West Indies v Bangladesh, 2nd ODI, St George's

Nothing wrong with Bangladesh batsmen - Narine

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August 23, 2014

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Sunil Narine receives the Man-of-the-Match award, West Indies v Bangladesh, 2nd ODI, St George's, Grenada, August 22, 2014
Sunil Narine struck thrice in two overs in the second ODI © WICB
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Had honest discussion after first ODI - Bravo

  • Dwayne Bravo, the West Indies ODI captain, has said that the team had an "honest" discussion after the first one-dayer, and was pleased it had translated into a dominating performance in the second match. West Indies had collapsed to 34 for 5 chasing 218 in the first game, with Denesh Ramdin and Kieron Pollard bailing them out with an attacking 145-run sixth-wicket partnership.
  • "After the last game, there was some harsh days said in the dressing room amongst ourselves, there were honest discussions, and it is good to see that we had a better all-round performance," Bravo said. "It shows that the team are growing in confidence and I am very happy how the batters bounced back. (Chris) Gayle is among the runs, Darren (Bravo) as well, Ramdin and Pollard, all chipped in.
  • "We want to get the balance right and let the players express themselves. In the past we were bit hesitant to be free, but Stuart Williams and the management team give the team the freedom to go out there and express themselves."
  • While Bravo praised his bowlers who destroyed Bangladesh for 70 in 24.4 overs, he asked for improvement from the batsmen. "We lost our way in the middle, we could have got 280-290 but that's what myself and the coach have to address."

Sunil Narine does not think there is anything wrong with the Bangladesh batsmen and has said that West Indies are only taking advantage of home conditions.

Narine said that he has tried to keep his spells as simple as possible, but tell that to the Bangladesh batsmen. Despite dominating him in Tests less than two years ago, they now find his deception unfathomable and are facing the danger of spending all of this tour trying to avoid getting tangled by him.

His three-wicket burst in the middle of Bangladesh's 248-run chase in the second ODI sucked the life out of their batsmen. Narine removed Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah in successive deliveries before picking up Sohag Gazi in his next over as the visitors were bowled out for just 70.

"I don't think I have done anything differently [than in the past]," Narine said. "Whatever I have been doing in the past 2-3 years that have given me success, I have tried to keep it simple as possible. You sometimes tend to try to do too many things and forget what was working for you.

"When you're on top of your game, it is important to do the basics properly and change only a few things, and move on from there. I didn't get wickets in the first game but I think I bowled pretty well. I was just doing the basics again today."

In the 2012 Test series, Narine went wicketless in three out of four innings, and conceded 343 runs in two matches at an economy-rate of 4.36. Shakib Al Hasan apparently had come up with the plan to go after him from the start. That plan is possibly back in Dhaka right now, as Bangladesh have played Narine without much purpose.

He, however, felt that West Indies were taking advantage of familiar conditions. "I don't think there's anything wrong with the Bangladesh batsmen. They are very capable. I think it is just our time to be on top of the game. We have had some rough times in Bangladesh where they have home advantage.

"Now we have the home advantage. We are continuing what we are doing and trying to build momentum ahead of the Test matches. I wouldn't think they are rusty. The wickets are not as flat as Bangladeshi wickets, it is more giving. Their bowlers have something to work with. You need to set a foundation and work on it."

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Posted by Aroundthelegsgoogly on (August 24, 2014, 9:52 GMT)

Narine should claim that Bangladesh have the world's best batsmen and say he was lobbing meteors at lightspeed which is why the Bangla's expectedly had no reply.

Posted by   on (August 24, 2014, 5:38 GMT)

Well Narine is dangerous for any time.

Posted by hitarth18 on (August 24, 2014, 4:33 GMT)

Withour Shakib, Bangladesh looks spineless.

Posted by   on (August 24, 2014, 2:48 GMT)

nothing wrong with the players....definitely something wrong with the management and all the coach...very sad our team going down day by day

Posted by Himindia on (August 24, 2014, 1:53 GMT)

bangladesh are really missing shakib there.he is a world class batsman and bowler too.he can play him well as he uses his feets to good effect against spin and they also played for the same side in IPL too..

Posted by   on (August 23, 2014, 19:22 GMT)

Sunil is extraordinary that day.i think Bangladesh should learn how to face world class bowlers like Narian. As a Bangladeshi fan I want BCB management committee should be changed in making decision and should include the right man in right place. At first low level BCB president should be removed from the most valuable place.

Posted by   on (August 23, 2014, 17:31 GMT)

why not one of the promising under nineteen batsmen or bowler include in the west indies series against bangla,ahh management again in the just conclude west under ninereen games,,,management again

Posted by huffpost on (August 23, 2014, 17:24 GMT)

It must be so sad being a BD fan.. i hope no one else has to under go this agony. these fans must be appreciated..In spite of such disastrous run, they still follow them and have many expectations..any other team fans would have given up by now.

Posted by Laragopinath on (August 23, 2014, 16:36 GMT)

Sunil's comments r more humble. He is a class act n when in form he dominates n dictates any batsmen at his will. Let's hope this continues in indian soil.

Posted by   on (August 23, 2014, 15:46 GMT)

I thought Narine would say: There is nothing wrong with Bangladesh batsmen....it's just I am too good for them. Thank God he didn't!

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