West Indies news May 29, 2012

Narine won't fade like Mendis, says T&T coach

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sunil Narine's Trinidad & Tobago coach, Kelvin Williams, has said that the offspinner must add more variations to his repertoire to avoid "fading away" like Sri Lanka offspinner Ajantha Mendis.

Williams, who was in charge of T&T when Narine made his first-class debut in 2009, said that the offspinner must continue to work hard to avoid being picked by batsmen around the world. "He has got to develop variations," Williams told Trinidad and Tobago Newsday. "In international cricket batsmen will work you out so you can fade away if you don't do that and that is what happened to Mendis. Narine is too smart for that to happen to him, though, but the first two years of his career will be a dream start."

Mendis had a sensational debut Test series, against India in 2008, with a record 26 wickets but failed to live up to his promise and is no longer a permanent fixture in the Sri Lanka squad.

Narine played an important part in Kolkata Knight Riders' title-winning IPL campaign this season by picking up 24 wickets from 15 matches at an economy-rate of 5.47 - a tally that earned him the Man-of-the-Series award.

"It's nice to see him doing so well," Williams said. "He is one who has been dedicated towards the development of his cricket. He always had my utmost respect because he was so determined to get to the top. He works extremely hard and is always trying to develop new things."

However, Williams said the West Indies selectors must not rush Narine into the squad for the third Test against England, which begins in Birmingham on June 7. "He has proved himself in all the other versions of the game and the next step is Tests. I think he will do well because he is so difficult to read," Williams said. "I don't think he should be rushed in. He will be up there for the ODI series (which starts on June 16) and I think he has made himself unavailable for the Tests. He should be in the Test team against New Zealand."

Edited by Carlyle Laurie

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  • Dummy4 on May 30, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover Ricky ponting failed in india So yes he is ordinary isnt he.

  • jude on May 30, 2012, 5:05 GMT

    Kelvin Williams you've never played a single International or Test and you're condemning a superior spin bowler like Mendis. I think that Narine going to be good bowler in future, but still unknown quantity.??!!. Sunil Have captured only 14 wickets in 8 ODI's. For your info. Kelvin, Mendis out-of-action due to back injury. However, he's going to play in the home series against Pakistan. Kelvin, West Indies Cricket in tatters for the last 2 decades. You should be concentrating on uplifting WI Cricket. I think WI Cricket main problem is wrong people like you in charge of T&T cricket. Kelvin, in recent history Sri Lanka Cricket has produced the most dynamic original talent Cricketers whether batting, bowling and or fielding. Just ask Tony Greig or Ian Chappel they'll attest to what I'm telling you. Try to tell your players to emulate other great cricketers and I can suggest to you, start emulating some of SL current & recently ret'd great players.

  • Kavin on May 30, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    WHere is mendis? Is he still playing cricket after getting thrashed by Sehwag in that home series? Where is he?

  • Wicky on May 30, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    @g.narishma,these stats suggest 2 things,1.ind z a home made champ nt outside(ind have flattest tracks in wrld pls fastest outfield),ind does ths to pleas d ovr.ratd n ovr pamperd so calld batng gods,2.if any batsman z out of form,go dear visit india n u would b averagng 50 pls easily,even our gd batsmen (nt great)like malik,misbah,butt,kamran smetimes loks unbowlable in indian cnditns,we strongly believ that had waqar,imran ,wasim,aqib,shoaib been playng in aus,eng,sa,they would be easily d top 5 wickt.takrs in cric,n our batsmen would b avragng 50 pls if had been plyng ön ind pitchs

  • D on May 30, 2012, 3:10 GMT

    Cruel truths that everyone knows but no one wants to say are stated inadvertently :-). Yes, Mendis is faded.

  • narsimha on May 30, 2012, 2:28 GMT

    KIWIROCKER-WE never claimed ASHWIN as next big thing eventhough he was reletivly new he failed in ENG, AUS so does u r SO CALLED GREAT AJMAL in AUS U R team WAS WHITE WASHED 3-0, 5-0 , IN ENG 4-1, he could not win aseries in EVEN IN WI VRS a WEAK TEAM where as ASHWIN was instrumental for series win in WI for us , see my dear TAKING WICKETS ON ASIAN pitches against POMS is not a big thing . POMS could not win any thing in INDIA for decades were tormented by BHAJJEE, &CO on the basis of just 1 or 2 series wins in UAE u people declared AJMAL as best ever WE DONT HAVE ANY PROBLEM HE is U R PLAYERS U CAN THINK OF HIM AS U like but dont insult ou r players, u r out here always to demean , insult our players but one thing they dont need certificates, they performed all lover the world including against ur team only after sachin, sahwaag, dravid, laxan WE START WINNING MATCHES OUT SIDE EVEN IN PAK , if SAHWAAG is ordinery than how could he thrashed u r great bowlers in PAK.

  • Prashan on May 30, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    Please play Narine in the 3rd test against England! Pleeeeeeeeeeeease!

  • Prashan on May 30, 2012, 0:55 GMT

    Mendis faded because his open grip bowling was easily visible making batsmen read it. Narine does a nice magic in the form of back finger flicking effectively making him the most mysterious bowler ever. As for Lanka, hopefully Sachithra Senanayake will be the next best off spinner in the post Murali era. Rangana Herath will likely last only another 3 more years.

  • Mohsin on May 29, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    Sir Ashwin is the best spinner of the world. No batting line up can read Sir Ashwin. A baffling and dazzling airy ball bamboozles every batman including Sir Viv Richards. Sir Ashwin's delivery is like a rainbow of flight and deception. Future of India surely. No Narine cant come to his caliber of quality and masterful art of spin bowling.

  • Michael on May 29, 2012, 21:00 GMT

    Narine the " mystery " bowler appears now to have a clairvoyant coach as well...wonder if he is related to mandrake the magician.Mr .Williams,Narine is a very good bowler in cow swiping cricket,and in 4 day cricket in the WI.He is yet to prove himself in tests and international cricket.,so don't jump the gun big man !

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