He has a smooth bowling action and a mild nature. Ravindranath Rampaul, nicknamed Hawk, is one of the few players of Indian descent in this Trinidad & Tobago squad. But quiz him about his Indian origin, and an almost embarrassed Rampaul says: “I don’t really know much about that except that my grandmother is from India. She visited us last year.”
Rampaul though claimed comfortable during his maiden trip to India. “This is my first trip here, but I have altogether a different feeling.
It's wonderful,” he says with a smile. Rampaul is one of the many West Indies cricketers torn by the raging contract dispute in the Caribbean. And the 25-year-old Trinidadian pace bowler desperately wants it to end.
“This dispute is beyond my control. So, I am basically looking at the Champions League and other opportunities to get some cricket under my belt and wait to play for the West Indies again,” he said.
Jolted by an injury in 2005 that forced him out of international cricket for two years, Rampaul was gradually looking to seal his berth in the West Indies limited overs squad.
His outings against England and India this year had reinforced his claim to a West Indies berth when the contract issue reared its ugly head once again.
But despite all that, Rampaul has kept his dream alive. He wants to start a cricket academy in his village in Preysal, Trinidad.
He has completed a Level One coaching course. “After my injury in 2005, I was out of cricket for nearly two years. So, I had the time to do the course. There are a lot of young cricketers in Preysal, and I want to give something back to my community,” he added.
“My house is opposite a cricket ground in Preysal, and, both me and Denesh (Ramdin) are trying to get it in our name. We want to set up a cricket academy there to give the kids something extra. Though there is the National Cricket Centre in Trinidad, ours will be a kind of village cricket academy,” Rampaul said.