‘Spinners will play a key role’ in the World T20, says Sunil Narine

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“I think at the end of the day it will be a whole team effort”

West Indies spinner Sunil Narine has announced that he believes “spinners will play a key role” in the World Twenty20 since Bangladesh is renowned for its spin-friendly pitches.

“Spinners will play a key role but I think at the end of the day it will be a whole team effort,” Narine said. “I think all of our guys are keen on taking the challenge. We have a good bunch of guys going out there and we will give it our all. With (Samuel) Badree in the team and (Krishmar) Santokie, I think that’s a good combination. I think it sets the right tone and they tend to always pick up early wickets so it makes it easier on me later in the game.”

Narine also noted that he felt no pressure coming into the tournament as the top-ranked bowler in Twenty20 Internationals.

“It is difficult bowling in T20 cricket especially in the first six overs but at the end of the day, if the captain has belief in you, it’s only fitting that you go out there and give it your all,” Narine said. “You have to have self-belief. Bowling at [these] guys, they’re going to hit the ball out of the ground but you never know, they could mis-hit one and that can change a game.

“Just knowing the guys have full faith in me gives the motivation and self-belief. I just try to give my best whatever situation I have to bowl in and whatever the team requires, I try to do it. As for trying something new? Not at the moment, I’m trying to keep it as simple as possible.”

Narine also admitted that the West Indies will find it tough to beat India, Pakistan and Australia, all of whom are in their group.

“It’s a tough group but once you play good cricket, anything is possible,” he said. “There are a lot of spinners and it’s good for the cricket to see that every team has a world class spinner. It’s better for the game.

“We have a lot of experience in our team and we know exactly what we have to do. Once we go out there and do the basics right, hopefully we’ll come out on top.”

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