Mystery spinner of West Indies Sunil Narine has announced his retirement on Sunday, November 5 from International Cricket. The 35-year-old spinner played 6 Tests, 65 ODIs, and 51 T20Is in his International career and was an integral part of the T-20 World Cup-winning side in 2012.
However, it is not a shocking announcement as he played his last T20I in 2019 and test cricket more than a decade ago. He also hasn’t played any ODI since 2016. Sunil Narine said he’d retiring from domestic 50-over competition at the end of the ongoing Super 50 Cup.
The decision was mainly taken due to he wants to focus more on his T20 career. Sunil Narine may not have the best record in International Cricket but he is one of the most popular West Indian cricketers around the globe. His popularity is mainly due to his presence in almost every league in the world.
Sunil represented teams like Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL, Trinbago Knight Riders, Lahore Qalandars, Abu Dhabi Knight Riders, Sydney Sixers, Melbourne Renegades, and many other clubs in the franchise-based tournaments. He earned his popularity being a mystery spinner in IPL back in 2012 when he first signed for them.
In a recent Instagram post, Narine has confirmed his retirement from International as well as domestic 50-over tournaments. He also thanked the West Indies team and fellow players for their support.
Sunil Naraine’s record for the West Indies team was also impressive. He collected 92 wickets in 65 ODI matches and 48 wickets in 47 T20Is for West Indies. He also took 21 wickets only in 6 test matches that he played for the national team with the best bowling figure of 6/91.
However, the mystery spinner was often in the news due to his bowling action. It is worth mentioning that he missed the T20I World Cup (2016) and ODI World Cup (2015) due to his controversial bowling action which was first reported in 2014.