Sarwan to mentor Windies ahead of WC 2019
Former West Indies batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan was undoubtedly an unsung hero during his time. He was a specialist batsman capable of playing some good knocks where he stiched some good partnerships with Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Chris Gayle, Brian Lara and others.
The player with a vast knowledge to his kitty is working with the current bunch of players as the team prepares for the ICC World Cup 2019, starting May 30 in England.
The 38-year-old Sarwan has been roped in at the training camp to assist the batsmen ahead of the tri-nation ODI series in Ireland followed by the World Cup, as reported by ICC.
Sarwan – a loyal servant for Windies
Sarwan played 87 Tests, 181 ODIs and 18 T2Ols before retiring with 11,944 runs across all formats of the game and is focusing on helping batsmen to enhance running between the wickets and finishing games in crunch situations.
“I have come here to act as kind of a mentor to the players and try my best to assist them in any technical ways and with any shortcomings where I think they can improve. and to offer as much help to the head coach, Floyd Reifer, and his coaching staff,” Sarwan said in a statement.
“I know our batsmen have struggled in the past with rotating the strike, so I am trying to see how best we can get them to improve in this area… It is not an overnight fix. but it is important to share ideas with them so that they have something to build on,” he added.
Reifer took charge as coach last week and is quite confident that Ramnaresh Sarwan will bring a lot of knowledge and experience to the table.
“Sarwan was a player that was outstanding for West Indies. A very good batsman. a very good ‘finisher’ in limited-overs matches. We thought that a guy like Sarwan. coming into the camp with us whilst planning for the World Cup, would bring a wealth of knowledge,” Reifer said.
“We are hoping he can help the batsmen get a better understanding of how to finish games, the mindset, how to approach batting first, how to approach batting last. So we thought that kind of knowledge was very important to share. He fitted in very well. He did a lot of talking and a lot of work with the batsmen,” he added.
Before starting their World Cup campaign against Pakistan on May 31 at the Trent Bridge, Nottingham, West Indies will lock horns with South Africa and New Zealand in its warm-up games.