One of the most important cog in Kolkata Knight Riders setup, West Indian off-spinner Sunil Narine on Tuesday termed the two-time Indian Premier League champions KKR as his ‘family’ and said he would be willing to play for any team in the world that is owned by the franchise. Also Read - Irfan Pathan, Ashish Nehra on Saliva Ban Debate After Southampton Test: James Anderson Looked Half The Bowler
Narine, who turned 32 on Tuesday, has been playing for KKR since 2012 and has represented the Trinbago Knight Riders, a Caribbean Premier League team owned by KKR’s parent company. Also Read - Graeme Smith Backs Sourav Ganguly For ICC President's Role, Hails Former India Captain Ability as Leader And Administrator
“Any tournament around the globe where Knight Riders have a team, I’d wanna be a part of it. It’s not about the money or the friendships, it’s like a family to me,” Narine said on the Twitter handle of KKR. Also Read - Sachin Tendulkar Gives His Views on DRS, Says If Ball Is Hitting The Stumps, It Should Be Given Out
“The way they welcome you in India, with arms wide open. It’s like they already know you as a human being – what you don’t like, what you like. They try to make you comfortable. Every year, when I am leaving for India (for the IPL), it’s like I am leaving for my second home.”
Narine said playing in IPL is the closest to playing at home for him. “The closest thing to feel at home playing in the CPL is the IPL. I am missing the excitement of the IPL, the fans, the loved ones watching you perform.”
Whether it is 4 o’clock in the morning (in Trinidad), or 12 o’clock, they (are always) looking forward, that’s something I’m missing a lot,” he said.
The Caribbean spinner has played 110 IPL matches in his career so far, picking up 122 wickets at a brilliant strike-rate of close to 20. He also boasts an outstanding ER of 6.25.