“I genuinely wish I’d played more Test cricket”; Sunil Narine on his Test Cricket Career for West Indies

Trinidad spinner Sunil Narine is considered one of the best T20 bowlers around the world as he has done well in franchise leagues around the world whether it is the IPL, the Caribbean Premier League, The Hundred, the T20 Blast among others.

However, Narine hasn’t featured in international cricket for West Indies for almost three years.

Narine has suffered interruptions in his career due to his action but after bowling with the new one, Narine was back to his old self and bowling well.

However, he still wasn’t considered for national selection. Last year, Narine had a fabulous time in the IPL taking 16 wickets in 14 matches at an economy of 6.44 while it got even better in CPL as he took 12 wickets in 10 games at just 4.37 per over.

Narine didn’t disclose too much on the chances of his comeback and the reasons for his ouster but hasn’t ruled it out yet. Narine said that he is still hopeful of playing in maroon again.

Narine, who made his debut in international career in 2011 in an ODI against India played his last game also against the same opposition, a T20I in Guyana. Narine has represented West Indies in 6 Tests, 65 ODIs and 51 T20Is, while taking 21, 92 and 52 wickets respectively.

In The Recently concluded interview, Sunil Narine told about his Test debut against England at Edgbaston in June 2012.

“The possibility of a call-up was in the back of my mind. They were looking for a spinner, but just coming from IPL I wasn’t expecting it so soon. Went up there and it was freezing cold, can’t feel your fingers… tough conditions.

It was something I hadn’t really experienced, especially coming straight from the IPL, where it was hot. I didn’t do that great, we didn’t get to play a full match due to the rain, but it was always a childhood dream to play Test cricket.” Narine said

When Interviewer Asks “Do you regret not playing more Test cricket in your career?” he said,

“I genuinely wish I’d played more Test cricket, because I enjoyed it. It’s more relaxing, the intensity is slightly lower, you don’t have to constantly worry about guys hitting boundaries, you have to try and prise guys out rather than studying how not to make them score.

I did enjoy playing the format – the last Test I played [vs New Zealand in Hamilton in 2013] I took six wickets in an innings, but I haven’t played again due to certain issues. Test cricket is about outthinking a batsman – once you learn this at Test level, it filters down to your game in the shorter formats.” he added

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