Narine not worried about Test omission
KOCHI – Spinner Sunil Narine says he is not frustrated by his surprise omission from the West Indies Test team for the just ended two-match series against India.
“You want to play all formats of the game, but I guess we have a lot of spinners back in the Caribbean and I don’t see any reason for me to try too hard and get frustrated if I don’t get picked,” Narine said in an interview with Wisden India.
“At the end of the day I am enjoying whatever I am playing and I wish to play as much as I can.”
Former West Indies captain Brian Lara, who was among those criticizing Narine’s omission, described him as the best spinner in Caribbean first-class cricket.
The Trinidadian bowler is expected to play a crucial role in the ODI series against India that began yesterday.
“I just have to do what I’m accustomed to. I’ve trained hard in the nets,” he said.
“Just have to concentrate on my game and focus on the job at hand. Different conditions demand different sort of skills, and I’m confident that I’ve developed the skills.”
Narine has been plying his trade for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
He finished the 2012 edition as the Player of the Tournament with 24 wickets at a miserly 5.47 runs per over and continued in the next edition bagging 22 wickets at 5.46.
“I would call it (IPL) a stepping stone in my career,” Narine said.
“During the Champions League T20 2011, I was recognized and that helped my confidence and momentum. IPL has helped me reach where I am today.” (CMC)