- Born May 26, 1988
- Place of Birth Arima
- Batting Style Left Handed
- Bowling Style Off break
- Nationality West Indies
- Teams Played for West Indies, Surrey, West Indies A, Kolkata Knight Riders, T&T Red Force, Cape Cobras, West Indies Under-19, Melbourne Renegades, Sydney Sixers, Fortune Barishal(old), Guyana Amazon Warriors, Trinbago Knight Riders, Dhaka Dominators, Comilla Victorians, Quetta Gladiators, Lahore Qalandars, Bangla Tigers, Montreal Tigers, Bravo XI, Deccan Gladiators, Oval Invincibles, Soca Kings, Abu Dhabi Knight Riders
Sunil Narine first grabbed eye-balls when he bagged all ten wickets in a trial match and soon he was called up to the Trinidad and Tobago squad in 2009.
The right-arm off break bowler represented the West Indies Under-19 side and made his first-class debut against the Leeward Islands. Despite a poor outing in his first match, he was included in the side for the inaugural Champions League T20 that was held in India in 2009. However, his breakthrough moment came in the 2011 edition of the Champions League where he performed brilliantly to scalp ten wickets at 10.50 with an economy rate of just 4.37. He was finally rewarded with an ODI cap in 2011 against India in Ahmedabad and he performed decently on debut with figures of 2/34 from 10 overs.
Narine's high-arm bowling action is deceptive for batsmen, and with all the variations he possesses, he more often than not succeeds in bamboozling batsmen. The mystery spinner was signed up by Kolkata for the fifth edition of the Indian T20 League in 2012 and he did extremely well in the tournament, ending up as the second highest wicket-taker with 24 wickets, helping Kolkata win the title. Narine was one of just the two players that Kolkata retained ahead of the 2014 auction.
Playing in the Indian T20 League was a huge learning experience for him and it also helped him fetch his Test cap, as he was quickly called up for Windies' third Test against England, replacing injured Kemar Roach. He had a decent start to his Test career as he scalped a five-for in just his second Test match while playing against New Zealand in Antigua and was named the Man of the Match with 8 wickets in the match. He endured a tough time on the 2012 Bangladesh tour and was dropped from the Test side.
The offie came into serious trouble with his delivery action in the Champions League Twenty20 2014. He was reported for a suspect bowling action in two consecutive matches and later was banned from playing the final in Bangalore. He was also removed from the Windies squad, who were going to take on India in a tour of five ODIs and a T20 in October later that year. Narine then pulled out his name from the 2015 World Cup squad to work on his bowling action.
Narine was nowhere in the international circuit for almost a year, but then he made a comeback to the Windies side in November 2015 but again got into trouble with his action. This time around it was the ICC who handed him a suspension in the international format. He ranked No. 1 in the T20I bowling list when he got picked for the 2016 World T20 but he opted out of the tournament to focus on his rehabilitation. After the World Cup in April 2016, ICC cleared his bowling action and he was allowed to participate in the Indian T20 League.
Sunil Narine has been in-and-out of the national team but continues to be a key member of the Kolkata franchise, both in the Indian T20 League and the Caribbean Premier League.