Sunil Narine has made quite the reputation for himself in the cricketing world by earning the nickname, ‘mystery spinner’. His unique bowling style first stirred interest during a trial match in which he got all ten wickets. This immediately caught the attention of the West Indies selector and was followed by a swift call up to the Trinidad and Tobago team in January 2009. Although Narine was not successful in bagging even one wicket during his debut in a first class cricket match, he carried on bowling and was selected to play for the inaugural 2009 Champions League Twenty20 in India.
Sunil Narine is an interesting spinner due to his style
Narine played his first T20 match on 19 January 2011, in the Caribbean Twenty20. As T&T emerged victorious, Narine had five wickets to his name at an average of 13.40 runs. Yet, his bowling technique had to be refined and so he worked with biomechanical experts at the University of Western Australia in Perth. While Narine continued to practice his spins, the world began to take notice of his mysterious bowling techniques at the Champions League T20 in 2011. As a result of his training at the university, his improved bowling proved to be effective when he picked up ten wickets at an average of 10.50 runs in the Champions League 2011. In the same year, during his ODI debut, Narine’s two wickets led his team, West Indies, to a victory by 16 runs. Every time he came on the field to bowl, he would use a variety of techniques to disguise his off breaks. His unpredictable spinning style made the batsmen tense as they tried their best to defend their wickets.
Narine’s interesting spinning style yielded exceptional performances on the cricket field
After his successful win in 2011 CLT20 for Trinidad and Tobago, the Kolkata Knight Riders franchise picked him up for an impressive USD 700,000 in the 2012 IPL auction. Narine was well worth the investment as he proceeded to gather 24 wickets at the end of the season. Moreover, he got the second highest number of wickets throughout the tournament. His impact on Kolkata helped the team secure the IPL Championship title, and Narine was titled the “Player of the tournament.” The IPL provided a great learning opportunity for the talented youngster as he continued to play for KKR in 2013.
In the following IPL season of 2013, Narine once again proved his worth on the KKR team by picking up 22 wickets out of the 16 matches. In all situations, Narine was the first picked bowler for Gautam Gambhir, the KKR Captain. Unfortunately, Kolkata’s overall performance did not allow them to advance further on to win the title for a consecutive year. Due to his deceptive spins and bowling actions, Narine is able to outsmart many batsmen. This style continues to remain his best asset against the batsmen. With a modified and improved technique, cricket fans look forward for Narine’s bowling in the upcoming seasons as he continues to surprise everyone in the stadium.
In the meantime, Shane Shillingford was reported for suspect action, and so the West Indies Test squad took in Narine for their tour to New Zealand. He continued to defend his nickname as “mystery spinner” with his bag of tricks which included the carrom ball, the dossra, the knuckle ball, and the regular off spin. The Kiwi batsmen were outfoxed and Narine was able to get 6 wickets in the lone test which he played in that series.
Narine’s success lies in his clever bowling variations. His ability to spin the ball another way without any change in visible action led him to obtain several wickets. He has faced brilliant success in limited overs cricket matches, particularly in the T20s.Thus, Narine can lead the way for spinners as the fast bowlers are becoming sparser in the cricket industry.