Describing Sunil Narine as the man with a "golden arm", former India captain Sourav Ganguly said the Kolkata Knight Riders' "mystery" spinner would be the team's trump card in the sixth season of the Indian Premier League.
"For (KKR skipper) Gautam Gambhir, he is the man with the golden arm. He was the person behind KKR's success last season. He is their trump card this year as well," Ganguly said on the sidelines of KKR's six wicket win over Delhi Daredevils at the Eden gardens on Wednesday.
The retired India left-hander, who represented Pune Warriors India last season before calling it quits from all formats, feels KKR is one of the favourites to win the title.
"I am pleased to see them playing so well. I am happy for their victory. A win in the first match is always vital. Now, they need to build on this momentum. KKR's bowling attack is definitely their strength. Surely they are one of the favourites," Ganguly said.
Gautam Gambhir scored a brisk 29-ball 42 to help KKR chase down 129 with eight balls to spare and Ganguly said the KKR skipper would have to hold on to his form.
"It's just the beginning. Hope Gambhir holds on to his form for the next two months at least."
Asked about Daredevils flop show, Ganguly said they missed Virender Sehwag.
"Sehwag's absence was a huge blow to Delhi. But then, injuries are a part and parcel of the game... You cannot control it... But I hope that he recovers fast," Ganguly said.