West Indies captain Darren Sammy has praised Sunil Marine for his increasing maturity and believes he will play a major part in the Super Eights.
Once dubbed ‘a mystery spinner’, Narine was in fine form during his side’s rain interrupted clash with Ireland earlier this week and will certainly have England firmly in his sights, with punters who bet on cricket already tipping him to be top wicket-taker.
Stuart Broad’s men seem to have a chronic inability to play spin, something grimly displayed in their defeat to India last weekend.
Six wickets fell for 21 runs at the hands of slow bowling as England were bowled out for just 80 runs.
They had already qualified for the Super Eights so the game was effectively meaningless, but it remains to be seen whether the scars from that defeat will affect their display against Sammy’s men on Thursday, with line betting markets struggling to separate them.
The Windies skipper is delighted with the way Narine is progressing and believes he has a huge role to play in the remainder o the competition.
"He's a guy who has got a lot of tricks up his sleeve and always thinks he can learn new stuff," captain Darren Sammy said of Narine after the Ireland match.
"When you see him practice he's always trying new things. New run-ups, new actions, he just looks to improve his game all the time."
"Narine loves when the batsmen are looking to attack him," Sammy said. "With the scoreboard pressure, and the requirement to score quickly in Twenty20, it gives him the edge with all his tricks up his sleeves. The more we progress and the more we play on these wickets, the more assistance it will give him. These are good signs for us going into the Super Eights."