Keeping ‘the batsmen thinking’ enables me to take wickets, says Sunil Narine

"The key component is probably to be as relaxed as possible because it's a very intense game and batsmen are always coming at you"

“The key component is probably to be as relaxed as possible because it’s a very intense game and batsmen are always coming at you”

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West Indies spinner Sunil Narine has revealed that keeping “the batsmen thinking” enables him to take wickets.

“I only have three [different] balls.” he said. “Just to keep the batsmen thinking. Once you have the batsmen thinking they tend to look at you a little more and in the extra time they look at me, my overs tend to finish.”

Narine also noted that he has to be asĀ “relaxed” as possible during the upcoming two-match Twenty20 series against New Zealand.

“The key component is probably to be as relaxed as possible because it’s a very intense game and batsmen are always coming at you,” he said. “So the minute you get too hyper you tend to do what you’re not accustomed to. So just stay as relaxed as possible and maintain the skill level that you have.”

Narine added that he currently has a “friendly rivalry” with fellow spinner Samuel Badree, who is the top-ranked Twenty20 bowler.

“I think it’s a good, friendly rivalry,” he said. “I think Badree has been doing very well over the past couple of months. I think he’s been doing a good job so that’s why he’s No.1. So hopefully I can do as good as him and hopefully pass him this series.”

Narine also had some kind and encouraging words for pace bowler Krishmar Santokie.

“I think Santokie has been a very excellent bowler,” Narine said. “The couple of games he has played for West Indies, he has been getting early breakthroughs for us and that makes it a lot easier in the middle and at the end. So I think Santokie starting up and getting early wickets does a lot for West Indies.”

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