Narine has rapidly become one of the best spinners the West Indies ever produced
West Indies captain Darren Sammy has revealed that spinner Sunil Narine will be the team’s biggest bowling asset throughout the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20 since many of the opposing teams have never faced him before.
With the majority of pitches in Sri Lanka being spin-friendly, Sammy believes the conditions are perfect for Narine to thrive and constantly keep troubling the opposing team’s batsmen.
“By now [Narine] is a very experienced T20 bowler, he has done well in this format and won the [Golden Player award] in the IPL. I can see him playing a very big role for us in the tournament because of the pitches here,” Sammy said.
Having a whole different range of deliveries, Narine’s ability to consistently bamboozle batsmen and take wickets while also having a low economy rate has raised his stock considerably, and it came as no surprise when the Kolkata Knight Riders signed the young West Indian to a $700,000 contract in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL), where he continued to exeed expectations with the ball.
“He has been a great performer for West Indies since coming into the team, so I think it will be more of the same in this tournament,” Sammy added.
When asked how he felt about the West Indies being labelled as the heavy favourites to win the ICC World Twenty20, Sammy said: “I have been asked a lot of times about how it feels to be the favourites. But I do not see us as favourites. There are a lot of good teams in this tournament. We just believe that we could come here and win. The calibre of the players we have means that once we go out there and play we can go all the way in this tournament. Anyone can have a chance of winning in T20 cricket because the games are shorter and that brings the teams closer together. I don’t think you can say that we are favourites.”
With the West Indies having produced a disappointing performance in the 2010 World Twenty20, where they were knocked out in the super 8s round in front of their home crowd, Sammy stated that the entire team were looking to avenge their embarrassing display by bringing the trophy home.
“We want to put all our resources into going out and winning. Our motto for the tournament is one goal, one people and one team. To win the tournament will mean a lot to us as cricketers. Cricket in our islands has been through a lot over the last few years,” Sammy said.
Sammy also mentioned that if the West Indies were able to win the World Twenty20, it would break the shackles of a horrendous past couple of years where many people questioned whether the team were ever going to be able to work together and win anything again.
“Caribbean people are [now] pulling in one direction. The people come out and support us wherever we go. We as a team always want to keep the fans at the forefront of our mind. It is a wonderful opportunity to put a huge smile on the faces of our fans across the world for supporting us over the last few years. From speaking to everyone in the squad, I can see that they are all motivated and see this is as a massive opportunity,” Sammy added.