I always found it tough to bowl to Virender Sehwag: Sunil Narine

Narine joined IPL in 2012, and has been with KKR ever since.

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Kolkata Knight Riders’ star spinner Sunil Narine has said that he has not seen any cricketer better than Virender Sehwag who can play his spin, in all these years of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Narine has represented KKR since the day he entered IPL, and has been a crucial player in the team. His spin bowling is something that scares the batters, and his ability to finish the games is top-notch.

Narine, who joined IPL in 2012, has completed a decade with the franchise and will be playing his 150th game for KKR on Monday against the Rajasthan Royals. The West Indies mystery spinner revealed several things about his time with the team so far, and also about his best experiences of playing in the tournament.

When asked who he thinks played him the best in IPL, he said, “I will probably have to say Virender Sehwag. I always found it tough because he was a guy who always kept the game going no matter what situation the team was in, he kept batting the way he did,” according to News18.

I try to keep it as simple as possible, says Narine

Talking about the IPL 2022, Narine has been the most economical bowler in KKR so far, with an economy of 5.00. He has four wickets in the six matches played, with his best figures being 2/21. He revealed his strategy behind bogging down the power-hitters in the tournament.

“It’s basically if I bowl a bad ball and get hit for a six, obviously I have to bowl a better ball. If I bowl a good ball and the batter hits it for a six, I don’t try to read too much into it. I try to bowl maybe the same ball because batters don’t quite the same shot consistently, they try something else. I try to keep it as simple as possible,” the spin bowler said.

Sunil Narine cherished his time with the franchise that has now lasted for 10 years and said that he is hopeful of playing for KKR in the years to come. “Yeah I have always told Venky (Mysore, KKR CEO) that hopefully, I don’t play for any other franchise, I have loved my stay at KKR so hopefully I start and finish here. I think it’s a great achievement. You don’t see many overseas players stay with one franchise. Luckily, I am one of them and hopefully, I can continue to be with them in the future,” he concluded.