Test call up a dream come true, says Sunil Narine

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Published: Friday, June 1, 2012, 18:07 [IST]
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Test call up a dream come true: Narine

Port of Spain, Jun 1: West Indies mystery spinner Sunil Narine said he did not expect the Test call up for the Test tour of England and described it as a dream come true.

The youngster from Trinidad and Tobago, who had an outstanding IPL 5 campaign with Kolkata Knight Riders, was voted Man-of-the-series after helping the team win their maiden title.

"It all feels like a dream. I wasn't expecting this at all. I came back home and I was starting to look ahead to the limited-overs series (in England)," Narine said.

"When I got the call for the Test series...words can't explain how I felt at that moment. The dream was always to play Test cricket and I am halfway there."

The entire year has been like a dream for the tricky spinner.

He helped Trinidad and Tobago win the Caribbean T20 Championship in January with an impressive economy rate of 4.36 and claiming seven wickets. Prior to this, Narine snatched 31 wickets in just three first-class matches at an average of 9.61.

In the following one-day series against Australia in March, Narine was outstanding once again. He took 11 wickets, but due to IPL commitments, Narine was unavailable for the three-Test series.

During his IPL stint, Narine spun batsmen claiming 24 wickets with an economy rate of 5.47, the best in IPL 5 season.

Narine said he hoped to make his Test debut in the third and final Test at Edgbaston starting next Thursday.

"I am looking forward to joining the team this weekend and being part of the good work that is happening in West Indies cricket at the moment," he said.

"I am always looking to watch, listen and learn. I would like to play in the last Test and try to help West Indies pull one back, but even if I don't, I won't be too despondent."

"We have the One-day Internationals and a Twenty20 International coming up and if I am in the squad for those games, the time in England would help me get fully prepared for the upcoming matches."

England have already won the Test series 2-0 after a close game at Lord's which the Windies lost by five wickets and were thrashed by nine wickets at Trent Bridge on the fourth Day of play.

Windies pacer Kemar Roach on Wednesday, was ruled out due to injury, forcing selectors to call up Narine for selection in the third and final Test.

Despite his success in home soil and sub-continent conditions, Narine said bowling in England requires some adjustments.

"I have not played a lot in England so it will be vital that I get acclimatised as quickly as possible," he said.

"I did well in the West Indies and I did well in India, but the pitches and conditions in England are different, so as a bowler you have to take your time to get ready and prepared."


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