Home > News >

ICC World T20 2014: Sunil Narine downplays talk surrounding ‘teesra’

 

Sunil Narine © Getty Images
Sunil Narine is confident of West Indies’ good show in the ICC World T20 2014  © Getty Images

By Kushan Sarkar

 

Mirpur: Mar 19, 2014

West Indies‘ bowling mainstay Sunil Narine says that there is no variation called “teesra” like what Saeed Ajmal is believed to deliver and it is only about playing “mindgames” with the opposition batsmen.

Asked whether there is a possibility of a “teesra” apart from traditional off-break and the “doosra” (wrong’un) that goes the other way, he gave a straight-forward answer.

“It’s probably playing mindgames with the batsmen. Batsmen nowadays can do a lot of things as the game revolves around them. There is very little that bowlers can do, so might just play mindgames,” Narine said during an interaction ahead of ICC World T20 campaign.

As an extension to that answer, he agreed that trends are changing in T20 and bowlers have their task cut out.

“Bowlers are trying out something new everyday. But you might not know what might just come out and what might not work,” he added.

The 25-year-old Narine, who is one of the most sought- after bowlers in T20 cricket with a brilliant career economy rate of under six (5.43) across 107 T20 matches (domestic + International), said that he would like to concentrate on his strengths.

Will there be any surprise delivery, pat came the reply, “No surprises. I am trying to keep it as simple as possible. What I have been doing for the last two to three years, I will be doing just that.”

Narine has been instrumental in Kolkata Knight Riders‘ maiden Indian Premier League (IPL) riumph during its fifth edition in 2012. Narine feels that IPL helps the bowlers gain confidence ahead of a big tournament like the ICC World T20.

“IPL has made a lot of difference. It is a high level tournament and performing there and then coming into the big tournament makes it a bit easier.”

Narine has taken 21 wickets from six Test matches and there has been a school of thought that he is not as effective in longer version as he is in Tests.

“No, it doesn’t hurt (when critics speak about his failure in Tests). If I don’t perform well in Test cricket, they are allowed to say that,” he said.

The only time when he started sidestepping, was when he was asked about Ravichandran Ashwin trying to copy his bowling action during the recently concluded Asia Cup in Bangladesh.

“Honestly, I haven’t seen it so I can’t comment much on it. Bowlers can bowl like whoever they like. It’s their choice if they try to pick up someone’s action,” Narine said.

Similarly, he was non-committal on the legality of ‘doosra’.

“I have no view on this matter. If a bowler wants to bowl doosra, he can bowl it.”

Narine seemed pretty hopeful about the West Indies’ chances in the tournament.

“Yes, we are certainly favourites having won the Cup in 2012. But it depends on who plays better on the day. We will definitely miss Pollard but guys who are in the squad are pretty capable. We should be doing well even without Pollard, and retain World T20 trophy,” Narine exuded confidence.

Being clubbed with India, Pakistan and most probably Bangladesh in the same group means a challenge for the spinners.

“It will be a challenge as there will be three teams India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, who all play spin well. Bangladesh is playing at home. So anything is possible.”

Having played for Barishal Burners in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), Narine has a fair idea about the tracks over here and would like to pass on the information for his teammates.

“Hopefully, from a personal point of view whatever bit of advice I am able to give the team, it will be better. I will do that,” he signed off.

India tour of England 2014

Sep 2, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Birmingham

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Sep 2, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Sep 4, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

India tour of England 2014

Sep 5, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Leeds

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Sep 5, 2014 (19:30 IST)   at Kingstown, St Vincent

More

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 31, 2014  at Harare

Zimbabwe won by 3 wkts

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 30, 2014  at Dambulla

SL won by 7 wkts (D/L method)

India tour of England 2014

Aug 30, 2014  at Nottingham

India won by 6 wkts

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 29, 2014  at Harare

South Africa won by 61 runs

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 27, 2014  at Harare

South Africa won by 7 wkts

Photos

Australia vs Zimbabwe, ODI tri-series at Harare

Videos

Misbah disppointed with Pakistan's performance

India vs England 2014, 4th ODI at Edgbaston: Key Battles

India vs England 4th ODI at Birmingham: India’s likely XI

Ishant Sharma: 10 facts you need to know about the towering Indian paceman

India vs England 4th ODI at Birmingham: England likely XI

Supreme Court refuses to reinstate N Srinivasan as BCCI president

Australia Australia and South Africa in Zimbabwe 2014 Australia vs Zimbabwe England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Pakistan South Africa Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Triangular Series 2014 Zimbabwe vs Australia

AB de Villiers hints at resting players if they win against Australia

Ravichandran Ashwin: England’s weakness against spin has made things comfortable for India

Michael Clarke admits Australia’s weakness to spin bowling

Sourav Ganguly: England have mental block playing spinners

BCCI official: Tough for board to host Annual General Meeting this month

India tour of England 2014: Shikhar Dhawan may be an innings away from getting back into form

India vs England 2014, 4th ODI at Edgbaston: Key Battles

India vs England 4th ODI at Birmingham: India’s likely XI

Ishant Sharma: 10 facts you need to know about the towering Indian paceman

India vs England 4th ODI at Birmingham: England likely XI

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

668 Posts | 6 Fans

Yuvraj Singh's ton against MCC

Ravichandran Ashwin: England’s weakness against spin has made things comfortable for India

Is Shraddha Kapoor finally ready for the cameras?

Motorola Moto G successor will also be called Moto G, leaked photo from Flipkart warehouse suggests

Michael Clarke admits Australia’s weakness to spin bowling

Sony SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk leaked ahead of September 4 launch

How to plan a home birth

United States urges Israel to reverse Palestinian land-grab plan

Is Nargis Fakhri heart-broken over break up with Uday Chopra?

NGOs pursue education for all

International programme in Animal Husbandry

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here