Kolkata Knight Rider’s West Indian mystery spinner Sunil Narine will miss the Indian Premier League (IPL)’s opening tie against Delhi Daredevils on Sunday, captain Gautam Gambhir said to the press.
The Trinidadian was cleared to bowl by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday but he had to fly back to his country to attend his father’s funeral.
Gambhir also shed light on the availability of all-rounder Andre Russell saying that he would be here for the IPL encounter on Sunday.
“Narine is not available for the first game, he is only available from the second. Russell is available,” Gambhir told reporters in the pre-match media conference.
“I am more confident of Narine this year than I was last year and he will be comfortable with a remodelled action. Obviously he has bowled with the action.”
Delhi Daredevils have roped in West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite, who turned out to be a match-winner for his regional outfit in the final of the recently concluded World Twenty20.
The burly cricketer hit four consecutive sixes at the Eden last Sunday to help West Indies lift the trophy. But Gambhir insisted they are not solely focusing on the 27-year-old.
“We do not talk about individuals. Daredevils are not only about Brathwaite, there are other quality players as well. If we have to win we have got to beat the eleven players in their side,” he said.