IPL news May 18, 2012

'Accuracy, extra pace key to Narine's success' - Bayliss

ESPNcricinfo staff

Kolkata Knight Riders' coach Trevor Bayliss has said that Sunil Narine's "accuracy and extra pace" have made him the most successful spinner in the IPL this season. Narine has picked up 21 wickets and is currently the joint leading wicket-taker with Lasith Malinga and Morne Morkel.

"He is one of the mystery spinners," Bayliss told the Telegraph. "That, combined with accuracy and a bit of extra pace, has made him more than a handful. Even if you're lucky to pick the ball he has bowled, there's no guarantee that you'll actually get him away for runs. The more batsmen play, they could pick him better, but Narine has it in him to stay one step ahead. He's such an unbelievable talent."

Bayliss said that he heard about Narine's bowling prowess even before Knight Riders signed him for $700,000 in the player auction in February. "I can't remember who brought up his name first, but I remembered the New South Wales players had been very impressed with him in the Champions League," Bayliss said. "When his name came up, I felt he'd be a good acquisition. As it turns out, Narine has fitted into the group very well and it's a pleasure to see him bowl."

Bayliss said that even though Knight Riders have qualified for the playoffs, they must remain focussed. "A good team effort has taken us forward and the boys have shown a lot of character in some of the really close matches. The Twenty20 game is pretty even, so you've got to keep giving yourself a chance of winning," Bayliss said. "We've lost a few, but still showed character, such an attitude helps. At this stage, though, we aren't looking beyond Saturday's match against the Pune Warriors, because if you get too far ahead of yourself, you could get a nasty surprise."

Bayliss also defended allrounder Yousuf Pathan, who has managed just 138 runs from 13 innings at 15.33. "More than me, I think he's worried himself. But he's been working hard and has taken steps forward. He's doing the right things (before a match), but is going through a phase all players go through," Bayliss said.

He attributed the side's success this season to strong leadership and quality training. "Gautam Gambhir has done a great job as captain. The way he captained [against Mumbai Indians] was sensational," Bayliss said. "The squad is like one big happy family, with people getting along with each other. The boys do the right things at training. We may not be practising for long, but there's quality in what we do. There are no half-measures. Basically, there's a good feeling in the group."

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  • Dummy4 on May 20, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    @wasif bin aziz that goes for each nd every bowler who has ever played the game or is going to..so u r actually saying that no bowler has ever nd even in future in test cricket ever cos evry bowler will av to bowl against quaity batsmen nd obvsly ery1 wud get used 2 em..so not even a single bowler wud ever be successful..

  • Dummy4 on May 20, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    I am super Impressed with Narine at the T20 Format, but I have a funny feeling that he won't be that successful in Test Cricket. The reason is plain and simple: There are more quality players at the test level plus as players play him more, it'll be much easier for them to pick him up.

  • Muhammad on May 20, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    good to see another good spinner in the making :D For me Saeed Ajmal is the Best bowler in the world right now . After him comes Swann then any one else... Narine is unproven at the top level yet but i think he will be succesful!

  • Dummy4 on May 20, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    Non West Indians will not understand. The WICB has done lots of wrong, but the Narine issue is not one of them. It was a tough decision by the WICB and they did what was right. They wanted narine to join the test team, but they could not ask him to give up the lucrative package that he was getting at the IPL to play the England series. Sunil as a young player needs the money to support his family and lay a foundation for his future during and after cricket. WICB has chosen to allow him this and hats off to them. They have sacrificed thst to give a young man a start in life. Bet your bottom dollar, Narine will be in WI colours soon.This decision by the WICB was the best decision for Narine psycologically. He has grasped the opportunity at this IPL to make a name for himself. Well done young man.

  • Anselm on May 20, 2012, 0:06 GMT

    Sunil Narine is an unbelievable talent. KKR's management saw what no one else did, kudos to them. He will be immensely successful in test cricket. The best players adapt their game to all forms of cricket. I would pick players who are successful at 20/20 and groom them for test by playing them. Simply teach patience. You can teach patience, not talent. Narine, Pollard, Gayle should be at Lords. West Indians top both the batting and the bowling averages at the IPL. Pollard has tremendous agility and fielding ability - and I believe mental will. And there is Russell. I would love to manage the West Indies at the moment. They have the squad to easily be the #1 test nation - and entertain as well. They are like a tiger that is being domesticated as a kitten. They need someone to tell them who they really are. S. T. Gabriel 60 - 3 at Lords after 24 first class matches, are you kidding me! And I have a feeling he is not done in this test yet.

  • Zorina on May 19, 2012, 22:06 GMT

    Wow, the NSW players had been impressed with Sunil Narine, Trevor Bayliss hds heard of him and the WICB only discovered him when he was bought by KKR

  • Pritam on May 19, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    Sunil Sunil Sunil....he is merely a containment bowler, good for 20 20-s, and may be ODIs, hard to score runs against but not hard to play. He will be nothing more than ordinary in test cricket. Same is true for 99% of people performing good it IPL. Poeple should realize that IPL is like sms text, fun to look at , but lacks the real essence and beauty of a language. Sadly this generation is SMS stature in every respect. And IPLs is random cricket, one can score 150 in 50 balls or take 5 for 15 with and hatrick and still he is an ordinary cricketer. Clearly people fail to see what sets Murali and Narine class apart.

  • Jahin on May 19, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    Shakib Al hasan has played 13 IPL matches so far and has got 21 wicksets so actually he does not hav a bad stricke rate at all. Narine is a new player who has huge potential. he may one day become a legends. cant wait to see him playing test matches cause that is where it all counts. I hope he will become a match winner for WI Chanderpaul will have some one on which he can depend :P

  • Dummy4 on May 19, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    Let him play cricket first guys, then try to write him off if you can. I think he is a wonderful young cricketer who will shine over time. Would love to see him in test match as much I liked seeing Mendis early in his in the career.

  • R on May 19, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    When you look at the West Indians in IPL, it is clear that talent has not dried up. WICB needs to be overhauled & filled with good commonsense administrators for the game to develop. sunil Naraine has troubled many batsmen and is clearly the best spinner to emerge from Windies since Gibbs. That he is not a regular in their team shows how poorly talent is being managed

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