April 13, 2013

Unravelling the Narine mystery

How does the KKR offspinner continue to bamboozle batsmen? Because he knows when to bowl what
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It's hard to remain a mystery today, what with all the footage available for replays in slow-motion and every player painstakingly scrutinised. The action has shifted from the 22 yards to the editing table.

Yet Sunil Narine continues to beat technology and stay ahead of most analyses. Even though he has been scanned time and again, he manages to get the better of batsmen and fascinate spectators.

He's not the first mystery spinner; there have been quite a few who batsmen couldn't decipher immediately, if at all. Yet there's something about this lad from the West Indies, with a peculiar hairdo and an equally peculiar action that has enthralled aficionados worldwide.

In his debut IPL season, last year, Narine took 24 wickets and helped Kolkata Knight Riders win the trophy for the first time. But it isn't just his ability to take wickets that makes everyone sit up and take note, it's the way he spins around hapless batsmen.

One particular over that he bowled to his fellow West Indian, Andre Russell, in the opening match of this season's IPL comes to mind, because it looked like Russell had no idea which way the ball would turn after pitching. Each time almost, he played down one way when the ball was heading the other.

It's not too hard to decipher a doosra or a carrom ball from an offspinner while watching on TV, when the camera gives us the view from the back, but Narine's variations are hard to pick even for viewers sitting at home. So what chance did Russell have?

By bowling even his offspinners with a scrambled seam, Narine manages to keep the batsman guessing which one will head the other way. And since he bowls both his variations from the front of the hand (the doosra is usually bowled from the back of the hand), you have to look very closely at which way his fingers are turning at the point of release - not an easy job.

But it isn't just the variations or his ability to disguise them that make Narine a difficult bowler to bat against in T20. There are many bowlers who have more variations up their sleeve. All good legspinners have three deliveries (legspin, googly and a flipper), and most offspinners these days also possess more than a couple variations (offspin, doosra and a carrom ball), but it isn't about the quantity, it's about the quality of execution. Having different types of deliveries won't mean much unless you know when to use them.

In fact, Narine has only two variations in his bag - a regular offspinner and the one that goes away after pitching. But unlike other spinners, he is a master when it comes to using his subtle variations, and he rarely overdoes them.

In his first over in this year's IPL, he did not bowl a single away-going delivery. He realised that there was some turn and bounce on the Eden Gardens pitch, so he was better off bowling offbreaks. In fact, in the entire game, he didn't bowl a single away-going delivery to the well-set Mahela Jayawardene, having arranged a leg-side field for him. If Jayawardene had picked the variation, Narine would have run the risk of leaking runs. But against Russell, Narine strengthened the off-side field, with a slip as an attacking option, and bowled the other one repeatedly. His ability to judge the demands of the situation and then move from being smart and defensive to brave and aggressive sets him apart.

In addition to his game sense and variety, Narine's pace and his effective stock ball make it very tough to score off him. He bowls really flat and slightly quicker but without compromising on turn off the surface. If there's something in the pitch for the spinners, he really rips them across the right-handers and away from the left-handers.

The delivery that got David Warner in the first match was an example of his ability to turn the ball with bounce at reasonably high speed. His pace and flat trajectory take away the batsman's crucial attacking strategy - stepping down the track to play the lofted shot. There aren't many who can hit the long ball without coming out of the crease.

If you can't come down the track, you look to either slog-sweep towards cow corner or go deep into the crease to pull the slightly shorter deliveries. Narine's extra turn and bounce on pitches like the one at the Eden Gardens make both these shots tough to execute. The turn ensures the ball misses the bat's sweet spot. If that fails, the bounce ensures the ball's impact on the bat is higher than the batsman is comfortable with. Either way the batsman rarely gets the intended height or distance.

If batsmen look for five or six runs off a Narine over instead of going after him, he might not turn out to be such a prolific wicket-taker. Unfortunately for all IPL teams, Knight Riders' captain, Gautam Gambhir, brings Narine on either in the Powerplay or during the death overs. That forces batsmen to go after Narine and increases his chances of picking up wickets. I won't be surprised if he finishes as one of the top wicket-takers this season as well.

Former India opener Aakash Chopra is the author of Out of the Blue, an account of Rajasthan's 2010-11 Ranji Trophy victory. His website is here and his Twitter feed here

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  • POSTED BY on | April 14, 2013, 1:32 GMT

    it doesnt matter if narine is found out. im sure many batsmen have read his variations much better now. the difference with narine from other mystery bowlers like mendis is that his stock delivery is a ripper, which mendis doesnt possess. once narine gets a pitch with even just some bounce, his stock delivery bounces sharply. the same applies to spinners like fast bowlers. the stock delivery has to be dangerous. thats why muralitharan is still causing problems. what narine needs to do in test cricket, is to try and beat the batsmen by flight, with his stock delivery, then u will see a whole lot more problems. im sure he can make that adjustment. cause ive seen narine bowl a few flighted off spinners in t-20 cricket. shane warne always say flight is what beats batsmen. not only variations and big spin

  • POSTED BY Sactigers on | April 13, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    I have to agree with llw5682, this article is about Narine's success in the IPL. The author makes no claim to him being amongst the best spinners in the game.

    Also, a lot of people are calling him ordinary or mediocre based on his lack of test success but he's only played in 5 tests. Do you know what Shane Warne's figures were in his first 4 tests.......4 for 386 (3 of which came in one innings), he had figures of 1/150 and 0/107....I think he turned out alright, don't you?

    Appreciate the article for what it is about....his success in the IPL(which is unquestionable) and reserve judgement until later as to his place amongst the games best.

  • POSTED BY Nadeem1976 on | April 13, 2013, 3:38 GMT

    No doubt Sunil Narine is great T2020 bowler. But is he really difficult to read i don't think so if he was difficult to read then he would have been part of WI ODI and test team but he was not last time i check.

    In turning tracks in india an average spin bowler can bowl very well. I can do that in those pitches. Give Narine two more years in IPL and he will not be effective at all. It's his second season and players don't know his variety as yet. The day some batsman like Gayle hit him for some sixes , which will happen one day, then his mystery will be over and he will be under pressure.

    He is new that's why he is hard to play otherwise he is just a regular bowler who is effective in T2020 because every body wants to score quickly.

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    Narine is still learning his trade. Still to come would be his test career. He has nerves of steel, that is why he bowls his variations so well at the death. In the world cup T 20 final, he ripped the heart out of a SL team that was becoming dangerous. Just watch.

  • POSTED BY warneneverchuck on | April 14, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    Narine is bettrr than overrated ajmal

  • POSTED BY PACERONE on | April 14, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    Wasn't Ajmal a magician when Hussey tore him apart for Australia.Why don't some of you just watch the games and enjoy the good players.If Holding,Roberts,Ambrose,Marshall,Patterson,Croft and Garner were playing T20 cricket there would be a lot of injured players.Marine might soon disappear but someone will take his place.

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | April 14, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    It is interesting to see how many Pakistani and Bangladeshi fans have posted negative comments about Narine in this forum. Love IPL or hate it, you can't stay away from IPL related articles, can you? :).

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | April 14, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    @KiwiRocker: Narine is better than any current or past Bangladeshi spinner. I know it is hard to accept for you, but it is true.

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | April 14, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    @llw5682: You are absolutely right, this article is about a spinner who has performed very well in the IPL. Don't bother with those anrgy anti-Narine comments. Those are coming from some jealous anti-IPL fans because the rather mediocre cricketers from their country haven't been selected to play in any of the games. They are just redirecting their anger towards any player who is performing well in the IPL.

  • POSTED BY jabbarahmed on | April 14, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    narine is great bowler but ajmal is the best spinner in the world.......

  • POSTED BY on | April 14, 2013, 1:32 GMT

    it doesnt matter if narine is found out. im sure many batsmen have read his variations much better now. the difference with narine from other mystery bowlers like mendis is that his stock delivery is a ripper, which mendis doesnt possess. once narine gets a pitch with even just some bounce, his stock delivery bounces sharply. the same applies to spinners like fast bowlers. the stock delivery has to be dangerous. thats why muralitharan is still causing problems. what narine needs to do in test cricket, is to try and beat the batsmen by flight, with his stock delivery, then u will see a whole lot more problems. im sure he can make that adjustment. cause ive seen narine bowl a few flighted off spinners in t-20 cricket. shane warne always say flight is what beats batsmen. not only variations and big spin

  • POSTED BY Sactigers on | April 13, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    I have to agree with llw5682, this article is about Narine's success in the IPL. The author makes no claim to him being amongst the best spinners in the game.

    Also, a lot of people are calling him ordinary or mediocre based on his lack of test success but he's only played in 5 tests. Do you know what Shane Warne's figures were in his first 4 tests.......4 for 386 (3 of which came in one innings), he had figures of 1/150 and 0/107....I think he turned out alright, don't you?

    Appreciate the article for what it is about....his success in the IPL(which is unquestionable) and reserve judgement until later as to his place amongst the games best.

  • POSTED BY Nadeem1976 on | April 13, 2013, 3:38 GMT

    No doubt Sunil Narine is great T2020 bowler. But is he really difficult to read i don't think so if he was difficult to read then he would have been part of WI ODI and test team but he was not last time i check.

    In turning tracks in india an average spin bowler can bowl very well. I can do that in those pitches. Give Narine two more years in IPL and he will not be effective at all. It's his second season and players don't know his variety as yet. The day some batsman like Gayle hit him for some sixes , which will happen one day, then his mystery will be over and he will be under pressure.

    He is new that's why he is hard to play otherwise he is just a regular bowler who is effective in T2020 because every body wants to score quickly.

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    Narine is still learning his trade. Still to come would be his test career. He has nerves of steel, that is why he bowls his variations so well at the death. In the world cup T 20 final, he ripped the heart out of a SL team that was becoming dangerous. Just watch.

  • POSTED BY warneneverchuck on | April 14, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    Narine is bettrr than overrated ajmal

  • POSTED BY PACERONE on | April 14, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    Wasn't Ajmal a magician when Hussey tore him apart for Australia.Why don't some of you just watch the games and enjoy the good players.If Holding,Roberts,Ambrose,Marshall,Patterson,Croft and Garner were playing T20 cricket there would be a lot of injured players.Marine might soon disappear but someone will take his place.

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | April 14, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    It is interesting to see how many Pakistani and Bangladeshi fans have posted negative comments about Narine in this forum. Love IPL or hate it, you can't stay away from IPL related articles, can you? :).

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | April 14, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    @KiwiRocker: Narine is better than any current or past Bangladeshi spinner. I know it is hard to accept for you, but it is true.

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | April 14, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    @llw5682: You are absolutely right, this article is about a spinner who has performed very well in the IPL. Don't bother with those anrgy anti-Narine comments. Those are coming from some jealous anti-IPL fans because the rather mediocre cricketers from their country haven't been selected to play in any of the games. They are just redirecting their anger towards any player who is performing well in the IPL.

  • POSTED BY jabbarahmed on | April 14, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    narine is great bowler but ajmal is the best spinner in the world.......

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | April 14, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    @KiwiRocker: Ha ha ha...love your comments. Every one of your comments is a joke. The batsmen you named as the best against spin...that is a hilarious list. IPL rocks and so does Narine. You know it!

  • POSTED BY KiwiRocker- on | April 14, 2013, 3:46 GMT

    Its a Joke comparing Narine to likes of Saeed Ajmal. Saeed Ajmal is a magician. A wonderful, verstile bowler who has got wickets everywhere he has gone so far! Saeed Ajmal was effective in English condition, he did wonderful on fairly sporting wickets of UAE and he even got a 10 wicket haul in SA. Comparing likes of Narine and Ashwin to Ajmal is a farce! R.Ashwin has taken nine wickets outside India at an average of 63 runs per wicket. Narine has played International cricket with no fire works. Narine failed against orindary B'deshi batsmen. What would he do against likes of Younis Khan, Clark, Amla, AB, Sanga.The poven players of spin bowling.Narine might get a wicket or two in IPL or against India ( since indian batsmen are weak against spin as proven by Monty and Ajmal),but Narine will soon disapper form international scene..like West Indies's other spin sensation Bishoo. ICC rankings are flawed. By rnakings' Hafeez was also ranked No.1 ODI and No.1 T.20 bowler.Is he a mystery too?

  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | April 14, 2013, 1:23 GMT

    look... people who think that Narine is less of a bowler because he is not good enough to be on the WI Test Side ...

    believe it or Not,, Shane Warne and Mulitharan are not good enough to be on the WI Test team either ...

    Nepotism is the main factor affecting the selection of a spinner on the team - ability is not required ....

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | April 13, 2013, 21:31 GMT

    Anyone can get wickets in a T20 match and don't forget a lot of these wickets are of tailenders.

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | April 13, 2013, 21:11 GMT

    Yes, Narine is a wonderful bowler. I had similar high opinion about AMendis when he came to the scene. He was similar in the sense that his variations cant be read from the front (by the batsmen) and he spun the ball both ways with the same bowling action. My mystery is why AMendis was not a success in later years? If the bowler cant be read from the front by the batsmen he has to be always successful right?

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | April 13, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    Narine is phenomenal he has the ability to turn it square both ways and his normal offy is the best I've seen of all the previous "mystery spinners" even bowling some of the best (Sachin included) with it and his doosra and cannonball are yet to be picked bythe best in the biz or even his teammates, it was hilarious watching AB still completely bamboozled v Narine the other day even he could just stand and laugh ! I don't know why cricinfo has selected that incorrect comment about him not being in the W.I odi side as featured comment ? when he is very much part of it and currently the no 2 ODI bowler in the world only second to Ajmal . . .

  • POSTED BY llw5682 on | April 13, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    Why is everyone getting their knickers tied in a knot over this article? It's about a spinner that has done well in the IPL the last little while and is off to a good start this year as well. Nowhere did the writer mention that he's better than any of the guys you people are mentioning. Why the hate? You can't dispute the fact that he's done well in this format, in this tournament, which was all the article was about.

  • POSTED BY Windies2Dheart on | April 13, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    Lets be honest, Narine has done in Limited overs cricket what Philander has done in Test. He ranks second in ODI's and 1st in T20, Philander is second in tests. This is not saying that Ajmal or Mendis are not good, just as Philanders ranking doesnt say that Steyn and Morkel are not good. Of course Narine needs more exposure to the longer formats. But his record in the short time that he's been playing speak for itself. Lets not forget that every bowler gets an expensive spell/game from time to time. He's definitely the most promising young bowler on the world stage.

  • POSTED BY on | April 13, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    I agree - if batsmen are not trying to score runs quickly, Narine is not very effective. He couldn't do well in WI's last tour in Bangladesh on December 2012. All the pitches were slow and quite spinner friendly. Well written article.

  • POSTED BY on | April 13, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    Nadeem1976 firstly Narine is in West Indies ODI squad and is currently ranked number 2 in ODIs in the world.

    Secondly, it was said that after his Champions League debut that he would have been found out, then after IPl, then after Big Bash, then after International Cricket, then after T20 World Cup, now it has moved to after 2 seasons of IPL. Do the math.

    Lastly, Sehwag got ahold of him when he made his 200+ in an ODI, but Narine is still here. Raina, Pieterson, even Darren Sammy in a club game got ahold of him. Like any bowler it will have days and batsmen that will get the better of you. But Narine is still here

  • POSTED BY b4u8me2 on | April 13, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    How can Narine only be an IPL wonder when he ranks no. 1 in international T20 and no. 2 in ODI?

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | April 13, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    Everyone has their kryptonite. He is just bowl correct length that others. Its always length that makes play shots difficult. Just bowl center off the batsman again and again. Only few batsman has nimble feet who can create space for shots or few really powerful or tall enough to create enough space to hit through. When you play tennis you serve at the player body. Its same technique. You need to understand the player strength and find their center , keep bowling at that. He mastered it.

  • POSTED BY riverlime on | April 13, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    he is bowling single-run deliveries in T20 and ODI games, which is why he is so effective. In the longer format, he is learning to flight the ball a bit more, as he does for T&T in the WI regional season. Give him some time and you will see him in the WI Test team again.

  • POSTED BY nayonika on | April 13, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    I echo Shanthal Perera. Very correctly assessed. Ajmal, Ashwin, Swann et al are far superior spinners in all formats.

  • POSTED BY cekoshy on | April 13, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    good article.Narine understands the t 20 game. many a test spinner gets knocked around but narine can stand his ground in t20.

  • POSTED BY rashivkd on | April 13, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    He is difficult to pick but i remember the final of the last IPL, were he conceded 37 or odd from his quota and Suresh Raina played him really well. He guts to come down the pitch and hit some sixes as well. But unfortunately, other players are not picking his variation from his fingers. I am waiting to see how Dinesh Kartik handle him as he is very quick in his feet and a good sweeper.

  • POSTED BY PAKISTANiLive on | April 13, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    LOL Indian Fans are defending Sunil Narine just like he is an Indian bowler! They also know who is in competition or better than him, a PAKISTANi!

  • POSTED BY Cricket_Fan_And_Analyst on | April 13, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    There is no point bringing his test credentials into this discussion. Look at his IPL record and other T20 record. Author has put it very clearly for everybody to understand that this article is written in the context of IPL. This guy hasn't played enough test matches. What was Shane Warne's record after first five test matches ?

  • POSTED BY Pathiyal on | April 13, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    its interesting to watch him bowl mystery and i hope he will do better for windies.

  • POSTED BY MianMoosa on | April 13, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    Sunil nrine is only a t20 bowler... he do nothing when it comes to international stage,,,,,,players in ipl are struggling to read him,,, imagine if Saeed ajmal & greame swann plays the IPL.......

  • POSTED BY pulkit10 on | April 13, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    It is a little naive for people to just dismiss him as an "IPL-only wonder" when he has played 5 tests (3 in unhelpful conditions no less). He's still a really young guy who is low on experience so surely, the judgement is a little harsh?

    He's a confidence player and he needs to build that up for the longer formats and he'll need a long rope from the West Indian selectors to help him achieve that. One good performance from him and he'll be in the circle. That's all he needs.

    But in all fairness, lets leave the judgement calls for later.

  • POSTED BY pauliangenius on | April 13, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    I do not agree with this article..A true spinner is one who can extract a wicket when the batsmen are not going after him... This can only be evident from a test match....Narine has done nothing in tests because he cannot rip past defensive batsmen... something proved in this article too i.e "if batsmen look for five or six runs off a Narine over instead of going after him, he might not turn out to be such a prolific wicket-taker." In T20, any average spinner on a turning track can take wickets because he knows 100% that the batsman will go after him...

  • POSTED BY Ujjwal_Ingolikar on | April 13, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    Quite a detailed analysis on one player. However, I would have liked some part to be devoted on why the bowler has not been so successful on the international stage with all his mysteries. Aakash tried to explain that one of the reason is that it is difficult to attack him when batsman are looking for runs. Although with the impact that he had along with his accuracy, he should have been one of the top spinners in world cricket if not one of the top bowlers.

  • POSTED BY on | April 13, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    Unfortunately, Narine is nothing outside of the T20 realm...

  • POSTED BY LillianThomson on | April 13, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    Narine has 15 Test wickets at an average of 48.06, and in his last series v Bangladesh he took 3 wickets for 343 runs!

    It is unfortunately becoming a trademark feature of IPL that proper bowlers are completely crippled and limited ones like Narine prosper.

    What a shame that IPL teams employ a two dimensional offie like Narine but genuinely world class ones like Swann and Ajmal can't get a contract.

  • POSTED BY greasedecrease on | April 13, 2013, 3:57 GMT

    Excellent article. Sunil understands not only the way and variation which he should bowl but also he reads the strenghts and weaknesses of the opposition. No one can argue that he surpasses expectations in every ipl game he plays. I disagree when he is called ordinary because in only his 2nd ipl no one in any of the teams has mastered him. He will get the most wickets and best economy rate....guaranteed.

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | April 13, 2013, 3:53 GMT

    Narine has a test match average of 48 and on the tour of England last year he had 0-70 in his only test and 1-101 in two ODIs. Whatever his mystery is, the England batsmen managed to solve it- possibly because they are a little better than Andre Russell.

    This article is really premature- let him get a decent resume together and if he has results across the board to match his IPL achievements, then let's talk about it.

  • POSTED BY TheJake on | April 13, 2013, 3:50 GMT

    @KiwiRocker Exactly, just look at his mediocre Tests so far. He played in 1 dead rubber against England, 2 against NZ and 2 against Bangladesh. Surely after such an easy start you'd think he'll be doing OK. But no, 15 wickets at of 48. In T20 batsmen are very often swinging desperately at anything, and throw their wickets away more often than not. In Test matches he is hardly a threat. He is nowhere near as good as Ashwin who is also a good batsman. Hell, even Nathan Lyon had 12 wickets at 34 after 5 Tests, and he had a much harder start against Sri Lanka and South Africa

  • POSTED BY KiwiRocker- on | April 13, 2013, 3:00 GMT

    I find it fascinating that how writers like Chopra find time to write lengthy articles players about an average bowler. Sunil Narine is useful. Very handy spinner but what exactly has he achieved. Lets do a stock take.! The guy has got no mystery as he had a limited success on international arena. Has he bamboozled batsmen of the quality of Younis Khan, Michael Clark, Hashim Muhammad Amla? The guy is an average spinner with a quicker straighter carrom bowl bit like R.Ashwin. You can not start writing these passages just because he has done well in IPL. India might have the best spinning wickets but Indian batsmen are pretty average players of spin bowling as recently proved by Monty Panesar and Saeed Ajmal. If you want to write something then please write something about an under rated Monty Panesar or magician Saeed Ajmal. These are modest men of rare talent who just go around and do their business. If T20 is a benchmark of success then until recently Muhammad Haeez was #1 bowler too!

  • POSTED BY KiwiRocker- on | April 13, 2013, 3:00 GMT

    I find it fascinating that how writers like Chopra find time to write lengthy articles players about an average bowler. Sunil Narine is useful. Very handy spinner but what exactly has he achieved. Lets do a stock take.! The guy has got no mystery as he had a limited success on international arena. Has he bamboozled batsmen of the quality of Younis Khan, Michael Clark, Hashim Muhammad Amla? The guy is an average spinner with a quicker straighter carrom bowl bit like R.Ashwin. You can not start writing these passages just because he has done well in IPL. India might have the best spinning wickets but Indian batsmen are pretty average players of spin bowling as recently proved by Monty Panesar and Saeed Ajmal. If you want to write something then please write something about an under rated Monty Panesar or magician Saeed Ajmal. These are modest men of rare talent who just go around and do their business. If T20 is a benchmark of success then until recently Muhammad Haeez was #1 bowler too!

  • POSTED BY TheJake on | April 13, 2013, 3:50 GMT

    @KiwiRocker Exactly, just look at his mediocre Tests so far. He played in 1 dead rubber against England, 2 against NZ and 2 against Bangladesh. Surely after such an easy start you'd think he'll be doing OK. But no, 15 wickets at of 48. In T20 batsmen are very often swinging desperately at anything, and throw their wickets away more often than not. In Test matches he is hardly a threat. He is nowhere near as good as Ashwin who is also a good batsman. Hell, even Nathan Lyon had 12 wickets at 34 after 5 Tests, and he had a much harder start against Sri Lanka and South Africa

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | April 13, 2013, 3:53 GMT

    Narine has a test match average of 48 and on the tour of England last year he had 0-70 in his only test and 1-101 in two ODIs. Whatever his mystery is, the England batsmen managed to solve it- possibly because they are a little better than Andre Russell.

    This article is really premature- let him get a decent resume together and if he has results across the board to match his IPL achievements, then let's talk about it.

  • POSTED BY greasedecrease on | April 13, 2013, 3:57 GMT

    Excellent article. Sunil understands not only the way and variation which he should bowl but also he reads the strenghts and weaknesses of the opposition. No one can argue that he surpasses expectations in every ipl game he plays. I disagree when he is called ordinary because in only his 2nd ipl no one in any of the teams has mastered him. He will get the most wickets and best economy rate....guaranteed.

  • POSTED BY LillianThomson on | April 13, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    Narine has 15 Test wickets at an average of 48.06, and in his last series v Bangladesh he took 3 wickets for 343 runs!

    It is unfortunately becoming a trademark feature of IPL that proper bowlers are completely crippled and limited ones like Narine prosper.

    What a shame that IPL teams employ a two dimensional offie like Narine but genuinely world class ones like Swann and Ajmal can't get a contract.

  • POSTED BY on | April 13, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    Unfortunately, Narine is nothing outside of the T20 realm...

  • POSTED BY Ujjwal_Ingolikar on | April 13, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    Quite a detailed analysis on one player. However, I would have liked some part to be devoted on why the bowler has not been so successful on the international stage with all his mysteries. Aakash tried to explain that one of the reason is that it is difficult to attack him when batsman are looking for runs. Although with the impact that he had along with his accuracy, he should have been one of the top spinners in world cricket if not one of the top bowlers.

  • POSTED BY pauliangenius on | April 13, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    I do not agree with this article..A true spinner is one who can extract a wicket when the batsmen are not going after him... This can only be evident from a test match....Narine has done nothing in tests because he cannot rip past defensive batsmen... something proved in this article too i.e "if batsmen look for five or six runs off a Narine over instead of going after him, he might not turn out to be such a prolific wicket-taker." In T20, any average spinner on a turning track can take wickets because he knows 100% that the batsman will go after him...

  • POSTED BY pulkit10 on | April 13, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    It is a little naive for people to just dismiss him as an "IPL-only wonder" when he has played 5 tests (3 in unhelpful conditions no less). He's still a really young guy who is low on experience so surely, the judgement is a little harsh?

    He's a confidence player and he needs to build that up for the longer formats and he'll need a long rope from the West Indian selectors to help him achieve that. One good performance from him and he'll be in the circle. That's all he needs.

    But in all fairness, lets leave the judgement calls for later.

  • POSTED BY MianMoosa on | April 13, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    Sunil nrine is only a t20 bowler... he do nothing when it comes to international stage,,,,,,players in ipl are struggling to read him,,, imagine if Saeed ajmal & greame swann plays the IPL.......