Kolkata Knight Riders all-rounder Sunil Narine had said that he has not come across a better cricketer than Virender Sehwag who could play his spin.
Who Played Sunil Narine’s Spin Best?
Narine made his IPL debut against Rajasthan Royals at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, on April 08, 2012. In 2018 Indian Premier League he became the most valuable player, this was his second MVP award, after his debut season in 2012 Indian Premier League.
Narine’s bowling action was reported during the 2020 Indian Premier League. Later it was cleared by the IPL Suspect Bowling Action Committee later in the season.
The West Indian mystery spinner, who played his 150 games for KKR on Monday completing 10 years with the franchise, when asked who he thought played him best, said, “I will probably have to say Virender Sehwag. I always found it tough because he was a guy who always kept the game going no matter what situation the team was in, he kept batting the way he did.”
Even though KKR are placed in mid-table in the IPL following three wins and the same number of losses, Narine has so far in the season emerged the most economical bowler, with an economy of around five runs per over.
He has also conceded the second-fewest boundaries for any bowler to have bowled a minimum of 15 overs this season.
Asked how he manages to bog down the hard-hitters in a tournament like the IPL, the 33-year-old said that it basically comes down to keeping things simple.
“It’s basically if I bowl a bad ball and get hit for a six, obviously i have to bowl a better ball. If I bowl a good ball and the batter hits it for a six, I don’t try to read too much into it.
I try to bowl maybe the same ball because batters don’t quite the same shot consistently, they try something else. I try to keep it as simple as possible.”
Narine Answers For Sachin’s Report
Quizzed about a reported request made by Sachin Tendulkar to the broadcasters of the 2012 Champions League T20 tournament to provide him with the footage of his bowling, Narine said it felt nice knowing that the greatest batter ever wanted to study his deliveries.
“It gives you a good feeling knowing that one of the greatest batters to ever play the game wants to focus on you but it shows that he is dedicated and he wants to be on the top of his game and doesn’t want to be surprised when the game comes. I think for any player or youngster coming up, always strive to be the best and work on the fine details.”
The spinner said that competing for 10 years for KKR gave him a sense of achievement, adding that he hoped that he doesn’t have to play for any other franchise, given the love he has got at KKR.
“Yeah I have always told Venky (Mysore, KKR CEO) that hopefully I don’t play for any other franchise, I have loved my stay at KKR so hopefully I start and finish here. I think it’s a great achievement. You don’t see many overseas players stay with one franchise. Luckily, I am one of them and hopefully I can continue to be with them in the future.”
Since his debut, Narine bagged 149 wickets with an economy rate of 6.65 which includes 7 four-wicket haul with a fiver.