IPL clears Narine's bowling action | The Daily Star
02:41 PM, October 18, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 05:18 PM, October 18, 2020


IPL clears Narine's bowling action

West Indies spinner Sunil Narine has been taken off the warning list for suspected bowling action in the Indian Premier League, the tournament's organisers said Sunday.

The Kolkata Knight Riders off-spinner was reported for suspected chucking during a game on October 10 and another report would have resulted in a bowling ban from this season's tournament.

Kolkata appealed to the IPL's suspect bowling action committee to review Narine's action.

"KKR requested for an Official Assessment of Mr Narine's action from the IPL Suspect Bowling Action Committee, submitting action footage in slow motion with back and side angles," the IPL said in a statement hours before Kolkata's game against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

"The Committee carefully reviewed all the deliveries of action footage sent of Mr Narine with the naked eye and has come to the conclusion that the elbow-bend appears to be within the range of permissible limits."

According to the International Cricket Council, bowlers are allowed to bend their elbow by up to 15 degrees, beyond which the action is deemed illegal.

"Narine should reproduce the same action going forward in the IPL 2020 matches as presented to the Committee in the video footage," the statement added.

Narine was not selected against Hyderabad with skipper Eoin Morgan saying they did not want to rush the spinner in.

The 32-year-old has been reported for chucking several times during his nine-year-old international career. 

He was barred from bowling in 2015 by the ICC but came back with a re-modelled action.

His action was also under scrutiny in the 2018 Pakistan Super League.

Dhawan hits first IPL century

Spared by the fielders a number of times, opener Shikhar Dhawan (101) hit his maiden IPL hundred while Axar Patel smacked three sixes in the final over as Delhi Capitals moved to the top of the table with a tense five-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings on Saturday.

Dropped on 25 and 79, apart from surviving a half chance and a run-out opportunity, Dhawan made full use of the lives given to him to raise his best IPL knock as the Capitals overhauled a stiff 180-run target with one to spare.

On 99, Dhawan also got a caught-behind decision reversed, using DRS. Despite a well-set Dhawan at the crease, Sam Curran bowled an exceptional 19th over, giving away just four runs to keep CSK in the hunt.

I get nervous and stressed like any player, says De Villiers

AB de Villiers pulled off yet another spectacular run chase but the run-machine said that he too feels 'nervous' during a run chase.

De Villiers made a brilliant unbeaten 55 off 22 deliveries as Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) gunned down 178 runs to beat Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets on Saturday.

"Extremely happy. I felt we bowled as well as we could have. Leaked some runs, no-balls which usually Yuzi doesn't do. Went in feeling we gave away 15-20 too much. But Virat and I spoke that we string together some partnerships and then go ahead. I'm very nervous and erratic in a chase and I get very stressed like any player," De Villiers, who was adjudged the Man of the Match said.

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