Full name Sunil Philip Narine
Born May 26, 1988, Arima, Trinidad & Tobago
Playing role Bowling allrounder
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
With his spiky hair-style, small yet lethal Sunil Narine, first caught eye when he bagged all ten wickets during a trial match and immediately earned a call-up to the Trinidad & Tobago squad in 2009. The right-arm off-spinner had also represented the West Indies U-19 team and made his first-class debut against Leeward Islands . Although, he was unimpressive in regional cricket, he was included within the squad for the inaugural Champions League Twenty20 in India in 2009.
During the Caribbean T20 in 2011, Narine played his first T20 match. Narine managed to require 5 wickets within the tournament at a mean of 13.40. However, his bowling action came under the scanner therein series which prompted him to figure with bio-mechanical experts at the University of Western Australia in Perth to vary it. His improved bowling action was very effective within the Champions League 2011 as he bagged ten wickets at a mean of 10.50 and an economy rate of 4.37. Later that year, he made his ODI debut against India within the third game of the series and picked up two crucial wickets to steer West Indies to a 16-run victory.
His consistent outstanding performances in limited overs cricket attracted the Kolkata Knight Riders franchise and he was bought for a powerful USD 700,000 within the 2012 IPL auction. He justified the inclusion and finished the season with a complete of 24 wickets, being the second-highest wicket taker of the tournament. His contribution helped Kolkata secure their maiden IPL title and Narine was adjudged ‘Player of the tournament’ . The IPL was an enormous learning experience for the youngster and it also fetched him his Test debut when he replaced an injured Kemar Roach for the third Test against England in June 2012. His performances in Test matches are nothing spectacular thus far .
Narine had another good IPL season in 2013 during which he picked up 22 wickets in 16 matches but thanks to Kolkata’s poor performance therein edition, he couldn’t advance further. Narine’s a deceptive bowling technique, which has out-foxed many batsmen, remains his main strength. Although he has found a permanent spot within the ODI and T20 sides, Narine remains looking to form a mark in Test cricket.
His top-notch performances within the Indian T20 League, provoked the Kolkata franchise for the seventh season of the Indian T20 League.
Meanwhile, with the in-form Shane Shillingford reported for suspect action, Narine was belatedly added to the West Indies Test squad for his or her tour to New Zealand. He made an indelible mark, foxing the Kiwi batsmen together with his bag of variations, including the regular offie, the carrom ball, the dossra, the knuckle ball and therefore the nifty straighter one. within the lone Test he played therein series, he scalped 6 wickets to command a extended run within the Test fold.
Though Narine managed just 6 victims in 5 encounters within the T20 Cup in Bangladesh, he made a big impact together with his parsimonious economy rate, which created wickets at the opposite end. With the emergence of Benn, Narine found himself out of the Test side, but was still the primary option when it came to ODIs and T20Is. However, during the 2014 Champions League, Narine was reported for a suspect bowling action by the ICC and since then he has been performing on it to urge it right. The selectors though, believe that he would have corrected his action by then and selected him for the 2015 World Cup .
Narine continues to feature in several T20 leagues across the planet , but has almost been a force for the national side.