Sunil Narine

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Sunil Narine
Personal information
Full name Sunil Philip Narine
Born (1988-05-26) 26 May 1988 (age 26)
Arima, Trinidad & Tobago
Batting style Left-handed
Bowling style Right arm off break
Role Bowler
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 295) 7 June 2012 v England
Last Test 25 November 2012 v Bangladesh
ODI debut (cap 162) 5 December 2011 v India
Last ODI 24 July 2013 v Pakistan
ODI shirt no. 74
Domestic team information
Years Team
2009–present Trinidad & Tobago
2011–present Kolkata Knight Riders
2012–present Sydney Sixers
2013 Barisal Burners
2013 Karachi Dolphins
2013–present Guyana Amazon Warriors
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 5 39 12 47
Runs scored 38 258 211 308
Batting average 9.50 11.72 19.18 13.39
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
Top score 22* 36 40* 36
Balls bowled 1299 2,123 2,672 2,612
Wickets 15 60 59 79
Bowling average 48.6 24.40 21.49 21.88
5 wickets in innings 1 1 7 3
10 wickets in match n/a 3 0
Best bowling 5/132 5/27 8/17 6/48
Catches/stumpings 2/– 8/– 10/- 10/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 24 July 2013

Sunil Philip Narine (born 26 May 1988) is a Trinidadian cricketer who plays for the West Indies. Primarily an off-spin bowler, he is also a left-handed batsman. Domestically, Narine has played for Trinidad and Tobago since 2009 and made his One Day International debut in December 2011, and Test debut in June 2012. Narine's participated in the 2012 Indian Premier League where he represented Kolkata Knight Riders and was named Player of the Tournament in his first season with 24 wickets at a miserly 5.47 runs per over. He also became the first player in IPL 2013 to take a hat-trick on 16 April 2013 playing for Kolkata Knight Riders against Kings XI Punjab at the PCA Stadium in Mohali. He is married to Nandita Kumar.

Sunil made his debut in first-class cricket for Trinidad and Tobago in February 2009 during the Regional Four Day Competition, bowling thirteen overs without taking a wicket.[1] He did not play another first-class match until nearly a year later,[2] and after going wicketless in the first innings claimed a single scalp in the second, that of tail-ender Lionel Baker.[3]

On 19 January 2011, during the Caribbean Twenty20, Narine played his first Twenty20 (T20) match but did not bowl as the match was rained off before Trinidad and Tobago could bowl.[4] T&T won the competition and Narine managed five wickets at an average of 13.40.[5][6] By virtue of winning the competition Trinidad and Tobago qualified for the 2011 Champions League Twenty20 held in September and October, in which Narine was one of three bowlers to take ten or more wickets.[7] He made his List A debut on 20 October 2011 in the Regional Super50, claiming figures of one wicket for 35 runs (1/35); his wicket that of opening batsman Miles Bascombe.[8] Trinidad and Tobago won the competition and Narine was the leading wicket-taker in the competition with 15 scalps, five more than the nearest competitor, fellow spin bowler Nikita Miller.[9][10]

When the West Indies toured India in November and December 2011 Narine was included in the squad. He made his One Day International debut in the third fixture on 6 December, taking the wickets of Virat Kohli and then Ravichandran Ashwin to help the West Indies to a 16-run victory.[11] Playing in the final two matches (both won by India) Narine took one more wicket while conceding a further 87 runs.[12] Back in the Caribbean, Narine played three of T&T's six matches in February 2012 in the Regional Four Day Competition, taking 31 wickets at an average of 9.61, and finishing as the team's leading wicket-taker and seventh overall.[2][13] Australia arrived in the West Indies in March, and their tour began with five ODIs. Narine and West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach each finished with eleven wickets and were joined leading wicket takers in the series which was drawn 2–2.[14][15]

The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) bought Narine for US$700,000 at the player auction held in January for the 2012 Indian Premier League; at the time he had played just three ODIs and the successful bid was far above the base price of US$50,000.[16] The IPL clashed with the Test leg of Australia's tour of the West Indies, and as Narine did not have a central contract with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) could chose whether to be available for the Tests or to play for KKR. Though Narine could have been called into the Test side based on his form in the ODIs, he chose to play in the IPL.[17] KKR won the tournament[18] As the 2012 IPL's second highest wicket-taker with 24 dismissals and the second-best economy rate (conceding runs at a rate of 5.47 per over),[19][20] Narine was named Player of the Tournament.[21]

Following an injury to fast bowler Kemar Roach, and the conclusion of the 2012 IPL, Narine was drafted into the West Indies squad for the third and final Test against England in June 2012. At the time he had played just six first-class matches, managing 34 wickets at an average of 11.88.[22] Replacing fellow off spinner Shane Shillingford in the side, Narine made his Test debut on 10 June 2012.[23] Due to his performance in the IPL Narine was much hyped by the media,[24][25] though Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell negotiated him with ease.[26]

A superb performance by Narine of five wickets for 28 runs on 16 July 2012 helped the West Indies beat New Zealand by 20 runs in their fifth and last ODI and win the current series 4–1 at Basseterre, St. Kits.[27] Playing only in his second Test he was adjudged the Man of the Match after he picked eight wickets which included his maiden five-wicket haul.[28][29] Narine was left out of first 2 tests vs New Zealand.

Narine has the reputation of a "mystery bowler", due to the variations that he has on his Off breaks, and how he disguises them.[30]

As on 8th March, 2014 he topped the ICC Twenty20 rankings of bowlers with 784 points. Saeed Ajmal of Pakistan at second, was way behind in points at 714, while Ajantha Mendis of Sri Lanka with 674 points completed the top three.[31]

Narine missed out on the 2014 Champions League due to being suspended for an illegal action over 15 degrees. He didn't play the finals of the 2014 Champions League for this reason.

Awards and performances[edit]

Test 5 wicket hauls[edit]

# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Country Year
1 5/132 2  New Zealand Sir Vivian Richards Stadium North Sound Antigua and Barbuda 2012
2 6/91 6  New Zealand Seddon Park Hamilton New Zealand 2013

ODI 5 wicket hauls[edit]

# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Country Year
1 5/27 15  New Zealand Warner Park Basseterre St Kitts and Nevis 2012


References[edit]

  1. ^ f51427 Trinidad and Tobago v Leeward Islands: Regional Four Day Competition 2008/09, CricketArchive, retrieved 10 June 2012 
  2. ^ a b First-class matches played by Sunil Narine, CricketArchive, retrieved 10 June 2012 
  3. ^ f52251 Leeward Islands v Trinidad and Tobago: Regional Four Day Competition 2009/10, CricketArchive, retrieved 10 June 2012 
  4. ^ tt2076 Hampshire v Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean T20 2010/11 (Group B), CricketArchive, retrieved 10 June 2012 
  5. ^ tt2087 Hampshire v Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean T20 2010/11 (Final), CricketArchive, retrieved 10 June 2012 
  6. ^ Bowling in Caribbean T20 2010/11 (ordered by average), CricketArchive, retrieved 10 June 2012 
  7. ^ Bowling in Champions League 2011/12 (ordered by wickets), CricketArchive, retrieved 10 June 2012 
  8. ^ a21543 Combined Campuses and Colleges v Trinidad and Tobago: Regional Super50 2011/12 (Group B), CricketArchive, retrieved 10 June 2012 
  9. ^ a21563 Jamaica v Trinidad and Tobago: Regional Super50 2011/12 (Final), CricketArchive, retrieved 10 June 2012 
  10. ^ Bowling in Regional Super50 2011/12 (ordered by wickets), CricketArchive, retrieved 10 June 2012 
  11. ^ Narine kept building the pressure – Rampaul, ESPNcricinfo, 6 December 2011, retrieved 10 June 2012 
  12. ^ Records / West Indies in India ODI Series, 2011/12 / Most wickets, ESPNcricinfo, retrieved 10 June 2012 
  13. ^ Records / Regional Four Day Competition, 2011/12 / Most wickets, ESPNcricinfo, retrieved 10 June 2012 
  14. ^ Records / Australia in West Indies ODI Series, 2011/12 / Most wickets, ESPNcricinfo, retrieved 10 June 2012 
  15. ^ Coverdale, Brydon (25 March 2012), Sammy heroics in vain as Australia draw series, ESPNcricinfo, retrieved 10 June 2012 
  16. ^ Ravindran, Siddarth (4 February 2012), Millions for Jadeja, Jayawardene and Vinay, ESPNcricinfo, retrieved 10 June 2012 
  17. ^ Engineer, Tariq (3 April 2012), Sunil Narine to play entire IPL – Kolkata official, ESPNcricinfo, retrieved 10 June 2012 
  18. ^ Ravindran, Siddarth (27 May 2012), Kolkata take title after Bisla blitz, ESPNcricinfo, retrieved 10 June 2012 
  19. ^ Indian Premier League, 2012 / Records / Most wickets, ESPNcricinfo, retrieved 10 June 2012 
  20. ^ Indian Premier League, 2012 / Records / Best economy rates, ESPNcricinfo, retrieved 10 June 2012 
  21. ^ We did it for Balaji – Gambhir, ESPNcricinfo, 27 May 2012, retrieved 10 June 2012 
  22. ^ McGlashan, Andrew (30 May 2012), Narine replaces injured Roach, ESPNcricinfo, retrieved 10 June 2012 
  23. ^ England's errors bolster Windies, new.com.au, 10 June 2012, retrieved 10 June 2012 
  24. ^ Dobell, George (10 June 2012), Ramdin's message to Sir Viv, ESPNcricinfo, retrieved 10 June 2012 
  25. ^ Gollapudi, Nagraj (10 June 2012), Can Narine trick England?, ESPNcricinfo, retrieved 10 June 2012 
  26. ^ Selvey, Mike (10 June 2012), "West Indies bowler Tino Best hits record score against England", The Guardian, retrieved 10 June 2012 
  27. ^ "Five star Narine sees West Indies to win over Kiwis". 17 July 2012. 
  28. ^ "Gayle, Narine put West Indies on top". Wisden India. 26 July 2012. 
  29. ^ "West Indies vs New Zealand, 1st Test, Antigua Gallery". Wisden India. 30 July 2012. 
  30. ^ Chopra, Akash. "Unravelling the Narine mystery". www.ESPNCricinfo.com. Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  31. ^ Cinderella Man Mar 8, 2014. "Latest ICC T20 player rankings - Batsmen and bowlers - Sportskeeda". Sportskeeda.com. 

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