Sunil Narine is a West Indies left-handed batsman. He was born in Arima, Trinidad and Tobago, on May 26, 1988, and is well-known for his mystery spin bowling as a right-arm off-break bowler, as well as his ability to land lusty blows when called upon the crease.
Sunil made his first-class debut for Trinidad and Tobago in February 2009, bowling thirteen overs without taking a wicket in the Regional Four Day Competition. Narine played his first Twenty20 (T20) match on January 20, 2011, during the Caribbean Twenty20, but did not bowl because the match was rained out before Trinidad and Tobago could bowl.
Later that year, Narine made his List A debut in the Regional Super50 on October 20, 2011, taking one wicket for 35 runs (1/35), the wicket of opening batsman Miles Bascombe.
In 2011, Narine came to fame in the Champions League T20, where his efforts helped Trinidad and Tobago pull off a few unexpected results in the group stages. As a result, the Kolkata Knight Riders selected him for the 2012 IPL, and the Trinidadian led the team to its first ever IPL victory. He proved his inclusion by finishing the season with a total of 24 wickets, the second-highest total in the tournament. Sunil Gavaskar scored a half-century in just 15 balls in the 2017 IPL, the fastest half-century in IPL history. He will return to the same team for the 2020 season.
Following his performance in the Champions League, Narine made his ODI debut against India in the third game of the series, taking two vital wickets to help the West Indies win by 16 runs. However, after his bowling action was mentioned during the Champions League in 2014, he resigned from the 2015 World Cup team, citing the need to continue practising on his bowling action. For over a year, Narine was absent from international cricket, but he returned to the West Indies team in November 2015. However, due to his indifferent form and the relentless remodelling of the action, he was never given a long rope on the international level.
Sunil Narine made his T20I debut against Australia on March 27, 2012, bowling four overs but failing to take a wicket. In 2012, however, he led the West Indies to the World T20 championship. He topped the ICC Twenty20 bowler rankings with 784 points on March 8, 2014. When he was selected for the World T20 in 2016, he was named No. 1 bowler in T20Is, but he retired from the tournament to concentrate on his recovery.
The IPL was a major turning stone for the youngster, and it also landed him his Test debut in June 2012, when he came in to substitute an injured Kemar Roach in the third Test against England. However, with just 6 Tests under his belt, Narine’s results in the longer format have been underwhelming so far.
Sunil Narine was born to Late Shadeed Narine and Christina Narine on May 26, 1988. His father, who was a big fan of the legendary Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar, named him after him. Narine’s flashy, spiky-hair personality can be deceiving, as his attitude is cool and relaxed.