Sunil Narine can bamboozle any batsman with his mystery balls. He was the destructor-in-chief when Trinidad & Tobago humbled the mighty Chennai Super Kings on their own turf in CLT20 2011. That performance played a big role in the off-spinner getting a chance in IPL 2012. He was back on the same ground, this time, as a part of the Kolkata Knight Riders.
After the Knight Riders registered their first ever IPL win in Chennai, Narine spoke about his now-famous knuckle ball and other variations in his armoury.
Q: When you were here for the CLT20 2011, you got the better of CSK; was that playing at the back of your mind today?
A: No it wasn’t really playing at the back of my mind. It’s a game of uncertainties, so whoever plays better cricket wins it.
Q: You underwent some changes with your action. What were they and how did it help you become the bowler you are today?
A: It wasn’t any major changes. I was just concentrating on my cricket and what I am capable of. Everyone supported me back home and made me believe that I can do anything.
Q: What was the turning point of your career according to you?
A: It was the CLT20 2011. Playing in front of huge crowds and being able to perform at my best was an achievement.
Q: How many variations do you have?
A: Three – the knuckle ball, off-break and the faster one.
Q: How did you develop the knuckle ball?
A: I have played a lot of soft ball cricket back home and tried it with the hard ball, and it came out pretty well. Hopefully, I continue doing this and come up with new balls.
Q: Do you practice it often?
A: I practice it in every practice session.
Q: When do you use it the most?
A: I can’t say when I use it the most. It depends on the situation of the game and how I am going about my bowling.
Q: Which batsman picks you the best?
A: Virender Sehwag.
Q: Due to modern technology, batsmen find a way to decode mystery bowlers very soon. As a bowler, you need to keep evolving. Are there any other variations you are working on?
A: Nothing at this moment. I am just concentrating on what I am capable of doing. In time I definitely will come up with something new.
Q: You have three young spinners in the KKR side. Do you brain storm a lot among yourselves?
A: We talk about the game and how to go about ourselves. Hard work and dedication is the key to achieve anything.
Q: What’s the best thing about the IPL for you till now?
A: Playing in front of a huge crowd and performing at my best. What else could have I asked for?