Kolkata : Sunil Narine might be out with a suspected bowling action but KKR batsman Robin Uthappa feels the mystery spinner would come back stronger to form a lethal combination with Brad Hogg in coming matches In his absence, Hogg has claimed five wickets in two matches.

Architect of KKR’s title triumphs in 2012 and 2014, Narine underwent fresh test on his bowling action in Chennai after the BCCI banned him from bowling the off-breaks.

KKR opener Uthappa said it is a difficult phase for the bowler but insisted that Narine is an extremely hardworking.

“We’re a very tight-knit unit and it definitely leaves us confused. He’s someone who adds so much of value to the side. We respect his skills and his contribution to the team immensely. We definitely miss him but we’re confident that he’ll come through this stronger,” Uthappa said.

Narine is expected to join the side when it travels to Bangalore.  Uthappa, who anchored KKR’s 166 chase with his unbeaten 80 from 58 balls, said he was hurt after not being able to finish the job in Chennai. “In the last game, I felt responsible for letting the team down. We had such a good start and needed less than five runs an over. I just needed to stay there and rotate the strike. I was really hurt,” Uthappa said.              —PTI

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