Sarwan could be as good as Shiv

Ramnaresh Sarwan’s magnificent 291 for West Indies against England was hailed as one of the best knocks his team-mate Brendan Nash has seen.

Nash was impressed with the way the Guyanese batsman set about his task under difficult circumstances and believes if he can maintain that form he could become as consistent as compatriot Shivnarine Chanderpaul, the world’s No.1 batsman.

He said: ‘It’s a pity Sars (Sarwan) didn’t get to 300 but he did very well to get to 291 and Denesh Ramdin (166) deserves all our praise for that wonderful innings.

‘I think Sars has found something that worked for him in the first Test at Sabina Park.

‘If you looked at his innings in all three Test matches, they are very similar.

‘He has found something that worked for him and he has really stuck to that. Even when he reached 150, he kept doing the same things. It was all very simple and he stuck to what has worked for him and that really is the way to go.

‘Obviously he knew he had to stand up and bat because we had talked about someone staying there for a long time and making a big score and he was the one that did that on Sunday.

‘Kudos also to Ramdin who has been threatening to something big with the bat. Now he has done it. He really stood up and showed his worth. He and Sarwan worked for each other and worked for the team.’

Sarwan’s knock ensured that the West Indies avoided the follow-on and had an outside chance of winning going into yesterday’s final day of the fourth Test in Barbados.

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