Sunil Narine enjoying his success in IPL 5

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Published: Friday, May 25, 2012, 18:03 [IST]
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Narine enjoying his success in IPL 5

New Delhi, May 25: Since his debut in IPL 5 for Kolkata Knight Riders, West Indies spinner Sunil Narine has played a crucial role with his 'mystery spin' to lead his side to their first IPL final.

Narine has taken 24 wickets in 14 matches so far. With the best economy rate of 5.20 this season, Narine seems to be enjoying his first IPL stint with the Knight Riders.

"I am feeling at home and like this country a lot. There are a lot of similarities between the West Indies and India and biggest of them all is cricket. I am enjoying every moment of it," Narine told TOI on Wednesday.

In a tournament like IPL which demands high physical fitness levels and tough mental challenges, Narine said bowlers have to plan well. "It's a difficult format and pretty hard on the bowlers where the batsmen are always trying to hit you out of the park. But you have to be mentally tough and plan your strategy well," he said.

The spinner was excited about his performance and also the fact that Kolkata are through to the final for the first time.

"It really feels great to be a part of a team which wants to win each and every game. It makes you competitive. It really doesn't matter how big or small your contribution is. All that matters is doing your best for the team in the middle. We deserve to be in the final and hope to continue the good work," Narine said.

A day before the final on Sunday, Narine will turn 24, its not hard to guess what birthday gift he wants, "We are only one match away from winning the tournament and I am confident that the team will play out of its skin," he said.

Speaking about which opponent will Kolkata face in the final, "Can't say really... All teams in the playoffs are capable of winning and reaching the final. We are ready to take on any opposition," he said.

"I was 18 or 19 when I started bowling like this. I'm still working on it." Narine said about his two different kinds of deliveries with the same action.

In the shortest format of the game, bowling at the death overs can be a nightmare for a slow bowler or spinner, "I am used to bowling in the death overs and I am thankful to the Kolkata team management for showing confidence in my ability. I hope to do the same in the last match of the tournament," he said.

Narine admitted his ultimate dream is to prove his worth for West Indies national team, but he refused to comment on why is not representing the national side in the ongoing Test series in England.

"No comments," he said. He further said: "The West Indies team is improving and we have the talent to play consistently at the highest level. My dream is to do well in all formats... both T20 and Test cricket will co-exist no matter what!"


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