Both these players are currently playing the CPL (Photo: Twitter @StarSportsIndia)

With private leagues being a big thing in today’s time, a lot of franchises have been born. Across the globe, fans from all regions of the world are receptive of these leagues, may it be from any sport. The possible reason is due to the robust nature of the format, favorite players coming together to play in the same team, or just the sheer passion for the game.  

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) CEO Venky Mysore recently opined that Sunil Narine, the two-time Indian Premier League (IPL) winner with the franchise, is not far behind the teammate Andre Russell in terms of his all-round capabilities.

Narine joined the Kolkata-based franchise in 2012 and he starred with the ball more often than not initially. But since the 2017 edition of the IPL, he has reinvented himself as an all-rounder. He has got a great record of runs in his kettle from that season on and has proved himself as a formidable player for the team. 

A lot of people keep thinking about Andre Russell as the best all-rounder, which he is. Our coach [Brendon McCullum], I borrowed a line from him, when he said that ‘Andre Russell is the Michael Jordan of T20 cricket’,” Mysore states in an interview. 

“But, at the same time, you look at Sunil Narine’s stats, 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.”

At the moment, both Narine and Russell are currently playing in the ongoing CPL 2020, for Trinbago Knight Riders and Jamaica Tallawahs respectively. Narine has had eclipsing performances in his three matches so far — two half-centuries, 50 and 53, in his first two outings and four wickets. Fans are excited to see both of these all-rounders to perform for KKR.