He started his career as an equally talented U-19 cricketer like his illustrious peer Virat Kohli but Manish Pandey believes his former India colts colleague "fully deserved to play for the country" ahead of him.
Gautam Gambhir is confident that his Kolkata Knight Riders teammate Sunil Narine will return to action as a "better bowler and stronger human being" after he was reported twice for a suspect bowling action in the CLT20.
Chennai Super Kings (CSK)'s convincing victory over IPL title-holders Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Saturday in the final of the Champions League (CLT20) made thousands of Bangalore fans celebrate the moment with frenzy in the Chinnaswamy stadium, which erupted with joy under floodlights.
Suresh Raina on Saturday hit a blistering century pulverising Kolkata Knight Riders into submission as Chennai Super Kings exacted a sweet revenge clinching the Oppo Champions League T20 in style with an eighth-wicket victory in a thoroughly one-sided final.
Former West Indies captain Richie Richardson today came out in full support of mystery spinner Sunil Narine, who has been barred from playing the Champions League T20 final for a suspect illegal bowling action, saying he will return as an even better bowler.
The indomitable Chennai Super Kings will have the advantage of familiarity with the conditions but the unbeaten Kolkata Knight Riders would still be a tough nut to crack when they clash in the Oppo Champions League T20 final at the Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Saturday.
Kolkata Knight Riders and West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine was today reported for the second time for a suspect illegal bowling action and he will not be eligible to bowl in the CLT20 final on Saturday, the organisers of the tournament said.
Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir today attributed his side's splendid run in the Champions League Twenty20 to collective effort, saying that his team has done well in all departments of the game en route to the final.
West Indies coach Stuart Williams on Wednesday said mystery spinner Sunil Narine, who has been reported for suspect bowling action during an Oppo Champions League Twenty20 match, will get over the episode in a positive manner.
The seemingly invincible Kolkata Knight Riders will start outright favourites when they square off against Australia's Hobart Hurricanes in the semifinals of the Oppo Champions League T20 here on Thursday.
Riding high on a splendid preliminary campaign, Kolkata Knight Riders' batsman Robin Uthappa said his team would look to focus on its strengths in the semifinal against Hobart Hurricanes in the Oppo Champions League Twenty20.
Their place in the semifinal already assured ahead of today's encounter, Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir said there was no place for complacency in their inconsequential final Group A match of the Oppo Champions League Twenty20 against Dolphins here.
Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey smashed attacking half centuries to keep IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders winning run intact with a convincing 36-run victory over Dolphins in an inconsequential Group A match of the Oppo Champions League Twenty20, here on Monday.
After registering a win against Dolphins in the last encounter, Pakistan champions Lahore Lions will go a for the kill to qualify for the semi-final when they lock horns against a formidable Perth Scorchers in the Oppo Champions League T20 Tournament here on Monday.
The Kolkata Knight Riders are on top of the table in Group A of the ongoing Oppo CLT20 but the team would not like to take its match against Dolphins on Monday lightly, said assistant coach Vijay Dahiya.