Cricket: Teesra is just a mindgame, says Windies spinner Sunil Narine

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March 20, 2014

West Indies bowling mainstay Sunil Narine says there is no variation called teesra like what Saeed Ajmal is believed to deliver and it is only about playing “mindgames” with the opposition batsmen.

An ace up his sleeve: Sunil Narine, fells the bowlers, to keep ahead of the game keep trying out new things everyday.

March 20, 2014

West Indies bowling mainstay Sunil Narine says there is no variation called teesra like what Saeed Ajmal is believed to deliver and it is only about playing “mindgames” with the opposition batsmen.

An ace up his sleeve: Sunil Narine, fells the bowlers, to keep ahead of the game keep trying out new things everyday.

Asked whether there is a possibility of a teesra apart from the traditional off-break and the doosra (wrong’un) that goes the other way, he said, “It’s probably playing mindgames with the batsmen.

“Batsmen nowadays can do a lot of things as the game revolves around them. There is very little that bowlers can do, so might just play mindgames,” Narine said during an interaction ahead of the ICC World T20 campaign here on Wednesday.

He agreed that trends were changing in T20 and bowlers had their task cut out. “Bowlers are trying out something new everyday. But you might not know what might just come out and what might not work,” he said.

Will there be any surprise delivery, pat came the reply, “no surprises. I am trying to keep it as simple as possible. What I have been doing for the last two to three years, I will be doing just that.”

Narine was instrumental in Kolkata Knight Riders’ maiden Indian Premier League triumph during its fifth edition in 2012. Narine feels the IPL helps bowlers gain confidence ahead of a big tournament like the ICC World T20.

When was asked about R. Ashwin trying to copy his bowling action during the recently concluded Asia Cup in Bangladesh, he said: “Honestly, I haven’t seen it, so I can’t comment. It’s their choice if they try to pick up someone’s action.”

Similarly, he was non-committal on the legality of the doosra. “I have no views on this. If a bowler wants to bowl the doosra, he may do so.”


Courtesy: PTI