West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine made a triumphant return to international cricket as he produced a memorable bowling performance to help secure a victory for West indies against South Africa in the ongoing tri-series. Narine ended up grabbing 6 wickets for 27 runs, a career-best for the Trinidadian cricketer of Indian descent. The offie had been out of action for quite a while as doubts were raised over his action and he had to undergo a complete remodelling.
Speaking post his match-winning effort, Narine expressed his pleasure over an impactful comeback for West Indies. He said, “Being on and off with my bowling action and coming back and bowling again, it is good to be back with a bang.”
“Hopefully everything is good now and I can keep concentrating on the matches ahead and what I can focus more on in practice and bowling and trying to develop new skills so things can get better in the future,” added the spinner who left the Proteas batsmen bamboozled in Friday’s match.
While explaining what went right for him on the day, Sunil Narine was also quick to point out the contributions made by other members of the team. He quipped, “In the first few overs I got an early wicket. It's nice as a bowler getting an early wicket in your spell, it makes things a bit easier. But saying that, it was a total team effort. Carlos (Brathwaite) and I had a good partnership bowling-wise and with a couple wickets I think we pulled the brakes, and everyone just chipped in.”
“The captain (Jason Holder) came in and kept things tight, and (Sulieman) Benn kept it tight and everyone just continued doing what they had to do and went from strength to strength,” he added. Narine also provided his opinion on the pitch at the Providence Stadium by saying, “It's a difficult wicket to bat on and the boundaries are a bit bigger than normal, and the wicket doesn't help the batsman as much as they generally do in other grounds.”
Sunil Narine is looking forward to emulating his performance from the first game in the matches to come. Speaking about it, he said, “I would love to have a similar game but saying that is the easiest part. It is about being able to go out there and perform at my best and being able to just contribute whatever the team needs me to do.”
He also spoke about how motivated he and his teammates are to achieve further success in the ongoing tournament. “All the guys are raring to go and hopefully all of the guys can have better games and we can just have a total team effort and hopefully come out with another victory,” Narine concluded.