Sunil Narine will be making his first appearance for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) this season against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). The West Indian all-rounder will replace Shakib Al Hasan, who hasn't been impressive in the tournament so far.
With Narine coming back into the KKR playing XI, things might get tough for MS Dhoni as the West Indies player has dominated him in the past.
KKR were definitely underutilizing Shakib as No. 7 was too low for him to bat. So it is probably a smart move by them to replace him with Sunil Narine as they will have another attacking option with the ball. `
Fans react to Sunil Narine's record against MS Dhoni
Although Sunil Narine had an underwhelming IPL 2020 season, he is still one of the best players to have ever represented KKR. Narine, who has 127 wickets in 121 games at a ridiculous career economy of just 6.78, was pivotal to KKR's two title wins.
KKR fans on Twitter were excited to see Sunil Narine back in the team. They are also keen to see the contest between the West Indies all-rounder and the CSK skipper MS Dhoni this time around.
This is what the fans had to say:
KKR started their IPL 2021 season with a win but have lost their last two games. CSK, on the other hand, have had an exact opposite start to their IPL 2021 campaign. After losing their opener to Delhi Capitals, they have bounced back by winning their last two games against Punjab Kings and Rajasthan Royals.
Eoin Morgan won the toss in the ongoing match and opted to bowl first, given the fact that the dew factor helps a team chase at the Wankhede.
However, CSK won't be too disappointed with batting first as they had beaten the Rajasthan Royals in the last game by 45 runs. The likes of Moeen Ali and Ravindra Jadeja were crucial in turning the game around for the three-time IPL champions.
KKR will hope that their big guns in Andre Russell and Sunil Narine fire with the bat as well as the ball. Russell showed some promise in the last game and the surface at the Wankhede would certainly aid his batting. Narine didn't have much of an impact with the bat last year, so it will be interesting to see where he bats this time.