IPL 2013 news April 6, 2013

Narine calls Sehwag his toughest opponent

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Shaurya 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.

  • Dummy4 on April 10, 2013, 11:35 GMT

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

  • ahmed 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..

  • shashank 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.

  • shashank 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.

  • SAHIR 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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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,

  • Rohan 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 ;-)

  • Dummy4 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.