Sunil Narine credits Ottis Gibson for his five-wicket haul against New Zealand
West Indian mystery spinner Sunil Narine has credited head-coach Ottis Gibson for his five wickets in the final encounter against New Zealand. His wonderful show with the ball guided the side to an emphatic 4-1 victory in the series.
Batting first, the Caribbean Kings posted a handsome total of 241 runs on the board. Dwayne Bravo and Andre Russell smashed classy half-centuries to take the side to a reasonable score.
In reply, the Black Caps were completely unable to do anything special against Narine’s magic work. The right-arm spinner sent Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor in the beginning. He continued his good work to take the big wicket of Kane Williamson.
In the final stages of the game, he picked up the wickets of Andrew Ellis and Kyle Mills to heap plenty of misery on the opposition. The 24-year-old bagged five wickets only for 27 runs.
Enormously delighted over his superb show, Narine did not forget to full credit to his coach, saying that Gibson gave him a few good ideas that helped him to a great extent.
“I spoke to the coach and we looked at a few new ideas about how to attack the batsmen. He suggested that I could look at some more variety and I went into the nets and worked hard at how I could come from around the wicket and look to get the ball to pitch
on,” said Narine.
He added, "As you saw, it worked wonders as I got wickets from around the wicket… That’s something I will definitely work on in the coming weeks."
The off-spinner expressed delight over West Indies’ series win over the Kiwis. He explained that it was a great moment to perform well in front of the home crowd. On his team’s very good performance in the series, he stated:
"I always set out to look for wickets and today I got five so that’s very pleasing for me. We went into the match leading the series 3-1 and we didn’t want to give anything away. As I said before, 4-1 looks much better that 3-2 and today we proved that."