IPL 2020: Sunil Narine has not been effective with bat or bowl, KKR will not miss him much, says Kevin Pietersen

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Kolkata Knight Riders on Monday suffered a huge loss to the Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2020, and the only one change that they went into the game with was to leave out the West Indies spinner Sunil Narine.

However, the move may not entirely have been voluntary as Narine was reported for a suspect illegal bowling action a few days earlier. Although he is allowed to bowl, rules state that if Narine was reported once more, he would be suspended from bowling further in IPL 2020 until cleared.

But looking at the way the RCB spinning duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar bowled, it does look like KKR definitely missed the services of their best spinner Narine.

However, the former England captain Kevin Pietersen feels that the Caribbean spinner is past his prime and that in the upcoming matches as well, KKR will not miss Narine’s services much.

“If I am honest, I am not so sure it [Sunil Narine absence] is a massive loss. 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,” Pietersen said on Star Sports.

Narine not doing enough to earn his spot in KKR team, says Pietersen

The Englishman also felt that Narine is not delivering enough with the ball or the bat to justify his place in the team.

“He is a tailender who bats at the top of the innings. I don’t really like him at the top of the order as a batsman.

“He comes off with 1 off 10, and that’s not good for the team and the team dynamics. And then the bowlers have found him out in his batting. You bowl him short, he doesn’t like it,” Pietersen added.

He compared Sunil Narine with his Caribbean counterpart in the KKR team, Andre Russell, and said that that is the kind of an all-rounder every team likes to have.

“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,” said Pietersen.

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