Sunil Narine – the limited overs Champ

Published 10/03/2014, 7:10 AM EDT

Sunil Narine, the world class mystery bowler, can be considered as one of the greatest finds of the Champions League T20. Taking more than 10 wickets in CLT20 2011, he got selected in the List A side. From there on, there was no looking back. He is currently world’s 2 best ODI bowler and is a prominent member of the West Indian limited overs side. He is known for his variations as an off-break bowler and his wicket taking ability is almost incomparable. A bowler of such caliber is the first choice for any captain in critical situations. Even the greatest of the batsmen find problems reading him and often fail to fetch runs off him.

Sunil Narine featured for the Kolkata Knight Riders first time in IPL 2012 and played an important role in winning the tournament for them. 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), Narine was Player of the Tournament.

He is the champion bowler of the limited overs game. After a long time we are witnessing a bowler who can single-handedly win a match for his side. Having great control over his line and length, he is almost unplayable. He has an economy of under 6 runs per over in every format of the game, which is just tremendous. Delivering match winning performances while remaining calm and composed is the trademark of Narine. He can reduce the opposition’s total by 20-odd runs in every T20 match he plays. Whereas in ODI format he silently provides quiet and economical mid overs hence playing a crucial role in the match.

However according to latest news coming in, he is reported of suspect bowling action and will have to face some serious trouble regarding this issue. As a result of this, he can’t bowl in CLT20 final. His team will surely feel his absence in the important final match against a strong batting side of CSK. We hope this magical bowler hits the cricket grounds again and continues to showcase his magic of spin.

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