New Zealand in West Indies 2014 July 4, 2014

Batsman's caution helps me - Narine

ESPNcricinfo staff

'One shouldn't get hyper in T20s'

West Indies offspinner Sunil Narine believes the caution a batsman takes against his variations allows him the freedom to get set into a spell.

"I only have three [different] balls." he said. "Just to keep the batsmen thinking. Once you have the batsmen thinking they tend to look at you a little more and in the extra time they look at me, my overs tend to finish."

Narine had to sit out during the recently concluded Test series against New Zealand as he couldn't make the training camp on time due to the IPL, but his return would help the hosts offer a sterner challenge to New Zealand in during the two Twenty20s. Narine has 12 wickets from five matches against the visitors.

"The key component is probably to be as relaxed as possible because it's a very intense game and batsmen are always coming at you. So the minute you get too hyper you tend to do what you're not accustomed to. So just stay as relaxed as possible and maintain the skill level that you have."

Narine's spin partner Samuel Badree leads the T20 bowlers' rankings and has claimed 21 wickets in 12 matches over the past 12 months, five more than Narine's tally in the same period.

"I think it's a good, friendly rivalry. I think Badree has been doing very well over the past couple of months. I think he's been doing a good job so that's why he's No.1. So hopefully I can do as good as him and hopefully pass him this series."

Krishmar Santokie has also become a useful addition to West Indies' attack and had kept out the experienced Ravi Rampaul during the World T20. The left-arm seamer's ability to dent the opposition's top order has been a vital asset.

"I think Santokie has been a very excellent bowler. The couple of games he has played for West Indies, he has been getting early breakthroughs for us and that makes it a lot easier in the middle and at the end. So I think Santokie starting up and getting early wickets does a lot for West Indies."

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  • Android on July 4, 2014, 23:20 GMT

    hey don't fool yourselfs Narine and other spin bowlers always have a secret delivery in their bag of tricks let ZND ponder on the three that he Narine say's he has go windies go

  • Joshua on July 4, 2014, 21:32 GMT

    If I had to choose a five-man WI attack for all formats it would be Taylor, Roach, Holder, Narine and Benn. So called T20 specialist bowlers only take up contract space and hope to earn a fortune by playing hit-or-miss bash-and-dash t20 cricket. I wouldn't mind if they at least tried to earn a spot in the ODI squad by playing overseas cricket in ENG, SA, or AUS.

    And yes, there are aspects of T20 cricket, more so from a bowling perspective, that can be indicative of a player's quality for Test Matches. Narine is definitely a better Test bowler than a doosra-less Shillingford. When well supported at the other end, Narine will take wickets. He strives on under-pressure batsmen. Taylor, Roach and Benn are economical and threatening enough to provide the right environment for Narine. Ramdin captaincy will be a major factor in Narine's success as well.

  • Dummy4 on July 4, 2014, 21:11 GMT

    I think that Sammuel badree should be considered for test, he is a fine bowler who lift my confidence for the team when he is playing.

  • Android on July 4, 2014, 17:34 GMT

    Narine needs to understand t20 isn't exactly a true test of quality

  • Jonathan on July 4, 2014, 14:11 GMT

    @giovaugh wilson and @hennopsriverend the two of you might not care about t20s but you do not speak for the fans that actually attend the matches which as anyone can see is much larger at t20s than at test matches. Sadly with the rate at which the wicb and its selectors are going we have no genuine test match players except for chanderpaul.The notion of some persons to exchange the entire test for younger plaers is suicidal. the number of young players that seem to be technically incorrect is appalling. Players like kirk edwards and shannon gabriel seem to be gauranteed a test place in the west indies for what reason only god knows. Poor jermaine blackwood was left out of the last test and guess what they lost. This year isn't going to get easier we have a test series in IND, SA. The selectors and coaching cannot keep parading around players and swithcing and swapping.Find a team that works and stick wiith it. Why do u think SA and AUS have such good teams they stick with one team.

  • Kavir on July 4, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    I dont know why these guys keeps verbalizing these things. Let opposing teams/players figure that out on their own. Coming straight from the belly of the beast takes away some of your mystery, which is your biggest weapon.

  • Tshego on July 4, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    As @Giovaughn Wilson pointed out, unless it's a T20 WC or IPL not a lot of fans will care about the result. Narine needs to do himself a favour (&actually the rest of the cricketing world) and try to get back in the test team so he can showcase his skill. Ajmal will stay the best spinner in the business unless other spinners can mount a challenge outside of T20s.

  • Tom on July 4, 2014, 11:29 GMT

    Honestly, who cares? The real series is over, T20's are just for show. Narine needs to learn that.

  • jared on July 4, 2014, 10:42 GMT

    so if we just smash narine from ball 1 instead of letting him settle we should be ok, too easy. in all seriousness the windies t20 team looks very strong, it would be a massive achievment to roll them especially since we are only picking players from the test side but really ive allready got all the satisfaction i need from this tour with a great test victory, i don't even need the icing on this cake.

  • Dummy4 on July 4, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    nirine alwaays superb love him he is match winner not only for kkr but also for wi

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