The Telegraph
Saturday , June 30 , 2012
Since 1st March, 1999

A matter of confidence, says Narine

Calcutta: The Indian Premier League had made Sunil Narine a star. But in the West Indies’ series against England, the off-spinner found the going a bit tough.

As the West Indies prepare to take on New Zealand, in a two-match T20 series in the US, Narine said he was “still high on confidence” and that he will bounce back. The first game is on Saturday, at the Central Broward Regional Park, followed by the second tie, on Sunday, at the same venue.

“It’s a matter of confidence and I’m feeling quite confident as we get ready for the weekend,” said Narine.

“I didn’t do as well as I hoped in England, but there is still a lot left in me. I know the areas which I have to work on. Basically, it’s just a matter of going back and looking at what I did well against Australia.”

The 24-year-old was sensational against Australia earlier this year and West Indies tied the ODI series 2-2 with the No.1 one-day side.

He also performed well in the T20 Series against the Aussies which, too, ended level on 1-1.

Narine was the leading wicket-taker in the ODIs, with 11 wickets in five matches at an average of 14.45 last March.

Then, he was brilliant in IPL-V and played a key role in the Kolkata Knight Riders’ success. In fact, he was named the Most Valuable Player of the IPL-V for his superb show.

The Windies arrived to warm summer weather in south Florida, a significant difference from the wet, chilly conditions they experienced in England.