Known for his unorthodox spin bowling, Narine has produced several extraordinary performances throughout his cricketing journey.
In this article, we take a narrating approach to relive five of his best bowling displays, as we also touch upon his incredible 15-ball fifty, showcasing the incredible talents of this cricketing maestro.
1. Devastating Debut: 6/19 vs. St. Lucia Zouks (CPL 2012)
It was a sunny afternoon in the Caribbean, and the cricketing world witnessed the arrival of a mystery spinner named Sunil Narine.
Making his debut for the Guyana Amazon Warriors in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2012, Narine weaved magic with the ball. Displaying his incredible control and variations, he bamboozled the St. Lucia Zouks batsmen, claiming an astonishing 6 wickets for just 19 runs.
It was a captivating performance that left spectators in awe of his talent. This performance gave him the recognition he throughly deserved.
2. Dominating the Daredevils: 4/13 vs. Delhi Daredevils (IPL 2013)
In the cauldron of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Narine showcased his wizardry against the Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals).
With his deceptive variations and uncanny ability to spin the ball both ways, he spun a web around the Delhi batsmen.
Narine’s exceptional figures of 4 wickets for a mere 13 runs left the opposition clueless, as he led the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to a resounding victory.
3. Dismantling the Dolphins: 6/9 vs. Dolphins (CLT20 2014)
On a memorable day in the Champions League T20 2014, Narine demonstrated his sheer dominance against the Dolphins from South Africa.
With every ball delivered, he displayed his extraordinary skill set, leaving the opposition gasping for answers. Narine’s incredible figures of 6 wickets for an astonishing 9 runs off his four overs etched his name in the record books.
It was an exhibition of spin bowling brilliance that will be remembered for years to come. His bowling bemused the entire Dolphins’ batting line-up.
4. Decimating the Kiwis: 6/27 vs. New Zealand (ODI 2012)
Stepping onto the international stage, Narine showcased his mettle against the mighty New Zealanders in an ODI encounter. Armed with his bag of tricks, he unleashed an onslaught on the Kiwi batting lineup.
Narine’s spellbinding figures of 6 wickets for 27 runs stunned the opposition and propelled the West Indies to a memorable victory. It was a defining moment that signaled his arrival as a force to be reckoned with on the international stage.
5. Ripping Through the Royals: 4/11 vs. Rajasthan Royals (IPL 2018)
In a gripping IPL encounter, Narine produced an extraordinary bowling performance that left the Rajasthan Royals reeling. With precision and guile, he spun the ball with immense control, foxing the Royals’ batsmen at will.
His remarkable figures of 4 wickets for just 11 runs paved the way for another resounding victory for the Kolkata Knight Riders, reaffirming his status as one of the premier spin bowlers in the tournament.
While Narine’s bowling exploits have earned him acclaim, his batting heroics cannot be overlooked. In an IPL match against RCB, Narine scored 15 balls 50 which was fastest at the time.
Under the captaincy of Gautam Gambhir, Narine opened the innings for KKR on several occasions and made a effective contributions with the bat at the top.