“Unless you drop Sunil and play Tom Banton which is a different conversation altogether.” Nitish Rana? Sunil Narine has scored only 24 runs in three matches as an opener this season for KKR which includes a two-ball duck against SRH. Sunil Narine the opener in focus as Kolkata Knight Riders, Sunrisers Hyderabad look for first points Shashank Kishore. 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In three games since, Narine has scored 9 (10 balls), 0 (2) and 15 (14). Though Sunil Narine has done well as an opener for KKR in few IPL matches, he cannot be termed as a specialist opener. Kolkata looked to have found their ultimate opening combination when Gambhir and Chris Lynn set an IPL record with a partnership of 184 in their first game against Gujarat Lions. On his latest video on Youtube, Hogg was asked by fan if India should consider including Pant in the limited-overs series against England which begins next month. Since then, Narine … He can even be deployed for his prowess against spin in the middle overs - the phase where teams are likely to bowl spin a lot more (nearly 80% of overs from the spinners in this IPL have been between overs 7 to 15). The Narine-Lynn pair was idiosyncratic in the sense that Narine was a proficient hitter of spin while Lynn struggled against spin and was much better versus pace. The strike rate of 36 though puts him in 21th place. It took a while for the opposition sides to figure out what exactly worked to his advantage. One way of doing that is by making him open against teams that don't have high pace at their disposal, or when a big Powerplay is imperative (for instance, in a 200 plus chase). Opener Narine took seven balls to get off the mark and that happened only because former teammate Robin Uthappa dropped a dolly. The question was asked in both innings when the Kolkata Knight Riders took on the Chennai Super Kings. In a post-match chat, Kolkata Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik was asked about the continued failure of Sunil Narine as an opener. After Narine fell, commentator Mark Nicholas said on air that a team’s best players should get to face the maximum deliveries. Sunil Narine starred with the ball for KKR on Saturday as he defended 14 runs off the final over to help his team stun Kings XI Punjab by 2 runs in Match 24 of IPL 2020 in Abu Dhabi. If he doesn’t open, he bats possibly at No.8 so you are not exactly wasting a wicket.”. 25-09-2020. The opposition captains were tricked into bowling spin at the start against Lynn which played into the hands of Narine. Sunil Narine career stats. Asked at the post-match presentation whether Wednesday’s 37-run win against Rajasthan Royals (RR) was a perfect game for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), skipper Dinesh Karthik said: “I wouldn’t call it that. But KKR endured another setback when Lynn suffered from a shoulder injury after two games into the season that ruled him out for a sizeable number of games. Used as an opener for the first time by KKR against Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2017, Narine hasn’t had a half-century in the competition since May 2018 when he hit a 36-ball 75. 'Fortunate to play against these guys': Kane Williamson reacts after beating Steve Smith and Virat Kohli to becoming No.1 batsman in Tests Visit IPLT20.com the official IPLT20 website for minute-to-minute LIVE updates. In the T20s outside of IPL, he managed to strike at only 138, with a balls to boundary ratio of 4.1. England reached 181 for four at lunch on day three to trail Sri Lanka by 200 runs in the first innings. One reason why despite diminishing returns, KKR can persist with Narine as opener is that he doesn’t waste deliveries. Kolkata all-rounder Sunil Narine didn't have the best of starts to the Dream11 IPL 2020 campaign. Copyright © HT Digital Streams Ltd. All rights reserved. India off-spinner R Ashwin explained why the Indian cricketers were against going under another round of strict quarantine before the Brisbane Test. We have already seen in the ongoing tournament that when teams play just five bowlers, the attack would have less flexibility (for instance, CSK have played just five bowlers, and 22 off the 24 overs from the spinners have come in the middle overs, despite them conceding at 10.09 per over). In the first match the duo opened together, they hit 105/0 in the Powerplay against RCB in Bengaluru - the most runs scored in the first six overs in the tournament's history. In his first match as an opener in the IPL, Narine hit 37 off 18 balls, helping KKR chase down 171 in under 17 overs in Mohali. Within the Powerplay, Narine's strength was hitting the spinners. Used as an opener for the first time by KKR against Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2017, Narine hasn’t had a half-century in the competition since May 2018 when he hit a 36-ball 75. Tripathi, playing just his second match of the season, impressed yet again. Despite being ahead for most of the Test, the Indian batting order bowed down to the Australia pace attack on Day 3, getting bowled out for 36 (with Mohammed Shami getting injured). Coming back to the IPL in 2017, Narine kept his place as an opener when Lynn returned towards the end of the season, with Gautam Gambhir dropping to one down. Dinesh Karthik: The captain of Kolkata Knight Riders expressed pride at how his team made a comeback into the match in Sharjah. Narine as opener in IPL - With & without Lynn. Ashwin gave the example of the Queensland government’s decision to allow a certain capacity of spectators to give reasons behind India’s firm stance. The Caribbean all-rounder has performed miserably with the bat as he has scored just 44 runs across five innings. He continued to open the innings for teams in various other franchises, but couldn't quite replicate the hitting form which he displayed in the IPL, despite him facing similar number of balls on an average per every innings. Their home ground, the Eden Gardens, was slowly changing from a spinner's paradise to a flat deck where high totals were a norm than just an exception. IPL 2020: Sunil Narine is opening the batting way too often, says Brad Hogg Brad Hogg believes Sunil Narine must be used as a surprise batting option by KKR. “The no complicated batting style of Narine makes things easy for us,” Karthik had said referring to KKR’s new opening pair of Shubman Gill and Narine. However, he had a below-par IPL 2020 where he could only pick five wickets in 10 matches at a dismal average of 60.40. Find out more in our, Sri Lanka chip away despite Root's hundred, Root leads England's riposte with century, Bangladesh primed for cleansweep against rattled West Indies, Live Cricket Score - Sri Lanka v England, Galle, 2nd Test, Day 3, Deonarine among 44 USA players listed to audition for Oman tour, After coach's resignation, Mumbai selector Ankola seeks permission to pick Vijay Hazare probables. KKR finished the 2017 season with a run rate of 9.40 in the first six overs - the highest ever by a team in a season in 12 years of IPL. Thank you for subscribing to our daily newsletter. “KKR probably assume 10/1 to be 10 for no loss and what if he survives the opening overs,” said Dasgupta. Anuj Nitin Prabhu FOLLOW Hindsight has shown they got him for a steal for he would have been worth more for his bowling alone. Narine had bowled a couple of economical overs that built pressure on KXIP in chase, and tilted the match in KKR’s favour. It was a quiet welcome as the youngster returned home to Mohali with the country still celebrating the 2-1 comeback victory. Team India are currently leading the World Test Championship standings with 71.1 PCT % (percentage of points earned) while England are in the fourth position with 65.2. David Hussey’s Melbourne Stars are taking on Aaron Finch’s Melbourne Renegades. In his first match as an opener in the IPL, Narine hit 37 off 18 balls, helping KKR chase down 171 in under 17 overs in Mohali. He has scored only 24 runs so far In the 25 innings Narine opened with Lynn in the IPL, he received 24.6% of deliveries from the spinners (one in every four balls), while in the 11 innings he opened with Gambhir or Shubman Gill, the percentage of balls received from the spinners came down to 11.6% (one in every nine balls). On Tuesday, Australia's fortress -- The Gabba -- was finally breached. Dasgupta also said barring Siddesh Lad and Rahul Tripathi, there may not be anyone taking Narine’s place. South Africa return to Pakistan for the first time since a militant attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in the city of Lahore in 2009 that killed six policemen and two civilians. Narine picked up 2 wickets for 28 runs as KKR defended a par score of 164 against KL Rahul's KXIP to register their second win in a row and climb up to 3rd position on the points table. As captain Finch walks out to open the batting, the man alongside him is not Marcus Harris, as it has been for the first two matches of their season. In IPL 2017, in his very first stint as opener, Narine struck 37 off 18 balls, while sharing a 76-run opening stand with Gambhir against Kings XI Punjab. From seven innings with a strike rate of 200 or more in IPL 2018 (counting only scores of over 20), Narine managed that twice in 2019 where he was not used as opener in the last four games. In his first match as an opener in the IPL, Narine hit 37 off 18 balls, helping KKR chase down 171 in under 17 overs in Mohali. When Sunil Narine was bought for US$ 700,000 in the 2012 IPL auction, it felt like Kolkata Knight Riders had overpaid for a player who was, till then, only a promising talent. Not a fast mover, Narine refused Gill a second run on Saturday against Sunrisers Hyderabad not long after David Warner and Jonny Bairstow imparted a lesson in running between wickets. “Crawley & Sibley need to go find the email that Dravid sent me about playing spin. While batting, Narine didn't walk out to open… “I don’t see a flipside to this,” the former India wicket-keeper and Bengal captain said over phone from UAE where he is an IPL commentator. From succeeding once in four-five innings, the success rate has come down to one in every nine-ten innings. They complemented well as a pair and had immense success for KKR at the top of the order. Having swung and missed twice to Jofra Archer in the first over and denied space to execute the pull by Ankit Rajpoot twice more in the second, Narine finally got a run in the fifth ball of the third over just as RR skipper Steve Smith was getting ready to celebrate KKR’s first wicket. He is one of only two bowlers to bowl more than 400 overs while conceding runs at less than seven per over, and he has achieved this economy rate while maintaining a very good average and strike rate. Highest run rate in first six overs in a season (until IPL 2019). Sunil Narine failed for the third consecutive game in the RR vs KKR in the Dream11 IPL 2020 Match 12. He has played 347 matches in the format picking up 390 wickets at an economy of only 6.04 runs. (IPL 2020 Full Coverage), Also read: RCB vs RR Preview: Battle between two well-oiled batting units. With time, Opposition teams have figured out Narine's weakness against pace bowling - high speeds (140+ kph) and holding the length back. India off-spinner R Ashwin in his YouTube conversation with fielding coach R Sridhar added another chapter to off the field incidents in Australia by revealing that Indian cricketers were not allowed to enter the lift in Sydney if any member of the Australian squad was already inside it. IPL 2020 | KKR opt new opening combination against CSK after Sunil Narine's struggle Narine has scored only 27 runs in four matches as the opener for KKR. For bowlers with 10 overs or more till Friday’s match, Narine’s economy rate of 7.75 is fifth among spinners and 10th overall. In IPL, he has played 116 matches for 127 wickets at an economy of 6.74. Narine delivered often in the season and kept his spot at the top of the order, adding another bow to his illustrious CV in the T20 circuit. Narine’s strike rate as a bowler in 2020 CPL was 20 and economy rate 4.55, both second-best for champions Trinbago Knight Riders. Kevin Pietersen first took to Twitter to and said Rahul Dravid’s email had changed his game against spin-bowling. KKR lost Sunil Narine in the second over for zero and SRH were very much in the game when Nitish Rana perished in the fifth over. Narine hit gold in the following season in the IPL, hitting 357 runs in 16 innings at a strike rate of 189.89, as KKR plundered quick runs at the top. Where is Sunil Narine? All rights reserved |, We use cookies to improve your experience on our site and to show you non-personalized ads. The Kolkata all-rounder has played 120 IPL matches, having bagged 127 wickets and scored 892 runs. 04/10/2020 . Of the 26 balls he has faced so far this IPL, none of them were bowled on a full length. But after the match, an IPL press releases said that Narine … New Year’s Day, 2017. Narine's strike rate against spin in the Powerplay in the IPL read 246, while outside of the tournament he scored at less than half of that (122). The average IPL match performance of Narine the opener is 21 runs off 11 balls and Narine the bowler is figures of 1 for 26 in 3.5 overs. KKR sought to make up for Russell's big hitting in the death overs by maximizing the Powerplay overs and brought in Chris Lynn, who was with the franchise for three years, but had played just a handful of games without much success. Indore: Kolkata Knight Riders produced a superlative batting performance as they comfortably beat Kings XI Punjab by 31 runs to stay in contention for a play-off berth in the Indian Premier League in Indore on Saturday. Add to it his value as an opener and Narine now makes it to any conversation about T20's greatest players. “I will be worried with Sunil’s batting only if it affects his confidence as a bowler,” said Dasgupta. Incidentally, Lynn was known for his big hitting exploits for Brisbane Heat in the BBL. In his last eight IPL games, he hasn't crossed 25 even once. Opposition teams have targeted him with high pace and hard lengths, with the likes of James Pattinson, Khaleel Ahmed and Jofra Archer bowling to him. Writing in a column for Sydney Morning Herald, Chappell said that he was surprised with the massive media attention over India's win. “We haven’t seen how Nitish Rana will fare as opener either,” said Dasgupta. I think there are a lot of areas we can definitely improve.”, Sunil Narine’s batting would be one of them. The success behind the move was based on how quickly he got off the blocks. “No is the short answer,” said former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris on Wednesday’s pre-match show when asked whether KKR should persist with Narine at the top. TRIPATHI SHINES AS OPENER. You need him as a surprise where he has got a good matchup against an opposition bowler.”, Deep Dasgupta provided a counter to this line of thought. It took 32 years and two months, but the unthinkable was achieved as an injury-ravaged young Indian team beat Australia by three wickets against all odds in the final Test to take the series 2-1. In the chances that he has got, Maxwell has not been able to replicate his limited-overs exploits in Test cricket, playing the last of his seven Tests in Bangladesh in 2017. Narine delivered often in the season and kept his spot at the top of the order, adding another bow to his illustrious CV in the T20 circuit. He's also a handy batsman, and even opened for KKR in the first three games albeit with minimal success this season. Narine's numbers as an opener in the IPL has taken a dip since the start of 2019, precisely because of the above factors. Image: Sportzpics for BCCI Image: Sportzpics for BCCI "The Committee also noted that Mr. Narine should reproduce the same action going forward in the IPL 2020 matches as presented to the Committee in the video footage." 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