West Indies v New Zealand, 5th ODI, St Kitts July 17, 2012

'In our conditions, Narine is unplayable' - Sammy

ESPNcricinfo staff

West Indies spinner Sunil Narine has bounced back from an indifferent tour of England with a Player-of-the-Series performance - 13 wickets and an economy of 2.92 - in the 4-1 victory against New Zealand. Narine had also taken seven wickets in the two Twenty20s that preceded the ODIs and his captain Darren Sammy said he was "unplayable" in home conditions.

In England, Narine was wicketless in the Edgbaston Test that was ruined by rain, took only one wicket in two ODIs and none in the Twenty20. At home, however, Narine's variations led West Indies to their first ODI series victory over any team other than Bangladesh and Zimbabwe since 2009.

"In our conditions, he [Narine] is unplayable," Sammy said. "Especially, when we post a good total, knowing that I am going to get 60 balls from him. I know what he is going to do. Any situation, you can call on him, and it is good to have someone like that in your team who you can turn to at any given time. I know he is going to continue to do well for us and have a very successful career."

Narine finished the series with a career-best haul of 5 for 27, bowling West Indies to a 20-run victory in the fifth ODI in St. Kitts. "This is my first ODI series win for the West Indies and I'm happy it came at home in front of the home supporters," he said. "It felt really good that they could celebrate with us. Today, I felt calm and relaxed running in to bowl. The ball came out nicely and I felt in control. Again today, the batsmen did a fantastic job to provide us with a score to bowl at."

West Indies were in trouble at 104 for 5 in the 27th over before fifties by Dwayne Bravo and Andre Russell lifted the score to 241. Narine spearheaded the defence and said that his switch to a round the wicket line for most of his spell had troubled the batsmen.

"I spoke to the coach [Ottis Gibson] and we looked at a few new ideas about how to attack the batsmen," Narine said. "He suggested that I could look at some more variety and I went into the nets and worked hard at how I could come from around the wicket and look to get the ball to 'pitch on'. As you saw today, it worked wonders as I got wickets from around the wicket. That is something I will definitely work on in the coming weeks."

Ross Taylor, the New Zealand captain, also said Narine was the difference between the two teams in the series and his side would need to find ways to counter him in the Tests.

"Most sides, when they need 50 off 40, they are going to get there at a canter, but when you have Narine in there, it is a bit of a struggle as you have to score runs off him and the other bowlers," Taylor said. "He was the difference today on that wicket with three big wickets. It was big in the context of the match."

The West Indies coach Ottis Gibson was satisfied at his team's success in the ODI and Twenty20 series after the disappointment in England.

"In England - where we had pretty much the same side - we didn't do that well and questions were asked," he said. "It was really good to see how the guys have returned home and answered those questions with some good performances.

"Almost everyone put his hand up and put in a strong performance when it was required. As a team we are happy with the series results and we look to take the momentum on from here."

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  • dummy4fb on July 20, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    But even if he was offered a chance of a recall Sarwan said he wouldn't walk out on Leicestershire. " I owe them because they've invested in me..........." " The coach said some negative stuff that hurt me mentally and emotionally." Sarwan told BBC SPORT." Mentally I was broken down, not from the stress of playing, it is just certain individuals have drained me mentally." Sars famous words, not mine. And by the way 4 centuries in 161 ODI inns is not flattering stats for a " GREAT" #3 batsman. The man is not interested in playing for the WI, end of debate.

  • SNIFFLEATHER on July 20, 2012, 16:10 GMT


    Whilst their is undoubtedly strength to your argument that Sarwan should not be discarded, as the man clearly has talent, your comment that "West Indies will not win another series for a long while" is somewhat misguided. Make no mistake, the West Indies are back on the right path.

  • Spokes007 on July 20, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    Until personal biases leaves WI cricket it will suffer. Sarwan has a higher ODI and Test average than everyone, except Shiv. Sir Garfield Sobers said it right; he cannot see why Chnagerpaul and Sarwan are not in the ODI team, and test, for that matter the 20/20. Cricketers at their level should be able to play in all formats. This short series with NZ will be short lived. WI out of 20/20 second round….they will not win another series in the next while, a long while.

  • Rafelgibt on July 20, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    He might be effective but not as unplayable as described by SAMMY........No doubt about that he is a good bowler.....But still a long way to prove himself as worthy as world class.....Whenever i see bowling NARAINE it reminds me AJANTA MENDIS of SL........Such a poor guy......Hope same thing is not going to happen to NARAINE.........

  • SNIFFLEATHER on July 20, 2012, 0:24 GMT

    Narine will get plenty of overs during these two test matches. After which, evaluations can be made. For the time being, he can be regarded as a wondeful limited overs bowler. The true test, is test cricket. Hence the name... Good luck Sunil, West Indies needs more than good now. We need great again.

  • dummy4fb on July 19, 2012, 4:02 GMT

    I don,t know why you guys are putting down Sarwan like that. He was a great batsman for West Indies and should be given the chance to prove himself.

  • dummy4fb on July 18, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    Something to consider if it is at all necessary, that the WI final test with New Zealand ends on the August 6 and it seems that there next game September 22 in the T20 world cup against Australia. On the contrary the following teams ends their international tours playing T20s in the early September (the same month of World Cup T20): England, India, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and Pakistan. I suspect that there is something planed for these 47 days before their game T20 world cup starts.

  • dummy4fb on July 18, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    Please, please, what's all this talk about Sarwan in the WI team? This team will do well without this guy. And don't forget, Sarwan has a major batting flaw. He cannot play short pitch bowling. He just cannot hook & the world knows that. WI will do well with Gayle, Darren Bravo, Samuels, Shiv et co. And by the way Sarwan will not play under Otis & Sammy. Trust me.

  • sanmaha on July 18, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    At present scenario we have 4 world class bowlers in international cricket swan,ajmal,ashwin narine .NARINE BALLS DIFFICULT TO PLAY ,PICK AND EACH BALLS ARE DIFFERENT ACCORDING TO ME HE IS NO 1 BOWLERS IN WORLD

  • dummy4fb on July 18, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    Nafzak, I agree with you in part. But West Indies are doing a lot better now. Darren Sammy has earned his position with great humility and hard work. We have made some changes including resolving the Gale issue. Coach Gibson has done fine but there is still a lot more to do. The CEO is on his way out. What a journey it was for us all. But we are here today, our boys are all so happy and are celebrating for and with each other, now we must join and beat our drums. We have resolve Gale and now England is trying to do the same with Kevin Peterson but is saying they will not go the West Indies way (I am curious as to how this will work out). We are different we are special we will rise again we are the West Indies.

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