Kolkata: Kolkata Knight Riders’ mystery spinner Sunil Narine was the cynosure of all eyes during their training session here today as the West Indian bowled with his remodelled action under the watchful eyes of coach Trevor Bayliss at the Eden Gardens. On a day a full-strength KKR camp turned up for practice, Narine spent about half an hour bowling to the likes of Robin Uthappa and Yusuf Pathan.
Narine, who was awaiting the BCCI clearance after a retest, missed the first two days of training while yesterday a thunderstorm robbed him of a bowling practice. The Windies has been the backbone of KKR’s bowling which thrives on the slow nature of the Eden Gardens surface and it remains to be seen how effective the offspinner would be after remodelling his action.
KKR have their back-up ready in Brad Hogg, Johan Botha and the rookie Indian duo of Kuldeep Yadav and KC Cariappa, but the defending champions would love to have the offspinner in form. KKR’s bowling coach and legendary Pakistani pacer Wasim Akram also checked in.
KKR’s opening match opponents Mumbai Indians however could not practice at the stadium because of a thunderstorm towards the evening. The Met department has predicted more rains in the coming days. The season eight of the IPL will be formally inaugurated at an opening ceremony at the Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan in Saltlake tomorrow.