In his first international appearance in seven months following a suspension from bowling due to suspect action last November, the 28-year-old snatched six for 27 at the Guyana National Stadium, to set up the West Indies’ four-wicket victory in the first game of the tri-nation series here on Saturday, reports CMC.
“Being on and off with my bowling action and coming back and bowling again, it is good to be back with a bang,” Narine said after the match.
“Hopefully everything is good now and I can keep concentrating on the matches ahead and what I can focus more on in practice and bowling and trying to develop new skills so things can get better in the future.”
After being forced to undergo rehabilitation on his action, Narine was cleared by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in April but his impact for Kolkata Knight Riders in the recent Indian Premier League (IPL) was less than stellar, as he finished with 11 wickets at 27 runs apiece in 11 outings.
However, he made an instant impact on Saturday. With the Proteas coasting at 160 for three, he intervened to trigger a collapse which saw the last seven wickets tumble for 28 runs as the visitors were dismissed for 188.
“In the first few overs I got an early wicket. It’s nice as a bowler getting an early wicket in your spell, it makes things a bit easier,” the Trinidadian explained.
“But saying that, it was a total team effort. Carlos (Brathwaite) and I had a good partnership bowling-wise and with a couple wickets I think we pulled the brakes, and everyone just chipped in.”