Sunil Narine

Country: West Indies
Born: May 26, 1988, Arima, Trinidad & Tobago
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak
Playing role: Bowling Allrounder

Sunil Narine Bio

Sunil Philip Narine, the enigmatic cricketer hailing from the West Indies, has undoubtedly left an indelible mark on the world of cricket. Renowned for his mastery as a spinner in the T20 format, Narine has earned a reputation as a true specialist in his craft, armed with an array of variations that continue to mystify batsmen around the globe.

Narine’s journey to cricket stardom began in earnest when he received his call-up to the Trinidad and Tobago squad in 2009. His exceptional skills were on full display when he astoundingly claimed all ten wickets in a trial game, instantly making a name for himself in domestic cricket. He further solidified his status as a rising talent in 2011 by being one of the three bowlers to take ten or more wickets at the Champions League Twenty20 for his team.

A watershed moment in Narine’s career came in 2012, where he played a pivotal role in guiding the West Indies to their first World T20 title since 1979. His mesmerizing spins and subtle variations had batsmen falling prey to his magic, as he consistently showcased his artistry with the ball. This achievement catapulted him to international prominence and paved the way for a fruitful career in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Joining the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in 2012, Narine became an integral part of the team’s success. Playing solely for KKR throughout his IPL career, he played a crucial role in leading the side to victory in 2012 and 2014, taking over 20 wickets per season. His expert bowling skills and remarkable economy rate made him an invaluable asset to the team. In fact, during the first half of his IPL career, Narine’s dominance seemed unparalleled, boasting an astounding 216 wickets in over 650 overs bowled.

However, Narine’s excellence in the limited-overs format did not quite translate to Test cricket. Despite representing the West Indies in six matches, his performances in the longer format fell short of expectations, with a disappointing bowling average hovering around 40. Nevertheless, his sheer brilliance in T20 cricket continued to captivate fans and solidify his status as one of the finest spinners of his generation.

Regrettably, Narine’s career hasn’t been without its share of controversies. The legitimacy of his bowling action has been called into question multiple times, reminiscent of the challenges faced by spin maestros like Saeed Ajmal and Muttiah Muralitharan. In order to rectify his action, Narine sought assistance from experts at the University of Western Australia. Despite facing suspensions and subsequent clearances, these obstacles did little to deter his unwavering passion for the sport.

In a surprising turn of events, Narine’s batting prowess began to emerge as an additional facet of his game. Deployed as an opener by the Melbourne Renegades during the Big Bash League, he showcased his power-hitting abilities, asserting his dominance with the bat. This newfound talent translated across various T20 leagues, as well as T20 internationals, where he amassed 502 runs at a staggering strike rate of over 150 in 2017 alone.

Sunil Philip Narine’s cricketing journey is a testament to his unwavering resilience and sheer talent. From his early days as a promising spinner in the Trinidad and Tobago squad to becoming an integral part of the West Indies’ T20 World Cup-winning team and the Kolkata Knight Riders’ IPL triumphs, Narine has left an indelible mark on the game. Despite facing numerous challenges and controversies surrounding his bowling action, his remarkable skills and unwavering dedication have solidified his place among the cricketing elite. As fans continue to revel in his explosive performances and magical deliveries, Narine’s legacy as a T20 cricket pioneer is destined to endure through the ages.

Sunil Narine Career Stats

Sunil Narine Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 6 7 2 40 22* 8 92 43.47 0 0 4 1 2 0
T20Is 51 23 8 155 30 10.33 138 112.31 0 0 13 5 7 0
ODIs 65 45 12 363 36 11 441 82.31 0 0 36 12 14 0
FC 13 18 6 213 40* 17.75 - - 0 0 - - 10 0
List A 116 74 20 714 51 13.22 - - 0 1 - - 35 0
T20s 489 305 60 3693 79 15.07 2509 147.19 0 14 343 229 101 0

Sunil Narine Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 6 11 1650 851 21 6/91 8/223 40.52 3.09 78.5 0 2 0
T20Is 51 49 1102 1105 52 4/12 4/12 21.25 6.01 21.1 1 0 0
ODIs 65 65 3540 2435 92 6/27 6/27 26.46 4.12 38.4 4 2 0
FC 13 25 3023 1398 65 8/17 13/39 21.5 2.77 46.5 1 8 3
List A 116 115 6315 3783 190 6/9 6/9 19.91 3.59 33.2 8 6 0
T20s 489 480 11069 11308 530 5/19 5/19 21.33 6.12 20.8 12 1 0

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