Narine contented with IPL display

Trinidad & Tobago Newsday article.

PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD - Ace Trinidad and Tobago and West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine is contented with his performance for Kolkata Knight Riders, in the 2013 IPL (Indian Premier League) season.

The 24-year-old Narine finished sixth on the list of wicket-takers with 22, behind countryman Dwayne Bravo of Chennai Super Kings (32), Australia’s James Faulkner of Rajasthan Royals (28), the Mumbai Indians pair of Harbhajan Singh and Australia’s Mitchell Johnson (24) and Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Vinay Kumar (23). 

The highly-rated Narine finished with best figures of four wickets for 13 runs, with an average of 15.90, an economy rate of 5.46 and a strike rate of 17.4. 

But it was not a good season overall for Kolkata, as the 2012 winners finished seventh in the nine-team group with 12 points from 16 games (including six victories). 

In an interview on Saturday night, following PowerGen’s victory over his club Queen’s Park in the final of the T20 Cricket Festival, Narine commented, “it was good coming out on top in the wickets again. The team didn’t do as we wanted to but, saying that, that’s how cricket goes. 

“So I think they just need to think about what they’re doing and hopefully next time (they’ll) have a better showing in the IPL.” 

As one of the better players for Kolkata, did Narine set extremely high goals for himself or things flowed well for him? 

“I take (things) game by game so I don’t really study two-three games ahead,” he replied. “When I’m playing, it’s a game at a time and I’m focussing on that game alone and probably that makes it better for me in the long run.” 

Narine will be joining the West Indies team in Cardiff, Wales for a pre- Champions Trophy camp, ahead of the June 6-23 tournament in England. 

“I’m keen to do well because I didn’t have a good showing (in England) last year,” said Narine. “I’m keen on hopefully continuing the form from IPL so I can go out there and give a better performance of myself.” 

And Narine was chosen as one of the six franchise players for the inaugural Caribbean Premier League, which is due to run from July 30 to August 24, along with Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Marlon Samuels, Chris Gayle and Darren Sammy. 

Narine will be representing Guyana and he pointed out, “I think it’s a good honour being a franchise player and hopefully I can do a lot of good for Guyana, and continuing playing good cricket.”

First Published In The Trinidad & Tobago Newsday.

Wed, 05/29/2013 - 05:06