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  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | May 31, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    mind you..i am trinidadian and a big fan of narine ! ... but I would like to see the WI win.... the WI does have a VERY VERY strong bowling unit ....

    the selectors have destroyed WI's advances by picking mediocre and unbalanced attacks ....

  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | May 31, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    @ TheMiddleStump ! Narine should not be playing Test cricket ahead of Nikita Miller .. Deonarine is the WI best bet for an off-spinner ,,he has an average of 28.... Making Ramdin the captain, clears the way for a 4th bowler as it will surely mean that Sammy is not selected ...

    3 pacers and a specialist spinner + Doenarine ...

    Now it would be a total SHAME if the specialist spinner was an offspinner .... Permaul and Miller SHOULD get the NOD...

    IF the WI selectors KNEW ABOUT CRICKET ..

    (which the obviously don't)

  • POSTED BY ModernUmpiresPlz on | May 30, 2014, 21:38 GMT

    @Masking_Tape There's this newfangled thing some old dudes invented called physics. Cricket bats only weigh slightly more than baseball bats but the mass is more spread out because, surprisingly, cricket is a different sport and you have wickets and pads and whatnot to worry about. Baseball bats have a very small sweet spot but it is much more of a sweet spot than a cricket bat. The baseball bat is also longer, and gripped in a much more extreme fashion because you're only swinging one type of way with a baseball bat (excluding a bunt) whereas with a cricket bat you have a variety of different shots to play because if the bowler doesn't bowl it in the EXACT spot you want to hit it it doesn't count against the bowler. He has to be quite some way off the exact spot where you would like it to be. In baseball, a strike is pretty much the perfect area for someone with a baseball bat to hit the ball. Still, not many home runs get it. The trade off is that when they do, they go really far.

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2014, 19:41 GMT

    Another Indian trying to protect poor bowling.................Good bowlers Narine & good strategists Wasim Akram r still leaking runs in the same order as in 90s.............................If u ball full tosses on leg stum like RCB the no point to blame pitches bcz full toss never touches it & no point to blame small boundaries coz full toss can be hit anywhere in the ground for 4 anyways

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2014, 19:37 GMT

    Tendulkar the real Big match player with most runs in not 1 not 2 but 3 World Cups ...............Come the big game comes the man.......................With tournament finals & WC avg of 55 + ..................Lara stands at just 40...................Hence Sachin the finest ODI player ever

  • POSTED BY aditya.pidaparthy on | May 30, 2014, 17:25 GMT

    Boundaries are a good start. But more than boundaries ICC needs to do something about the bats. They cannot be allowed to have a face on the side. The real reason mishits are travelling over the ropes has more to do with the fact that bats no longer have edges. They just have a slightly less meaty portion. Once bats are weaned of the steroids, everything else will fall in line.

  • POSTED BY wolf777 on | May 30, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    I have made few comments on this site arguing for longer boundaries. Longer boundaries will make it much more interesting to watch. It is pathetic and pretty boring to watch miss hits going for Four Or Six.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | May 30, 2014, 12:58 GMT

    I totally agree with Gavaskar. A 65 yard boundary is like a joke. It should be at least 80 yards. Currently the game is heavily tilted towards the batsmen with field restrictions, Power plays and shorter boundary. Longer boundary will make it more challenging especially when Guys like Maxwell, Anderson, Miller, are all thriving on hitting sixers- most of them should really be catches on full fledged 85 yard boundary. Longer boundary will also make the batsmen run to compile their score instead of standing their bashing Sixes. With a longer boundary they will not risk getting out by focussing more on ground shots.

  • POSTED BY steve48 on | May 30, 2014, 12:43 GMT

    Gavaskar is right about the boundaries, but not just because of the disadvantages to the bowler. The spectacle of mishit slogs clearing tiny boundaries is to me less exciting than batsmen manoeuvring the field on bigger grounds, chipping into gaps and picking up hard run twos and threes, bringing athletic ground fielding and run outs into play. A well hit 6 will clear most boundaries, but giving the batsman the opportunity to go big or use placement is much more skilled. Also agree about pitches; the most exciting games are those where the bowler has a chance. Incidentally, bigger outfields make these low scoring games more exciting too, by opening up gaps in the field. Cross bat 65 yard thick edges just don't entertain me!

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    @Masking_Tape, I am a normal guy with an average build and aptitude (but great passion) for hitting a ball with something. On a normal day I can hit a baseball ball over 300 feet easy. On my best day I barely manage to hit a cricket ball over 65 meters. That's just the way it is. Different paraphernalia. Give a man a stick and he can break a painting. Give him a hammer and the same guy will tear down a wall.

    Besides, how many home runs do these steroidal monsters in Baseball manage on their best day? :) To a cricketer Baseball is a '100% full toss only' game...technically the easiest situation to hit a ball. So why do baseball games have single digit scores 99% of the time? :) If my argument sound stupid, then yours is the exact same argument in reverse, yet equally stupid :)

    Basically apples vs oranges. Lets eat what we like.

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2014, 11:24 GMT

    Boundaries are not the real matter. Pitches are. I think flat pitches should not be produced at all. India has got a great chance to produce bowler friendly wickets in IPL.

  • POSTED BY Masking_Tape on | May 30, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    As someone who watches baseball and see 450+ feet homers regularly, I find it laughable when people go crazy over these 80 meter sixes. It makes the cricketers look weak.

  • POSTED BY YesKayR on | May 30, 2014, 5:05 GMT

    the no of fielders outside the 30 yard circle in ODIs are also not helping the bowlers. I feel except the power play , they shud allow 5 fielders outside 30 yard circle, LIKE HOW IT WAS BEFORE. perhaps you can restrict that on one side no more than 3 fielders shud be outside 30 yard circle - it has to be a 2 and 3 combination and cannot be 1 & 4 or 0 & 5 combination. Free hits are exciting, but does not help bowlers cause and is another case of 'let the bowler suffer again'. switch hits is permitted for a batsman, but changing arms not permitted for a bowler is another case favouring the batsmen... Commentators (including batsmen) keep on lamenting.... WHO WANTS TO BE BOWLER....

  • POSTED BY Kashi0127 on | May 30, 2014, 4:49 GMT

    Agree with Gavaskar comments. Also make it less bowlers horror match (IPL) with following: 1. Remove the Free Hit for no ball - that is the most ridiculous thing in T20. If needed make it 2 runs for no ball.

    2. Make boundaries uniform , same size as in test matches.

    3. Reduce the number of Power Play (field restriction overs) to 2 or 3.

    4. Wide Balls are too rigid! Just as you have a line on off side, have a line on legside, perhaps not as wide as off side for declaring wide. It is ridiculous to see a ball just past leg stump being called a wide.

    5. It can be made challenging for captain and batsman if option is given for any one bowler to bowl upto 6 overs and all others less than or equal to 4. This can be decided adhoc on the field by looking at the conditions.

    For once make it a decent contest instead of someone hurling a ball and be resigned to the fact that the ball will in all probability be hit for a six or four.

  • POSTED BY RahulWise on | May 30, 2014, 2:55 GMT

    I remember it was Gavaskar who suggested free hit for a no ball. Why penalizing bowler with free hit, already additional run was given, no wickets were given, why free hit then?

    Modren bats helps batsman a lot, along with this shorter boundaries..so many rules are against bowlers...why ? in T20, it was all hitting hitting...nothing for bowlers.. 90% of the matches script is same, last 5-6 overs score 60 runs, opposition will also do the same, who ever plays badly during 5-10 overs will loose...

  • POSTED BY Siva_Bala75 on | May 30, 2014, 2:15 GMT

    My suggestions that will help the bowlers and even out the game a bit: 1) Team XI can be decided 5 minutes before start and well after the winning captain decides whether they are batting or chasing. 2) Bowlers need not declare with which hand they are bowling- they will only need to declare from which side they are bowling. 3) In case the batsman decides to use 'reverse sweep' or 'switch hit' then the 'leg side landing part' and the 'impact outside the line of the stumps' of the LBW rule should not be applicable. 4) When the bouncer goes above the head and declared as a wide it should not be considered as 'one for the over'(for height) is completed. Since this ball is to be bowled again and one run is given, the bowler can attempt to bowl one more in the over between the chest and head. I feel these four changes do not alter the nature of the basic game and these should be tried at least in T20 games.

  • POSTED BY Chennai_Cricket on | May 30, 2014, 1:45 GMT

    Big boundaries is good for indian players because in australia grounds is much bigger compare to india grounds so indian batsman need to hit boundaries in bigger grounds. It will help in 2015 worldcup

  • POSTED BY YesKayR on | May 30, 2014, 1:20 GMT

    I fully agree with Gavaskar's opinion that the boundaries are too short and some of the sixes are 'NOT REAL' sixes. It way very well be argued that the batsmen hit sixers which are 80+ metres and wud have been a six anywhere. I wud say the confidence for the batsmen increases when the boundary is short and theydo throw the bat. with the modern bat, it may still go 80+ or 100+. But I feel a batsman would think twice if the boundaries are sufficiently long. when I say sufficiently long I wud say the boundaries should atleast be 70 yards. This gives a real chance for a bowler also. With 60 yards and 65 yard boundaries (Some times I see 58 yards too) with the modern bat even a top edge easily clears the fence..and fielders get too short a time to stop a 'all along the ground' boundary shots... LEtz be fair to the bowlers as well...

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2014, 23:53 GMT

    Please give us longer boundaries. That way we'll get a real contest and maybe when batsmen score big it'll be even more impressive. Mishit sixes ruin the contest.

  • POSTED BY TheMiddleStump on | May 29, 2014, 21:57 GMT

    Continued...And as it relates to Ajmal, he has guys like Rehman, Irfan, Junaid and Gul supporting him at the other end. But even he has struggled recently because batsmen have taken the defensive approach towards him. He has been unlucky as well.

    Ashwin is a specially case. He gets wickets due to the fact that he is underrated by most batsmen and most times he has Ohja to back him up at the other end. Shami also does maintain some pressure. But Ashwin struggles outside India when the pitches don't turn and Ohja isn't in the XI.

    Mendis, i think, tries a bit too much has become readable and predictable. Even with Herath and turning pitches he struggles.

    But Herath and Swann are successful as regular spinners due to the fact that batsmen are willing to attack them knowing they don't have a big turning doosra or carrom ball. Most batsmen don't mind the occasional arm ball bowled at them.

    In T20, however, a smart bowler, orthodox or unorthodox will get wickets once he uses his head.

  • POSTED BY TheMiddleStump on | May 29, 2014, 21:46 GMT

    Narine will not do good in Test cricket for a while.

    Reason: The fact that he is still mysterious to over 80% of batsmen means that a defensive approach will always be the team's Plan A against him.

    Some say that he should try to improve against the defenses of batsmen but he has pretty much mastered all the basics of off-spin bowling with his line, drift, spin control and carrom ball. What he still needs to improve is his length as he is sometimes too short and batsmen can play him off the pitch.

    Warne was successful due to "pressure" created at the other end by McGrath, Lee, MacGill, etc. So the batsmen had to play him and he used his variations to great effect. Narine doesn't and didn't have that luxury as Sammy and Best were at the other end bowling.

    Murali had mainly Vaas as his only support but fortunately he had the turning pitches to his rescue and he sure used his doosra to good effect. Narine has turning pitches but there's only so much he can do without support

  • POSTED BY Udhay_CSK on | May 29, 2014, 17:04 GMT

    Narine is the Best.I think all the batsmen playing defensive mood.The only way to get rid of Narine play positive attacking shots.

  • POSTED BY BigINDFan on | May 29, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    The reason why batsmen struggled against Narine in IPL is they do not focus on playing him as a versatile spinner and not just an off-spinner. They are too busy throwing their bats for yes bank maximums instead of playing proper cricketing shots to score boundaries vs sixes. Sehwag and Raina play Narine reasonably well and so has Bailey. MSD struggles against him and so do lot of others who go for big shots. Narine needs to improve his Test bowling skills otherwise he will end up like Mendis or Ashwin. Ajmal is the only spinner who still retains a bit of mystery across all formats but Narine can surpass him if he focuses on all formats not just T20.

  • POSTED BY HEARTOUT on | May 29, 2014, 15:52 GMT

    Hi All,With due respect to Sunil narine he is great bowler and he is an asset for west indies and to cricket world. He has not played or tested as a bowler in real form of cricket that is TEST CRICKET where his credentials are not good. More importantly only in format performance Sunil should not carried away with self appreciative comments since he has a very long career ahead of him and we don't want to become like Indian fast fast bowlers who is start show promise and with all favor on their side they finish before start and we never heard of them. I wish him best of luck and want to see him win a test match for west indies by his bowling.

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    Only one man can play him and dominate him is Sehwag, but unfortunately he is not staying at the wicket long enough to hit him

  • POSTED BY D-Coach on | May 29, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    Raina plays narain well...

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | May 29, 2014, 13:33 GMT

    We are able to see the variations in Narines deliveries from behind as shown by the TV camera. But what do the batsmen see? It looks batsmen are unable to figure any difference in his bowling action, wrist and fingers. Narine has got the best obscure action from batsmen's point of view and that is the key for success for Narine (reason why batsmen have not yet decoded him).

    And that is the same reason why he is not successful in tests, I think, because most obscure action means, he can't impart huge revolutions/spin. That means he can be seen-off easily by defensive shots - which do not require middling with the bat. Whereas in T20, batsmen struggle because they cant afford to defend 6 balls of an over! They have to hit - that requires middling the ball with the bat - which is not possible if you dont know what spin he is bowling.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 29, 2014, 12:45 GMT

    I think narine himself can play himself very well

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2014, 12:10 GMT

    BAILEY played him very well

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  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | May 31, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    mind you..i am trinidadian and a big fan of narine ! ... but I would like to see the WI win.... the WI does have a VERY VERY strong bowling unit ....

    the selectors have destroyed WI's advances by picking mediocre and unbalanced attacks ....

  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | May 31, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    @ TheMiddleStump ! Narine should not be playing Test cricket ahead of Nikita Miller .. Deonarine is the WI best bet for an off-spinner ,,he has an average of 28.... Making Ramdin the captain, clears the way for a 4th bowler as it will surely mean that Sammy is not selected ...

    3 pacers and a specialist spinner + Doenarine ...

    Now it would be a total SHAME if the specialist spinner was an offspinner .... Permaul and Miller SHOULD get the NOD...

    IF the WI selectors KNEW ABOUT CRICKET ..

    (which the obviously don't)

  • POSTED BY ModernUmpiresPlz on | May 30, 2014, 21:38 GMT

    @Masking_Tape There's this newfangled thing some old dudes invented called physics. Cricket bats only weigh slightly more than baseball bats but the mass is more spread out because, surprisingly, cricket is a different sport and you have wickets and pads and whatnot to worry about. Baseball bats have a very small sweet spot but it is much more of a sweet spot than a cricket bat. The baseball bat is also longer, and gripped in a much more extreme fashion because you're only swinging one type of way with a baseball bat (excluding a bunt) whereas with a cricket bat you have a variety of different shots to play because if the bowler doesn't bowl it in the EXACT spot you want to hit it it doesn't count against the bowler. He has to be quite some way off the exact spot where you would like it to be. In baseball, a strike is pretty much the perfect area for someone with a baseball bat to hit the ball. Still, not many home runs get it. The trade off is that when they do, they go really far.

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2014, 19:41 GMT

    Another Indian trying to protect poor bowling.................Good bowlers Narine & good strategists Wasim Akram r still leaking runs in the same order as in 90s.............................If u ball full tosses on leg stum like RCB the no point to blame pitches bcz full toss never touches it & no point to blame small boundaries coz full toss can be hit anywhere in the ground for 4 anyways

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2014, 19:37 GMT

    Tendulkar the real Big match player with most runs in not 1 not 2 but 3 World Cups ...............Come the big game comes the man.......................With tournament finals & WC avg of 55 + ..................Lara stands at just 40...................Hence Sachin the finest ODI player ever

  • POSTED BY aditya.pidaparthy on | May 30, 2014, 17:25 GMT

    Boundaries are a good start. But more than boundaries ICC needs to do something about the bats. They cannot be allowed to have a face on the side. The real reason mishits are travelling over the ropes has more to do with the fact that bats no longer have edges. They just have a slightly less meaty portion. Once bats are weaned of the steroids, everything else will fall in line.

  • POSTED BY wolf777 on | May 30, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    I have made few comments on this site arguing for longer boundaries. Longer boundaries will make it much more interesting to watch. It is pathetic and pretty boring to watch miss hits going for Four Or Six.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | May 30, 2014, 12:58 GMT

    I totally agree with Gavaskar. A 65 yard boundary is like a joke. It should be at least 80 yards. Currently the game is heavily tilted towards the batsmen with field restrictions, Power plays and shorter boundary. Longer boundary will make it more challenging especially when Guys like Maxwell, Anderson, Miller, are all thriving on hitting sixers- most of them should really be catches on full fledged 85 yard boundary. Longer boundary will also make the batsmen run to compile their score instead of standing their bashing Sixes. With a longer boundary they will not risk getting out by focussing more on ground shots.

  • POSTED BY steve48 on | May 30, 2014, 12:43 GMT

    Gavaskar is right about the boundaries, but not just because of the disadvantages to the bowler. The spectacle of mishit slogs clearing tiny boundaries is to me less exciting than batsmen manoeuvring the field on bigger grounds, chipping into gaps and picking up hard run twos and threes, bringing athletic ground fielding and run outs into play. A well hit 6 will clear most boundaries, but giving the batsman the opportunity to go big or use placement is much more skilled. Also agree about pitches; the most exciting games are those where the bowler has a chance. Incidentally, bigger outfields make these low scoring games more exciting too, by opening up gaps in the field. Cross bat 65 yard thick edges just don't entertain me!

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    @Masking_Tape, I am a normal guy with an average build and aptitude (but great passion) for hitting a ball with something. On a normal day I can hit a baseball ball over 300 feet easy. On my best day I barely manage to hit a cricket ball over 65 meters. That's just the way it is. Different paraphernalia. Give a man a stick and he can break a painting. Give him a hammer and the same guy will tear down a wall.

    Besides, how many home runs do these steroidal monsters in Baseball manage on their best day? :) To a cricketer Baseball is a '100% full toss only' game...technically the easiest situation to hit a ball. So why do baseball games have single digit scores 99% of the time? :) If my argument sound stupid, then yours is the exact same argument in reverse, yet equally stupid :)

    Basically apples vs oranges. Lets eat what we like.

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2014, 12:10 GMT

    BAILEY played him very well

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 29, 2014, 12:45 GMT

    I think narine himself can play himself very well

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | May 29, 2014, 13:33 GMT

    We are able to see the variations in Narines deliveries from behind as shown by the TV camera. But what do the batsmen see? It looks batsmen are unable to figure any difference in his bowling action, wrist and fingers. Narine has got the best obscure action from batsmen's point of view and that is the key for success for Narine (reason why batsmen have not yet decoded him).

    And that is the same reason why he is not successful in tests, I think, because most obscure action means, he can't impart huge revolutions/spin. That means he can be seen-off easily by defensive shots - which do not require middling with the bat. Whereas in T20, batsmen struggle because they cant afford to defend 6 balls of an over! They have to hit - that requires middling the ball with the bat - which is not possible if you dont know what spin he is bowling.

  • POSTED BY D-Coach on | May 29, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    Raina plays narain well...

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    Only one man can play him and dominate him is Sehwag, but unfortunately he is not staying at the wicket long enough to hit him

  • POSTED BY HEARTOUT on | May 29, 2014, 15:52 GMT

    Hi All,With due respect to Sunil narine he is great bowler and he is an asset for west indies and to cricket world. He has not played or tested as a bowler in real form of cricket that is TEST CRICKET where his credentials are not good. More importantly only in format performance Sunil should not carried away with self appreciative comments since he has a very long career ahead of him and we don't want to become like Indian fast fast bowlers who is start show promise and with all favor on their side they finish before start and we never heard of them. I wish him best of luck and want to see him win a test match for west indies by his bowling.

  • POSTED BY BigINDFan on | May 29, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    The reason why batsmen struggled against Narine in IPL is they do not focus on playing him as a versatile spinner and not just an off-spinner. They are too busy throwing their bats for yes bank maximums instead of playing proper cricketing shots to score boundaries vs sixes. Sehwag and Raina play Narine reasonably well and so has Bailey. MSD struggles against him and so do lot of others who go for big shots. Narine needs to improve his Test bowling skills otherwise he will end up like Mendis or Ashwin. Ajmal is the only spinner who still retains a bit of mystery across all formats but Narine can surpass him if he focuses on all formats not just T20.

  • POSTED BY Udhay_CSK on | May 29, 2014, 17:04 GMT

    Narine is the Best.I think all the batsmen playing defensive mood.The only way to get rid of Narine play positive attacking shots.

  • POSTED BY TheMiddleStump on | May 29, 2014, 21:46 GMT

    Narine will not do good in Test cricket for a while.

    Reason: The fact that he is still mysterious to over 80% of batsmen means that a defensive approach will always be the team's Plan A against him.

    Some say that he should try to improve against the defenses of batsmen but he has pretty much mastered all the basics of off-spin bowling with his line, drift, spin control and carrom ball. What he still needs to improve is his length as he is sometimes too short and batsmen can play him off the pitch.

    Warne was successful due to "pressure" created at the other end by McGrath, Lee, MacGill, etc. So the batsmen had to play him and he used his variations to great effect. Narine doesn't and didn't have that luxury as Sammy and Best were at the other end bowling.

    Murali had mainly Vaas as his only support but fortunately he had the turning pitches to his rescue and he sure used his doosra to good effect. Narine has turning pitches but there's only so much he can do without support

  • POSTED BY TheMiddleStump on | May 29, 2014, 21:57 GMT

    Continued...And as it relates to Ajmal, he has guys like Rehman, Irfan, Junaid and Gul supporting him at the other end. But even he has struggled recently because batsmen have taken the defensive approach towards him. He has been unlucky as well.

    Ashwin is a specially case. He gets wickets due to the fact that he is underrated by most batsmen and most times he has Ohja to back him up at the other end. Shami also does maintain some pressure. But Ashwin struggles outside India when the pitches don't turn and Ohja isn't in the XI.

    Mendis, i think, tries a bit too much has become readable and predictable. Even with Herath and turning pitches he struggles.

    But Herath and Swann are successful as regular spinners due to the fact that batsmen are willing to attack them knowing they don't have a big turning doosra or carrom ball. Most batsmen don't mind the occasional arm ball bowled at them.

    In T20, however, a smart bowler, orthodox or unorthodox will get wickets once he uses his head.

IPL 2014 newsfile May 29, 2014

Gavaskar suggests longer boundaries in IPL

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Cricket has often been referred to as a 'batsman's game', and the advent of the Twenty20 format has only reiterated that claim. With batsmen making hay in small grounds and bowlers, in comparison, struggling to make an impact, Sunil Gavaskar, the interim president of the BCCI, has suggested longer boundaries in the IPL to reduce the mismatch between bat and ball.

"From the bowlers' point of view, I'd like to see the boundaries being a bit longer," Gavaskar told iplt20.com . "I do understand that certain distance is required between the boundary and the fence with all the sliding that the fielders do these days. But I still feel that the boundaries are being moved in a lot more than they should.

"That would be the difference between a lot of those marginal sixes and a wicket for the bowler. It would also mean that a six is really a six."

Surprised I have not been decoded- Narine

Sunil Narine's economy rate of 5.65 is the best in the IPL. As ably as he contains, the record he holds for the most four-wicket hauls (6) in the league confirms containment is not his only skill. A host of variations have helped him hoodwink most batsmen across three seasons, but the West Indies spinner wonders why his mystery hasn't been decoded yet.

"Sometimes I am surprised that they already haven't with all the technology available nowadays," he told the Hindu. "I do not fear that though, as I only concentrate on working harder and just focus on trying to do my bit as best as I can.

"I do try and be accurate more often as that's always the key. Variations in this format are always a very good option to have as they have the batsmen guessing."

His numbers in Tests are well below par. An average over 40 and a strike rate touching 80 contributes to him not being a regular member of the squad. "It's something I am still trying to learn and understand," Narine said. "I am sure if I work hard at it and continue to get opportunities I will get better at bowling in that format. Endurance and patience are the key [factors] in Tests."

Uthappa and Gambhir focused on IPL, not India berths

Robin Uthappa's upshot in form helped revive a flagging Kolkata Knight Riders campaign and also pressed a case for his ODI return for the Bangladesh tour. This comes on the back of a successful domestic season helping his side Karnataka lift the Ranji, Irani and Deodhar trophies. Despite the good news of his India return, his first priority remained the IPL final he said after Knight Riders beat Kings XI Punjab in the first qualifier.

"I am happy that my performances have given me a chance to play for my country and I feel proud about that fact," Uthappa said. "I want to win matches for India and perform my role as an opening batsman to the best of my ability. At this point of time though I am only thinking about the next game in the IPL. I have had a dream of a season, winning almost everything in the domestic circuit, and to top it up with the IPL title would be amazing."

His Knight Riders captain, Gautam Gambhir, exhibited similar sentiments after being selected as the only reserve batsman for five Tests against England. "I wasn't thinking too much about my comeback to the Indian team [during the Kings XI game]," he said. "I was focused on the match because it was a very important game for us and a lot was at stake. It is really important for a sportsman to stay in the present and I was trying to do the same."

Tendulkar obsession still thriving, says Time

Sachin Tendulkar is among the 100 most "obsessed-over people" on the internet according to Time magazine.

The list is led by former US president George Bush with 65.6 points and features Tendulkar at 68th with 23.98 points. The rankings were compiled by "drawing parallels" from Time's annual 100 most influential people in the world list, PTI reported, with data collected on the personalities online and from their Wikipedia pages.