Has him some discomfort ducking and swaying out of the deliveries way. Opening the batting, he balsted five sixes and four 4s to unsettle Virat Kohli and Co.
Karthik's debut as captain in the IPL, replacing the reputed Gautam Gambhir at KKR, began on a dodgy note. It came in just 18 balls and was laced with four fours and two sixes.
"I'm aware of the expectations".
Last year's two of the most successful spinners in global cricket- Kuldeep Yadav (KKR) and Yuzvendra Chahal (RCB) will play a major role in their respective teams.
Virat Kohli said he is "120 percent" committed to leading the franchise to their maiden IPL win.
But once again, the Bangalore-based outfit have put together an impressive squad.
AB de Villiers (44) and Virat Kohli (31) - part of a formidable RCB top four also featuring Brendon McCullum and Quinton de Kock - were dismissed from successive balls by Kolkata spinner Nitish Rana (2-11) after sharing a quick-fire stand of 64 as the visitors posted 176-7.More news: Surrender by Friday or face arrest, judge tells Lula
RCB have always been weak when it comes to their bowling unit. New Zealand seamer Tim Southee and England's Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali were acquired in the auction to support the talented Indian quartet of Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav, Washington Sundar and Pawan Negi. It's very very balanced side. It's hard to accommodate him in my budget, and with RCB having a 4 game break after this one, I can't get two matches out of him (or from any other RCB players). "We had initially but everyone firing together is also a massive factor", Kohli had said few days ago about his team.
A big blow however to KKR, is the injury of paceman Mitchell Starc who will miss the entire tournament with a lower leg injury. A six each off Narine and Mitchell Johnson followed, sending ominous signs for Kolkata. The team has great hopes from Lynn to deliver some good runs.
Knight Riders had a run rate of 9.53 in the first six overs in last year's IPL - the highest for any team in a season.
Full credit should go to the captaincy of Dinesh Karthik. For RCB, Yadav (2/27) bowled well to bag the wickets of Narine and Uthappa (13) while English pacer Chris Woakes (3/36) was the pick of the bowlers, picking up the wickets of big-hitting Australian opener Chris Lynn (5), Rinku Singh (6) and Andre Russell (15).
He doesn't have the best record against Piyush Chawla, and Kolkata will look to exploit that here.
A lot will depend on how the pillars - Narine, Lynn, Russell and Karthik - perform. There are some experienced worldwide players in the team who will help KKR.
A change of season and a rejigged side did not change the fortunes for Kohli and Co as Narine smashed RCB bowlers all across Eden Gardens.