When he delivers the ball from his hands, he makes the cricket ball do wonders. His mystery remains unsolved as batsmen still struggle to score runs off his bowling. He spun a web around his opponents last year with 24 wickets, and it is no different this time around as well. He jumped in joy, he smiled with delight beaming on his face after every wicket; and at the end of it all he was one content man from the Knight Riders’ camp.
It is a dream start for Sunil Narine and the Kolkata Knight Riders as the defending champions beat the Delhi Daredevils by six wickets at the Eden Gardens in the tournament opener on Wednesday.
Narine was yet again amongst the wickets picking up four wickets giving away a miserly 13 runs in his quota of four overs. The ‘keep it simple’ bowler spoke to IPLT20.com after his man of the match performance.
Q) Man of the match performance in the very first game. Has to be a good feeling isn’t it?
A) I think it is good to start on a winning note. After the performance last year there were high expectations and it feels really good to get off on a good path. Hopefully I can take it from now on and carry this form throughout the tournament.
Q) Did Brett Lee’s wicket off the very first ball set up the momentum for the rest of the game?
A) Yes, I think Binga bowling that delivery and getting a wicket in the very first over set the tone for the game. It helped our confidence and from then on we just tried to carry on from strength to strength.
Q) Did you have any set plans to bowl against the Daredevils on this particular wicket?
A) No, I think this wicket assists the spinners a lot and my plan was to just go out there and give it all. I just tried to focus and hit the particular areas that I wanted to. I do not have a set game plan. I believe in having my own game plan; I have full confidence on myself and give my heart and soul out there once I am on the field.
Q) Was it tough to bowl to Mahela Jayawardene?
A) Oh, absolutely. Mahela is a quality player and it is always difficult to bowl to him under any circumstances. He played the sheet anchor role for the Daredevils and bowling to him was a big challenge.
Q) Were there any butterflies in your camp when you lost 4 wickets under a hundred runs?
A) No, the rate at which we were going we thought we were capable of getting the target and we believed we had the batsmen in the dugout who could get the runs for us without any panic.
Q) What was your favorite wicket from the four that you bagged?
A) All my four wickets were worth relishing. A wicket is a wicket and once I continue getting wickets, I will be a happy man.