Narine says batsman's caution helps me
Roseau, Dominica - West Indies offspinner Sunil Narine believes the caution a batsman takes against his variations allows him the freedom to get set into a spell.
"I only have three [different] balls." he said. "Just to keep the batsmen thinking. Once you have the batsmen thinking they tend to look at you a little more and in the extra time they look at me, my overs tend to finish."
Narine had to sit out during the recently concluded Test series against New Zealand as he couldn't make the training camp on time due to the IPL, but his return would help the hosts offer a sterner challenge to New Zealand in during the two Twenty20s. Narine has 12 wickets from five matches against the visitors.
"The key component is probably to be as relaxed as possible because it's a very intense game and batsmen are always coming at you. So the minute you get too hyper you tend to do what you're not accustomed to. So just stay as relaxed as possible and maintain the skill level that you have."
Narine's spin partner Samuel Badree leads the T20 bowlers' rankings and has claimed 21 wickets in 12 matches over the past 12 months, five more than Narine's tally in the same period.
"I think it's a good, friendly rivalry. I think Badree has been doing very well over the past couple of months. I think he's been doing a good job so that's why he's No.1. So hopefully I can do as good as him and hopefully pass him this series."
Krishmar Santokie has also become a useful addition to West Indies' attack and had kept out the experienced Ravi Rampaul during the World T20. The left-arm seamer's ability to dent the opposition's top order has been a vital asset.
"I think Santokie has been a very excellent bowler. The couple of games he has played for West Indies, he has been getting early breakthroughs for us and that makes it a lot easier in the middle and at the end. So I think Santokie starting up and getting early wickets does a lot for West Indies."