Fit-again Narine keeps it simple on return

By August 04, 2019
India's Rohit Sharma watches before being caught out by West Indies' Kieron Pollard off the bowling of Sunil Narine during the first Twenty20 international cricket match, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, in Lauderhill, Fla. At left is West Indies wicket keeper Nicholas Pooran. India won by four wickets. India's Rohit Sharma watches before being caught out by West Indies' Kieron Pollard off the bowling of Sunil Narine during the first Twenty20 international cricket match, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, in Lauderhill, Fla. At left is West Indies wicket keeper Nicholas Pooran. India won by four wickets. AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

A 100 per cent fit Sunil Narine is happy to be back bowling for the West Indies and had an immediate impact on the first T20 against India in Fort Lauderdale despite his team’s four-wicket loss.

Defending a paltry 95, the West Indies were in trouble but Narine with figures of 2-14, from his four overs, showed great control and the ability to still take wickets.

“Sunil's four overs very important, he showed his experience, brought us back into the game. Great bowling effort,” said Narine's skipper, Carlos Brathwaite.

"Always good to be back in maroon. Being able to perform for the country is a proud moment,” said Narine after his efforts.

The mystery spinner has been troubled with a finger injury and the workout in Lauderhill was a good way to test where he was.

“Fitness is there, finger is now 100%,” said Narine.

Now, the spinner says his goal is to find consistency.

“T20 I'm trying to stay on for as long as I can. Let's see how it goes. We still have to play positively, start well in the Powerplay, whether we're batting or bowling,” explained Narine.

That positive intent, Narine believes, is the key to winning games again for the West Indies.

“We've to start winning matches. No new thing at the moment, just enjoying my cricket. Hopefully you can see good performances in the near future."

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