Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Sammy Lauds 'Unplayable' Narine

West Indies captain, Darren Sammy, believes that Sunil Narine is "unplayable" in home conditions, after his series-winning performance in the 4-1 victory over New Zealand.

The 24-year-old spinner bounced back from an indifferent tour of England with a player-of-the-series performance on home soil, taking 13 wickets with an economy rate of 2.92, as well as seven wickets in the two Twenty20s that preceded the one-day internationals.

His performances were a far cry from the results and scores he achieved in England. He was wicketless in a rain-affected Test at Edgbaston, took only one wicket in two ODIs, and none in the T20. 

At home, however, Narine is a different proposition and led West Indies to their first ODI series victory over an established nation since 2009.

"In our conditions, he is unplayable, especially when we post a good total, knowing that I am going to get 60 balls from him. I know what he is going to do," Sammy said.

"Any situation, you can call on him, and it is good to have someone like that in your team who you can turn to at any given time. I know he is going to continue to do well for us and have a very successful career."

West Indies went into the final ODI in St Kitts with an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series, and an equally impressive lead in the latest odds on Bet365. They struggled with the bat, slumping to 104-5, before Dwayne Bravo and Andre Russell lifted the score to 241.   
New Zealand looked on course for a consolation victory, before Narine recorded a career-best haul of 5-27 to bowl West Indies to a 20-run win. 

"This is my first ODI series win for the West Indies and I'm happy it came at home in front of the home supporters. It felt really good that they could celebrate with us," he said.

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