Sunil Narine is one of the best players in the T20 game, and his records in IPL prove this statement. Narine has a great ability to prevent runs, and he is tagged as one of the top defensive bowlers in the history of T20 cricket matches. He has an economy rate of around 6.02 runs per over, which definitely equals one of the best in the world and is comparable with one of the greatest players of all time and his fellow countrymen Samuel Badree.
Some people might argue that the economy rate is not an appropriate measure when it comes to understanding the overall performance of a player. This is because different innings periods might produce fluctuations in the run environments, wherein the middle overs are mostly the lowest scoring phase of the given innings. This is why one can see spinners on the top of the economy rate chart as their operations are more regular through the middle phase.
However, things are quite different when it comes to Narine. He is one of the only three spinners who bowl most of their overs outside the middle overs, which means he operates in the tougher periods. He is also the only spinner in the world who has bowled more than a quarter in the Powerplay and at the death. While most of the spinners stick to either of the two, Narine sticks to both.
Former England cricket batsman Kevin Pietersen picked Sunil Narine as a great spinner of the t20 format when he was asked during an interview on IPL betting site Betway. Eventually, he accepted that he had no ideas about Narine’s bowling variations when he used to face him.
“Sunil Narine, because of his variations. I had no idea which way it was going,” Pietersen said during an interview with Betway.
When the overs of a spinner are contextualized, it often makes the raw economy look slightly less impressive. This is because the majority of the bowl is in the middle overs. But as for Narine, he tries to operate as much as possible, outside the middle overs, and that is why his economic rate appears to be more impressive.
Narine uses a very specific method to save runs. In the T20 format of the game, it is important that the bowlers put into use their defensive role, which has been greatly adopted by Narine. He is a new breed of spinner who bowls flatter, faster, and shorter. This style makes it really hard for the batsmen to defend him. Also, Narine is a pioneer when it comes to bowling at a shorter length. His deliveries are pitched 5.67 meters on average, from the stumps of the batsmen.
Also, when it comes to accuracy, Narine remains on the top of the list. He is equipped with both run-saving and wicket-taking capabilities. One of the primary reasons behind his success is that Narine was able to remain a mystery spinner for the first three years of his life. This mystery spinning capabilities along with accuracy proved to be one of the most overwhelming combinations.
Narine’s resilience is also something that cricket lovers admire about him. He has several qualities which have kept him ahead in the game. His numbers are quite impressive and he has made some significant contributions in the T20 format of the game, which cannot be ignored.
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