Tridents in the ongoing Oppo Champions League T20 in India will help him "boost his confidence" ahead of the five-match ODI series against the hosts, starting in another three weeks time.

"It would be good for me because I would like to hit the ground running. Hopefully, I can get in some good performances in the tournament and get my confidence up ahead of that series," Rampaul told PTI in an interview today.

Ravi Rampaul
Ravi Rampaul. Pic/ Imtiyaz Khan

Rampaul had played a pivotal role in Tridents' successful campaign in the Caribbean Premier League finishing with 18 wickets in the tournament and the 29-year-old feels that he is in the "best phase" of his career right now.

"I have been working hard and I think this is my best phase in my T20 career. This is because I have become a far better death bowler than I was ever before. I worked hard during the CPL to sharpen up on fitness front and wickets I took is a testimony to that. Hopefully in the CLT20, I can be among the wickets again," the burly pacer stated.

Rampaul did let out one of the trade secrets which led to his improving success rate in the shorter format. "Since CPL played mostly in the day, I tried to get the ball to reverse swing a little more and that worked to my advantage."

For Rampaul, the toughest bowler in the tournament will be maverick Aussie Glenn Maxwell, who was a nightmare for the bowlers during the last edition of Indian Premier League.

"There are a lot of top batsmen in the Oppo CLT20 but I think Glenn Maxwell is right up there too and seeing we have him in our first game (against Kings XI Punjab), he will be the toughest to bowl to," maintained Rampaul, who has played 88 Tests, 22 T20 Internationals apart from 18 Tests.

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