Narine, Russell ‘Absolutely Brilliant’ for KKR

Franchise CEO excited

Andre Russell celebrates a wicket for West Indies

Kolkata Knight Riders chief executive officer Venky Mysore is looking forward to the performances of all-rounders Sunil Narine and Andre Russell during the 2020 Indian Premier League.

Russell and Narine have been in fine form for the Jamaica Tallawahs and Trinbago Knight Riders in the Caribbean Premier League this month. Both will travel to the United Arab Emirates for the IPL 2020 after this season's CPL.

“A lot of people keep thinking about Russell as the best all-rounder, which he is. Our coach Brendon McCullum, I borrowed a line from him, when he said that ‘Andre is the Michael Jordan of T20 cricket',” Mysore told The RK Show.

“But, at the same time, you look at Narine's statistics, a lot of people might be pleasantly surprised as to how he is not that far behind in terms of his all-round capabilities and how he has contributed to KKR and what he does – with the bat; we know what he does with the ball. So those two have been absolutely brilliant.”

All Eyes on Nagarkoti

The Knight Riders squad is lined with several stars from overseas, including Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins and England trio Eoin Morgan, Tom Banton and Harrey Gurney. They boast a host of local talent, too, including fast bowler Kamlesh Nagarkoti.

“The one guy we are totally looking forward to seeing in action in the IPL is Kamlesh. He is an unbelievable young kid, a fantastic kid, I literally feel like he is one of my kids – he's that age, and he has that same emotion towards me, I think,” added Mysore.

“The way he bowls, the pace at which he bowls, and he can bat, he can really bat. Rahul Dravid had told me once that he is one of the best fielders going around in India. And that he could compete with the likes of Ravindra Jadeja, which is a big statement coming from someone like Rahul. So, we couldn't be more excited to see him in action.”

Kolkata won the IPL in 2012 and 2014. This year's IPL will be played in the United Arab Emirates. It was also played in the UAE in 2014.

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