Narine dreams of winning ICC Emerging Cricketer Award

Colombo, Sep 15 (ANI): 24-year-old West Indies spin bowler Sunil Narine believes he has done enough to win the International Cricket Council's Emerging Cricketer of the Year award, and wants to get his hands on the trophy.

The annual International Cricket Council's Awards gala will be held at the Water's Edge at 4:30 pm (7 am Eastern Caribbean Time/6 am Jamaica Time).

Narine is on the short list, which also includes New Zealand fast bowler Doug Bracewell, Sri Lankan top-order batsman Dinesh Chandimal, and James Pattinson, the Australian pacer.

To qualify for the award a player must be under the age of 26 at the start of the observation period and having had played fewer than five Tests and/or 10 One-Day Internationals and/or five T20Is at the start of the voting period.

"It would mean a lot to me to win this award...I will just hope and see what happens tomorrow night (Saturday night)," Narine said. "It's a privilege to be nominated. Now coming onto the scene and being up for an award is a good feeling. It's through hard work and dedication which has brought me to this point. I look forward to being nominated for a lot more awards.

"When I was called up for the West Indies team I was just looking to fit in, work hard and try and maintain my place in the team. I just want to continue performing and get a permanent place in the team," Narine said.

Narine burst onto the international scene when he made his first appearance for West Indies in India late last year, and has been quite successful in his first year of his career.

He made his Test debut in England in June and has so far taken 12 wickets in three Tests, including a match-winning 5-132 against New Zealand in the first Test in Antigua in July. He played a pivotal role as the Windies won both matches in the two-match rubber.

He has played 15 One-Day Internationals with 28 wickets at 18.82 runs per wicket. He was brilliant in the recent Digicel Series against New Zealand - which the Windies won 4-1 - and was named the Digicel Player of the Series.

Narine has been equally impressive in the T20 format with seven wickets in five appearances for the Windies. His economy rate is a mere 6.4 runs per over and he has become one of the toughest bowlers to score off. He showcased his brilliance for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League and won the Most Valuable Player award as his team won the title.

"My debut means the most to me so far. I was called into the team and to play against India in India and to bowl the way I did, I think that was a good achievement. To make my debut and help us to win the match was pleasing for me," he said.

In that match he bowled first change and ended with 2-34 off 10 overs as the West Indies bowled out India to win by 16 runs after setting a victory target 260 at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad. By Praful Kumar Singh(ANI)


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