IPL 2018: KKR's Sunil Narine hoping to continue his splendid batting form

KKR will next play CSK at Eden Gardens on Thursday (3 May).

Sunil Narine has scored 161 runs in the IPL 2018 so far | AP

West Indian star all-rounder Sunil Narine has been proving to be a vital cog in winning matches since making his debut for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2012.

Since his IPL debut, Narine has been phenomenal with the ball. Gambhir's experiment to open with him last season for KKR proved to be a golden experiment as Narine more often than not gave brisk starts to KKR in the powerplays. Dinesh Karthik, KKR's new skipper also seemed to follow the same trend this year as well which has paid off massively so far for the team's cause. 

In his IPL debut, the 29-year-old left-hander etched his name into the record books when he cracked the fastest ever half-century (from 15 balls) in the history of IPL– jointly with Yusuf Pathan and since then, the all-rounder became the hottest all-round property for the KKR.

Noteworthy, the record has now broken by India’s KL Rahul in the ongoing 2018 edition of the IPL, as the Kings XI Punjab batter (KXIP) hammered the fastest ever IPL half-century in just 14 deliveries.

Meanwhile, Narine is hoping to continue his stunning display as he has scored 161 runs at an amazing strike rate of 171.27 in 8 matches as well as has taken 8 wickets so far in the IPL 2018.

He further added that there is not any secrete behind his success with the willow in the tournament but just sheer hard work kept him going when he was asked about his success in the league.

As per reports in Times Now Digital, Narine told KKR, “I don't think there's much of a secret. It's been a continuous effort in trying to bat a little more. So it's showing on the field. Hopefully, I can continue with hard work and get more success as an opener or while batting down the order.”

It was the first time when he is not playing under Gautam Gambhir in the IPL, but it was not a big deal for the off-spinner to play under Dinesh Karthik, saying he is enjoying playing under the new skipper.

He signed off by saying, “It's been a good experience. I think every captain has his own style. So it's just about getting accustomed to it and try to give the captain whatever he needs at the point of time and be able to do it for the team and him as well.”


By Rashmi Nanda - 03 May, 2018

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