Sunil Narine, who bowled a successful final over to gift the Knight Riders a two-run victory of Kings XI Punjab, has once again been reported for suspect bowling action. He played a key role against Punjab, bowling the 18th and 20th overs.
The on-field umpires made the report. A statement was later released saying Narine is on a warning list.
He can continue bowling until his action is reported a second time. If he does get reported again, he will be suspended from bowling until cleared for his bowling action.
Sunil Narine’s bowling action has come under the scanner numerous times in the past.
He was first reported in the 2014 Champions Trophy and had to miss the finals against the Chennai Super Kings.
He remodeled his action and came back, but then opted out of the 2015 world cup to strengthen his bowling action.
He was reported again in 2015 and also banned from bowling his off-spinners. He got his action cleared again and was let off with a final warning.
More recently, he had his action called in the 2018 edition of the Pakistan Super League. He has cleared soon after and resumed bowling.
Narine has been a part of the Kolkata Knight Riders since 2012 and is a crucial member of their side. Arguably the most integral member of the side, Narine, was pivotal to the Knight Riders title wins in 2012 and 2014, with both his wicket-taking ability and economical bowling.
His role with the Knight Riders kept evolving.
Starting as a wicket-taking trump card, who bowls at crucial junctures of the game, Narine began to open the batting as well. He performed well at the top as a pinch hitter and stayed as an opener for a considerable period. This season, he has been floated in the lineup and is bowled in the second half of the innings.