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Spinners will play key role - Narine

Renaldo Matadeen

March 18, 2014

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Sunil Narine jumps in celebration of removing Luke Wright, West Indies v England, 2nd ODI, North Sound, March 2, 2014
Sunil Narine - "Just knowing the guys have full faith in me gives the motivation and self-belief. I just try to give my best whatever situation I have to bowl in" © AFP
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Sunil Narine believes that the spinners will have a big part to play in West Indies' title defence of the World T20 in Bangladesh, where conditions traditionally favour the slow bowlers.

"Spinners will play a key role but I think at the end of the day it will be whole team effort," he said. "I think all of our guys are keen on taking the challenge. We have a good bunch of guys going out there and we will give it our all. With (Samuel) Badree in the team and (Krishmar) Santokie, I think that's a good combination. I think it sets the right tone and they tend to always pick up early wickets so it makes it easier on me later in the game."

Narine added that he felt comfortable coming into the tournament as the top-ranked T20 bowler. In the last World T20 in Sri Lanka, Narine had taken nine wickets in seven games, including figures of 3 for 9 in the final against Sri Lanka. Narine said he was prepared to deliver the goods amid all the hype around him.

"It is difficult bowling in T20 cricket especially in the first six overs but at the end of the day, if the captain has belief in you, it's only fitting that you go out there and give it your all," Narine said. "You have to have self-belief. Bowling at [these] guys, they're going to hit the ball out of the ground but you never know, they could mis-hit one and that can change a game.

"Just knowing the guys have full faith in me gives the motivation and self-belief. I just try to give my best whatever situation I have to bowl in and whatever the team requires, I try to do it. As for trying something new? Not at the moment, I'm trying to keep it as simple as possible."

Narine also expressed his relief at West Indies' impressive form in their home series against England, admitting that it proved to be a big confidence booster before entering Bangladesh. He was equally happy that West Indies managed to retain the core of their title-winning team that prevailed in Sri Lanka two years ago, something that is bound to help them if they are to progress from a difficult group.

"It's a tough group but once you play good cricket, anything is possible. There are a lot of spinners and it's good for the cricket to see that every team has a world class spinner. It's better for the game.

"We have a lot of experience in our team and we know exactly what we have to do. Once we go out there and do the basics right, hopefully we'll come out on top."

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Posted by NCassie on (March 19, 2014, 23:40 GMT)

The WI have a good group that are now starting to gel a bit. After beating England and Sri Lanka they looking in good touch. Starting 11 should be; Gayle, Smith, Samuels, Simmons, Bravo, Ramdin, Sammy, Russel, Badree, Narine and Santokie

Posted by   on (March 19, 2014, 10:16 GMT)

Here is my opinion on the pros and cons of the WI team, Gayle, Smith, Sammy, bravo, Badree, Narine, Santokie are fine. The problems are the middle order, keeper, and 1 bowler. Samuels and Simmonds are inconsistent do not have power and do not rotate the strike. They need 2 class batsmens, a keeper like Gilchrist and a class bowler.

Posted by Matadore on (March 18, 2014, 19:28 GMT)

Mr. Sunil.. mayb nt at all.. Look at chittagong surprising Green bouncy wicket where spinners hardly got wicket today! (offcourse u hav d ability in any condition i knw :p )

Posted by tutorial on (March 18, 2014, 17:32 GMT)

@ Jagger total agreed with you, there more into themselfs than the game thats providing a living for them.....this is only a warm up game lets not get swell headed ..,..a few guys that don't belong in the team, Sammy should be droped also.

Posted by JoshFromJamRock on (March 18, 2014, 17:09 GMT)

Two things:

Yes, the bowling is good BUT it will only reap results if Narine, Badree, Santokie, Samuels and an extra bowler are used. As I said recently, Sammy, Bravo and Russell are the weak links of the team bowling-wise and will be smacked, not if but when they face Warner, Watson and Co. Its best if Bravo bowls the four as long as he doesn't bowl at the death. Leave Narine and Santokie for that.

Batting is good but the batsman, specifically Samuels and Simmons, should be willing to go after the bowling from ball one if the openers should fall early in the powerplay. Singles don't come easy in the first six overs and those two guys seem to either block or go for a big shot but poorly rotate the strike. Ramdin and Bravo can "anchor" if needs be but the top 4 should be attacking with little reservation especially against part-timers.

Work on those aspects will guarantee a place in the final.

Posted by HarrowXI on (March 18, 2014, 13:43 GMT)

Santokie , Badree & Naraine are the front bowlers and Russel,Sammy,Bravo,Samuels,Gayle are the part timers. Bowling looking good. We all know about there batting. Bring it on WC T 20

Posted by Bilal_Choudry on (March 18, 2014, 13:04 GMT)

this is a very very good team .. only if windies play 5 genuine bowlers in all formats and drop sammy .. they have more bowling talent than australia and pakistan

Posted by Jagger on (March 18, 2014, 12:07 GMT)

Why don't The West Indies come under the unified name of The Carribean? Surely some of those baseballers from Cuba could make the transition? It just looks like once they get to a decent level, the good West Indies players these days think they are Hollywood movie stars. They need more competition for places over there to keep their heads from swelling so big. Gayle, Pollard, Samuels, Sammy are in love with themselves. Its too easy at the top.

Posted by concrete_stand on (March 18, 2014, 11:34 GMT)

@Rally_Windies....please check the team before posting. Pollard is not on the WI team because he is still injured and Jerome Taylor was not selected for the world cup either.

Posted by Twine on (March 18, 2014, 11:18 GMT)

@Rally_Windies: Aside from the minor detail of neither Pollard nor Taylor being in the named squad of 15 for this tournament, I agree with most of your sentiments. 12 tight overs from Badree, Santokie and Narine with Sammy and the allrounders handling the other eight should stifle most teams. And at least two out of a top eight of Smith, Gayle, Simmons, Samuels, Bravo, Russell, Ramdin and Sammy 'should' fire at 8+ rpo every time they go out to bat. It all comes down to performance on the day in this format though.

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