Here’s Why KKR Should Release Andre Russell And Sunil Narine: There was a point in time when Sunil Narine exploded onto the scene as an absolutely unstoppable and unplayable match-winner. However, things changed and it all went from magic to mediocrity as time passed by. In today’s world, seeing a high-octane IPL team that has two IPLs in their trophy cabinet still clinging onto the past, hoping that they would successfully land the trophy this year too only because they have two formerly heavyweights of the art in their side.
Yes, its two and not one for KKR as the other name is that of Andre Russell. When these two were picked, they were pretty much in the thick of things. From producing a flurry of wickets to maiden overs, to smashing the cherry around as if it was child’s play, Andre Russell and Sunil Narine did it all.
Here is why it is all going south for KKR and the duo of Sunil Narine and Andre Russell
Unfortunately, with time, it all comes to a standstill and you simply have to accept that the twilight is near and its high time that you choose to call it a day. But then there are few like MS Dhoni who knows exactly how to use himself despite age being his foe and inflict maximum damage upon opposition and then there are some like Russell and Narine who knows nothing about it.
Sunil Narine can still produce those jaffas and claim the batters but all of this pomp and vigour would only be once or twice in the span of 14 games that a team plays. Are you serious? Narine is being touted as a match-winner that proscribes the team-management from roping in further big names. And this is what we get from a match-winner where he would crazy in a couple of games and the others will simply be a downslide.
Talking about Russell, the big man from West Indies who would once take apart bowlers for fun, would watch the cherry burn and most importantly was one of the fittest all-rounders in the globe has now turned into a contender for Mr. Olympia. He has got huge biceps, and definitely the sassiest of hairstyles but when it comes to footwork, that is just a myth for Russell, not because he can stand and deliver like Christopher Henry Gayle but because he is too clumsy to move.
If the bowlers want to be safe, all they need to do is just pitch the balls in the good length region and bam, the muscle from the Caribbean islands is simply dead beat. Also, a well executed short ball will leave him gasping for breath. Sunil Narine has forgotten how to bat as his one-dimensional shots are now just cattle fodder for the bowlers. One good short ball or probably a properly directed yorker and the job is done for Russell.
Obviously when he goes onto hit the sixes, they will make you bounce in your seats. But the reason he is the mainstay of the side is because he has been bought to win games, an aspect that will not be fulfilled with a couple of fours and sixes. Narine’s economical spells of 8 runs per over are just the stepping stones for the opposition batters to set up for a grandstand finish. Can we just accept the fact that unless KKR moves away from the belief that Narine and Russell will be handing them their third IPL trophy, they go further downhill from hereon.