Sunil Narine might be troubling batsmen with his ‘mystery’ spin but the West Indies off spinner today revealed that out-of-form India opener Virender Sehwag is the “toughest” to bowl to.
“The toughest batsman would be Virender Sehwag,” said Kolkata Knight Riders spinner. “No matter what the situation of the game is,he goes out there and plays his role. So he makes it difficult to bowl at him,” Narine told reporters on the sidelines of his team’s practice session at the Eden Gardens here. He rated Muttiah Muralitharan as the best spinner.
Narine,who was instrumental in KKR’s triumph last season being their leading wicket-taker (24),started of with a bang this season as well,having claimed four for 13 in the tournament opener to steer the Knight Riders to a six-wicket win over Delhi Daredevils.
The West Indian bowler said he did not try anything differently but stick to the basics. “My preparation is nothing different but sticking to the basics,” he said. Stating that the Indian conditions favour him,Narine said,”Indian wicket suits spinners a lot and I think it favours me a bit. Not sure about the batsmen being intimidated by me. I’m just giving my best.
“I’m just working hard at the nets. I’m finally reaping rewards. Every batsman is different. You just have to concentrate and do what you’re accustomed to doing.”
He also credited his KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir for using him well. “Gauti has a good idea about the game and he has handled me well. I just enjoy the game when I step on to the field be it good or bad. Hopefully I continue doing it.”
Narine admitted that it’s the white cherry that has brought him more success. “I’m a lot more successful with the white ball. But I’m comfortable bowling both white and red ball,” he said.