Ravi Rampaul is no one's idea of a great pace bowler, comparable to Dale Steyn or James Anderson or Zaheer Khan. He is also a late bloomer in many ways and injuries have forced his career to be a stop-start one. But in recent times, Rampaul has become a very valuable Twenty20 bowler, for the West Indies, for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League and, of course, for his country, Trinidad and Tobago. And that's because of his ability to pick up wickets early and keep things tight later on.
"That's something I find myself doing very often, picking up early wickets," says Rampaul to Wisden India. "I back myself to do it each time I am bowling. I only do what I know I can do. I know I can move the ball, swing the ball ... I have a pretty good short ball as well as a slower ball. So I go with what I have and do it the best I can. And it works most of the time."
He has played 18 Tests, but the last of those was in November last year in Dhaka. And the next one isn't coming anytime soon, after he was left out of the West Indies team for the upcoming series in India. "I have been injured a couple of times, so I guess they want me to get better and then, for the one-day series, I'll be there," he promises, before adding with a smile, "I am heavy, I tend to put on weight, so there's more to burn."