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Hoshedar N. Gundevia in Pune 23 May 2012 - 03:36am IST

Skipper has faith in me: Narine

KKR spinner says Gambhir’s support is helping him in IPL 2012

The USD 700,000 that Shah Rukh Khan and co. forked out for the services of Sunil Narine seem like a sound investment. The 23-year-old spinner has been in stellar form in IPL 2012. His 24 wickets have gone a long way in helping the Kolkata Knight Riders reach their maiden IPL final. Be it taking wickets or having a low economy rate, Narine has proven himself to be worthy of the purple and gold jersey of the Kolkata Knight Riders.

The Trinidadian now faces his biggest challenge in the IPL final, but the off-spinner is not at all daunted by the task that lies ahead. Instead, he looks forward to pitting his wits against his eventual opponents at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.

Excerpts from a brief interaction with Sunil Narine:

Debut season in the IPL and already in the final. What is the feeling like?

I am privileged to come in and play in the IPL and reach the final. I hope that boys can take it as a stepping stone and finish it off good.

Being KKR’s top wicket-taker must give you confidence heading into the final?

I think I have a lot of confidence at this moment and it makes it a lot easier for the captain as he can throw the ball to me with confidence. Captain having confidence in me gives me more confidence.

Do you feel batsmen are more defensive while playing you?


I think it’s according to the situation. If a run-a-ball is good for the team, I don’t mind bowling the way I bowl. But if we need wickets, then I try my best to get wickets. Hopefully, I can continue taking wickets for my captain.

What’s it like playing with fellow spinners Shakib Al Hasan and Iqbal Abdulla?


I think we have a good combination and we are utilizing what we have. It’s on the captain and the support staff to pick the right team, and we have to go and perform.

What sort of a relationship do you share with KKR co-owner Shah Rukh Khan?


He is a good owner and he just comes to the team meeting and lets the cricket staff do what they have to. That is the best thing he can do at the moment.

Have you become more confident under Gautam Gambhir’s captaincy?


When a captain has belief in you that makes it a lot easier for you to have more belief in yourself. When the team is winning, everything is okay, and hopefully, we can continue and one more game to win, and hopefully, we can put everything out.

Do you see DD making the finals?

T20 is a game of plenty differences and whoever plays better cricket on the day will come out victorious.

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