IPL 2013 news April 6, 2013

Narine calls Sehwag his toughest opponent

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If his four-wicket haul against Delhi Daredevils is any indication, Sunil Narine may have begun IPL 2013 in the same form as last year. But his good form aside, the Kolkata Knight Riders' bowler said he was relieved about not bowling to Virender Sehwag in the opening match of the IPL 2013.

"Sehwag is the batsman against whom I've found things most difficult while bowling," Narine said in the Telegraph. "Irrespective of the situation, he goes on playing in his own style, which is to keep on scoring runs at a brisk pace."

The lead bowler for Kolkata Knight Riders, Narine believes his success is also the result of playing with a captain who knows how to use his talent.

"Gautam [Gambhir] has a good idea of the game, which guides him to use me properly in different situations of the game," he said. He also said he enjoyed bowling at the death, as it gave him a chance of picking up more wickets. "You can either go for plenty of runs or take wickets. It presents you with an opportunity to shine for your team."

While his performances have been consistent in ODIs and T20s, Narine hasn't really established himself as Test player. He played just five Tests since his debut against England in Birmingham last year, and was dropped for the recent Test series against Zimbabwe, as the West Indies selectors opted for Shane Shillingford. Narine believes he can make his mark in the longer format. "Now as far as I'm concerned, I am comfortable bowling with both white and red balls. The amount of success I've attained with the white ball, so far, may give an impression that I'm useful in the shorter format."

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  • BRUTALANALYST on April 6, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    Narine is phenomenal in this format just as Gayle is with the bat. He turns it square both ways bowling the best batsman (even Sachin) with his off spinner and even his own team mates and batsman that have played him multiple times still struggle to pick his mystery Doosra !

  • Shaurya_123 on April 10, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    Fairy tales are more than true not because they tell us that dragons exist but because they tell us that even the dragons can be beaten. Similarly it almost seems like a fairy tale that sehwag will get back into his old form and play the same way he did earlier and come back in ODIS TESTS N T20s with the original form but trust me he is a man who is more than capable of making such fairy tales true and even though his critics may under rate him but he is the best and can take anyone's case apart that is why he is considered to be the most dangerous batsmen in the world.It won't be surprising if he gets the Orange cap after playing a few games trust me.

  • on April 10, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    any news about sehwag..............?

  • 124ahmed on April 10, 2013, 4:21 GMT

    @cicfreak.. well on indian pitches even pakistani batsmen are very good batsmen.. that shows the level of pitches in india... and u said they will be walking wickets... yess u r right.. they will be walking wickets for pakistani bowlers if they play. narine will get a hard beating out of pakistani batsmen..

  • cicfreak on April 9, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    @riz309 - I think Junaid khan was simply lucky because he bowled to just an older version of Sehwag.Otherwise we've already seen for so many years that he just loves to play pakistani bowlers.And abt Wasim's statement, he forgot to add one thing.I agree that without Pakistani bowlers batsmen are scoring freely but if pakistani players will be allowed then bowlers in IPL will be getting free wickets.All pakistani batsmen are walking wickets.

  • cicfreak on April 9, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    @riz309 - Junaid khan was simply lucky that he faced the shadow of Sehwag and about wasim's statement i would like to add something to that.I think bowlers in IPL are going to be very happy if Pakistan's batsmen are allowed to play in IPL.They are all walking wickets.

  • riz309 on April 9, 2013, 0:12 GMT

    SEHWAG THE TOUGHEST OPPONENT may the for Narine who played against teams like ZIM and BD Junaid Khan ended the career of sehwag, Wasim is absolutely right without Pakistani bowlers the batsmen in IPL are scoring freely

  • on April 8, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    One series, infact 2 innings failure to Panesar and Swann and India is the worst player of spin! Get a life! I think the earnings from IPL is causing public around the world to keep slamming the Indian team, without any sense

    Indian's ended the career of Mendis due to the brilliance of sehwag and gambhir who showed how to play him. India also ended comeback for super Saqlain.

    Traditionally Warne and Murali have been weak against India when compared to others. Whereas these two make merry against England, Pakistan, SL, SA etc.

  • on April 8, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    one thing I would like to say that every one knows, if sehwag goes no one can stop him, he is such a great player, I admit that currently he is not at his best of form, but I still believe that he would shake the Record books again and again, guys keep in mind that after each dark night is a bright day as well,

  • rohan34mca on April 8, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    Oh Yeah! And My KKR skipper asked me to name him. Soon DDD ace bowler will name my captain as the toughest one to bowl to ;-)

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 6, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    Narine is phenomenal in this format just as Gayle is with the bat. He turns it square both ways bowling the best batsman (even Sachin) with his off spinner and even his own team mates and batsman that have played him multiple times still struggle to pick his mystery Doosra !

  • Shaurya_123 on April 10, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    Fairy tales are more than true not because they tell us that dragons exist but because they tell us that even the dragons can be beaten. Similarly it almost seems like a fairy tale that sehwag will get back into his old form and play the same way he did earlier and come back in ODIS TESTS N T20s with the original form but trust me he is a man who is more than capable of making such fairy tales true and even though his critics may under rate him but he is the best and can take anyone's case apart that is why he is considered to be the most dangerous batsmen in the world.It won't be surprising if he gets the Orange cap after playing a few games trust me.

  • on April 10, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    any news about sehwag..............?

  • 124ahmed on April 10, 2013, 4:21 GMT

    @cicfreak.. well on indian pitches even pakistani batsmen are very good batsmen.. that shows the level of pitches in india... and u said they will be walking wickets... yess u r right.. they will be walking wickets for pakistani bowlers if they play. narine will get a hard beating out of pakistani batsmen..

  • cicfreak on April 9, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    @riz309 - I think Junaid khan was simply lucky because he bowled to just an older version of Sehwag.Otherwise we've already seen for so many years that he just loves to play pakistani bowlers.And abt Wasim's statement, he forgot to add one thing.I agree that without Pakistani bowlers batsmen are scoring freely but if pakistani players will be allowed then bowlers in IPL will be getting free wickets.All pakistani batsmen are walking wickets.

  • cicfreak on April 9, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    @riz309 - Junaid khan was simply lucky that he faced the shadow of Sehwag and about wasim's statement i would like to add something to that.I think bowlers in IPL are going to be very happy if Pakistan's batsmen are allowed to play in IPL.They are all walking wickets.

  • riz309 on April 9, 2013, 0:12 GMT

    SEHWAG THE TOUGHEST OPPONENT may the for Narine who played against teams like ZIM and BD Junaid Khan ended the career of sehwag, Wasim is absolutely right without Pakistani bowlers the batsmen in IPL are scoring freely

  • on April 8, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    One series, infact 2 innings failure to Panesar and Swann and India is the worst player of spin! Get a life! I think the earnings from IPL is causing public around the world to keep slamming the Indian team, without any sense

    Indian's ended the career of Mendis due to the brilliance of sehwag and gambhir who showed how to play him. India also ended comeback for super Saqlain.

    Traditionally Warne and Murali have been weak against India when compared to others. Whereas these two make merry against England, Pakistan, SL, SA etc.

  • on April 8, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    one thing I would like to say that every one knows, if sehwag goes no one can stop him, he is such a great player, I admit that currently he is not at his best of form, but I still believe that he would shake the Record books again and again, guys keep in mind that after each dark night is a bright day as well,

  • rohan34mca on April 8, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    Oh Yeah! And My KKR skipper asked me to name him. Soon DDD ace bowler will name my captain as the toughest one to bowl to ;-)

  • on April 8, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    KiwiRocker's comments are always half good and half crap!

    The rankings are average of past pefromance + current performance. The 10 test victories had dented Ind ratings, but Ind. managed to bounce back a little bit. By your logic, Pak and SL have been consistenly performing badly overseas for years, why are they still in 4-5 ?? they shud be in 7 & 8.

    Now since Aus lost 4-0 will they get a hit on thier ratings. No, cos their past performances are very good.

  • cicfreak on April 8, 2013, 6:08 GMT

    @KiwiRocker - you said in the last para that He will(Narine) succeed in IPL as Indian players generally can not play good spin bowlers.And in previous lines you tried to prove that Narine is not a good bowler.I must say you dnt mean what you say.Take a break dude.

  • on April 8, 2013, 2:40 GMT

    Narine says playing in IPL league he has a captain(Gambhir) who knows how to use his talents,he gets his share of wickets when he plays under Ramdin for Trinidad also ,what is he trying to say, hmmm.

  • japper on April 7, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    @Kiwirocker: You know what Jacques Kallis' batting average was after 6 test matches? It was 14 and if SAs selectors thought the way you keep selecting teams then we wouldn't have seen one of the greatest players ever. Similarly Marvan Atapattu had 5 ducks in his first 6 innings and we all know how good an opener he became later on. Narine has been outstanding in his short career in limited overs cricket although he struggled against Bangladesh in a couple of test matches. If you keep writing off players after a couple of poor performances you won't have anyone playing for any length of time. Patience is the key as far as Narine is concerned and he will deliver in the long run.

  • KiwiRocker- on April 7, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    Rally_Windies : I take your point but mate ICC rankings are flawed and a big of joke really. I mean India is ranked 4th in test matches while they have lost eight consecutive test matches overseas and also lost against England at home. Do not read too much into rankings...As far as spin bowling is concerned, Saeed Ajmal is the best spinner in world and Swann follows him....as far as fast bowling is concerned, Steyn and Phillander are ahead anyone else. If Narine has picked some cheap wickets against BD, that does not make him anything special although increases his ranking points..The guy has got nothing special. He will succeed in IPL as Indian players generally can not play good spin bowlers ( As Saeed Ajmal and Panesar showed in recent times)! Unless Narine develops something amazing, he will quietly disappear!

  • Rally_Windies on April 7, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    wow... I see people calling the #2 ODI bowler in the world an average spinner ....

    that means what about the Indian spinners if Ajmal is #1 and Narine is # 2 ?

    but Narine is "average" ....

    Narine is also ranked # 1 in 20/20 ....

    I think it is above average for someone to be ranked # 2 after 28 games into his career ....

  • Murtaza. on April 7, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    I Think Narine gave his own meaning, Sehwag is one of the most difficult batsmen in ODIs and T20s, but Indiens cant eccepet that truth, they wanted Tendulker sted of Sehwag. Then Narine was Best. He was and is Best spin bowler in T20s.

  • on April 7, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    salam to every one hope all will be fine and well this is good idea narine says sehwaq has own style to bat but now sehwaq is not sehwaq now he spend alot of year he was the biggest hitter since he plays for india thnx

  • saifur.raffael on April 7, 2013, 6:08 GMT

    @ KiwiRocker & NikhilCh.....he is only hyped for his performance in IPL....he was flop in the BD vs WI series last year on spinning tracks in Khulna & Dhaka and he was dropped from the Zim series for his poor performance in BD...So, Dont know why he is so much hyped. He hasnt done well in real cricket at International stage and also against BD...

  • pulkit10 on April 7, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    Amazing how people never miss a chance to knock down a young player and/or bash specific teams. What's your point? He realizes it more than you that he didn't get into his own team so quit the bickering. He's been putting in good performances for a while and 5 tests aren't enough to decide whether or not he is a good player (and especially if 3 of those were in England). He is young, let him be and have his fair share of chances. Just quit the complaining.

    As for Sehwag, hope we see more of his good performances before he does hang his boots.

  • NikhilCh on April 7, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    Narine comments that Sehwag is toughest batsman to bowl to and Indian selector drop poor Sehwag. Bit of an irony! Now Narina is an average spinner who is being hyped because of his performances in IPL and against likes of B'desh. If IPL was a benchmark then Sohail Tanvir will also be a legend as man took wickets by bundles in first IPL. Narina has yet to bowl against likes of Younis Khan, Sangakara, Jaywardene, A.Cook, Michael Clark and etc. Narina will soon find out that he is no Saeed Ajmal. He is at best a R.Ashwin with one bowl that batsman will soon figure out and have figured out and he will be forgotten in no time. Indians are hyped to be best players of spinners but records indicate otherwise.Saeed Ajmal, Panesar and Mendia have destroyed Indian batting in recent times. Best ever player of spin bowling are/were Brian Lara, J.Kallis, Salim Malik and before that Javed Miandad.These players ended many cricketing careers! Tendulya was successful against Warne, but not Ajmal/Murali!

  • venkatesh018 on April 7, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    Narine will never shine in Tests when batsmen have lots of time to build an innings. He will succeed only in situations when batsmen have to attack him.

  • adam02 on April 7, 2013, 3:53 GMT

    Narine is an ordinary bowler who can't even get into his own team .& he also taliking about another player who is also out of team what an irony

  • KiwiRocker- on April 7, 2013, 3:26 GMT

    Narine comments that Sehwag is toughest batsman to bowl to and Indian selector drop poor Sehwag. Bit of an irony! Now Narina is an average spinner who is being hyped because of his performances in IPL and against likes of B'desh. If IPL was a benchmark then Sohail Tanvir will also be a legend as man took wickets by bundles in first IPL. Narina has yet to bowl against likes of Younis Khan, Sangakara, Jaywardene, A.Cook, Michael Clark and etc. Narina will soon find out that he is no Saeed Ajmal. He is at best a R.Ashwin with one bowl that batsman will soon figure out and have figured out and he will be forgotten in no time. Indians are hyped to be best players of spinners but records indicate otherwise.Saeed Ajmal, Panesar and Mendia have destroyed Indian batting in recent times. Best ever player of spin bowling are/were Brian Lara, J.Kallis, Salim Malik and before that Javed Miandad.These players ended many cricketing careers! Tendulya was successful against Warne, but not Ajmal/Murali!

  • smtaw_bleedblue on April 7, 2013, 3:11 GMT

    We wont see a Sehwag Vs Narine Contest now, because for that, Sehwag needs to stay on crease for the first four overs before narine is brought into attack. seems now-a-days, sehwag is struggling even to do that.

  • hamathite on April 7, 2013, 2:24 GMT

    Please don't make the statement say more than was intended. narine was only saying that gambhir uses him in the right situations (nothing to do with how Sammy uses him). btw, west indies have not lost a single t20 since winning the t20 world cup [an indication that Sammy has used him well] , and we're speaking of t20 here strictly!

    OK, let's hope my comments get published.

  • apache31 on April 7, 2013, 0:40 GMT

    There is nothing wrong in playing 2 spinners ,so both Shillingford and Narine could play in the same WI team especially playing at home.India has utilized this tactic for decades.

  • on April 6, 2013, 22:39 GMT

    Narine expressed an opinion and made no reference to Sammy as Captain. Why then should we connect his remarks to Sammy as a West Indies Captain.

  • Rally_Windies on April 6, 2013, 20:24 GMT

    lucky kid is too young to have to bowl at Lara .... a spinners worst nightmare ...

    Murli was slaughtered by Lara & Warne was always removed from the attack if Lara was batting .... Steve Waugh just did not see the point of bowling spinners to Lara ( a wise man)

  • on April 6, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    Sunil Narine has pproved a point here which the Indians prefer forgetting conveniently.

    Both Sehwag & Gambhir has a few more cricket left in them..Sehwag's daring batting talents had proved on many occasions a plus point for India in the International Arena. His 300+ in test cricket against Arch rival Pakistan is not easily forgettable. Still he has the same stamina& knack to play.

    Every cricketer has ups& downs.those who can criticize Sachin can to it to any one.

    It is better for Indian Cricket to ignore such critics.

  • vaibhav90 on April 6, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    Yes, it's true, sehwag is toughest to bowl to 'but only when he gets going, otherwise he will keep giving you chances every now & then.

  • on April 6, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    Perhaps Narine was hinting that Sammy does not utilise him properly in international fixtures, and he may be correct!

  • on April 6, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    Dont worry he is not even in the probables for the champions trophy! feel free!

  • on April 6, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    Narine is not yet ready to play test match cricket. he does not have the ability to test batsmen as well as shillingford when they are not attacking him every ball. in the IPL he is effective because batsmen have to attack to score big runs. test cricket they can just play his defensively. shillingford is a better bowler in the long versions on the game. i would be happy if we could play them both though.

  • binu.emiliya on April 6, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    Suresh raina was the only batsman played or even dominated over Narain in the last IPL

  • b4u8me2 on April 6, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    @ Kenny Mohammed - are u serious? Narine outfoxed Tendulkar last IPL season. As Narine said you can either go for runs or takes wickets. How often do you see him go for runs? Narine have indicated that Gambhir has used him properly. Which is true. Also an indication that Sammy has not used Narine's talent as well as KKR does.

  • on April 6, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    The way Shillingford took his chance against Zimbabwe, Narine will have to wait a bit for his chance, and will have to do a lot better than he managed in his first 5 tests.

  • on April 6, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    Kenny is canny! He could easily be right; time will tell -- Narine is a real find, though.

  • Professor.Biscuit.Khan on April 6, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    @ Kenny Mohammed

    When Saeed Ajmal made his debut, he was preferred for shorter formats, Danish Kaneria was Pakistan's main spinner in Test Cricket. Ajmal used to be Pak's 2nd option. But later he showed what he is capable of.

    Same is with Narine. He is still new and just needs to play more and more Test matches. This guy has more variations than Ajmal and spins bowls both ways.

    He just needs to be used properly. I hope he gets enough chances in Test Cricket to prove himself !

  • on April 6, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    He is just one over rated bowler, he gets batsmen out because they are going for runs unlike test cricket they can play thier naturalgame and beat him around the field.

  • on April 6, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    He is just one over rated bowler, he gets batsmen out because they are going for runs unlike test cricket they can play thier naturalgame and beat him around the field.

  • Professor.Biscuit.Khan on April 6, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    @ Kenny Mohammed

    When Saeed Ajmal made his debut, he was preferred for shorter formats, Danish Kaneria was Pakistan's main spinner in Test Cricket. Ajmal used to be Pak's 2nd option. But later he showed what he is capable of.

    Same is with Narine. He is still new and just needs to play more and more Test matches. This guy has more variations than Ajmal and spins bowls both ways.

    He just needs to be used properly. I hope he gets enough chances in Test Cricket to prove himself !

  • on April 6, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    Kenny is canny! He could easily be right; time will tell -- Narine is a real find, though.

  • on April 6, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    The way Shillingford took his chance against Zimbabwe, Narine will have to wait a bit for his chance, and will have to do a lot better than he managed in his first 5 tests.

  • b4u8me2 on April 6, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    @ Kenny Mohammed - are u serious? Narine outfoxed Tendulkar last IPL season. As Narine said you can either go for runs or takes wickets. How often do you see him go for runs? Narine have indicated that Gambhir has used him properly. Which is true. Also an indication that Sammy has not used Narine's talent as well as KKR does.

  • binu.emiliya on April 6, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    Suresh raina was the only batsman played or even dominated over Narain in the last IPL

  • on April 6, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    Narine is not yet ready to play test match cricket. he does not have the ability to test batsmen as well as shillingford when they are not attacking him every ball. in the IPL he is effective because batsmen have to attack to score big runs. test cricket they can just play his defensively. shillingford is a better bowler in the long versions on the game. i would be happy if we could play them both though.

  • on April 6, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    Dont worry he is not even in the probables for the champions trophy! feel free!

  • on April 6, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    Perhaps Narine was hinting that Sammy does not utilise him properly in international fixtures, and he may be correct!

  • vaibhav90 on April 6, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    Yes, it's true, sehwag is toughest to bowl to 'but only when he gets going, otherwise he will keep giving you chances every now & then.