Ravi Rampaul surprised one and all by scoring a 66-ball 86, coming in at No. 10.
Visakhapatnam: Ravi Rampaul may have surprised one and all by scoring a 66-ball 86 coming in at No. 10, but the West Indies new-ball bowler himself isn't surprised about his record-breaking feat.
West Indies were bailed out of deep trouble by Lendl Simmons' defiant 78 and Ravi Rampaul's counter-attacking 86, as the hosts posted 269-9 in the second one-dayer against India here on Friday.
"I didn't surprise myself. I am a capable batsman and have done well down the order. I just played my natural game and it came off. It's one of those days when everything has gone my way," Rampaul, who also picked up two wickets, said after the game.
The speedster felt that the stoppage of 44 minutes was very important in the context of the match as it broke the West Indies' momentum. A slight drizzle interrupted the match when India were 49 for 2 in the 12th over. They went on to win the match by five wickets.
"It broke our momentum. We bowled a little bit short and were not consistent enough," Rampaul reasoned.
But the Windies, still looking for an elusive win on Indian soil, hope to pick their first win of the tour soon.
"We are learning as a team. We hope get across the line soon. But credit to Indian bowlers, and there was lack of application at the crease. The ball was moving around. You can't go out there and play shots and some batsmen played defensive shots."
On his ruthless approach against India off-spinner R Ashwin, Rampaul said, "I just played as per merit."
Rampaul also praised the match-winning 163-run fourth-wicket partnership between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.
"They batted pretty well and paced the innings well."
A sparkling century by Kohli (117) and 90 not out by Rohit Sharma gave the hosts a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.