Pragyan Ojha, the former Indian spinner feels that for KKR to go into the playoff stages, they really need Sunil Narine the bowler to perform in their upcoming games against KXIP, CSK and Rajasthan.
Kolkata Knight Riders will take on Kings XI Punjab in Sharjah on Monday, 26th October. Sunil Narine was destructive with the bat in KKR’s last match against Delhi Capitals as he roared back to form with a blistering 32-ball 64 that had six 4s and four 6s against DC alongside Nitish Rana who scored 81 as Kolkata posted 194/6.
Sunil Narine Continued To Struggle Both With Ball And Bat Before Shining Will Bat Against Delhi
The West Indian had previously seemed to be struggling both with the bat and the ball for the KKR. With the bat, he was tried out as an opener in the first four innings, but he just could not get going returning mostly with single-digit scores. After that, he was dropped down the order where still he continued to struggle with the bat before the knock against Delhi.
Sunil Narine then also missed out on three matches after his bowling action was again under doubt by the ICC and was under review. Sunil Narine was called for suspect bowling action in a match against KXIP. Sunil Narine changed his bowling action after being reported. In his new bowling action, he does not raise the bowling right hand until he swings it to gather pace to bowl the delivery.
But then he returned after his bowling action was cleared on Saturday and immediately got going with the bat and laid the foundation for the above-par target of 195 against the Delhi Capitals, with the assistance of Nitish Rana. But once again, with his spin, he was not able to have an impact. With the ball, the spinner has not been in his best form for the KKR this season picking up only five wickets in seven matches averaging 43 at an economy rate of 8.27.
Pragyan Ojha Feels Sunil Narine Should Bowl Well Too
According to former India spinner Pragyan Ojha, it is Sunil Narine, the bowler that the KKR seems to be missing right now. With the tournament now coming to its business end, Pragyan Ojha feels that his team really need Sunil Narine to deliver as a bowler, or else it will be tough for them to progress even to the playoffs.
“When he was batting you could see he was freely playing his shots, but when it came to bowling he seemed to just want to get done with his overs.”
“And when you talk about Sunil Narine, Rashid Khan and Yuzvendra Chahal, their strength is picking wickets and being attacking, and if you are not attacking then you are just being like the other bowlers, and you are not giving the best to your team,” Pragyan Ojha told Sports Today.
“It will be interesting to see how Narine reacts now, as the KKR are almost at the business end of the tournament, and they will play some important games.”
“So, it is important that Sunil Narine is back as a bowler, as a batsman he is brilliant and is getting those runs. But I would like to see Sunil Narine the bowler and how he bowls in the remaining fixtures,” Ojha said.
Sunil Narine is KKR’s leading wicket-taker with 127 wickets in 117 matches averaging 24.09 at an economy rate of 6.77 besides scoring 879 runs averaging 17.58.