Rampaul keen to make it big for Royal Challengers

Rampaul keen to make it big for Royal Challengers

Following a stunning show for the West Indies in the World T20, Ravi Rampaul was signed up for his first Indian Premier League season by the Royal Challengers Bangalore, and the seamer is expected to be one of their key performers in the sixth edition.

“It probably had a big deal with RCB buying me (World T20 campaign). I had a good showing in the World Cup with the new ball. Hopefully, I can transfer that to the IPL,” said the right-hander after Royal Challengers’ practice on Tuesday.

Returning from a knee injury, the 28-year-old Trinidadian arrived at the RCB camp here last week and has looked in no sort of discomfort. 

“I've been getting back and playing domestic and regional cricket in the Caribbean. I’m pretty fit, I’ve been bowling alright. Hopefully, when it starts, I’m ready,” Rampaul remarked. “It's my first IPL. I'm looking to give my best for Bangalore. They’re a top side in the IPL. I’m hoping to give my best and hope to help them win the IPL.”

From Chris Gayle to Keiron Pollard and from Sunil Narine to Marlon Samues, West Indians have been one of the most dominant groups in the T20 event.

“After winning the World Cup, we have a lot of players getting in (playing T20s). Our regional T20 shows we have a lot of talent in the Caribbean. A lot more West Indians are in the IPL because of all the performances that they (others) already have put in,” noted Rampaul, who also added that Indian conditions will favour him.

When asked to describe Gayle’s impact on RCB, Rampaul, who has been working on his bowling with Venkatesh Prasad, said: “Any team that Gayle is in will have a huge boost. It’s great to have such a player in your team. I’m happy to play with him for the West Indies and Bangalore.”

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