Mumbai: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) off-spinner Sunil Narine — who made a comeback after being reported for suspect action — still hasn’t caused much damage to batsmen in the ongoing IPL. Is the new action obstructing his flamboyance? “No, he is still very hard to pick,” said Brad Hogg, one of the senior-most in the KKR camp.
Hogg, the left arm chinaman bowler, happily stepped aside to accommodate Narine in the playing eleven after his return.
“I have respect for Narine. He has been under fire. He isn’t the only one, there were others who should have been there too but I believe he was harshly done by,” said the Australian.
Hogg turned out for two matches this season and picked up three wickets which included a three-wicket haul against Delhi Daredevils.
Kings XI Punjab did look stiff against Narine last week. The Caribbean picked up two wickets for 22 runs including the wicket of Glenn Maxwell.
“I like the way he has come back and turned it around for KKR,” added Hogg.
However, the 45-year-old Australian veteran also expressed the secret behind his longevity in the sport.
“People in motorcycles and cars are saying hello. It makes one think that he does make a difference in somebody’s life. I love the game and this is what keeps me going,” said Hogg, also a member of Ricky Ponting’s World Cup winning squad in 2003 and 2007....