IPL 2021: “Sunil Narine at No. 4 or 5 is a waste of time”, says disappointed Sunil Gavaskar

“Sunil Narine should be played only if he is going to open the innings and make use of the powerplay,” says Sunil Gavaskar

After a horrific collapse of KKR’s batting in the middle overs against DC on Thursday. Sunil Gavaskar the former Indian captain expressed his disappointment after Kolkata Knight Riders losing the match against Delhi Capitals.

KKR was demolished as DC won the match by seven wickets, in match number 25 of the season. KKR never looked to be in the game from the start. They started the innings very slow with only 45 for one after the end of the powerplay. With Russell firing at the end, they could make only 154 with the loss of six wickets at the end of the first innings, Delhi confidently chased the runs in 16.3 overs with their openers Shaw and Dhawan stood up when the team required them.

Sunil Gavaskar said “KKR lack class in their batting order, pointing out that the middle-order woes are hurting them in IPL 2021. The former India captain disagreed with KKR’s tactics to use West Indies all-rounder Sunil Narine at No. 4 and No. 5, saying it’s a “waste of time and space”.

He even said that “Kolkata Knight Riders can look at promoting Dinesh Karthik higher-up the order and play Sunil Narine only if he is going to open the batting and ‘throw his bat around’ in the powerplay overs.”

Gavaskar told Star Sports at the post match analysis that ““It’s difficult, isn’t it? (Turnaround). To be honest, they don’t have too many classy batsmen. I don’t know how many in the dug-out they can look to and say ‘why don’t you come in and bat?’.”

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