David Hussey, former Australian cricketer and the current mentor of the Kolkata Knight Riders, believes that off-spinner-cum opener, Sunil Narine is a genuine all-rounder, and given the fact that he has done so well with the bat at the top of the order, it would be ‘stupid’ not to continue with the move.
KKR’s decision to continue with Sunil Narine as an opener has come under great scrutiny following repeated failures of the West Indian off-spinner in the ongoing edition of the IPL. Sunil Narine has registered scores of 9, 0, 15, and 3 in the four games that Kolkata Knight Riders have played this season, and the calls are getting louder for KKR to dump the experiment and play a genuine opener alongside Shubman Gill.
”He is a genuine all-rounder. Isn’t he? Fortunately, we’ve got a few genuine allrounders. Nitish Rana, Chris green, Andre Russell of course, which is very handy. Opening the batting is probably not my strategy. You always generally try and protect your best players. He’s one of the world’s best T20 bowlers or white ball bowlers throughout the world. But he’s done it so well, opening the batting for the Kolkata Knight Riders. It would be stupid not to continue with it as well. But fortunately, Brendon has to make those tough calls with the batting order,” David Hussey said in an exclusive interview with TOI.
Skipper Dinesh Karthik was asked the same question following his sides’ defeat in the last game against the Delhi Capitals and the wicketkeeper-batsman’s answer was a clear indication that the experiment of slotting Sunil Narine as an opener might just continue in the upcoming games.
“I haven’t thought about changing the opening pair, But maybe after this game, i will sit down with the coaching staff. We still believe in Narine and whenever he gets going, he gets us off to a great start” Dinesh Karthik had said.