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Sunil Narine Clarifies Retirement Announcement Amid IPL Brilliance
By CricShots - Apr 23, 2024 3:42 pm
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Sunil Narine, the dynamic bowling all-rounder for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), has been making waves in the Indian Premier League (IPL) with his stellar performances. His recent role as an opener has not only elevated him to the list of top scorers in the league but also showcased his knack for taking crucial wickets in the middle overs, putting opposing teams on the back foot.

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Sunil Narine

Such impressive form has sparked discussions about his potential return to international cricket, particularly for the upcoming T20 World Cup. However, Sunil Narine has put these speculations to rest with a definitive statement, asserting that he will not be making a comeback.

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Taking to social media, Sunil Narine expressed gratitude for the support and encouragement but clarified his stance on the matter, emphasizing his decision to retire from international cricket and closing the door on any potential return. He stressed the importance of recognizing and honouring the efforts of players who have consistently represented the national team.

 

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Sunil Narine’s statistics in the IPL speak volumes about his prowess on the field. With 172 wickets in 169 matches at an average of 25.59 and a strike rate of 22.75, including the best figures of 5/19, he has etched his name as one of the most prolific bowlers in IPL history.

Surpassing legends like Lasith Malinga, Sunil Narine stands as the sixth-highest wicket-taker in the league and holds the record for the most wickets for a single franchise. The ongoing IPL season has seen Narine’s resurgence under the mentorship of Gautam Gambhir, KKR’s former captain and two-time IPL title winner.

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In seven matches, Sunil Narine has showcased his all-round capabilities, amassing 286 runs at an impressive average of 40.85 and a striking strike rate of over 176. Additionally, he has claimed nine wickets with the best figures of 2/30. Such stellar performances have propelled him to the fifth position in the list of highest run-scorers this season, further solidifying his impact on the field.