Narine has constantly bamboozled batsmen throughout the year
Legendary Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq has announced that he has been extremely impressed by the performance of West Indies spinner Sunil Narine in limited overs cricket, but believes that Test cricket is where the young bowler will challenged to his limits.
The West Indies are currently touring Bangladesh and Mushtaq feels that Narine has all the tools to trouble the Bangladeshi batsmen throughout the series.
“I’ve seen Narine from time to time on television. He’s an exciting talent. He was given the award for the emerging player of the year at this years ICC awards and he comes to Bangladesh on the back of a very good World T20 tournament in Sri Lanka recently. So he’s in good form and full of confidence. We’ll be analysing his variations ahead of the series and I’ll be advising the batsmen on what to look for. I feel that Narine’s main strength is his control, but the Bangladesh team are very good players of spin and will be looking to unsettle him. The young man (Narine) has impressed me greatly in the shorter formats of cricket, but he has to remember that taking wickets in Test cricket will be the real challenge for him and a bowler’s greatness is measured by his performances in the five day format,” Mushtaq said.
Mushtaq is currently the spin coach for Bangladesh and some of his previous stints have included working at Cricket Australia’s Centre of Excellence and as New Zealand’s spin coach as well.