Former England skipper and T20 gun-for-hire Kevin Pietersen says that Kolkata Knight Riders shedding Sunil Narine could show to be a blessing in disguise.
Match officers reported Narine’s bowling motion as suspect final week, and the spinner and KKR pinch-hitter missed out on the defeat to Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday.
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Pietersen believes that KKR have game-changing abroad professionals who can greater than make up for the absence of Narine.
“If I’m trustworthy, I’m not so positive it (Sunil Narine absence) is a large loss. Andre Russell is the man you spend time speaking about in staff conferences. When he bowls, you’re occupied with it. When he bats, you’re occupied with it. It’s similar when he’s fielding,” Pietersen mentioned on Star Sports activities.
Pietersen doesn’t really feel that Narine is delivering sufficient with the ball to justify his place within the staff.
“Sunil Narine has not been the identical bowler for a number of years now. He hasn’t had his finest; he hasn’t had his actual huge spin. Coming to Sharjah, it isn’t one thing you’re actually apprehensive about Sunil Narine. After which the bowlers have discovered him out in his batting. You bowl him brief, he doesn’t prefer it,” Pietersen added.
Time to bin Narine pinch-hitting experiment
Pietersen, who performed for 5 completely different Indian Premier League franchises, feels that Narine’s pinch-hitting just isn’t giving KKR the sort of returns they’d hope for, and the commentator thinks they need to bin it if the tweaker is allowed to return to motion.
The left-handed slogger had dropped down the order for KKR’s victory over the Kings XI whereas taking 2 for 28 in his 4 overs.
“He’s a tailender who bats on the high of the innings. I don’t actually like him on the high of the order as a batsman. He comes off with 1 off 10, and that’s not good for the staff and the staff dynamics. As a spin bowler, he has not spun it correctly for 2-Three years.”
The 32-year-old West Indian will likely be suspended from bowling if match officers report his motion once more in the course of the the rest of IPL 13.