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Need to be calm: Narine

Calcutta: Off-spinner Sunil Narine believes that if batsmen are circumspect against him, it allows the bowler the freedom to get set into a spell.

Importantly, Narine had once again troubled batsmen in IPL VII, as batsmen are yet to pick him up in the format where he looks deadliest.

Speaking ahead of West Indies’ first T20I against New Zealand at the Windsor Park, Dominica, on Saturday, Narine said: “I only have three (different) balls just to keep the batsmen thinking.

“Once you do so, they tend to look at you a little more and the extra time the batsmen spend trying to sort me out, my overs tend to finish.”

He believes his team should stay relaxed and avoid getting too hyper. “The key component is probably to be as relaxed and calm as possible because it’s a very intense game and batsmen are always coming at you. So, the minute you get too hyper, you tend to do what you’re not accustomed to.”

THE SQUAD

Darren Sammy (captain), Samuel Badree, Christopher Barnwell, Darren Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Andre Fletcher, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Andre Russell, Krishmar Santokie, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith