Sunil Narine has been reported two times for reckon bowling action during the Champions League T20 2014 (CLT20). He was slinged from bowling in the CLT20 final and was also withdrawn from the West Indies team for the One-Day International (ODI) series against India which is starting 8th October.
Narine is, was and will always be an essential part of KKR and the entire squad will stand behind him, said Gambhir. He also said he hopes he can come back as a stronger human being and can achieve much greater heights than he has achieved in the past. Gambhir said he was shocked when he was first informed about Narine’s action being reported after a group game against the Dolphins on 29th September. The only thing Gambhir could say at the moment that it’s a tough time for Narine, but he is a strong character. Gambhir had a long chat with him after the game and he told him he needed to get this monkey off his back because he himself doesn’t know if there’s anything wrong with his action. Sometimes when these things start playing in your thoughts, what will happen if I bowl this delivery, what will people be talking, etc. Once he gets this off his back, skipper is certain he will be a much better bowler.
The best thing is now he will get to know whether there is actually a problem in his action. If there is any, Narine will try to sort that out and come back a stronger human being and a stronger character as well. He could take all that pressure and be a much better bowler as well, told Gambhir. Gambhir hoped that there is consistency in the process of pulling up bowlers with suspect bowling options. Hopefully they are not targeting definite bowlers and they should not be targeting certain bowlers, Gambhir said. Sometimes the biggest challenge in these things is to be consistent and that is where Gambhir think it can get unfair. Till the time they are fair, Gambhir is fine with it, whether it has to do with actions, batsmen, bowlers or xyz. For Gambhir consistency is very important in any sport, skipper said.