Andre Russell is known as a devastating all-rounder, especially in the shorter format of the game. Russell’s contribution for his national team as well as his franchise, Kolkata Knight Riders
KKR CEO, Venky Mysore has been associated with the franchise for some time and has seen the struggle his franchise has gone through with. Having said that, Mysore has witnessed some of Russell’s most frightening displays.
This time, Mysore remembered Russell’s last year’s encounter with Sunrisers Hyderabad. KKR needed 182 runs to win and until the 15th over everything seemed to have gone the SRH’s way. In form batsman, Nitish Rana had gone to the pavilion, courtesy to Sidharth Kaul.
However, after him, On stepped Andre Russell, who first smashed Kaul for 19 runs.
34 runs were still required from the last 2 overs, and the bowl was in the hands of India’s best modern-day bowler, Bhuvneshwar Kumar. But on his day, Russell seeks no redemption to anyone, be it Kumar. The West Indian smacked Kumar for 21 runs, leaving only 13 to chase down. Indian U-19 player, Shubhman Gill showed his nerves of steel dispatching Shakib for 2 sixes and winning the game, thereafter.
Mysore about Russell being emotional during his 49
Mysore stated how Russell got emotional after seeing the fans at Eden Garden support him, while his huge hits. “It was Andre Russell’s day and he took him apart. There was one shot he played to a slowish ball outside off-stump. He could barely reach it but he hit it for six. I asked him after the game what that shot was. He said, ‘Man, I don’t know. When I’m playing like that, the crowd gets me going. After I hit that shot, the way the crowd reacted, I had goosebumps and tears in my eyes’. This is the impact the crowd has on the players.”
IPL is supposed to begin from the 19th of September in UAE and is expected like every year to be a thriller of a showdown. It’s not the last over finish that drives people crazy about this league but the passion and enthusiasm shown by the players. The raw sportsmanship, emotions and drama that unravels. Let’s hope that the 13th edition of the IPL is going to be better than ever, after all it’s being played after such a hard time that the world has gone through.