West Indies news May 29, 2012

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

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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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  • on May 30, 2012, 15:46 GMT

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

  • judep 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.

  • Romenevans 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?

  • WickyRoy.paklover 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

  • nlambda 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.

  • g.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.

  • Sinhaya on May 30, 2012, 1:06 GMT

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

  • Sinhaya 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.

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary 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.

  • Metman 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 !

  • on May 30, 2012, 15:46 GMT

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

  • judep 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.

  • Romenevans 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?

  • WickyRoy.paklover 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

  • nlambda 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.

  • g.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.

  • Sinhaya on May 30, 2012, 1:06 GMT

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

  • Sinhaya 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.

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary 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.

  • Metman 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 !

  • on May 29, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    From my experience of watching cricket, only the ones who have their basics right will survive. Narine is yet to play a test match. If he plays one full test series against a top quality side the mystery will be unveiled. But if he can stick to the basics of off spin which is flight and deception and add his variations as something extra, then he will be successful for sure. The best spinner in the world right now, Swann, doesn't have any mystery balls with him and is still very successful in all forms of the game. Hope Narine relies more on deception and discipline than his mystery and I am sure he will.

  • NewYorkCricket on May 29, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    Why is Mr. Mystery Narine not playing against England? IPL is over my friends.

  • on May 29, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    play a spinner against sewag!!! he will rate u!!!

  • g.narsimha on May 29, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    KIWIROCKER- THE STATS ON THIS WEB says deferent story. INDIANS & PAK , performaqnce against the best spinners to date WARNE , MURALI @ SWAAN EVEN THOUGH HE DEOSNT FALL THAT CATOGERY -WARNES carier ave- tests -& odi both are 25, VRS IND- TEST-14-W-43-AVE-47.18-LONE 5 WICKET HOuL , VRS PAK-TEST-15-W-90-AVE-20.17, BB-7/23, 6-5W, 2-10W,in ODIs- vrs IND-18-15W-AVE-56, VRS PAK-22-37W-AVE-23-MURALI- CARIER AVE -T-22., ODIS-23, VRS IND- T-22-105W-AVE-32.61, VRS PAK T-16- 80W-AVE-25.46 , ODIS- IND-63-73W, AVE-31.78, PAK -65-96W-AVE-25, SWAAN-VRS IND-T-6-21w-AVE-40,PAK-T-7-35W-AVE-17, ODIS-IND-12-15W-AVE-34,PAK-8-13W-AVE-23, so who are better plyers vrs spin. I dont want to compare MISBAH, YUNIS, CLACK , WITH INDIAN , YUNIS HAVE MORE THAN 50 AVE where as our useless TENDULYA, SAHWAAG&CO all are in above 50s, IT is pity that while checking stats i found WARNE s best performance is vrs PAK AVE-20, SWAAN-17, WHO ARE BUNNIES IT PROVED , regASHWIN IN ASIACUP 1/56, AJMAL-1/49, lost the match-conti

  • on May 29, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    He will .. let him run into Sehwag, Gambhir, Yuvraj, Tendulkar in Tests/ODIs .. IPL is just mickey mouse cricket.

  • Lord_Dravid on May 29, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    maybe its just that narine played really well this tournament..i mean we get many man of the tournaments but that dosent mean they are the best in business..its too early to suggest the quality of narine we just have to wait and see..however he does look very promising though.

  • on May 29, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    Has he played any form of International cricket? Please do not jump the gun!!!

  • mrhamilton on May 29, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    So much hype about this guy. The windies need to play him right now as well as gayle .

  • stormy16 on May 29, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    Going from what I have seen to date Narine is something special. No doubt the replay crew will workout his tricks but on the evidence to date even the best indian players of spin werent too confident with Narine. Doesnt mean that will stay the same much like SL shy away from playing Mendis against Ind. The point is Narina faces the same challenge as any bowler. You need to stay ahead of the game to ensure long term success.

  • DVindula on May 29, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    Mendis is not faded still.As one explained He is injured but whenever he gets an opportunity he does perform well.I think it is a wrong example.

  • C.Dila on May 29, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    mendis still one of best t20 baller who currently ranked in 2nd place in icc t20 rankings.

  • sanay1988 on May 29, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    Sunil Narine is a special talent.Picking up 24 wickets at a measly economy rate of 5.47 is no mean feat.Narine's superb performance is one of the reasons why KKR won the IPL this year.I'm sure that he has the ability to develop new variations.All the best to him!

  • Balumekka on May 29, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    Let the bowler do the talking by performing well. So what the coach should do is to shut up and make sure that the bowler performs consistently. This guy seems to be messed up his role!

  • Muhtasim13 on May 29, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    the IPL final showed that Narine is not all that mysterious after all. In fact, bowlers like Narine, Mendis & Ashwin are effective as long as batsmen try to attack them. Its quite evident from stats that neither Ashwin nor Mendis have been quite as successful in Tests as they have been in T20s. So Narine should strive for consistency like Swann & Murali rather than using 6 different variations in an over

  • landsite on May 29, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    Sachin_is_da_best, You seem to think Narine was lucky in 15 matches and getting hit for 2 sixes and a flukey four makes him worse than Balagi.Raina was swinging his bat whatever came his way so I say he was the lucky one,you also seem to forget that CSK spinners also got blasted all over Chenai.I also believe that the wicket was prepared to stop Narine,it also stopped Ashwin and Jakati so they must also be worse than Balagi.Gambir also used Narine badly by bringing him on after the 4th over when the score was just about 30,that over could have been saved for later when Raina wasn't in such attacking mood.Also although Raina hit Narine,Narine made him look silly when he swiped at him and missed a few times,so putting Narine away for 2 boundries in an over does not make Balaji a better bowler,furthermore Balaji is a medium fast bowler so you cant compare them.

  • on May 29, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    Mendis played international cricket.. this kid didnt even picked up for a tour :D

  • on May 29, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    Commets saying Mendis hasn't faded is ludicrous. Yes he is injured, but even if he is not, he will not be the first pick Test bowler for even Sri Lanka. Narine looks a much better bowler, although agreed it's too early to tell how good he will be. To label him a future Murali is insane at this point, but he looks to be better than Mendis and Ashwin were in the sense his stock delivery has a lot more spite and substance.

  • on May 29, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    Fading or not Mendis tops the T20 rankings

  • gimme-a-greentop on May 29, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    I don't believe Mendis has 'faded', so much as not been given a chance after his initial success, also unlucky with injuries. He was bowling really well in the world cup and then whoever selected the team for the final had a brain freeze and put in Randiv instead because they got paranoid about the Indians playing him well. Why not play him and let him evolve along with the batsmen figuring him out?

  • Tigg on May 29, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    I disagree, it was too many variations that sank Mendis. He bowled the off break, arm ball, doosra, slider (or teesra if you insist on giving an old ball a new name) and a couple of different types of carrom balls. He didn't develop his stock delivery well.

    Look at the best off spinners in recent years. Players like Swann, Vettori and Lyon who use only an off break and a couple of different straight ones. then you have the Muralis and Ajmals who also throw in the doosra to the mix.

    You don't need a million variations, just a couple with a good stock ball.

  • on May 29, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    Mendis didn't fade because of a lack of new variations. The priority for Narine should be to keep his stock off break potent. Ashwin is in the same boat. For all the talk of his variations, his stock ball isn't that great. Narine will also have to learn to bowl on harder faster wickets. Shillingford got found out at Trent Bridge after getting so much success on rubbishy WI tracks. Narine would find Trent Bridge a challenge too.

  • Nair_saab on May 29, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    @ Jawad Shaikh - got to know from your comments that you were sleeping all the time when Narine was doing his magic against Australia in the one day series. I am of the opinion that WI should not play him in tests until the T20 world cup as there is a chance of him getting demystified. He must work hard on his stock delivery which is the regular off-spinner (flight,drift & turn) for a sustained consistent performance in international cricket.He's a great talent no doubt about that.

  • on May 29, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Narine is a better bowler. I saw him getting tendulkar bowled, even tendulkar or many top class players were not able to read him. But these batsmen are very smart. All the batsmen used to go through the vidoeo of evry bowler before a series. But if you want to survive in international crickket you have to develop some variations, should be able to read the batsman before each and every delivery, you should use your interligence and should take care of your fitness. This is where mendis fail. But class is permanent mendis will come back.

  • maddinson on May 29, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    We all know how good Bhajji is, Sunil will find it tough as batsmen will pick him as he will likely to play longer formats. These kind of modern spinners who modified there action to suit the shorter formats of the game will quickly fade away as soon as they start playing longer forms.

  • 9ST9 on May 29, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    Yup and the 'faded' Mendis came back to pick 6 wickets in a T20 International in August Last year. While I agree India and Pakistan have picked Mendis I'd love to see how West Indies batsman would play against him.

  • Khairul101 on May 29, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Well done Narine. We hope u may go ahead.

  • priceless1 on May 29, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    @Sachin_is_da_Best , Raina always plays like a Bull in a China Shop on his days he might connect every thing and most other days he doesn't .so we cant judge any bowler from his one rare "success full" innings

  • on May 29, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    MR. Kelvin, Mendis was not dropped from the squad due to him been figured out by the rest of the world. He faced repeated injuries to himself which made him go out of the international arena. If you try to judge narine using one season of a domestic league like IPL, well..... that is sad.......

  • on May 29, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    dear mr Randheer Liyanage mendis is gone raina hited 5 sixes in an over in cl last year

  • aahahaa on May 29, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    Sunil Narine is very different from Mendis in the way that he turns the ball appreciably. Mendis when compared gets limited turn which means the batsmen can and has hit him thro the line or square and that has been his problem. He has to prove himself in the longer version of the game but he has done well in the few matched he has played for WI.

  • on May 29, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    So much hype over this guy, Kiworocker is spot on.. wake me up when he does something magical in International cricket. We will see then how effective he is. He will be flop in ODI and Test.

  • on May 29, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    hey guyz dnt get misleaded ajantha mendis is not out of the s.l team he is injured dunno who's saying that he is out of the squad..he is the best t20 bowler ever better than Steyn,Malinga,Narine etc. Narine jst performed in a domestic indian t20league and got 26 wickets um not underestimating him but i still don't see him like a mystery bowler u cannot get that reputed name unless u play test cricket in t20's and specially in an domestic league it is far easier with getting the inexperienced local batters and very few classy batters plus loooking to attack the ball too.whereas in test cricket getting 26 wickets in ur debut series is far more exceptional and that which is hardly achieved definetely for me MENDIS is the best u could see that in the World T20...Narine is just a young bowler he has a good sharp offbreak which he can develop and become a better bowler!

  • soorajiyer on May 29, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    KiwiRocker - Seriously mate? Indian batsmen are useless against spin? Wonderful... Come a series in India and the whole world will cry that Indians can only win on spinning tracks. Get facts right mate. Sehwag scored a 200 against Lanka when Mendis was at his peak. Sehwag and Gambhir were the best batsmen for India in that series.. I agree with your first part - that Narine cannot be still compared against Swann or Ajmal. Correct!

    And why is IPL not a true indicator? Good bowlers will do well anywhere and should do well anywhere.. Sunil Narine passed the IPL test with flying colours.

  • on May 29, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    for me, Mendis & Narine seem to be in same caliber. Mendis faded away bcos of repeated injuries and Sub-continent batsmen playing him well.

  • Vihanga.Perera on May 29, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    A mendis is the only bowler in the world to get a six wicket haul in t20internationls then he got injured how does this mean he is fading away it could happen to narine too.

  • asithaSL on May 29, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    Oh Yeah, he is a mystery bowler. But, Mendis ll be back on T20 World cup n ll show his colors again.. Don't forget, he made a best t20 international bowling figer, not so long a go. He ll be back.... Mendis still the best...!! But, Love d way Sunil Narine bowling...

  • satish619chandar on May 29, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    More than developing variations, he should concentrate on fine tuning his regular delivery and using variations rarely.. Mendis never had a proper regular delivery.. His normal delivery was always a over pitch and whenever he bowled it, he was punished.. Among the mystery spinners, Ashwin is far better than Mendis in terms of having a stock delivery and using variations at appropriate times.. Narine WILL lose his mystery in sometime but surely, can work on his stock delivery more and save himself from being predictable..

  • anver777 on May 29, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    Narine got a excellent start & hope he will maintain that throughout his career....... True every body nowadays knows & reads Mendis's magic, but his injuries at times, is also one of the main concern to be in & out of the SL squad..... Hope AM will be back with some different tactics & variations !!!

  • Ganeshran on May 29, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    Yeah right....We saw how Raina thrashed him all over the park.He was just lucky in the previous matches.Bhajji is ten times better than Narine.

  • Noball_Specialist on May 29, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    SL have a new Mendis. LOL.

    And the cricketing world is desperate to see WI do well to bring back carribean flavour into winning cricket.

  • KiwiRocker- on May 29, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    These are words of wisdom from Kelvin Williams. As I pointed out in my recent post that all this hype associated with Sunil Narine is premature as a circus tournament like IPL is not a true indicator of how good bowler he is. Sunil Narine has yet to face some wonderful batsmen of spin bowling such as Younis Khan, Misbah Ul Haq, VVS Laxman, Sanga, Michael Clark and etc so any suggestions that he is in the same league as Saeed Ajmal or Swann is non sensical. Indian media does create a lot of hype around such things. Poor R.Ashwin was touted as next big thing and only got ended up being hammered in Asia cup against Pakistan. He is just an ordinary bowler.Mendis picked up 26 wickets against India as apart from Dravid and Lax, all other Indian batsmen are useless players of spin bowling. Yuvraj and Raina are sitting ducks and Sehwag has zero technique. Tendulya is bunny of Saeed Ajmal! I wish Sunil Narine all the best as I am a passionate follower of West Indies cricket and they need him.

  • Agnihothra on May 29, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    At the rarified levels of international cricket if a bowler depends only on mystery and hopes that the guys do not figure him out, will always fade away quickly. Warne 's stock delivery was the leg-break and batsmen world over had no major problems PICKING his delivery. PLAYING the leg break was however a different ball game altogether.

  • on May 29, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    Ajantha Mendis did not got fade he got injured, same thing can happened to Narine if they did not protect them

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  • on May 29, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    Ajantha Mendis did not got fade he got injured, same thing can happened to Narine if they did not protect them

  • Agnihothra on May 29, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    At the rarified levels of international cricket if a bowler depends only on mystery and hopes that the guys do not figure him out, will always fade away quickly. Warne 's stock delivery was the leg-break and batsmen world over had no major problems PICKING his delivery. PLAYING the leg break was however a different ball game altogether.

  • KiwiRocker- on May 29, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    These are words of wisdom from Kelvin Williams. As I pointed out in my recent post that all this hype associated with Sunil Narine is premature as a circus tournament like IPL is not a true indicator of how good bowler he is. Sunil Narine has yet to face some wonderful batsmen of spin bowling such as Younis Khan, Misbah Ul Haq, VVS Laxman, Sanga, Michael Clark and etc so any suggestions that he is in the same league as Saeed Ajmal or Swann is non sensical. Indian media does create a lot of hype around such things. Poor R.Ashwin was touted as next big thing and only got ended up being hammered in Asia cup against Pakistan. He is just an ordinary bowler.Mendis picked up 26 wickets against India as apart from Dravid and Lax, all other Indian batsmen are useless players of spin bowling. Yuvraj and Raina are sitting ducks and Sehwag has zero technique. Tendulya is bunny of Saeed Ajmal! I wish Sunil Narine all the best as I am a passionate follower of West Indies cricket and they need him.

  • Noball_Specialist on May 29, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    SL have a new Mendis. LOL.

    And the cricketing world is desperate to see WI do well to bring back carribean flavour into winning cricket.

  • Ganeshran on May 29, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    Yeah right....We saw how Raina thrashed him all over the park.He was just lucky in the previous matches.Bhajji is ten times better than Narine.

  • anver777 on May 29, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    Narine got a excellent start & hope he will maintain that throughout his career....... True every body nowadays knows & reads Mendis's magic, but his injuries at times, is also one of the main concern to be in & out of the SL squad..... Hope AM will be back with some different tactics & variations !!!

  • satish619chandar on May 29, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    More than developing variations, he should concentrate on fine tuning his regular delivery and using variations rarely.. Mendis never had a proper regular delivery.. His normal delivery was always a over pitch and whenever he bowled it, he was punished.. Among the mystery spinners, Ashwin is far better than Mendis in terms of having a stock delivery and using variations at appropriate times.. Narine WILL lose his mystery in sometime but surely, can work on his stock delivery more and save himself from being predictable..

  • asithaSL on May 29, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    Oh Yeah, he is a mystery bowler. But, Mendis ll be back on T20 World cup n ll show his colors again.. Don't forget, he made a best t20 international bowling figer, not so long a go. He ll be back.... Mendis still the best...!! But, Love d way Sunil Narine bowling...

  • Vihanga.Perera on May 29, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    A mendis is the only bowler in the world to get a six wicket haul in t20internationls then he got injured how does this mean he is fading away it could happen to narine too.

  • on May 29, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    for me, Mendis & Narine seem to be in same caliber. Mendis faded away bcos of repeated injuries and Sub-continent batsmen playing him well.