Sunil Narine did not have a great outing in IPL 2023. Considering his contributions at KKR, he will surely get another season. However, at the same time, KKR will want to groom or have another solid option for this spot from the next campaign. On that note, here, we take a look at three players who can replace Sunil Narine at KKR next season.
1) Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Like Rashid Khan, Mujeeb also had an early debut in IPL. However, after a strong start, he was not able to cement a spot in any of the franchises he played. In this regard, it won’t be a bad idea to give him a longer rope and see if he can deliver in the tournament.
There is less mystery attached to Mujeeb but he does bring some of his own tricks to the table. The role would be the same, though. If not for KKR, looking at the success of the likes of Noor Ahmad, other teams can give a try to Mujeeb.
2) Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan is one of the players who can replace Sunil Narine at KKR next season. KKR does not have a stable SLAO option in the squad. This type of player is very much necessary and hence, they can target Shakib.
The Bangladesh cricketer would likely be free of his national commitments after ODI WC 2023. He would be a more stable option with the bat than Narine. If there is an early collapse, he can be an option to come in and steady the ship. This will further help the franchise. Shakib is anyways a part of the franchise and KKR can still retain him.
3) Zahir Khan
KKR does not have good left-arm options. Suyash Sharma is a leg-spin option but it won’t be a bad idea to have another choice.
Zahir Khan, yet again from Afghanistan, is a good option in this regard. Depending on how he performs at other tournaments, KKR can look to hire him.