Narine banking on familiarity to excel in India

With the spiked hair and flamboyant sunglasses, Sunil Narine may come across as a distracted cricketer. That, however, is far from true, as not only does he understand the present, he remains appreciative of the larger picture.

The mystery spinner from the Caribbean Isles, while bamboozling batsmen in the Champions League T20, has an eye on the West Indies’ upcoming tour of India.

At Trinidad and Tobago’s nets on a scorching Sunday noon here, Narine was seen in conversation with teammates Ravi Rampaul and Darren Bravo. With the three likely to be on the plane to the country in November, it is not tough to believe that the discussions touched upon the forthcoming international tour.

“The Champions League is just before our trip here, so it does help us understand the kind of conditions we may get here. Hopefully, this time here will help us excel during the tour,” Narine told HT.

While he was the sixth-highest wicket-taker in the 2013 Indian Premier League with 22 wickets, he is second in the ongoing CLT20 with six scalps in just two games. It is these frequent trips to the country, which will ensure that the 25-year-old will be brimming with confidence as he returns to the Indian shores in a month’s time.

“I have the confidence to come here and do well, I just have to build on that belief,” asserted Narine.

He realises that breakthroughs may not come with the same consistency against some of the best players of spin in the world. “Each India batsman is a player of spin. They are full of confidence and it will not be easy. But for me, I have to continue the way I bowl and hope for the best.”

For Narine, who has not played Tests in the country, there is one more challenge - to weave magic in whites. “Test cricket is different, you cannot get wickets in four-five overs. You may have to bowl 30-40 overs to have a chance. I need to develop a lot more patience and stick to a line and length,” he says.