I remember how dominant he was against Australia, he was spinning rings around them but in all honesty by the time the last ODI and two t20s came the aussies were playing him much better and he become much more expensive than usual, a notion summed up by the fact that he didn't take a single wicket in the two t20 matches, but in this series there seems to have been a change, he said after his harsh experience in England that he knows what he has to work on and is still confident, and boy has he proven that notion true,
One thing i was concerned about through the aussie series and the ipl was his lack of LBWs, ALL the great spinners of the past have been masters of that art but Sunil only got one lbw against australia AND ZERO in the ipl!! , he never got one in England either, but since he's worked on his game in the nets and returned to the caribbean he's managed to get three in these games against NZ and it could have easily been four after Watling was given out only to get the decision changed via review, word is he's developed a new straighter ball and that's whats gotten him the LBWs, Ian Bishop even commented on it in the first ODI game,
I think whats very encouraging is the fact that he's been able to keep the batsmen guessing so deep into the series, usually by now batsmen adapt and know what to expect, but Sunil ran rings around them yesterday, even Ross Taylor didn't want anything to do with sunny, also he's bullied their TEST batsmen, he's got Williamson twice, Guptil twice, Flynn and brownlie didn't have a clue either ,
I think that first test wicket is gonna be vital, once he's got that under his belt he will relax and hopefully we'll see him turn on the style, i remember how Benn used to struggle when he first stepped on the scene, then suddenly in the middle of a test match against NZ in 2008 i saw his confidence start to change as the ball started turning big time, he got the wicket of Ross Taylor and after that he never looked back,
Personally i'd be happy with five or six wickets in the first test from Narine, then hopefully he can build from there, but if things go his way he could easily run riot and take eight or above to rhatid!! , no doubt that this will be his biggest challenge, he needs to be smart enough to outthink these batsmen when they are intent on being defensive against him.
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Narine is a good ODI and T20 bowler on pitches that assist him. The conditions are different in Tests, and it remains to be seen if he can hack it as a Test bowler. I would expect him to have gotten the debut jitters out of his system, and take some wickets agianst the Kiwis.
He should do well in the upcoming tests since it will most likely be played in spin friendly conditions in the caribbean here. Even Swann was ineffective in the tests in England against us a side known to be terrible against playing spin bowling so I won't dwell too much on his test debut being a poor one in those English conditions.
Well what can i say about him today? just absolutely OUTSTANDING, we saw a different side of Sunny, he was actually content on bowling around the wicket, and the results were there for all to see, i think this bodes well for his long term prospects in test cricket, against England he was just doing his normal thing and didn't really change it up, but now he's bowling on both sides of the wicket and that can really confuse a batsman,
Two of the wickets today really stood out to be, the Mccullem one and the Guptil lbw, now the first one was given air and was quick, that gave Mccullem little time to play a shot and so in his efforts to block the ball he got an edge, it was top class stuff, then we have another lbw with the one that got Guptil, turned but got straight right in time, i did say he's got a new ball that creates lbw chances and it came up trumps today again ,
If he carries on like this he will be a Murali/Warne type figure for us imo, i just have a feeling we're watching the birth a true genius at work right now, a yute who could very well end up in the WI greatest eleven by the time his career is over.
Indeed, finally we have found ourselves a good spinner. However some pundits claim that at Test lever it is going to be quite different given that batsmen have more time and as such cannot be bogged down as in the case of ODI and T20 matches.
I tend to disagree with this view because Sunil can also wait and continue to test and tempt the batsmen patience and surely he does not seem to get frustrated easily. I wait with bated breath to see him in the upcoming Test match.
West Indies spinner Sunil Narine has bounced back from an indifferent tour of England with a Player-of-the-Series performance - 13 wickets and an economy of 2.92 - in the 4-1 victory against New Zealand. Narine had also taken seven wickets in the two Twenty20s that preceded the ODIs and his captain Darren Sammy said he was "unplayable" in home conditions.
In England, Narine was wicketless in the Edgbaston Test that was ruined by rain, took only one wicket in two ODIs and none in the Twenty20. At home, however, Narine's variations led West Indies to their first ODI series victory over any team other than Bangladesh and Zimbabwe since 2009.
"In our conditions, he [Narine] is unplayable," Sammy said. "Especially, when we post a good total, knowing that I am going to get 60 balls from him. I know what he is going to do. Any situation, you can call on him, and it is good to have someone like that in your team who you can turn to at any given time. I know he is going to continue to do well for us and have a very successful career."
Narine finished the series with a career-best haul of 5 for 27, bowling West Indies to a 20-run victory in the fifth ODI in St. Kitts. "This is my first ODI series win for the West Indies and I'm happy it came at home in front of the home supporters," he said. "It felt really good that they could celebrate with us. Today, I felt calm and relaxed running in to bowl. The ball came out nicely and I felt in control. Again today, the batsmen did a fantastic job to provide us with a score to bowl at."
West Indies were in trouble at 104 for 5 in the 27th over before fifties by Dwayne Bravo and Andre Russell lifted the score to 241. Narine spearheaded the defence and said that his switch to a round the wicket line for most of his spell had troubled the batsmen.
"I spoke to the coach [Ottis Gibson] and we looked at a few new ideas about how to attack the batsmen," Narine said. "He suggested that I could look at some more variety and I went into the nets and worked hard at how I could come from around the wicket and look to get the ball to 'pitch on'. As you saw today, it worked wonders as I got wickets from around the wicket. That is something I will definitely work on in the coming weeks."
Ross Taylor, the New Zealand captain, also said Narine was the difference between the two teams in the series and his side would need to find ways to counter him in the Tests.
"Most sides, when they need 50 off 40, they are going to get there at a canter, but when you have Narine in there, it is a bit of a struggle as you have to score runs off him and the other bowlers," Taylor said. "He was the difference today on that wicket with three big wickets. It was big in the context of the match."
The West Indies coach Ottis Gibson was satisfied at his team's success in the ODI and Twenty20 series after the disappointment in England.
"In England - where we had pretty much the same side - we didn't do that well and questions were asked," he said. "It was really good to see how the guys have returned home and answered those questions with some good performances.
"Almost everyone put his hand up and put in a strong performance when it was required. As a team we are happy with the series results and we look to take the momentum on from here."
You see Narine's comments deh maps? Gibbo in your pwffen to rhatid!! , what he said there was very encouraging, the young man is working hard to keep his game fresh and continue to develop new skills, this new idea of bowling around the wicket could take him to another level imo, Warne used to be a master at it, and the way Sunny got Mccullem and Guptil those were test match dismissal's as both were looking to defend those balls instead of trying to attack him.
So when we win you cuss off gibbo for not talking to Gayle about NZ's plans for him (even though you don't even know what Gibbo said to Chris in the first place) and now Narine has come out and talked about Gibbo's input into his decision to change things up and bowl around the wicket YOU HAVE NOTHING TO SAY?
You sounding real TWO FACED to rhatid!!
Unlike you i praise Gibbo when he does something right and i cuss him if i see something wrong, thats what being a FAIR MINDED individual is all about.