West Indies Sunil Narine helped Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) salvage a two-run victory against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). It was a close content but thanks to an economical spell from Sunil Narine, KKR came on top. However, Narine was reported for chucking once again, after his appearance against KXIP.
It is not the first time Narine has been reported for suspect bowling action. It had marred his career earlier as well before he returned to the game with an improved action. However, he was clearly not as effective with his new action. The West Indies spinner had seemingly lost his ability to deceive the batsmen with his spin.
Sunil Narine has not been the same bowler for a few years now: Kevin Pietersen
After being reported, Narine has been given a final warning and if the all-rounder has been caught for the issue another time then he will banned from bowling in the IPL. Former England captain Kevin Pietersen, a part of the official broadcasters’ panel, said that Narine has not been the same bowler for few years now as he is not at his best.
“If I am honest, I am not so sure it (Sunil Narine absence) is a massive loss. Andre Russell is the guy you spend time talking about in team meetings. When he bowls, you are thinking about it. When he bats, you are thinking about it. It is same when he is fielding,” Pietersen said on Star Sports.
“Sunil Narine has not been the same bowler for a few years now. He hasn’t had his best; he hasn’t had his real big spin. Coming to Sharjah, it is not something you are really worried about Sunil Narine. And then the bowlers have found him out in his batting. You bowl him short, he doesn’t like it,” Pietersen said.
Narine had restricted Maxwell from scoring 14 runs in his last over in the IPL. The Australia all-rounder tried to hit a six to level the scores but the ball landed just inches ahead of the rope as KKR clinched a victory.