THE topsy-turvy cricketing life of Denesh Ramdin has taken another back flip.
Given the history, it is premature to believe that his reliably reported omission from the West Indies team to the triangular ODI series in Zimbabwe next month is his last tumble.
Over the 15 years since he first played in West Indies colours in the champion team in the one-off Under-15 international Costcutter Cup in England in 2000, Ramdin has experienced the idiosyncracies of West Indies administrators and selectors more than most others. Every time he has surmounted them.
Only Jeffrey Dujon of West Indies’ wicket-keepers has played more Tests, 79 to Ramdin’s 69; only Dujon (167) and Ridley Jacobs (147) have more than his 127 ODIs. Neither was ever dropped.
The Red Steel won a thrilling final in front of their home fans at a rocking Queen's Park Oval, seeing off the defending champions Barbados Tridents.
Half centuries from Kamran Akmal (60) and Cameron Delport (50) in a century partnership, plus a late flurry from Dwayne Bravo (29) saw them post an imposing total of 178-6.
Barbados made a stunning start in return, with US star Steven Taylor scoring 20 runs off his first 10 balls in CPL and Dwayne Smith finding form. The pair put on 47 in the opening four overs before Taylor's debut ended when he was out lbw to Johan Botha.
The Tridents tried to keep pace with Smith (49) falling just short of a half century and Kyle Corbin (20) and Misbah Ul Haq (21) getting among the runs.
But they fell behind an imposing rate and even the arrival of Kieron Pollard (20 off 14 balls) couldn't see them home