What will Pakistan do without Babar Azam? He might have thought then of the journey he had taken - being a wicketkeeper-batsman during his teenage years, going off to pursue a degree in architecture when rebuffed for selections, coming back to club cricket as seam-bowling allrounder, and then finally finding his groove as a mystery spinner after a knee injury. Former Australian left-arm unorthodox spinner Brad Hogg believes that Sunil Narine is becoming predictable as a batsman and is opening way too often for the Kolkata Knight Riders. The Knight Riders had seemingly identified specific roles for specific bowlers, and their apparent plans worked with point-perfect precision. The Mumbai Indians executed this perfectly in Narine's first match of IPL 2020 and on Saturday, against Sunrisers Hyderabad, he again fell to one that was shorter. He made his international debut against India in 2011. Or they could bring in Kane Williamson and then bank on the top four to get most of the runs, though that will cut down one bowling option. He is just off quarantine, he got permission to come and play the match itself at 3.30-4pm. Of how Warner looked like he was completely outfoxed, expecting it to turn when it didn't and tamely chipping a return catch. Narine's entire career as an opener has been fashioned in the vein of what street cricket calls the 'hit out or get out' method. The return of Narine, the mystery bowler. Dinesh Karthik did warn people. First, the average number of balls Narine lasts when he opens is just over 11. What is likely to not work is continuing to have their batting fortunes largely determined only by how well the opening pair of David Warner and Jonny Bairstow goes. Importantly, it solved the problem of a struggling Narine failing to get runs as opener. However, that experiment may be on its last legs if the short ball continues to trouble Narine. They feel it should be 'normalised' in T20 cricket without any stigma attached to it (4:02). Saha came in at No. 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. First T20 Match Of 2017 And Sunil Narine Is The Opener. His regular economy rate was 4.75 but his Smart Economy Rate - computed by looking at the overs in which he bowled, the batsmen he bowled to, and the Sunrisers' position when he bowled - was an astounding 2.36. Narine, used as a pinch hitter, has been a flop as an opener so far in IPL 2020. On cue, this time around, Cummins took 1 for 19 in four overs, three of them bowled with the new ball. Of how he came on and got David Warner with the first ball of his second over. 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From being mauled by Narine in his first IPL match to stepping into the middle-overs role that Narine usually controls for the Knight Riders and delivering - it's been quite a journey for Varun Chakravarthy. ALSO READ: Why Cummins - and not Gill - is the Smart Stats player of the match. He scored nine runs against Mumbai Indians but looked in discomfort against the rising ball. In their first game against the Royal Challengers Bangalore, the Sunrisers' problem was of middle-order batsmen not being able to stick around long enough to see the chase through. On cue, this time around, Cummins took 1 for 19 in four overs, three of them bowled with the new ball. Now, whatever happens from hereon, Chakravarthy will always have a comeback story to tell. From being mauled by Narine in his first IPL match to stepping into the middle-overs role that Narine usually controls for the Knight Riders and delivering - it's been quite a journey for Varun Chakravarthy. Sunil Narine impressed one and all with both bat and ball. Let's just say, if it looked like he bowled ten times better today, that was because he did. As the table below shows, Narine's average (7.46) against the short stuff is far lower than against any other type of delivery. They could perhaps send someone like Nabi in earlier, with the licence to hit out. When opening the batting vs pace in the IPL The Mumbai Indians executed this perfectly in Narine's first match of IPL 2020 and on Saturday, against Sunrisers Hyderabad, he … The middle-order problem for the Sunrisers. Of late, there have been more failures than successes for Narine at the top of the order, with teams executing their bowling plans to him: bowl pace, and bang it in short. "It is very unfair to judge him right now. He, however, indicated that KKR will have a discussion on whether to stop using Sunil Narine as an opener. And there were few comparing him with Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan. 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. Instead, it is their overseas mystery spinner, Sunil Narine. 'It's really cool' - Jacob Duffy ready to do Southland proud as international debut looms, Ferguson out for six weeks with stress fracture to his back, Paul Farbrace set for T10 coaching role with Bangla Tigers. The numbers, so far, suggest the team isn't losing a whole lot even if Narine fails. Read and watch the preview for Indian Premier League 2020 2020 8th Match, ... Sunil Narine the opener in focus as Kolkata Knight Riders, Sunrisers Hyderabad look for first points. The Knight Riders had seemingly identified specific roles for specific bowlers, and their apparent plans worked with point-perfect precision. As a makeshift opener in the absence of Sunil Narine, Rana struck a fine 68 in KKR's first match against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday. 4 and scored 30 off 31, which encapsulated the sluggishness in the middle order. That they got this score with their big-hitters in Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan and Abhishek Sharma facing a grand total of 11 balls spoke of under-utilised resources. 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. When he's out for single digits, that number is five. Has batting become easier in the second half of a Test in recent times? Dinesh Karthik hints at pondering over replacing Sunil Narine as KKR opener. at the IPL 2020 auctions. ALSO READ: Why Cummins - and not Gill - is the Smart Stats player of the match. 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Also, stirring comebacks for Chakravarthy and Cummins, and a case of too much sticking around for Sunrisers' middle order. Sunil Narine failed for the third consecutive game in the RR vs KKR in the Dream11 IPL 2020 Match 12. Being a part of Squad for Trinidad and Tobago he played his first T20 match in the Caribbean Twenty20 league in 2011. What can Sunrisers do to counter that? When it didn't, the team was not too worse off because Narine wouldn't have used up too many deliveries anyway, and the batsmen to follow could carry on as per normal. However, the IPL teams still saw value in him, and he fetched a price tag of INR 4 crore (USD 563,000 approx.) West Indian spinner Sunil Narine had never opened in his career before. The Sunrisers will ponder the batting position of Wriddhiman Saha - if he is in the XI - after he struggled to hit the gaps or power the ball away. Then too, his failure would require the bowling team to have specific resources and then execute their plans efficiently. As the table below shows, Narine's average (7.46) against the short stuff is far lower than against any other type of delivery. Against the Sunrisers, his impact points (75.35) were nearly double that of the next best bowler. When Sunil Narine was first pushed to the top of the order, it worked like magic. Does that mean his days as an opener are numbered because teams have "found him out"? With Narine opening the innings few reactions were guaranteed. However, the IPL teams still saw value in him, and he fetched a price tag of INR 4 crore (USD 563,000 approx.) When Sunil Narine was first pushed to the top of the order, it worked like magic. In his last eight IPL games, he hasn't crossed 25 even once. Narina grabbed two for 19 in four overs as Amazon Warriors scored 144 for five in 17 overs as he opened the game for his team. He might have thought then of the journey he had taken - being a wicketkeeper-batsman during his teenage years, going off to pursue a degree in architecture when rebuffed for selections, coming back to club cricket as seam-bowling allrounder, and then finally finding his groove as a mystery spinner after a knee injury. Against deliveries that are short of a good length, Narine has been out just once in 73 balls. Of how Warner looked like he was completely outfoxed, expecting it to turn when it didn't and tamely chipping a return catch. The middle-order problem for the Sunrisers. Of late, there have been more failures than successes for Narine at the top of the order, with teams executing their bowling plans to him: bowl pace, and bang it in short. In the last six IPL seasons, from 2015 onwards, the Sunrisers' total of 142 for 4 was the third lowest ever for a team batting first that has lost four wickets or fewer in its 20 overs. SUNIL Narine, who was frustrated by a finger injury during the 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League, delivered a top performance on Tuesday to propel Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) to a four-wicket win over Guyana Amazon Warriors in the opening match of the 2020 Hero CPL. New Year’s Day, 2017. He was bought for an eye-popping INR 8.4 crore, 42 times his base price, in the IPL 2019 auctions. The Mumbai Indians executed this perfectly in Narine's first match of IPL 2020 and on Saturday, against Sunrisers Hyderabad, he again fell to one that was shorter. Given his IPL debut, some might have thought that was the end of the journey. 5, four times in his career in T20s. He has scored only 24 runs so far KKR have removed Sunil Narine as the team's opener as, during their match against CSK on Wednesday, Rahul Tripathi walked out to open with Shubman Gill instead of Narine. When Sunil Narine was first pushed to the top of the order, it worked like magic. 4 BCCI. They could bring in Fabian Allen - T20 strike rate of 164.89 - as the fourth overseas player and have him float in the order, coming in any time a new batsman is needed after, say, the 12th over. But then his first over on IPL debut went for 25 runs, the most runs ever conceded in a debut over in the IPL. Who makes it to our combined current Australia-India XI? They could bring in Fabian Allen - T20 strike rate of 164.89 - as the fourth overseas player and have him float in the order, coming in any time a new batsman is needed after, say, the 12th over. There are several flipsides to that argument. Against Bairstow, he stuck to his over the wicket line but the length remained short, or short of a good length, and probing off stump. 4. Mar 28, 2019, 17:21 PM IST Kolkata beat Punjab by 28 runs in match 6 of IPL 2019 He made his first-class debut in February 2009. Hazlewood or Shami? Now, whatever happens from hereon, Chakravarthy will always have a comeback story to tell. When he's out for single digits, that number is five. Against the Knight Riders, the problem was that they didn't just stick around, they seemed stuck. BCCI: Rohit Sharma 'clinically fit' but must work on his endurance while in quarantine, Smith keen to let captaincy talk 'rest for now', Gilchrist urges selectors to lock in Burns to aid final warm-up, Melbourne Renegades start strong after bowlers, Shaun Marsh fire, Why Cummins - and not Gill - is the Smart Stats player of the match, Kolkata Knight Riders v Sunrisers Hyderabad live score 26th September 2020. He had a clean, uncomplicated approach to batting ideally suited for T20s - in its essence, it was a form of the street-cricket term "hit out or get out". 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. Or they could bring in Kane Williamson and then bank on the top four to get most of the runs, though that will cut down one bowling option. David Hussey’s Melbourne Stars are taking on Aaron Finch’s Melbourne Renegades. So, yes, oppositions are likely to target Narine with the short stuff, but there is a solid case for the Knight Riders to continue using him up top regardless. Against Mumbai, his Smart Economy Rate was also astounding at 23.32. 4 and scored 30 off 31, which encapsulated the sluggishness in the middle order. ALSO SEE: Kolkata Knight Riders v Sunrisers Hyderabad live score 26th September 2020, Saurabh Somani is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo, Why Cummins - and not Gill - is the Smart Stats player of the match, Kolkata Knight Riders v Sunrisers Hyderabad live score 26th September 2020. That remained the only match he played last season, with a finger fracture ruling him out soon after. What can Sunrisers do to counter that? … Continue reading Narine propels TKR to win in CPL opener He led from the front with both bat and ball. When it didn't, the team was not too worse off because Narine wouldn't have used up too many deliveries anyway, and the batsmen to follow could carry on as per normal. Sunil Narine started playing cricket for Trinidad and Tobago in February 2009. Sunil Narine’s bowling action has come under the scanner numerous times in the past. The numbers don’t paint a pretty picture for him: 76 balls, 13 dismissals, an average of 7.53. 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Given his IPL debut, some might have thought that was the end of the journey. Narine’s IPL in numbers as an opener: 37, 6, 42, 34, 16, 4, 1, 0, 54, 18, 0. 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. Is England's use of signals from the balcony a big deal? Sunil Narine was first bought into open the innings by Gautham Gambhir in 2017. But then his first over on IPL debut went for 25 runs, the most runs ever conceded in a debut over in the IPL. He did away with any sort of load-up, instead hiding the ball behind his hip as he ran in … Sunil Narine the opener in focus as Kolkata Knight Riders, Sunrisers Hyderabad look for first points Sunrisers have Kane Williamson and Mohammad Nabi … Cummins bowled 10 balls to Warner, all of them around the wicket. While Narine's pinch-hitting at the top of the order has helped KKR in the past, he has not managed to get going with the bat this season, managing scores of 3, 15, 0, 9 and 4 thus far. TRIPATHI SHINES AS OPENER. The highest position he had batted was at No. at the IPL 2020 auctions. Robin Uthappa Uthappa usually comes in at No. Then too, his failure would require the bowling team to have specific resources and then execute their plans efficiently. ... Narine's match-up with the Super Kings' top order was excellent: Shane Watson had scored 88 runs off 83 balls against Narine, ... Sunil Narine played a useful cameo from No. Saha came in at No. ESPNcricinfo's Smart Stats showed the contrast in Cummins' performances between the last match and this one. They could perhaps send someone like Nabi in earlier, with the licence to hit out. Against deliveries that are short of a good length, Narine has been out just once in 73 balls. Given the upside when Narine connects, sending him up the order is a risk worth taking, because even on the downside he'll be out within five balls anyway. In the last six IPL seasons, from 2015 onwards, the Sunrisers' total of 142 for 4 was the third lowest ever for a team batting first that has lost four wickets or fewer in its 20 overs. In four matches, runs scored by Narine in each match aren’t very promising. He was first reported in the 2014 Champions Trophy and had to miss the finals against the Chennai Super Kings. Of how he ended the match as one of the most impressive bowlers on the day, his stats including the wicket of the opposition captain and gun batsman, and an economy rate that was almost half of what he conceded in his first IPL game. The numbers, so far, suggest the team isn't losing a whole lot even if Narine fails. Of how he came on and got David Warner with the first ball of his second over. When it came off, it gave the Knight Riders a rocket start that more-established batsmen could build on. While the same has been discussed among fans and cricket experts for sometime now, the decision flopped eventually. We are just happy to have him and I don't think this is a game where we need to judge him at all," Karthik said after the first game against Mumbai, in which Pat Cummins disappeared for 3-0-49-0. He had a clean, uncomplicated approach to batting ideally suited for T20s - in its essence, it was a form of the street-cricket term "hit out or get out". KKR's choice to proceed with Sunil Narine as an opener has gone under incredible examination following rehashed disappointments of the West Indian off-spinner in the continuous version of the IPL. First, the average number of balls Narine lasts when he opens is just over 11. Since 2019, Warner has averaged 24 against right-arm pace bowlers going around the wicket, as against 60.44 when they go over the wicket. There are several flipsides to that argument. Cummins bowled 10 balls to Warner, all of them around the wicket. Of how he ended the match as one of the most impressive bowlers on the day, his stats including the wicket of the opposition captain and gun batsman, and an economy rate that was almost half of what he conceded in his first IPL game. Let's just say, if it looked like he bowled ten times better today, that was because he did. Against the Sunrisers, his impact points (75.35) were nearly double that of the next best bowler. That they got this score with their big-hitters in Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan and Abhishek Sharma facing a grand total of 11 balls spoke of under-utilised resources. More than you might think, England are playing with a previously unimagined sense of adventure, Vijayakanth Viyaskanth spins himself into Jaffna history books, The hottest contest right now is Shahid Afridi vs the universe. 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. The top’s move turned out to be a masterstroke, with Sunil Narine immediately finding success as a pinch hitter. Has Steven Smith made the fastest ODI hundred for Australia? 3 but for a change, he opened the batting attack… only to be sent back to the pavilion for 1 run. Should KKR continue with Sunil Narine as opener? In their first game against the Royal Challengers Bangalore, the Sunrisers' problem was of middle-order batsmen not being able to stick around long enough to see the chase through. Does that mean his days as an opener are numbered because teams have "found him out"? He was bought for an eye-popping INR 8.4 crore, 42 times his base price, in the IPL 2019 auctions. 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