Narine looking forward to Bangladesh

PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD - West Indies off-spinner, Sunil Narine, is looking forward to next months’ Test series versus Bangladesh where he is hoping to begin establishing himself as a force in the most prestigious version of the game.

Narine, one of the best Twenty20 bowlers in the world, has played just three Test matches so far where he has picked up 12 wickets. 

In contrast, his T20 success has been off the charts with wickets aplenty in the Champions League, Indian Premier League (IPL) and Caribbean T20. 

“I am looking forward to the (Bangladesh) series. Hopefully I can carry my success into the Tests because I think the pitches there will help me a bit,” the Trinidadian said. 

The 24-year-old noted, however, that taking wickets in Test cricket is significantly harder that in Twenty20 as batsmen are not as concerned about scoring quick runs. 

He revealed, though, that he does enjoy playing the longest version of the game as it is a bit more relaxing than the high intensity Twenty20s. 

“I do enjoy playing Test matches. Batsmen aren’t trying to hit you for fours and sixes each ball and you have more time to find your groove. In T20s you have to be perfect from ball-one but in Tests you have a couple overs to settle down,” he explained. 

The Kolkata Knight Riders player noted that consistency, accuracy and patience are significantly important in Test matches and adjustments must be made. 

Meanwhile, Narine revealed that he is still beaming after helping the West Indies win the World T20 competition in Sri Lanka earlier this month but said his joy was soured somewhat by not being able to return home immediately after. 

The spinner, after taking three wickets in the final versus Sri Lanka on October 7, had to fly straight to South Africa soon after to play for KKR in the Champions League. 

“It feels good to be a world champion. 

Not being able to come back home killed the spirit a bit but hopefully we can build on the enjoyment of winning and continue to do well in the future,” he declared. 

Narine, who was criticised by Sky Sports commentator Nasser Hussain for not performing in the first-half of the tournament, bounced back impressively in the Windies’ last three matches, taking a combined 8/46 from 10.4 stupefying overs in victories over New Zealand, Australia and Sri Lanka respectively. 

The Queen’s Park player revealed that he is not perturbed by criticism but is a firm believer in his abilities and stays true to it. 

“I try to perform at my best no matter what the situation but I tend to like to perform in pressure situations. I try not to take on what people say because you will just put more pressure on yourself. I just concentrate on what I have to do,” he explained. 

The spinner, currently at home relaxing after the KKR’s elimination from the Champions League, said he is enjoying the little free time available before the Bangladesh tour but will be ready for action when the Tests begin.

First Published In The Trinidad & Tobago Newsday.

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 04:08