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Sunil Narine named greatest T20 spinner by The Greatest T20 podcast

by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

On the latest episode of Wisden and CricViz’s The Greatest T20 podcast, Sunil Narine was voted as the greatest T20 spinner ever.

The West Indies mystery spinner – who has represented Kolkata Knight Riders, Trinbago Knight Riders, Lahore Qalandars, Melbourne Renegades and other franchise sides – has 385 T20 wickets to his name at an average of 20.28, with an economy rate of six.

Alongside host Yas Rana, CricViz‘s Freddie Wilde and two-time World T20-winning leg-spinner Samuel Badree settled on Narine as their pick, with Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan narrowly missing out.

“He’s done it at international level,” said Badree. “When you factor in that many teams now, more so in the last two years or so, are just trying to play him out and not give him many wickets, he’s still been very successful.”

“I think Narine, at the moment, pips Rashid as the greatest,” said Wilde. “The main reason for that is longevity. We’ve spoken today about the difficulty in staying ahead of the game, and staying relevant in an age where your action and your different deliveries are analysed more closely than ever before. Narine has not only endured that but he’s had to endure changes to his bowling action. We cannot underestimate the challenge that posed to him. In 2015, when the ICC clamped down on bowling actions, Narine was forced to remodel his action.

“He does now bowl fewer carrom balls than he used to because of the fact that the ICC have been stricter on bowling actions, but he has come through that challenge as well. He is a slightly less effective bowler than he was prior to that suspension; before the suspension he was very, very effective at taking wickets and choking runs. Now, he’s slightly less effective as a wicket-taker, but he’s still superb.”

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