November 28, 2014

Confident Bishoo eyeing Windies recall

The highly rated leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo is eyeing a recall to the West Indies line-up. However, in order to get the attention of the West

Flashback! Devendra Bishoo receives his Test cap from West Indies manager Richie Richardson in May 2011 when the West Indies took on Pakistan at the Guyana National Stadium

Flashback! Devendra Bishoo receives his Test cap from West Indies manager Richie Richardson in May 2011 when the West Indies took on Pakistan at the Guyana National Stadium

Indies selectors again, Bishoo must first stamp his authority during the upcoming West Indies Cricket Board’s NAGICO Super50 tournament, starting January 30 in Trinidad and Tobago.

The 28-year-old, who is a part of the national 14-man squad, insists that once he bowl to his best and takes wickets regularly he will have a good chance of catching the eyes of the selectors once more.

“Right now I’m concentrating hard on my bowling because I know all I need to do is to continue taking wickets. I just have to be consistent during the upcoming regional tournament and once that has been achieved it’s up to the selectors,” Bishoo said on Saturday during an exclusive interview with Guyana Times Sport.

The ICC 2011 Emerging Player-of-the-Year, who played his last international game in 2012, has been pushed down the pecking order by the emergence of off-spinner Sunil Narine and fellow Guyanese, left-arm spinner Veersammy Permaul, as well as Shane Shillingford, who was suspended from bowling in international cricket by the International Cricket Council (ICC) last December.

However, rather than rolling over and playing dead, Bishoo, who has represented the West Indies in 11 Tests, 13 One-Day Internationals, and four Twenty20 Internationals, is working feverishly to improve his game.

He responded the best way he could by being the leading wicket-taker in the recently concluded Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T)\Hand-in-Hand senior four-day Inter-county tournament, claiming 25 wickets.

“I must say I have been in good bowling form,” he said.

The leg-spinner indicated that like most other cricketers he went through a bad patch, but remains confident of his return to the regional side.

The Albion spinner was dropped from the West Indies 13-man squad for the final Test against Australia in Dominica in April 2012.

Bishoo has so far taken 40 Test wickets with a career best 5-90 coming against Bangladesh and 20 wickets in ODIs, including 6-34 versus England. He has also claimed six T20 scalps with a best of 4-16 against Pakistan.

Bishoo has taken 175 wickets from 45 First-Class games, snaring nine five-wicket hauls, and ten in one match. He has also claimed 53 wickets in 29 List A games and 41 wickets in 31 T20 matches.

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