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Narine fetches US$0.7m in IPL


PHILIP HACKETT

Narine fetches US$0.7m in IPL

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TRINIDAD?AND TOBAGO?and West Indies spin bowler Sunil Narine is looking forward to his debut at the 2012 Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament after being bought for US$700 000 by the Kolkata Night Riders in the IPL auction yesterday.
Narine, who is representing Trinidad and Tobago in the opening round of the Regional First Class Competition against the Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) at the 3Ws Oval, has impressed in all formats of the game.
He credits hard work for the opportunity that he has now be offered.
“It’s a good feeling. If you work hard you get results, so it’s important to work hard and do your best,” Narine told SUNSPORT during the lunch break on the second day of play at the 3Ws Oval yesterday.
Narine made his debut for the senior West Indies team in the recent One-Day International series against India and believes the impression he created there may have worked to his advantage.
“Going out there and bowling against the Indian batsmen who can play spin, that was a good achievement and probably made the IPL auction a success for me,” he said.
Narine could be a serious contender when the Australians visit the Caribbean in a few weeks but he is not too perturbed about any possible clashes and remains focused on his current assignment for Trinidad.
“I am not thinking about that right now. In time to come if that happens [selection to West Indies team] I’ll deal with that. For now I just have to concentrate on the cricket I am playing right now.”
Narine celebrated his IPL triumph with a five-wicket haul that gave Trinidad command of their game against CCC.
His aim is simply to provide more of the same and continue reaping success.
And what of his goals for the coming months with the prospect of so much cricket?
“Just to continue bowling like I am accustomed doing and go out there and give a good account of myself.”
West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell fetched a healthy US$450 000 price from Delhi Daredevils, while Narine’s T20 teammate Kevon Cooper was bought for the base price of US$$50 000 by Rajasthan Royals.
Former West Indies captain Chris Gayle was not auctioned as he was already retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore for US$550 000.
West Indians Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Smith, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Adrian Barath failed to attract buyers.

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