Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) players Andre Russell and Sunil Narine have departed for their second home in India ahead of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. The video of the same was posted by KKR on their official Twitter account on Monday. Narine and Russell have been the match-winner for the Kolkata-based franchise.
Captioning the video, KKR wrote: “The Caribbean #Knights are only a few hours away from their second home #India!” IPL 2021 begins on April 9 with defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) taking on Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Chennai.
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) March 22, 2021
KKR will begin its campaign in Chennai against SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) on April 11. Russell and Narine won the IPL with KKR in 2014 as teammates while Narine also won the league with the franchise KKR in 2012 as w. Both players have been crucial to the team’s prospects over the past several years.
However, Russell’s form tapered in the last season as he could manage just 117 runs and six wickets from 10 matches without a single half-century. Narine, too, was subdued, though not as much as Russell, as the southpaw all-rounder made 121 runs with one half-century from 10 games and picked up five wickets.
Notwithstanding their performances, last season, when the IPL was held in the UAE due to the coronavirus pandemic, Andre Russell and Sunil Narine will return to a familiar environment this season despite the fact that they wouldn’t be playing at home.
None of the teams will be playing at their home grounds this season as only six venues have been finalizing to host the IPL – Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Kolkata. The playoffs and the final will be played in Ahmedabad. The final is scheduled for May 30.