West Indies skipper takes motivation from new chairman of selectors and astute former captain Clive Lloyd on how to win a Test series on Indian soil
Denesh Ramdin, who has captained the West Indies in five Tests in his brief stay at the top thus far, has a huge responsibility on his shoulders if the visitors are to win their first Test series in India since 1983.
Taking over the captaincy from Darren Sammy in May this year, Ramdin has won three Tests and lost two.
His side did well to bounce back and beat Bangladesh 2-0 in their backyard last month after losing an away and home series against New Zealand earlier this year.
A lot is expected from the young West Indian side, which has its best chance of upstaging India in the three-Test series which will be played after the five-ODIs and one T20.
Clive Lloyd with Lendl Simmons in Brabourne yesterday
And if Ramdin is looking for inspiration, he need not look beyond Clive Lloyd, the WI chairman of selectors. Lloyd knows what it takes to win in India, having led the side to triumphs here in 1974-75 and 1983-84.
National selector Courtney Walsh's team gave India a tough fight in 1994-95 before drawing the series 1-1.
"Obviously, inputs from them are going to very useful. He (Lloyd) is a fantastic guy, someone who has won World Cups. His knowledge and advice is something I am looking to benefit from.
Darren Bravo (right) and Jerome Taylor share a light moment during a practice session in Brabourne yesterday. Pics/ATUL Kamble
I have spoken to him on the challenges in India. It is important to be patient. That is the key to success. We will get pitches where the ball will come on to the bat which we like.
It is all about application. Hopefully, I will be able to implement all that we have discussed," Ramdin said yesterday.
"I like to lead from the front. I try to execute my plans after talking to players and the bowlers. It will be a mentally and physically challenging tour because of the weather. We have players who can give India a run for their money as most of our players are now used to Indian conditions due to their exposure in the IPL."