Ravi Rampaul: The Caribbean Comeback Kid
For at least 5-6 years after making his international debut, West Indian Ravi Rampaul frequented the doctor's clinic more than a cricket field. His start-stop career has seen so many injuries so often that it is difficult to track each one of them.
Tall, sharp and fast, Rampaul was once earmarked as the future of West Indian fast bowling after rising through the ranks with noteworthy performances in domestic cricket. So much so that the legendary Sir Vivian Richards described him as a bowler with an impressive mind in his early cricketing days. For someone who looks so promising and full of talent, Rampaul didn't really shine in the initial stages of his career, until late 2011. He blossomed towards the end of the World Cup, and it was the beginning of a new lease of life for the pacer.
The 2012 World T20 belonged to the West Indies in all ways. They won their maiden T20 title, and Rampaul had an integral role to play. Operating with the new ball, the skiddy bowler used his ability to move the ball at a brisk pace and was often rewarded with early wickets. His aggressive intent not only benefited the team, but has also raised his self-confidence as a useful bowler in the shorter format. Make no mistake, he is an equally strong force in the longer versions of the game. And the fact that he once held the record for the highest score by a No.10 in ODIs puts an end to his batting concerns, if there were any.
In only his first IPL season, Rampaul had a memorable outing, picking 13 wickets in 10 games for the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Let's hope he delivers an even better performance as RCB prepare for IPL 7!
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