In the 2012 IPL auction, Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders engaged in an intense bidding war for an unknown mystery spinner from Trinidad and Tobago named Sunil Narine. Kolkata eventually won that battle after submitting a mind-boggling bid of $700,000 (14 times his base price of $50,000).
His awe-inspiring performances in the Champions League T20 had earned him this bid and Narine made sure that the money invested in him does not go in vain. The mystery spinner emerged as one of the most successful bowlers in his debut season as he picked up 24 wickets in 15 matches, which helped KKR win their first ever IPL title.
Narine has not only maintained his consistency with the ball over the years but he has also developed phenomenal batting skills which have transformed him into an all-rounder. However, in this article we will look at the top 3 bowling spells of Sunil Narine in IPL history.
#3 4/19 vs Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2015
In the 44th match of IPL 2015, Kolkata Knight Riders hosted the Kings XI Punjab at the Eden Gardens in what was a rematch of 2014's IPL final. KXIP's skipper George Bailey elected to bat first after winning the toss and his openers got his team off to a perfect start in the powerplay. But, on the second last ball of the 6th over, Sunil Narine cleaned up Murali Vijay to break the opening stand.
Manan Vohra was then joined by wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha as both tried to build a partnership, however, in the 11th over Narine sent Vohra back to the pavilion after taking a brilliant return catch. Glenn Maxwell came out next and smacked the KKR bowlers all around the ground.
Punjab looked set for a big total as they were 143/2 at 16.2 overs but in the same over, Sunil Narine dismissed Glenn Maxwell and Wriddhiman Saha to restrict KXIP's total to 183/5.
The match went down as a thriller with KKR winning the match in the end just by 1 wicket. Though Narine had figures of 4/19, Andre Russell was adjudged the man of the match for his 21-ball half-century.