KHULNA – West Indies’ coach Ottis Gibson has backed spinner Sunil Narine to return to his best form in the five-match One-Day International series against Bangladesh, which starts in Khulna on Friday.
Narine, 24, took three wickets costing 114.33 runs each as West Indies secured a 2-0 win in the preceding Test series.
“The Bangladesh players have gone after him a bit,” said Gibson. “It’s not a massive concern but it is obviously something we keep an eye on. We are not really concerned at this stage.
“I think he’s got a unique sort of action. His mystery is with his fingers. He has to continue to believe in that because this is what got him here.”
Gibson suggested he would like Narine to be a lot more accurate while at the same time believing that he needed more time in the middle.
“The key, whether there is mystery or not, is to be accurate with whatever you deliver. Shakib Al Hasan tied us down with accuracy though the ball wasn’t spinning massively. It made batsmen work hard for runs. That is something Sunny [Narine] has to learn and he will over time because he works very hard on his cricket.
“The greatest skill you have is accuracy because you have to know how to tie the batsmen down. The mystery will always be there, but you back it up with accuracy. Then you are a weapon.”
Gibson reminded that Narine had not played much first-class cricket for Trinidad and Tobago and moving forward needed to go back and play some games, and find out what it was like to take wickets in first-class cricket and the patience you needed to play in Test cricket.
Sammy was quite sure Narine would bounce back, as early as the ODI series against Bangladesh.