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Shirin Sadikot in Chennai 01 May 2012 - 01:54am IST

Sehwag picks me best: Narine

KKR spinner talks about the knuckle ball and other variations in his armoury

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 to iplt20.com about his now-famous knuckle ball and other variations in his armoury.

When you were here for the CLT20 2011, you got the better of CSK; was that playing at the back of your mind today?

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.

You underwent some changes with your action. What were they and how did it help you become the bowler you are today?


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.

What was the turning point of your career according to you?

It was the CLT20 2011. Playing in front of huge crowds and being able to perform at my best was an achievement.

How many variations do you have?

Three – the knuckle ball, off-break and the faster one.

How did you develop the knuckle ball?


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.

Do you practice it often?

I practice it in every practice session.

When do you use it the most?


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.

Which batsman picks you the best?


Virender Sehwag.

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?

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.

You have three young spinners in the KKR side. Do you brain storm a lot among yourselves?

We talk about the game and how to go about ourselves. Hard work and dedication is the key to achieve anything.

What’s the best thing about the IPL for you till now?


Playing in front of a huge crowd and performing at my best. What else could have I asked for?

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