Everyone in the team is gelling: Narine

KKR spinner says combined effort has helped his side to the top of the table

New Delhi 08 May 2012
The Kolkata Knight Riders made their way to the top of the points table by comfortably beating the Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Match 51 of DLF IPL 2012. KKR spinner Sunil Narine played a crucial role in restricting one of the most feared batting line-ups in the tournament to 153 runs in their own backyard.

In a brief chat with, the off-spinner spoke about the win and KKR’s good run.

Excerpts from Narine’s interview:

On restricting the power packed DD line-up to 153

Just keeping the areas right [bowling in the right areas] [...].

On the wicket

It was a bit helpful when you bowl a bit slower.

On how it helped his bowling

It varies. I concentrate on my areas and bowled a little slow in this game, and that helped me a lot.

On his team moving to the top of the table

I think it’s a team effort and everyone is gelling and everyone is happy for each other. [...]

On whether it was a good toss to lose

We would have probably batted first [too], so it doesn’t matter what the toss was. I think batting or bowling, [either] is capable of winning the game for us.

On sharing the dressing room with international stars

The way they carry themselves and the way they approach the game, I think is a good learning lesson for me. Being with the top cricketers of the world, I hope to learn one or two things and be as capable as they are.

On how bowling to batsmen like Gautam Gambhir and Jacques Kallis in the nets

It helps my bowling [and] with my areas. [...] So I think it’s a good. It’s a privilege to bowl to them in the nets and it’s working for me at this moment.

On his name

My dad actually named me after Sunil Gavaskar.
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