October 26, 2014

Hemraj eager on cementing middle-order spot

Chanderpaul Hemraj

Chanderpaul Hemraj

says consistency is the key

By Rajiv Bisnauth

Batsman Chanderpaul Hemraj is considered one of region’s brightest prospects, and having earned a recall to the national First-Class squad, the left-hander is keen to cash in and cement his place in the Guyana side.

The talented middle-order batsman and the in-form Tagnarine Chanderpaul have replaced the injured West Indies middle order batsmen Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ramnaresh Sarwan for Guyana’s second game in the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Regional Four-day tournament from March 7-10.

Guyana will take on Barbados at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, East Bank Demerara under lights from 15:00h daily.

Golden opportunity

However, the Everest Cricket Club (GCC) batsman, who played the last of his three First-Class matches against Jamaica at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, in April last year, said the recall represents a golden opportunity to secure a long-term role in the national side.

An average of just 09.50 with a topscore of 29, the 20-year-old, Hemraj, who career did not get off to the best of starts, with just 57 runs off six innings, told Guyana Times Sport on Tuesday that “this is probably the best chance to resurrect his First-Class career”.

“I am back in the reckoning, and this time I am determined to make it count,” Hemraj said.

Hemraj, who recently completed the first phase at the Sagicor High Performance Centre (HPC) at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus said, “I worked very hard, both physically and on my game, while at the HPC, so I feel this is the best time to revive my career”.

With both Chanderpaul and Sarwan out due to separate injuries, and judging from the present form displayed by the only fit 11 in Jamaica, where Guyana were beaten by seven wickets, Hemraj can find himself in the starting X1 lineup for Friday’s match.

However, once giving the opportunity, consistency is the watchword for the former West Indies under-19 batsman.

“If I make the final X1, I want to grab this opportunity with both hands, I just want to score runs and be as consistent as possible,” Hemraj said.

The Guyana squad for the second round reads: Christopher Barnwell (Captain), Sewnarine Chattergoon, Assad Fudadin, Chanderpaul Hemraj, Narsingh Deonarine, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Anthony Bramble, Amir Khan, Veerasammy Permaul, Devendra Bishoo, Ronsford Beaton, Keon  Joseph and Vishaul Singh.

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