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Ramnaresh Sarwan looks to reverse slump

The right-handed batsman expects to reverse his run of poor form as the West Indies face a must-win second Test against Pakistan.

india Updated: Nov 17, 2006 19:05 IST

Batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan is looking to reverse his run of poor form as the West Indies faces a must-win second Test against Pakistan.

West Indies vice-captain Sarwan, a right-handed batsman from Guyana, scored only 3 and 23 in the first Test, which Pakistan won convincingly by nine wickets on Tuesday to take 1-0 lead in the three-Test series.

The second Test begins in Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq's hometown Multan from Sunday.

"Losing the first Test was a huge blow to us but we have two Tests to go," Sarwan said. "This one (Multan Test) is special because we have to win this to draw the series." The last Test of the series will be played at Karachi from November 27 to December 1.

"We would have to go in the final Test at Karachi with a win so that the series is still open but for that we have to play well in all departments."

Sarwan, who has scored 4,233 runs with nine centuries from 64 tests, has been in poor form for the last two months. During a triangular series in Malaysia that included India and Australia, he scored only 112 runs in five matches. In the last month's Champions Trophy in India, he managed 137 runs in six innings.

"I have been in the poorest form for the longest while now and haven't scored on the entire trip to Asia," Sarwan said. "I am looking to put together a big score in this test to help my team. I am very determined than any other time."

Sarwan fell to a controversial decision by Sri Lankan umpire Asoka de Silva in the first test against Pakistan at Lahore, when television replays showed the ball hit the right-handed batsman high on the thigh pad.

"There were some other things which did not go well and those were totally out of our control," Sarwan said.

In the absence of two banned fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif, Pakistan's second string pacemen Umar Gul and Shahid Nazir took 15 wickets between them in the first test. Sarwan said the West Indies batsmen must improve if the team's bowlers are to be able to put pressure on Pakistan. The tourists batting lineup managed just 206 runs in the first innings at Lahore.

"Getting out for 206 on the first day on that sort of a wicket made it difficult for us to come back," Sarwan said. "We have to do our job and the bowlers have to do theirs," he said. "We need to prove ourselves in different situations."

First Published: Nov 17, 2006 19:05 IST