In the T20s outside of IPL, he managed to strike at only 138, with a balls to boundary ratio of 4.1. In the three matches that Narine opened with Gill in the IPL 2020, he has compiled just 24 runs off 26 balls at a strike rate of 92.30, and he hasn't faced a singe ball from the spinners. Narine had bowled a couple of economical overs that built pressure on KXIP in chase, and tilted the match in KKR’s favour. With time, Opposition teams have figured out Narine's weakness against pace bowling - high speeds (140+ kph) and holding the length back. 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). 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. 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. Among the central talking points of the first innings is Tripathi’s promotion up the order, from number 8 in the previous match, to opener. 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. Get free access to newsletters, alerts and recommendations. Where is Sunil Narine? “Unless you drop Sunil and play Tom Banton which is a different conversation altogether.” Nitish Rana? 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. 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. South Africa Women v Pakistan Women, 2021, In the three matches that Narine opened with Gill in the IPL 2020, he has compiled just 24 runs off 26 balls and at a strike rate of 92.30 © BCCI, © 2021 Cricbuzz.com, Times Internet Limited. 'Fortunate to play against these guys': Kane Williamson reacts after beating Steve Smith and Virat Kohli to becoming No.1 batsman in Tests According to ESPNcricinfo prior to Wednesday, opener Narine’s innings lasted an average of 11 balls, when he was out for less than 10 it is five. 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). Instead, it is their overseas mystery spinner, Sunil Narine. 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. Also read: MS Dhoni demands ‘professionalism’ from CSK team. “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. Writing in a column for Sydney Morning Herald, Chappell said that he was surprised with the massive media attention over India's win. It took a while for the opposition sides to figure out what exactly worked to his advantage. 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. In IPL, he has played 116 matches for 127 wickets at an economy of 6.74. Anuj Nitin Prabhu FOLLOW 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. But once they figured it out, Narine's success has come down drastically. 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. Though Sunil Narine has done well as an opener for KKR in few IPL matches, he cannot be termed as a specialist opener. 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. The strike rate of 36 though puts him in 21th place. Highest run rate in first six overs in a season (until IPL 2019). Sunil Narine also failed to shine with the ball as he picked up just two wickets in his first five matches. TRIPATHI SHINES AS OPENER. 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. 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. All rights reserved |, We use cookies to improve your experience on our site and to show you non-personalized ads. David Hussey’s Melbourne Stars are taking on Aaron Finch’s Melbourne Renegades. The question was asked in both innings when the Kolkata Knight Riders took on the Chennai Super Kings. KKR next play Delhi Capitals at Sharjah on Saturday and they would be tempted to give Narine one more go at the top of the order with short, straight boundaries coming into play. Speaking on the Star Sports network, Gambhir said that KKR have shown that they have faith in their players and that is the difference between the two-time champions and Royal Challengers Bangalore. India off-spinner R Ashwin explained why the Indian cricketers were against going under another round of strict quarantine before the Brisbane Test. KKR's management then thought out of the box and promoted Sunil Narine to the opening slot, considering his hitting prowess against spin and the ability to hit inside-out with the field restrictions around. “We haven’t seen how Nitish Rana will fare as opener either,” said Dasgupta. 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. Kevin Pietersen first took to Twitter to and said Rahul Dravid’s email had changed his game against spin-bowling. England reached 181 for four at lunch on day three to trail Sri Lanka by 200 runs in the first innings. Sunil Narine career stats. 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. 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. Sunil Narine the opener in focus as Kolkata Knight Riders, Sunrisers Hyderabad look for first points Shashank Kishore. IPL 2020: 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. Narine won the MVP award for the season for his exploits at the top of the order and his 17 wickets with his spin bowling. Narine then had a 4-6-4 routine in the next six balls he faced before Jaydev Unadkat knocked his stumps off. From succeeding once in four-five innings, the success rate has come down to one in every nine-ten innings. Since then, Narine … 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. 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. Hindsight has shown they got him for a steal for he would have been worth more for his bowling alone. His strike rate dips considerably against the above two aspects, leading to his dismissal. He has opened the innings along with Shubman Gill but has failed to replicate his earlier exploits. In a post-match chat, Kolkata Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik was asked about the continued failure of Sunil Narine as an opener. If he doesn’t open, he bats possibly at No.8 so you are not exactly wasting a wicket.”. 04/10/2020 . However, that experiment may be on its last legs if the short ball continues to trouble Narine. 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). Opener Narine took seven balls to get off the mark and that happened only because former teammate Robin Uthappa dropped a dolly. The Caribbean all-rounder has performed miserably with the bat as he has scored just 44 runs across five innings. 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). “KKR probably assume 10/1 to be 10 for no loss and what if he survives the opening overs,” said Dasgupta. Narine's numbers as an opener in the IPL has taken a dip since the start of 2019, precisely because of the above factors. He has played 347 matches in the format picking up 390 wickets at an economy of only 6.04 runs. 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. Add to it his value as an opener and Narine now makes it to any conversation about T20's greatest players. Changed my game!” he wrote. “Crawley & Sibley need to go find the email that Dravid sent me about playing spin. 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In three games since, Narine has scored 9 (10 balls), 0 (2) and 15 (14). 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). Copyright © HT Digital Streams Ltd. All rights reserved. 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. 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. Visit IPLT20.com the official IPLT20 website for minute-to-minute LIVE updates. 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Dinesh Karthik: The captain of Kolkata Knight Riders expressed pride at how his team made a comeback into the match in Sharjah. “I will be worried with Sunil’s batting only if it affects his confidence as a bowler,” said Dasgupta. Importantly, it solved the problem of a struggling Narine failing to get runs as opener. I think there are a lot of areas we can definitely improve.”, Sunil Narine’s batting would be one of them. “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. The success behind the move was based on how quickly he got off the blocks. Between that 75 and till he hit two successive half-centuries in the 2020 Caribbean Premier League, Narine crossed 30 just four times across all leagues. The Kolkata all-rounder has played 120 IPL matches, having bagged 127 wickets and scored 892 runs. (IPL 2020 Full Coverage), Also read: RCB vs RR Preview: Battle between two well-oiled batting units. Sunil Narine failed for the third consecutive game in the RR vs KKR in the Dream11 IPL 2020 Match 12. The Narine career stats make for a staggering read. While batting, Narine didn't walk out to open… Tripathi, playing just his second match of the season, impressed yet again. KKR has to take this fact into account and use him at the top more judiciously for the simple fact that when he comes off, it can put the opposition on the backfoot for the rest of the innings. After Narine fell, commentator Mark Nicholas said on air that a team’s best players should get to face the maximum deliveries. 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. 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. Sunil Narine’s batting in the powerplay threw opponents off gear for quite a while after the Kolkata Knight Riders first adopted the strategy in 2017. 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. India vs Australia: Rishabh Pant was hailed as the hero of India's win at Gabba after scoring an unbeaten 89. 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 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. In 33 innings he opened in the IPL until the 2019 edition, he scored at 185 runs per 100 balls, hitting a boundary every 2.8 balls in the Powerplay overs. Narine as opener in T20 cricket (IPL 2017 - CPL 2020). 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). 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. 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. In the IPL, he faced at least one ball from the spinners in 64% of his innings compared to 55% in T20s outside of the tournament. Within the Powerplay, Narine's strength was hitting the spinners. Sunil Narine has been taken off the suspect action warning list. One reason why despite diminishing returns, KKR can persist with Narine as opener is that he doesn’t waste deliveries. 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. 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. 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. “You can’t take him seriously as a batsman. The move paid immediate dividend when Lynn hit an unbeaten 93 off 41 balls in a ten-wicket win against Gujarat Lions. 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. In IPL 2020, Narine has failed to get going with the bat for KKR. Incidentally, Lynn was known for his big hitting exploits for Brisbane Heat in the BBL. 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. This was prior to the start of IPL 13. 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. The opposition captains were tricked into bowling spin at the start against Lynn which played into the hands of Narine. 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. As teams pepper Narine with short balls --- he averaged 7.46 against rising deliveries going into Wednesday’s match, according to ESPNcricinfo --- Cricviz data shows his dot-ball percentage climbed from 39.6% in IPL 2018 to 69.2% this term. In his last eight IPL games, he hasn't crossed 25 even once. 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. It was a quiet welcome as the youngster returned home to Mohali with the country still celebrating the 2-1 comeback victory. “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. 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. 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. 25-09-2020. But the fact that Delhi have Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje at their disposal would be at the back of KKR think-tank's mind. He has scored only 24 runs so far 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. 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. On his YouTube channel, former KKR and Australia spinner Brad Hogg has said: “Narine is opening the batting way too often. They complemented well as a pair and had immense success for KKR at the top of the order. 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. On a batting belter, KKR posted a mammoth 245 for 6, their highest ever total and fourth-highest in the history of the league. His style of swinging square of the wicket or going down the ground worked like a charm since Melbourne Renegades found an opener in the West Indian named after Sunil Gavaskar in January 2017, but the effect looks to be wearing off. 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. Narine as opener in IPL - With & without Lynn. 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." 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 … Thank you for subscribing to our daily newsletter. Since then, Narine has crossed 30 only once in IPL when he scored 47 off 25 balls against RR in 2019. Kolkata Knight Riders were dealt a killer blow ahead of their 2017 IPL campaign when Andre Russell was suspended for a year as a result of whereabouts clause violation. On Tuesday, Australia's fortress -- The Gabba -- was finally breached. 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. New Year’s Day, 2017. Narine, 32, is one of the top bowlers in T20 cricket. 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. Dasgupta also said barring Siddesh Lad and Rahul Tripathi, there may not be anyone taking Narine’s place. Kolkata all-rounder Sunil Narine didn't have the best of starts to the Dream11 IPL 2020 campaign. 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