Many cricket fans and analysts have debated Andre Russell‘s batting spot for Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL 2021. While some think Russell should arrive at the crease at the end of the game to have a perfect finish, some believe that arriving late would not allow Russell adequate time to acclimate to the crease. Brendon McCullum, the coach of the Kolkata Knight Riders, has now unveiled the perfect batting spot for Andre Russell.
Andre Russell batted at No. 6 in the match against the Delhi Capitals. Russell came to bat in the 11th over and stayed until the end. He smashed 45 runs off just 27 deliveries, including four massive sixes, to help KKR reach 154-6 in their first innings. However, his efforts went in vain as Delhi Capitals chased down the target in just 16.3 overs to win the match.
KKR coach Brendon McCullum reported to the press after the game that he and Russell had agreed on his batting position before the start of the IPL 2021.
“I had a conversation with Andre Russell at the start of the season. We looked at a lot of stats and numbers. Ideally, with the right platform, beyond 12 overs is what we agreed on. There are times when he has to come in earlier, like today. That allowed him to settle down slightly better, but he couldn’t play with the same freedom because we had fallen into a sort of a hole. But then he powered us to a competitive score,” said McCullum.
McCullum highlighted KKR’s match against CSK at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai last week, in which the team was 31 for five in the sixth over while chasing 221, and Andre Russell held them in the game with a 22-ball 54 not out. KKR were ultimately dismissed for 202 runs.
Others need to support Andre Russell – Brendon McCullum
Andre Russell, according to McCullum, should be given a stronger platform by the rest of the KKR batsmen rather than being overburdened.
“Against Chennai Super Kings at Mumbai, the game was so far beyond us by the time he walked in. He had to take the game on, and he has the ability. Ideally, it’s 12 overs onwards when he can do the damage with the least amount of risks. So it’s really up to the other guys to provide him with a better platform rather than ask too much from him. He was good tonight and in the last few games. So, looking at the few positives from this loss, his form is certainly one,” concluded McCullum.
Kolkata Knight Riders stand fifth on the points table with just two wins in seven matches. They will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore next in the reverse fixture on 3rd May at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad.