June 6, 2012

West Indies cricket

Narine has enough mastery to go with his mystery

Carlyle Laurie

Rob Smyth, writing for the Guardian, says that West Indies offspinner Sunil Narine could prove to be their trump card in the third and final Test against England.

Narine's most famous weapon is his knuckle ball, which spits the wrong way off the pitch. He is also harder to read than Ulysses with a hangover, primarily because he often bowls with a scrambled seam. Narine has a lot more in his armoury besides mystery. He complements his wizardry with the accuracy of Merlyn – the bowling machine, that is. He also gets considerable bounce and turn and, according to the KKR bowling coach Wasim Akram, "has the ability to read batsmen's minds and bowl accordingly".

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