Batsmen should try to sweep Narine, feels Raman

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Published: Sunday, May 27, 2012, 16:39 [IST]
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'CSK should attack Narine straight away'

Chennai, May 27: Kolkata Knight Riders' Sunil Narine has left many wondering with his turn in the ongoing IPL 5, but former India player WV Raman feels sweeping is the best option while facing the mysterious West Indian spinner.

Raman, who coached both Bengal and Chennai in recent times, feels that CSK's batsmen should look at various options to attack the spinner right away.

"All the teams have tried to block him out and that's where the problem started. Someone in the CSK line-up should go after him," Raman was quoted as saying in TOI.

But its easy to say and the coach feels that "batsmen should try to sweep him to throw him off line."

Raman said the reigning champions have to follow the Australian players approach to deal with Narine and reckons CSK's Mike Hussey to come up with a solution.

"That's the Aussie approach and I am a little surprised that it hasn't been used. I wouldn't be surprised if somebody like a Mike Hussey does that straight away on Sunday and puts the pressure right back on Narine," Raman said.

Chennai skipper MS Dhoni also conceded that its very difficult to judge Narine's action. "With his action, it is difficult to understand which way it is going to turn. He can take the ball away from both the right and left-hander," Dhoni said.

Dhoni further said his side have no special tactics to play against the mystery spinner. "There won't be any special strategy for him," he said. But the skipper warned the spinner could be as effective as Lasith Malinga at his peak.

"When these bowlers are very consistent, it becomes really tough. Malinga is also a bowler who is really consistent when it comes to line and length. If the bowler is consistent in his line and length and also has the variations, it becomes really tough," Dhoni said.


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