Former India batsman Aakash Chopra feels Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) can consider dropping star spinner Sunil Narine from their playing XI if his performances are not up to the mark in IPL 2021.
The West Indies mystery spinner has been with KKR since his IPL debut in 2012 and has been one of their key players over the last 9 seasons. Narine has amassed 892 runs and picked 127 wickets for the two-time champions.
But he had a disastrous season last year when he could only pick 5 wickets and scored just 121 runs at an average of just over 13. Chopra therefore, suggested that KKR should look beyond Narine this season if he flops again with the ball and bat.
“They should just open up to the idea of dropping Sunil Narine, if things are not working out. He is a big player but his bowling has not been that sharp since questions were raised about his action,” Chopra said on his YouTube channel.
The former KKR opener also suggested the franchise to make Pat Cummins bat at No.7. The Australian fast bowler played a few crucial cameos and a half-century for the team in IPL 2020, scoring 146 runs at an average of 20.85.
“I will have Tripathi as an opener with Gill. I will keep Nitish Rana at No.3, Morgan at No.4 and Dinesh Karthik at No.5. This is your top five. Now you keep Andre Russell at No.6. If you keep him at No.6, the slight question will be whom will you bat at No.7?.
“I would say try with Pat Cummins,” said Chopra. “If you keep Pat Cummins at No.7, you will have four proper bowlers after that. Varun Chakravarthy and Prasidh Krishna can be there in that. That makes it two,” Chopra said.
Kolkata Knight Riders, who won the IPL title in 2012 and 2014 under Gautam Gambhir, will open their IPL 2021 campaign against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on April 11.