Richards, Holding slam Ramdin for unusual gesture

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Published: Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 13:02 [IST]
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Viv, Holding hit back at Ramdin's jibe

Birmingham, Jun 12: Sir Viv Richards hits back at the West Indies wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin following his unusual gesture after scoring his second Test century against England in the third and final Test at Edgbaston.

Viv Richards and Michael Holding both took a dig at Ramdin's jibe, and said they had a low opinion on the wicket-keeper batsman as he held a note to the crowd and the television cameras after scoring his second Test hundred.

This gesture did not go well with Michael Holding as he expressed his opinion during BBC's Test Match Special. He said Ramdin ought to be fined by the Windies management as Richards had only questioned if the cricketer was in a position to make such provocative gestures.

Richards had commented on Ramdin last month in which he suggested that the wicket-keeper batsman was undergoing a rough patch and looked like his performances had 'deteriorated in a big way' and looked like a 'lost guy'.

"Ramdin just looks out of sorts. When he first came into the game, I felt he was a huge prospect. For some reason, he has deteriorated in such a big way. Just the way he is walking back, he looks like a totally lost guy," the former West Indian skipper had said after Ramdin's poor start to the Test series against England with the scores of 6, 43, 1 and 6 in the four innings.

Richards also slammed Ramdin for making such a gesture and questioned if he was in a position to make such a gesture.

"It's like in a football match... if you are losing 5-0 and you score a goal in the 90th minute, you shouldn't be running around jumping for joy," he said on the BBC's Test Match Special.

"I wouldn't be happy with that. I set my standards a bit higher. I'm glad he got the motivation to get himself going. It's been a long time coming. If you are good enough, the chances certainly are you are going to get it done," he said.

While Michael Holding also felt it was not relevant and having scored a century, Ramdin should have been humble and not behaved in such a manner.

"Let's not forget it's in a losing cause. Scoring a hundred when you are the team winning, that's excellent stuff.

"He should be quite happy, and humble in himself."

Holding further added saying "If I was the manager of the team I would be having a word with that player, and he would be getting a fine. I am not saying this because he (Richards) was my former captain, that is simply unbecoming behaviour from a player," said Holding.


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