Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 11th 2016 Contents A54
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, April 11, 2016
KOLKATA -- Kolkata Knight Riders cap-
tain Gautam Gambhir has warned oppo-
sition sides in the Indian Premier League
that West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine
will be more dangerous now, after recon-
structing his bowling action.
The 27-year-old was banned from bowl-
ing in international cricket last November
after the International Cricket Council ruled
his action to be illegal under their regula-
Since then, Narine has undergone reha-
bilitation on his action and was recently
cleared by the ICC to resume bowling, fol-
lowing successful tests at the Sri Ramachan-
dra University in Chennai last month.
"I feel that he will be far more confident
this year than last year," Gambhir said ahead
of KKR s opening game yesterday against
"He has worked on his action, he s got
the monkey off his back. He can go into
the game with freedom knowing that every-
thing is sorted. He was always under scruti-
ny. I think you will see the best of him this
Narine has been KKR s main weapons
over the last four seasons, taking 74 wickets.
He took 24 wickets in 2012 and 21 in 2014,
when they captured their IPL titles.
As he struggled with his action last season,
he managed just seven wickets from eight
Narine was unavailable for yesterday s
contest, however, following the death of his
father which forced him to return to
He is expected to play in KKR s next game
against Mumbai Indians on Wednesday.
All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite, who blast-
ed West Indies to Twenty20 World Cup
glory last Sunday, lined up for Delhi but
Gambhir said their focus would not be on
"We don t discuss about individuals," he
cautioned. "It s not only about Brathwaite
but other quality players as well. We have
to beat a team of XI individuals to win a
game of cricket."
Gambhir s Kolkata Knight Riders opened
their campaign by crushing the Delhi Dare-
West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell
hurt Delhi Daredevils with a three-wicket
haul, as Brathwaite tasted defeat on debut
in a nine-wicket loss.
Seamer Russell grabbed three for 24 from
three overs as KKR, opting to bowl first,
bundled Delhi out for a paltry 98 off 17.4
overs at Eden Gardens.
Left-arm spinner Brad Hogg claimed
three for 19 while pacer John Hastings (2-
6) and leg-spinner Piyush Chawla (2-21)
supported with two wickets apiece.
Not a single Delhi batsman made it into
the 20s and South African Quinton de Kock
was their top-scorer with 17.
In reply, KKR cruised to their target in
the 15th over with Gambhir stroking an
unbeaten 38 and Robin Uthappa getting 35.
The pair put on 69 for the first wicket.
It was Russell who crippled the Delhi
innings early on, removing de Kock to a
catch mid-off in the third over and trapping
Shreyas Iyer lbw without scoring four balls
later in the same over, to leave Delhi on 25
In his next over, Russell knocked over
opener Mayank Agarwal for nine, caught
at third man with the score on 31 for three.
Brathwaite, batting at number seven,
looked to be continuing from where he left
off in the Twenty20 World Cup when he
blasted Chawla for a massive six off the
second ball he faced.
But he perished two balls later when he
missed a googly and was lbw for six.
The national men's team has shifted its
focus towards playing Uruguay, a country
now ranked in the top ten in the world
after being listed in ninth position on the
latest FIFA rankings released Thursday.
The Uruguayans are also top of the current
South American 2018 World Cup qualifying
group following their 1-0 victory over Peru
in their latest qualifying encounter last month.
That result followed a 2-2 draw with Brazil
which was inspired by an equalizing goal by
Barcelona star Luis Suarez who was in that
match making his return to international
football following a nine-match ban dating
back to the 2014 World Cup.
The game between T&T and Uruguay is
slated for Friday May 27 at the Estadio Cen-
tenario in Montevideo, the same venue where
Suarez set up Uruguay s 1-0 win over Peru
The game is a significant one for the
"Soca Warriors" against a team that is ranked
among the top ten in the world at present
and it will also serve as a preparation outing
for Stephen Hart s team ahead of the two
crucial 2018 World Cup qualifiers versus
Guatemala and the United States in Sep-
With such massive interest in the
encounter at the historic venue, the TTFA
is in the process of trying to arrange a charter
flight for supporters wishing to witness the
match live. Further information on this will
be available to the public in due course. The
game is also falling inside of a long weekend
with Thursday May 26 being Corpus Christi
and Indian Arrival Day being celebrated on
Monday May 30th
T&T Head Coach Hart is already planning
for the encounter as it is currently the next
assignment for the Warriors" who are also
sitting atop its World Cup qualifying group
ahead of the US, Guatemala and the St Vin-
"Of course we know it will be a massive
game, both for us and the hosts as they
would obviously recognize the importance
of wanting to protect their record on home
soil," Hart said.
"From our standpoint it is another oppor-
tunity to test our level against one of the
teams ranked in the top ten in the world at
the moment and one which possesses one
of the most exciting players in the game
today, all very similar to when we faced
Argentina back in 2014," Hart said,
"Again for me, the most important part
of this exercise is the game itself and the
preparations for it all falling into relation to
our World Cup qualifying efforts," Hart said.
T&T opponent jumps to ninth on FIFA rankings
Narine will be more deadly
...says captain Gambhir as IPL bowls off
KOLKATA---All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite says
his new-found Twenty20 fame has not thwarted
his love for Test cricket, and hopes to fashion
a successful career across all three formats of
The 27-year-old shot to international promi-
nence last Sunday when he belted consecutive
sixes off the first four deliveries of the final over
of the men s Twenty20 World Cup, to fire West
Indies to a dramatic win over England.
And even as he prepared to play his first game
of the Indian Premier League for Delhi Daredevils
on Sunday here, Brathwaite said the longest format
still held plenty appeal for him.
"Personally I do love Test cricket and I enjoy
watching the boring parts of Test cricket---a bats-
man batting out long periods of time and then
overcoming that to score a hundred. I take each
facet of the game in each format at its best," the
"T20 ... it is a good spectator sport as well but
then there is Test cricket where you get to test
yourself against the values of the format---like
facing a barrage of bouncers and getting past that,
taking a few knocks and playing the swinging ball
and seeing though a good spell to capitalise and
get a hundred."
He added: "As a bowler, bowling a 10-over spell
to go on for another two overs just to bring the
team back into the game. I think all three facets
has its place within the sport and I enjoy being
a part of all three.
"The better cricketers in the world are able to
adapt from T20 to 50 overs to Test cricket and
it is a challenge that I set myself---to be able to
play all three formats and be successful in all
Brathwaite has also had a successful introduction
to Test cricket. He made his debut against Australia
in the Boxing Day Test at Melbourne and scored
a patient 59 in the first innings during a two-
In the following Test in Sydney, he upped the
tempo to blast a quick-fire 69 from 71 balls, with
seven fours and four sixes.
Brathwaite said working with Delhi Daredevils
mentor, Test legend Rahul Dravid, would allow
him the opportunity to further improve his game---
especially in the area of playing spin.
"I find myself privileged enough to be working
along with someone I have idolised all my career
and that is Rahul Dravid," Brathwaite told reporters.
"We had a couple of chats and it is good to
hear from him as a person and as a player on
what are the areas that I would look to improve
on in terms of playing spin and I spoke to Rahul
"I hope that at the end of six weeks I go back
to the West Indies with better understanding of
how to play spin bowling, how to rotate it, how
to score off it and how to take that knowledge
from the IPL back to the West Indies." (CMC)
Sunil Narine...expected to
be more deadly than before.
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