West Indian off-spinner Sunil Narine is arguably an asset for any team that he plays. In the ongoing edition of Caribbean Premier League (CPL), Sunil Narine mustered two half-centuries and economical bowling spells for the Trinbago Knight Riders; however, could not feature in their last three fixtures. Their head coach Brendon McCullum has opened up on the same.
Sunil Narine has transformed himself as one of the invaluable T20 cricketers of all time. In 340 games, the off-spinner has 384 wickets along with eleven four-wicket hauls and one fifer. In January 2017 for the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League, he opened the batting for the first time. Since then, Narine has received opportunities from all the franchises to bat at the top order. The 32-year-old’s strike rate stands at a healthy 147.15.
Ahead of the match against Jamaica Tallawahs, coach Brendon McCullum disclosed that Sunil Narine had kidney stones removed the other day; however, he is better. The former Kiwi skipper added that Narine played football, playing actively and expected a big performance from him against Jamaica.
McCullum labelled the off-spinner as a world-class player and is well-versed with the conditions. As per expectations, Narine smashed 29 off 11 deliveries while opening and finished with a spell of 4-0-23-1 against Jamaica.
“He’s good, he had a bit of an issue, a strange injury actually – kidney stones and he had them removed the other day,” McCullum revealed. “He has been good, ever since he had them taken out he has been great. He played football yesterday, which he loves.
“We saw him really get up for that as well. He’s determined for a big performance today, hopefully we see the best of him. He started the tournament so well, we know he’s such a world class player especially in these type of conditions,” McCullum stated as quoted by News18.
Sunil Narine gearing up for the IPL:
After the 2020 CPL, Sunil Narine will join his IPL franchise, Kolkata Knight Riders. The 13th edition of the competition commences on the 19th of September in the UAE and Narine will have McCullum as his coach over there too. The Trinidad & Tobago cricketer has been one of their vital cogs and been instrumental in their two title victories.
In 110 IPL matches, the Arima-born Narine has 122 wickets with a five-wicket haul at 23.32 apiece. He also has 771 runs at a strike rate of 168.34 and won the player of the tournament award twice.