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‘Trying to keep it as simple as possible’

Sunil Narine

Mirpur: West Indies’ bowling mainstay Sunil Narine says that there is no variation called “teesra”, something what Saeed Ajmal is believed to deliver. According to Narine, it is only about playing “mindgames” with the opposition batsmen.

Asked whether there is a possibility of bowling a “teesra” apart from traditional off-break and the doosra that goes the other way, he gave a straightforward reply.

“It’s probably about playing mindgames with the batsmen. Batsmen nowadays can do a lot of things as the game revolves around them. There is very little that bowlers can do, so they might just play mindgames,” Narine said during an interaction, here, on Wednesday.

He agreed that trends are changing in T20 and bowlers have their task cut out. “Bowlers are trying out something new everyday. But you may not know what might just come out and what might not work.

“You got 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 miss-hit one and that can change the game,” he added.

The 25-year-old, who is one of the most sought after bowlers in the T20 format with a brilliant economy rate of under six (5.43) across 107 T20 matches, said he would like to concentrate on his strengths.

So, will there be any surprise delivery? Pat came the reply. “No surprises. I am trying to keep it as simple as possible. What I have been doing for the last two to three years, I will be doing just that.”

Narine has been instrumental in Kolkata Knight Riders’ maiden IPL triumph during the fifth edition back in 2012. Narine feels that IPL helps the bowlers gain confidence, especially while going into a major tournament like the World T20.

“IPL has made a lot of difference. It is a high level tournament and performing there and then coming into the big tournament makes it a bit easier.”

When asked about Ravichandran Ashwin trying to copy his bowling action during the recently concluded Asia Cup, Narine replied: “Honestly, I haven’t seen it. So, I can’t comment much on it. Bowlers can bowl like whomever they want to. It’s their choice if they try to pick up someone else’s action.”