Sunil Narine’s return will definitely boost West Indies’ chances for the limited overs leg of the Sri Lankan tour. Narine returns to international cricket after a span of 14 months, as his action was found to be illegal. Narine, as a precautionary measure himself withdrew from the 2015 World Cup. Narine up till that moment was among the most feared spinners in world cricket as his variations had bamboozled almost every batsman.
With Narine back in his ranks, West Indies captain Jason Holder has said that he wants the mystery spinner to control the middle overs. Holder also said that Narine was the best spinner in the world with his variations.
“Once we get early wickets it makes things a little bit easier in the middle, but in the past we’ve let the game – in a sense – drift from us,” Holder said. “We have Sunil Narine now, which makes me more comfortable. He’s a wicket-taking option whenever he comes into bowl. Hopefully he can take some wickets in the middle and maybe his pressure could create other wickets around for the guys he’s bowling in partnership with,” Holder said.
“It’s hurt us in the past where we’ve had two set batsmen. But we have the best bowler in the world in Sunil Narine. Hopefully we can get those wickets at the end and have Narine at the forefront, leading the attack,” Holder added.
Holder also said that the presence of an extra fielder in the last 10 overs would benefit the West Indian bowlers. “Having the five fielders outside the circle in the last 10 gives us a bit more leeway,” Holder said.
“In the past we’ve really struggled with having four fielders out there. Most captains have struggled with having four fielders out in the last ten. A set batsman is always difficult to contain. We had a warm-up game, but unfortunately the rain came before the match progressed to those last 10 overs. I don’t think it will be a big change. It’s something similar to the T20 format.”